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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby guru » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:36 pm

mump boy wrote:
It's only going to get better from Obama the majority of votes to be counted are from Dem strongholds



Here's the breakdown. Of nine counties outstanding, five are relatively urban, four are rural.

http://elections.msnbc.msn.com/ns/polit ... Jnr-sVpeSq

As I said, it doesnt matter at this point. But would be ahuge poke in the eye of the exit poll predictions if Romney can win Ohio after everyone called it for Obama.

Also, before any of my friends on the left ridicule Romney, remember Kerry didnt concede in '04 until Wednesday
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:37 pm

mump boy wrote:Nobody can afford to ignore the Latino vote anymore, they know it and will become increasingly confident and vocal about it

There will have to be some consensus on immigration (amongst other things obvs) for any party to be competitive in the future

NBC is reporting that Hispanics in Nevada and Colorado voted 90% Obama. Obama earned a lot of good will amongst them when he appointed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. If the Democrats nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (this year's DNC keynote speaker) in 2016, they might turn Texas blue and lock up the Hispanic vote for a generation.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby TrakFan » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:39 pm

The following things were said during the Republican primary:

Rick Santorum: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.
Herman Cain: “We'll have a real fence, 20 ft. high with barbed wire [on the Mexico/US border], electrified, with a sign on the other side that says, 'It can kill you.”

The Republican "demographic" problem will continue with such attitudes.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby mump boy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:42 pm

guru wrote:
mump boy wrote:
It's only going to get better from Obama the majority of votes to be counted are from Dem strongholds



Here's the breakdown. Of nine counties outstanding, five are relatively urban, four are rural.

http://elections.msnbc.msn.com/ns/polit ... Jnr-sVpeSq

As I said, it doesnt matter at this point. But would be ahuge poke in the eye of the exit poll predictions if Romney can win Ohio after everyone called it for Obama.

Also, before any of my friends on the left ridicule Romney, remember Kerry didnt concede in '04 until Wednesday


It doesn't matter how many counties, it matters about the population and what % has been counted. Urban precincts are bigger and have counted a smaller % of votes so far
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby mump boy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:43 pm

jazzcyclist wrote:
mump boy wrote:Nobody can afford to ignore the Latino vote anymore, they know it and will become increasingly confident and vocal about it

There will have to be some consensus on immigration (amongst other things obvs) for any party to be competitive in the future

NBC is reporting that Hispanics in Nevada and Colorado voted 90% Obama. Obama earned a lot of good will amongst them when he appointed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. If the Democrats nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (this year's DNC keynote speaker) in 2016, they might turn Texas blue and lock up the Hispanic vote for a generation.


I don't think Dems can follow an african american with a latin nominee. They can follow with a woman and a latin Veep though :D
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby jeremyp » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:48 pm

If you followed the statisticians, and TF fans should, they had Obama leading the electoral vote for months, narrowly, but never behind. Nate Silver at NY Times had it right. The problem is that much of the media ignored the electoral vote issue and focused on the popular vote, probably to keep people thinking it was "too close to call", I wrote a letter to my local newspaper about it and they printed it but left out my comment that Obama was leading. Of course Fox had to ignore it and trashed statistician's like Silver who were using "facts" not "myths."
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:48 pm

Virginia just declared for Obama. According to NBC, the counties that haven't yet reported in Ohio are counties in which Obama won 2/3rds of the vote in 2008.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby guru » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:50 pm

When you cut through the rhetoric and hyperbole, nothing has changed. Congress is split, Obama is president. Unfortunately for the country, expect four more years of same old, same old.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby mump boy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:00 pm

guru wrote:When you cut through the rhetoric and hyperbole, nothing has changed. Congress is split, Obama is president. Unfortunately for the country, expect four more years of same old, same old.


Well Reps may have to learn to compromise but many are too scared of losing a primary to a Tea Party loon
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby TrakFan » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:01 pm

guru wrote:When you cut through the rhetoric and hyperbole, nothing has changed. Congress is split, Obama is president. Unfortunately for the country, expect four more years of same old, same old.


I agree -- especially based on the attitude of some politicians. I'm curious what the Senate Minority Leader's "number one priority" will be now? He was on a mission to make Obama a "one term President."
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby guru » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:03 pm

mump boy wrote:
Well Reps may have to learn to compromise...



