2012 U.S. Presidential Election post mortem

Many are rejoicing, about 49% are commiserating, and some are just saying, “Thank God it’s over”.  So, before we move onto the Next Best Thing in our fast-paced lives.  Here’s a quick sum up of the drama that was the 2012 U.S. Election

The election came down largely to 3 states where it was 260,000 individual votes (out of 17million voters) that swung it.  That’s not a huge landslide (as the final 303 Obama to 206 electoral votes suggest).   It was close and this narrow margin persisted for many hours during the collection of poll data.  Hence, Karl Rove disagreed with all other pundits (inc. his employer, Fox News) when they called the election for Obama so early in the voting day:

However, with Obama, and his fellow Democrats’, questionable record of the past 4+ years (official unemployment still at 7.8% but real up at 19.9%,  debt ceiling from $6 trillion to $16 trillion, 3 massive Quantitative Easings, annual Deficit from $160 bil to $1 trill), it was Romney’s to win.  He didn’t though, so why?

Here’s a couple of very good and insightful, post-match, synopses videos.  If you want more vitriolic opinions choose the CBC, CNN or CBS networks.  They emphasise the Race Card, namely that “Romney was not Latino enough”, which is a fair point, but marginal and disseminating.  If you want deeper soul searching choose Laura Ingraham or Bill O’Reilly of Fox News (Romney’s soul backer among the big US media networks).  Race is an issue, but minor and one that the Democrats push constantly to deflect interest from uncomfortable, “real” issues such as the failing economy and unpopular Obamacare.  Romney should have answered Race issues, yes, but moved the dialogue back to the serious real agenda.  He, and his team, failed there:

Ingraham says: lack of focus by Romney on unpopular Obamacare

Ingraham: In the End, Voters Didn’t Feel a Connection With Romney

“Romney avoided pressing the president on certain issues, including Obamacare, “So, in the end, we were left with a businessman who had a Bain experience that the Left was able to caricature.”

Ad hominen, caricaturing is the Democrats forte and admittedly the Republicans are terrible at responding to it.   Thus, it was very effective in influencing the perceptions of the electorate.  A win to the perhaps hilarious, but essentially meaningless, ad campaigns.  Poor old Big Bird just ended up being collateral damage in one particular favourite.


O’Reilly says: lack of focus by Romney on the Benghazi cover up

Talking Points Memo: What the Heck Happened Last Night?

“Romney failed to press the president on the Libya attack. “It’s not just about Libya. It’s about honest representation in the Oval Office and it’s about effective anti-terror measures… Hurricane Sandy is [also] to blame, because it took Romney off the news cycle in the days leading up to Election Day.  If Mitt Romney had a guy as smart as Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod, the governor would be celebrating tonight”

The window of opportunity was open to Romney for a short while from the 3rd Presidential debate until Hurricane Sandy.  Obama was saved by the Sandy bell, it took the heat off the politic issues and gave him a chance to look presidential in a crisis.  However, during that window of opportunity if Romney struck home and put Obama’s credibility under serious scrutiny by pushing home the Benghazi cover-up.  Voting and history, in general, may well have been different…


Romney and his campaign team played it safe and low-key.  Presumably in the hope that the American public were just looking for a viable alternative to vote for instead of their under-performing incumbent, President Obama.  Don’t make any big mistakes and the protest votes and desire for a new direction to solve the US economic malaise will hand you victory.  However, this softly softly approach may have made Romney look indecisive and the fact that pretty much all natural disasters are good for leaders swung it for Obama in the last few days.

It looks like we’re going to get more of the same from America.  Unfortunately, unless President Obama dramatically changes tact, I can see this GFC unnecessarily lingering on for a while to come.

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3 Responses to 2012 U.S. Presidential Election post mortem

  1. Les Richardson says:

    You should watch the attached clip of Bill O’Reilly’s talking points in its entirety (make sure to watch to the end to get the full tone of it) – a good example of why he and Fox are killing everyone else in the ratings (his show is their highest rating one). While you can disagree with their sentiments, they state their positions in considered and comprehensive ways. O’Reilly regularly reads out dissenting letters to his commentaries – part of his success is based on the fact he does address complaints.

    Fox dramatically increased it ratings over the past four years, and will be looking forward to the bonanza (for them) of the next four years.

  2. RobF says:

    I think the happiest people in America right now are the ones who work for Fox News – after the way their ratings increased over the last four years (they now rival and often beat the networks) – they are very much looking forward to four more years of being almost the sole dissenting voice in the press. Other businesses, not so much……

    Going out of business
    Source: http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/157267/

    Not a problem though, because the government is hiring more people

  3. StingLikeABee says:

    Romney spent $800m+ to not be President. I spent nothing for the same result. Who’s the better business man now?


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