Here is video of liberal former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown saying Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election had more to do with “the cult of the personality” than it did with an ideological move toward the Democratic Party. Brown added Mitt Romney’s weak candidacy also contributed to Obama’s victory. He cited Democrats’ failure to re-take the House and their lack of progress in state and local races as indicators that Obama’s re-election was more about the “cult of personality” around him than anything else. I guess we’ll see in 2014 and 2016.
What “cult of personality?”
“Mmm, Mmm, Mmm – Barack Hussein Obama!”
“Thank you Mr. President for taking time out of your day! Oh, gracious God!”
Here is video of Vice-President Joe Biden, acting as President of the U.S. Senate, reading the official results of the 2012 Presidential Electoral Vote. The results had been read state-by-state by representatives from both the House and the Senate, with Sen. Chuck Schumer delivering the totals to Vice-President Biden.
The official results: Barack Obama 332, Mitt Romney 206.
Here is a report by Fox News’ James Rosen on overwhelming support for Barack Obama in many Philadelphia precincts – in fact 59 precincts where Mitt Romney did not get a single vote. Some of those areas also report 90% voter turnout.
Amidst all the talk about what the GOP needs to be able to do to win another election, Jim Geraghty reminds us just how close Mitt Romney came to being President:
THE CAMPAIGN SPOT – Jim Geraghty: On Wednesday, I added up Obama’s margin in a few key states, to get a sense of just how agonizingly short the Romney campaign finished from 270 electoral votes.
Some of those straggling precincts have reported, and so here is an updated set of numbers, according to the results this morning on the New York Times’ results map:
Those four states, with a collective margin of, 406,348 for Obama, add up to 69 electoral votes. Had Romney won 407,000 or so additional votes in the right proportion in those states, he would have 275 electoral votes. . . .Read More
Here is Rick Santorum saying Gov. Mitt Romney was on the defensive too much during the 2012 Presidential Election, and specifically said Romney should have talked more about abortion during the campaign – going after Barack Obama for his support of infanticide when he was an Illinois State Senator.
Here is video of Michael Barone with some blunt talk on why Republicans actually lost two seats in the U.S. Senate even though there were 23 Democratic seats that had to be defended and only 10 GOP Seats. What was Barone’s explanation?
“The Tea Party brings some talented people into politics — think of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson for example — but it also brings some wackos and weirdos and witches, and we put too many of them on the ticket.”
Here is video of Political Consultant Dick Morris on “Fox & Friends” this morning where he explained why his “landslide” for Mitt Romney prediction did not come to pass.
Essentially, Morris said what every other pundit and observer who got it wrong – including people like Michael Barone and Karl Rove – have said. The American Electorate has indeed fundamentally shifted to the Democrats – now at Democratic +6 or +7. It was +7 in 2008 for Obama, which conservatives chalked up to the one-time enthusiasm for Barack Obama. As it turns out, it appears to be more demographic in nature. Morris pointed out that the exit polls from yesterday revealed Hispanics, Blacks, and Young Voters are an increased portion of the Electorate. Morris said the new reality will make it difficult for any Republican to get elected nationally again.
I think Morris is right. I did not believe that – as he did not – prior to yesterday. But it is the new reality.
Here is audio of Rush Limbaugh’s opening segment today in the wake of President Barack Obama’s re-election victory in yesterday’s Presidential Election. Rush summed up the victory by Obama as, “It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus.”
Essentially, that’s what it comes down to.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air is out with a piece this morning that sums up the realignment that has taken place in the American Electorate over the past two Presidential Elections. We did not believe it had happened, but last night’s Democrat +6 electorate – for the second election in a row – shows that it has:
HOT AIR – Ed Morrissey: In the final couple of weeks of the presidential campaign, we had a big debate over the nature of the American electorate, played out through polling criticism on both sides of the political divide. This came down to fundamental assumptions about which election cycle proved to be a realignment, and which turned out to be the anomaly. Many conservatives — myself among them, to be sure — operated on the assumption that the 2008 election had been the anomaly, driven by the fiscal crisis, and corrected in the 2010 midterm elections. The Left assumed that the fiscal crisis in 2008 had realigned the electorate toward greater government interventionism, and that the 2010 cycle was the anomaly, driven by a partisan fight over health care and the lack of a presidential contender at the top of the ticket.
Clearly, conservatives lost that argument last night, at least in large part, as John Ziegler wrote in the immediate aftermath. That was borne out by the final calculation in the exit polling as well as the vote itself. The partisan split in the electorate was 38/32/29, nearly identical to 2008. We argued that Barack Obama and Democrats couldn’t win a base turnout election again, but they did, as evidenced by Mitt Romney’s five-point win among independents, 50/45. Romney even lowered the gender gap from an Obama +14 in 2008 to Obama +4 in 2012, but that clearly wasn’t enough to overcome what now looks to be a significant realignment four years ago towards Democrats and not an anomaly. . . Read More
Here is complete video of President Barack Obama’s Victory Speech tonight after winning re-election in the 2012 Presidential Election.
Obama spoke in Chicago, appearing on stage with his family, and then speaking for about 20 minutes. Obama thanked his supporters and seemed to make an attempt at reaching across the aisle, although it remains to be seen whether he will make any real attempt to build a working relationship with Republican leaders in the House and Senate, and be willing to compromise in order to tackle the massive budget deficit and national debt the nation faces. Much of his speech was a recycling of his campaign stump speech and going all the way back to his 2004 Democratic Convention Speech about America not being made up of “red states and blue states.”
Here is complete video of Gov. Mitt Romney’s concession speech tonight after being defeated by President Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election. Romney was gracious in his remarks, saying he wished President Obama success, and vowing to pray for him.
Mitt Romney is a good man, and I believe would have been a fine leader for the nation. By the time the popular vote is totaled up, the total will show there are a few more Americans who wanted more of the same instead of a new direction.