Not a chance, and with Obama in essence a lame duck expect him to be more hard-headed as well. Bad news for the US of A.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:06 pm

guru wrote:
mump boy wrote:
Well Reps may have to learn to compromise...



Not a chance, and with Obama in essence a lame duck expect him to be more hard-headed as well. Bad news for the US of A.

Now is the time for Obama to channel his inner LBJ.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby aaronk » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:13 pm

As the one lonely voice who proclaims that SARAH PALIN would have been declared President-Elect tonight...had she run...I am hesitant to state my reasons...because I've read all the NEGATIVE remarks about her on this thread.

But I'll do so anyway!!
Following are SOME of the reasons I so strongly support Sarah.

1. On Nov 4, 2008, she had 8 years and 10 months of Executive Experience. McCain had NONE. Biden had NONE. Obama had NONE. Yet the LSM declared SARAH the least experienced.

2. Her 2 books (Going Rogue and America By Heart) sold over 4,000,000 copies in hardback, breaking all kinds of sales records with "Rogue".

3. She drew larger crowds at HER rallies in 2008 than McCain did at his!

4. Her Facebook total is nearly 3,500,000, more than Biden, McCain, and Romney combined!

5. Her FB Notes and Tweets always made headlines, and were FILLED with policy statements and ideas.

6. She was right on just about EVERY subject she spoke out on since 2008...pro-life, energy independence, Israel, North Korea, all matters on the economy, the Constitution, States Rights, the "border problem", NOT apologizing to our enemies, civilian trials for terrorists, and on and on.

7. EVERY appearance she made since 2008 sold out the house...even in LIBERAL bastions like Eugene!!

8. Her memoir told the TRUTH about the 2008 campaign; "Game Change" (book, but especially the movie!) did NOT!!

9. Most people who MEET her in person, whether conservative, moderate, or liberal, say she's a good and nice person....and SMART!!

10. Every idiotic statement made about her being an "idiot" or "uninformed" has been PROVEN false!

11. Totally vetted (beyond anyone ELSE being vetted in a "normal" manner), those 25,000 e-mails she released PROVED her time as Governor were ethically PURE!!

12. On a Newsweek cover in July 2011, she declared "I CAN WIN!"...meaning the 2012 race for President!!

The greatest mistake conservatives and Republicans made this year was nominating Mitt Romney....and NOT Sarah Palin...to be their nominee!!

Not to mention how much of an inspiration she would be to girls and women EVERYWHERE...as America's first female President!!
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby guru » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:17 pm

jazzcyclist wrote:
guru wrote:
mump boy wrote:
Well Reps may have to learn to compromise...



Not a chance, and with Obama in essence a lame duck expect him to be more hard-headed as well. Bad news for the US of A.

Now is the time for Obama to channel his inner LBJ.


Haha can you imagine Obama giving John Boehner the Richard Russell treatment?


http://static.getkempt.com/wp-content/u ... opout1.jpg


This is my major problem with Obama. I voted for him in 2008, but he was major disappointment. folding at every opportunity. The health care compromise infuriated me, and sent the message to republicans they could walk all over him - which they have.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby Flumpy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:19 pm

aaronk wrote:Not to mention how much of an embarrassment she would be to girls and women EVERYWHERE...as America's first female President!!


That's better.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby mump boy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:21 pm

guru wrote:
jazzcyclist wrote:
guru wrote:
mump boy wrote:
Well Reps may have to learn to compromise...



Not a chance, and with Obama in essence a lame duck expect him to be more hard-headed as well. Bad news for the US of A.

Now is the time for Obama to channel his inner LBJ.


Haha can you imagine Obama giving John Boehner the Richard Russell treatment?


http://static.getkempt.com/wp-content/u ... opout1.jpg


This is my major problem with Obama. I voted for him in 2008, but he was major disappointment. folding at every opportunity. The health care compromise infuriated me, and sent the message to republicans they could walk all over him - which they have.


No, he tried to compromise with people who have no interest in any such thing

Are you calling for even more partisanship ?
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby TrakFan » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:22 pm

aaronk wrote:The greatest mistake conservatives and Republicans made this year was nominating Mitt Romney....and NOT Sarah Palin...to be their nominee!!


