A number of factors are winning attention as important to President Obama’s reelection win, among them the Latino vote, a surge in young voters’ share of the electorate, and a surprise no-show by many white voters whom Republicans were counting on. Here’s one more teensy little thing that might be added to the list: the economy. A large majority of voters cited this as the top national issue, and the nation’s historically high unemployment rate was the big vulnerability that challenger Mitt Romney hoped to use as a lever to pry Mr. Obama out of office.
Comments: Imagine having a job for 4 years in the private sector, and not being held accountable for any unfavorable results all that time.
OP, that happens in large corporations all the time. They have to hire AA hires to meet quotas set by gov't. They do not meet the hiring criteria, but are hired anyway. The rest of that workplace has to pick up the slack, and management is afraid to fire them. One year minimum of record keeping to prove non performance, complete with daily logs and still the lawsuit WILL come. The new normal is to not hold people accountable for satisfactory job performance..even for President.
They played the Blame Game perfectly. The old line as to what we inherited and how it only got worse was swallowed completely by the media and as we know, tell a lie enogh times, it soon becomes truth. In 4 years when it is even worse it will still be Bush's fault and how it will take even longet to fix it. Be ready for Hillary to be elected in '16.
Democrats play to win, not solve problems. You have to understand that. With regard to unemployment and a lousy economy, the Democrats successfully linked Romney to the wealthy business class that “got us into this mess.” The Democrats don’t need business owners’ support to win, they need the EMPLOYEES’ votes to win. There are more employees than employers, and the sympathy of the people is invariably with the worker.
Democrats exact “revenge” on the wealth creators by taxing them and hitting them with onerous regulation to make them “pay their fair share,” which necessarily results in the layoff of employees. Then Democrats tell the unemployed they are fighting for them and will punish the robber barons – through higher taxes and onerous regulations. The discouraged unemployed vote for Democrats promising to fight for them, when in general they would not be unemployed if the Democrats weren’t fighting for them. But the strategy produces a perpetual vote generation machine. Brilliant.
The wonderful part of affirmative action is that many people don't expect anything of an affirmative action hire. So it doesn't matter what zero does in his second term. Leftists and moderates will cheer on his incompetence, and continue to say his ugly ungainly wife is beautiful and graceful. "YOu've got to see the baby!" Seinfeld episode
But you know, Romney had a responsibility to pin the economy on him, hard, and he just didn't. I get the whole "wanting to look presidential" (how's that working out for ya, Mitt?), but Reagan managed to look statesman-like while still holding his challengers' feet to the fire.
I still do not rule out a stolen election--I think it is entirely possible, but the milque-toast pubbies won't do anything, anyway--but Mitt left a lot of ammo on the table.
Willis Report on Fox Business had it right tonight. It was the govt. handouts that did it. Collecting unemployment of two years was a lot of fun for the loafers and the payments to illegals who vote was another plus for Obama. It all adds up to four more years of misery for the honest citizens.
Blame whitey! It works when you have the media sitting in your lap. Oh to be black in America: people owe you stuff. Everyone's supposed to take it easy on you. If you can speak in complete sentances people deify you. And when you screw up all you have to do is blame someone of paler skin pigment!
What do you bet when 2016 is on the horizon Obama will say he still has work to do getting the economy fixed and needs another term.
Oh how he wants to be the new Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He will either get quick passage of an amendment to allow him to serve more than two terms, or he will declare a disaster and cancel the presidential election.
And all the people will shrug their shoulders. Any lawsuits will get a quick track appeal to the Supreme Court and will result in John Roberts writing the majority opinion saying Obama can do whatever he wants to do.
I don't know how anyone could blame President Obama for the weak economy. All he did was threaten the hiring class with higher income taxes, higher energy costs, higher health plan costs,more EPA regulations, more executive orders, more union favoritism, and more tax plundering green energy adventures. Other than that, he did a pretty acceptable job.
Zimbabwe´s presidential election was a "huge farce", PM Morgan Tsvangirai has said, alleging vote-rigging by rival President Robert Mugabe´s camp. At a news conference, Mr Tsvangirai said that Wednesday´s poll was "null and void". The largest observer group earlier said up to a million people were prevented from voting. Mr Mugabe´s party - which is claiming a victory - denied the accusations, saying the voting went smoothly. The head of the African Union observer mission, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, said his initial assessment was that the vote was free and fair. Other regional observers praised
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Hawaii was bracing for tropical storm Flossie Monday, even as the storm began to weaken. According to the National Weather Service, the eye of the storm is headed directly for Maui and Oahu, with landfall expected Monday. Wind gusts could reach 60 miles per hour, but the greater threat is rain. Heavy rainfall could cause "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in the mountains." The storm is expected to bring 6 to 10 inches of rain over Maui and the Big Island, with up to 15 inches possible in isolated locations, and 4 to 8 inches of rain
Anthony Weiner has plummeted to fourth place in the New York City Democratic primary for mayor, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey released on Monday. After a brutal week of scandal amid new revelations of his lewd online behavior, Weiner has dropped 10 points from Quinnipiac´s last survey. Here are the horse-race numbers: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: 27% Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: 21% Former Comptroller Bill Thompson: 20% Anthony Weiner: 16% The numbers for Weiner are brutal. By a 53-40 margin, likely Democratic primary voters say he should drop out of the race.
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American public discourse about Islam is filled with essentialist paranoia, fear, and the commentary of people who not only don´t know much about the topic but are often dismissive of people who do. But the reception that scholar Reza Aslan received on Fox last Friday was a new twist: Muslim views of Christianity are inherently suspect, it seems. Mr. Aslan, who has a PhD in the sociology of religion from UCSB and a masters in theological studies from Harvard, is promoting his new book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" and was on with Fox religion correspondent
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Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
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[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."
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