The greatest mistake made by the Republicans was not Nominating John Huntsman. I (as a die hard Dem.) liked him as a candidate, and was worried that he'd be a very formidable candidate. He would have picked of MANY Obama supporters.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby TrakFan » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:28 pm

guru wrote:This is my major problem with Obama. I voted for him in 2008, but he was major disappointment. folding at every opportunity. The health care compromise infuriated me, and sent the message to republicans they could walk all over him - which they have.


In this post you say you're disappointed because Obama folded (compromised). In another post you say it's going be "bad news for the USA" because Obama will be "hard headed" (uncompromising?) You're all over the place -- kinda' like Romney was during the campaign.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby guru » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:28 pm

mump boy wrote:No, he tried to compromise with people who have no interest in any such thing



At some point you need to stand for what you believe in - you're the President of the United States for crying out loud. How might that civil rights bill showdown have gone if LBJ had the intestinal fortitude of Obama?

Of course, no everyone can be LBJ,

or Lincoln for that matter(1:41) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRe3REa39-0
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby Flumpy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:29 pm

TrakFan wrote:
aaronk wrote:The greatest mistake conservatives and Republicans made this year was nominating Mitt Romney....and NOT Sarah Palin...to be their nominee!!


The greatest mistake made by the Republicans was not Nominating John Huntsman. I (as a die hard Dem.) liked him as a candidate, and was worried that he'd be a very formidable candidate. He would have picked of MANY Obama supporters.


This is exactly what the Republicans refuse to understand. America is not made up of nutcase Tea Party members but the party has been overtaken by them.

If they would nominate a centre right candidate they'd win but the base is mental so it won't happen. Thank god :mrgreen:
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby guru » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:30 pm

TrakFan wrote:
guru wrote:This is my major problem with Obama. I voted for him in 2008, but he was major disappointment. folding at every opportunity. The health care compromise infuriated me, and sent the message to republicans they could walk all over him - which they have.


In this post you say you're disappointed because Obama folded (compromised). In another post you say it's going be "bad news for the USA" because Obama will be "hard headed" (uncompromising?) You're all over the place -- kinda' like Romney was during the campaign.



Not really. If he had stood his ground on health care, the Republicans would have been sent a message, and maybe the 2010 bloodbath doesnt happen. Now, they just laugh.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:42 pm

guru wrote:This is my major problem with Obama. I voted for him in 2008, but he was major disappointment. folding at every opportunity. The health care compromise infuriated me, and sent the message to republicans they could walk all over him - which they have.

I agree with this 100%. Obama seems to put too much faith in the power of personal persuasion and while at the same time avoiding personal confrontation at all cost. What he has to understand is that you can't always talk folks into doing what you want them to do, sometimes you have to force them to do it.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby Flumpy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:42 pm

guru wrote:Now, they just laugh.


I don't think they're laughing tonight.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:45 pm

mump boy wrote:No, he tried to compromise with people who have no interest in any such thing

Are you calling for even more partisanship ?

The Republicans can't get any more partisan. It's time to break some fuckin' arms using every tactic and tool at his disposal.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby TrakFan » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:46 pm

guru wrote:Not really. If he had stood his ground on health care, the Republicans would have been sent a message, and maybe the 2010 bloodbath doesnt happen. Now, they just laugh.


It takes two to tango. Without using Google, do you recall why he "gave in" to extending the Bush tax cuts in 2010? From a deficit standpoint we couldn't afford it, but those who were SERIOUSLY in need would have suffered if he didn't compromise.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:48 pm

guru wrote:
mump boy wrote:No, he tried to compromise with people who have no interest in any such thing



At some point you need to stand for what you believe in - you're the President of the United States for crying out loud. How might that civil rights bill showdown have gone if LBJ had the intestinal fortitude of Obama?

It would have gotten nowhere. I personally don't think JFK would have gotten the Civil Rights and Voting Rights bills passed if he hadn't been assassinated.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:54 pm

Obama didn't have the intestinal fortitude to use the executive order to support gay military service. Instead he waited for Congress to get out in front of him and do it. Compare that to Truman who said "fuck Congress, fuck the racists" and then desegregated the military by executive order over the strong objection of a lot of high ranking racists in his own party.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby guru » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:59 pm

Flumpy wrote:
guru wrote:Now, they just laugh.


I don't think they're laughing tonight.



Except for Romney, it's business as usual, full steam ahead for the elephant crowd.

As jazz said, unless Obama is ready to crack some heads prepare for utter gridlock
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:03 pm

Here's am excerpt from a 2010 Richard Cohen column titled "Obama muddles his mosque message":
Last Friday, at the start of Ramadan, President Obama presided over the White House's annual iftar dinner and made some rather bland remarks about religious freedom. The context, of course, was the controversy over the proposed mosque in Lower Manhattan, which is not, as Obama insisted, about freedom of religion but about religious tolerance. And then, having once again gotten high praise for so very little, he went to bed a panicked man and reached, trembling, some hours later, for a political morning-after pill to take back some of what he had said. Whew, for a moment there he was pregnant with principle.

No more. "I was not commenting, and I will not comment, on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there," Obama said in revising and extending and eviscerating his remarks of the previous night. He had merely been commenting on freedom of religion. Turns out he's for it.

The president muddled his message. Does he not grasp that questioning the "wisdom" of the mosque's placement is predicated on thinking that 9/11 was a Muslim crime? Does he not understand that the issue here is religious prejudice, not zoning? The answer, of course, is that he does. But unlike Henry Clay, he would rather be president than right.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 03169.html

It's cowardice like this that makes me disappointed with Obama.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby 26mi235 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:07 pm

Guru: What they were doing was looking at the votes in 2008, looking at the turnout in each district, possibly to the precinct level in a number of cases and modeling what the rest of the votes would look like. That enables them to do more than guess at the numbers and 'guess' that there are some rural counties....

As for the aggregate vote, California is about 1/3rd done with a vote differential of about 600,000 -- translating into about a net gain of 1,200,000 from that point on. If you go through the states and total up these sorts of things you get a vote differential of more than a million+ more than now that will end up at about 2,000,000 or more, which is about 2.0%.

Pundits 0 Silver almost perfect. Yes, the race was generally close, no, Romney's likelihood of winning was no where near 50% - the odds makers were basically right throughout at 70-80%, and even the biased toward 50% Intrade was consistently above 50% for Obama.

I also disagree to an extent with Jazz on the mosque; it can be a mistake of wisdom for the siting of the mosque if they are dealing continually with people' perceptions in a way that interferes with what they are trying to accomplish.


[edit] The vote differential is now already at 2,150,000. and California, Oregon and Washington are the only states with enough outstanding ballots (percentage of vote and scale of state voting) to have much impact. California 58% leaving 42% has a 1,450,000 advantage for Obama, and simple ratios would imply another million votes net for Obama. Washington and Oregon have enough extra Obama votes to counter the rest of the country (and New York is likely to add another 200,000, depending on the locations, which are more likely to be from the storm-affect NYC area than the more Republican non-NYC residual of the state). Thus, we are likely to see a differential of 3,250,000 out of 125,000,000, or 2.5+% differential, almost exactly what Nate Silver had forecast.

I think that this is then end of the qualitative pundits in terms of their ability to cast aspersions on the quantitative analysts. Rove et. al. had blinders on and were willing to throw there credibility behind a wish and a prayer.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby shivfan » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:20 pm

I think a lot of non-Americans are like me right now...breathing a huge sigh of relief.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby Friar » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:33 pm

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Vote today, running in regional Fri. Blondtourage.

NH and Iowa "white states" totaled up in an interesting way. A certain boarder state also did with a blowout loss (for the Pres). Read into that what you will.

George Will looks flummoxed.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby lionelp1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:49 pm

Similar to about 70 % of my fellow Brits we are delighted to see Obama back in the White House. He will of course have the same problems that he has had with the Republicans , I fear, for the last 4 years.
As a fiscal moderate to right winger and a social moderate to left I am glad to see that a combination of organisation and demographics has helped to avoid having to listen any further to that appalling politician Romney, a cynical man who went along with a bunch of right wing nutters and then portrayed himself as a moderate. :lol: It did not work. Hurrah!
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby j-a-m » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:19 am

aaronk wrote:As the one lonely voice who proclaims that SARAH PALIN would have been declared President-Elect tonight...had she run

Not sure if she would've won, but I agree that she would've had a better chance than Romney. Despite all the rhetoric to the contrary, Romney was just too similar to the current President.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby j-a-m » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:29 am

guru wrote:Congress is split

With all the focus on the supposedly close Presidential race, many close elections for Congress seats may not have received the attention they deserved. Looking at why the Democrats easily defended their Senate majority, it helps to check what Republican candidate won or lost close elections.

On the one hand, a guy like the candidate in Missouri got rightfully punished for his remarks and lost. On the other hand, Jeff Flake in Arizone was known for his fierce opposition to all earmarks during his time in the House, including those that would've led to government spending in his home state; and he got rightfully rewarded for that consistency and won a seat in the Senate.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby 26mi235 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:59 am

j-a-m wrote:
aaronk wrote:As the one lonely voice who proclaims that SARAH PALIN would have been declared President-Elect tonight...had she run

Not sure if she would've won, but I agree that she would've had a better chance than Romney. Despite all the rhetoric to the contrary, Romney was just too similar to the current President.


I disagree. She could not even handle the Governor's job in the small state of Alaska. She has a much-improved but still deficient ability to carry the banner of the party for President. While Obama would not have won very many more states, the outcome would never have been in doubt. Her forei9gn policy credentials are sorely lacking and she would not have had the presence of mind that Romney had in the debates. Romney did well in the first debate because, effectively, he jettisoned many right-wing positions, an option that she would not have had.

She has a following and hence a significant role to play, but to think that she is presidential material is to wear blinders that make the Republican primary voters look like world sages.

Of the voters that Romney did not get, which group, in large numbers, would have voted for her in the swing states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, .... Basically, there were few Obama voters who would have voted for Palin instead. There are certainly a substantial number of Republican and Independent voters that voted for Romney that would not have voted for Palin.

Look at it this way. Repeatedly during the primary campaign there were right-winger that shot to the top of the heap, only to fall by the shortcomings that rapidly became evident. In what way Palin would have been fundamentally different I cannot imagine. However, it would have presented enough of an additional challenge to Romney that he would have never been able to capture as much of the center as he did.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby j-a-m » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:21 am

26mi235 wrote:Of the voters that Romney did not get, which group, in large numbers, would have voted for her in the swing states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, ....

Obama's biggest vulnerability in this campaign was the unpopularity of his healthcare law. Romney, during his time as Governor, supported a healthcare law that was very similar to Obama's. Because of that, Romney had no credibilty to focus his campaign on that issue.

I don't believe Palin would've been the best candidate to exploit that; all I'm saying is she would've been one of a few potential Republican candidates who would've been able to focus their campaign on healthcare, the one thing Romney could never do.

I don't know if that would've been enough, and I don't know what specific groups of voters that would've had the most effect on. I do believe, though, that it would've given Republicans a chance to re-shape the entire debate, giving them a better chance than they ever had with Romney.
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby j-a-m » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:43 am

DrJay wrote:In Colorado, today we voted on Amendment 64, which would legalize posession of small amounts of marijuana for fun purposes, not just medical reasons (we already did that latter one) and would direct the state to tax wholesale sales of the drug:

http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/s/regu ... l-act-2012

"yes" leads 54% to 46% early returns

Now this is some good news and a major victory for common sense.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/col ... d=17652774
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby mump boy » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:50 am

guru wrote:
mump boy wrote:No, he tried to compromise with people who have no interest in any such thing



At some point you need to stand for what you believe in - you're the President of the United States for crying out loud. How might that civil rights bill showdown have gone if LBJ had the intestinal fortitude of Obama?

Of course, no everyone can be LBJ,

or Lincoln for that matter(1:41) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRe3REa39-0


He's a pragmatist and if he's played hardball there would be no healthcare act at all.

US specifically have a system that calls for compromise from all sides, unfortunately only one side have any intention of doing so at the moment, as moderate republicans are held to ransom crazies who would rather lose than give an inch. Someone is going to have to stand up to them soon or there won't be a Republican party that can win elections of any significants at all !!
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Re: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ELECTION? (now open)

Postby mump boy » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:53 am

jazzcyclist wrote:
mump boy wrote:No, he tried to compromise with people who have no interest in any such thing

Are you calling for even more partisanship ?

The Republicans can't get any more partisan. It's time to break some fuckin' arms using every tactic and tool at his disposal.


In principle i would LOVE that but it's not realistic. Rep are either Tea Party and won't compromise on ideological grounds or they aren't scared of the electorate turfing them out, their scared of primary challenges from the right, so have no incentive compromise at all.
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