Obama, buoyed by election win, faces new battles

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AlkalineState wrote:

Romney hanging out in his home state where he is losing by over 20 points. Has to hide in a hotel so he doesn’t get rotten fruit thrown at him. That’s even worse than Gore lost Tennessee. And we know that ended. Obama = 2-term President.

Nov 06, 2012 7:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
speaker12 wrote:

Almost like Reuters is rooting for an Obama win. Sad that people can’t see through that phoney. Oh well, you get what you pay for and we are all going to pay if this guy is re-elected.

Nov 06, 2012 8:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@AlkalineState

More than likely Obama will win. Republicans hold Congress, Democrats hold Senate. And we get at least 2 more years of what we got the last 2 years.

Nov 06, 2012 9:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Yamayoko wrote:

The contest is over if Obama can win Florida electorals.

Nov 06, 2012 10:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
VernMc wrote:

Romney is learning what the Beatles taught us a long time ago, Money can’t buy you love.

Nov 06, 2012 10:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BiteRight wrote:

Romney’s total electoral votes should not exceed around 250s, as he is bound to lead in small states now but finish second in finality. Big states like California and New York are still due out but likely not in Romney’s favor.

Nov 06, 2012 10:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

TheNewWorld: The next two years don’t have to be the same as the last 2 years if Republicans will just drop their resistance to working with Democrats and start doing their jobs like they’re supposed to. They have to start putting this country first. The parties need to work together. Republicans must be willing to compromise. Compromise is a necessary characteristic of a successful democracy. Democrats have shown time and time again that they’re willing to compromise. Many of their constituents don’t like it either, but they do it because they know it is necessary to move this country forward, and Democrats’ constituents usually come around. Republicans have to learn to do the same. It’s up to the Republicans. No one can force them to work across the aisle. It has to come from them.

Nov 06, 2012 11:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

Obama wins! With God’s help we dodged a bullet.

Nov 06, 2012 11:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AZWarrior wrote:

Don’t care anymore. I want my Obama bucks. Borrow as much as you can so I can have everything I want. Screw your children and grandchildren. I don’t care.

Nov 06, 2012 11:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jocomus wrote:

Celebrations will be in Chicago not Boston. Just can’t imagine why Romney would lose his home state votes.

Nov 06, 2012 11:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Whipsplash wrote:

Congratulations Mr. President on another 4 years!
Obama takes Ohio.

Nov 06, 2012 11:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

Once again true Americans reject Republican extremism.

This is were we all see if Romney was genuine about being bi-partisan…

Nov 06, 2012 11:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GeorgeBrown wrote:

Dear American Voters,

Thank you!

Sincerely,
A Relieved Canadian

Nov 06, 2012 11:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BlueCannon wrote:

Romney claimed to have his pledges proven by past achievements. Yet, Mass. and Michigan voted down his track record. People’s action speaks louder than his word.

Nov 06, 2012 11:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse

I for one am having a 18yr old Glenfiddich while watching Karl Rove blubber his hypocritical a$$ on FOX about Ohio being called by his own program. FOX is actually challenging their own people, the decision desk that made the call for Obama in Ohio, and forcing them to camera to explain why they disagree with the almighty Rove. Pathetic, he was at the vanguard of the calls for Bush in many states where the margins were just as small or less when he rode the lightning.This is completely on point for FOX, belittle everyone who disagrees with them, own turf or no.

Swap to MSNBC and I am sure you’d find the same type of horrible journalism and spin doctors in full force. Hell, anyone that hires the Rev. Al Sharpton obviously feels the truth is a sliding scale and that equality only exists in dreams.

Pick your poison with these guys, but remember the magic box where the puppets act is just that, poison. Let this be the last election that is powered by energy-drink drunk bloggers, talking pinheads on TV and general hatemongers all around. Educate yourselves and learn what the basis for the issues are and make informed well considered choices.

Stop letting these attention junkies make your decisions.

Can’t wait to see how Mitch McConnell,Reid,Pelosi and Boehner react and whether the Congress on both sides will shut up and go to work for the people that pay them.

US. Us.

Nov 07, 2012 12:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
Calvin2k wrote:

Romney demonstrated that he did not have the organizational skills to run a competent campaign.

Nov 07, 2012 12:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
Prairiefire wrote:

Listen to the whining now… The Koch brothers will be the biggest… All those millions to save a few buck in taxes… You need to go back to the back rooms boys the electorate has spoken… You can not buy an election… Also to Karl Rove… Your dirty tricks were known… They do not work anymore… Live with it….

Nov 07, 2012 12:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
leungsite wrote:

Romney’s China-bashing went over too much than Obama. It didn’t yield to him more votes from Ohio but actually cost him votes from pro-business Americans.

Nov 07, 2012 12:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
taxcorps2 wrote:

Reuters, please add “Like” and “Reply” buttons to your comments sections. Like the comment by Doc FrankeNFurter. Would also like some 18 year old Glenfiddich, but don’t have any.

Nov 07, 2012 12:34am EST  --  Report as abuse

The Obama supporters are gloating and exulting and jeering at the Romney supporters.

But just keep in mind, this was no landslide for Obama. About half the country wanted Romney to take over. If Romney had been just a little stronger, he might have won decisively.

Now Obama’s got to deal with a humongous budget crisis and the Repubs have four years to block his policies while grooming a strong candidate for ’16.

Nov 07, 2012 12:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
Pullum wrote:

The best news is that 2 of the GOP Taliban – Akin and Murdoch – got stiffed.

Nov 07, 2012 12:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
PKFA wrote:

Well, we now have four more years.

Nov 07, 2012 1:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
Anokaman wrote:

food stamps just went up 40% But really, its a never ending money pit.

Nov 07, 2012 1:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
MARTRAMM wrote:

That was close but the best won. On a hindsight $2 bil seems way too steep though.

Nov 07, 2012 1:46am EST  --  Report as abuse

Now let us hope Congress can get its act together. Perhaps the Speaker of the house, in losing his bid to consign the president to one term, can find the necessary focus to aid the president in moving the nation forward for the entire population. Strengthening the livelihood of those less fortunate than himself is the formula for improving the lot of all Americans. The legislature must find ways to work together and inspire teamwork in those they govern without regard to political affiliation. God bless America.

Nov 07, 2012 1:48am EST  --  Report as abuse

Mr President, congratulations! Your first job should now be to declare AIPAC a foreign agent under the law and to be registered as such. Then it will be unable to influence US foreign policy, or anything else. That one action alone will be a significant signal that American government is democratic and no longer run by lobbyists.

Nov 07, 2012 2:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
Buzz1234 wrote:

It’s not rocket science: the Republicans ran the wrong guy.

Nov 07, 2012 2:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ladyj8 wrote:

Ode to a Country

Why should any despair this vote -
procured by many just off the boat?

Idled of customary culture, not mind -still
far and wide the Prez behind.

Yet worse the saddled patrons implode
their horse’s arse to win forbode

All bets to chance a common ground
On which to make the beast come ’round.

Race on with blinders full we must,
‘Til we feel the Unicorn’s thrust

Parlance pressures but subside
The betters knowing, completely snide

That maybe now man’s preoccupation
Can look upon a once sovereign nation.

Nov 07, 2012 2:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
Libicz wrote:

As a Canadian I have avidly followed your presidential and congressional elections in a variety of media and on Internet sites, such as Reuters.

I was often shocked and disgusted by the degree of partisanship and hatred expressed in these media and on these comment pages. I, thus, developed an intense dislike for your country, which I know very well, however, through frequent travel.

I, as most Canadians, supported the reelection of Barack Obama but feared he would lose the election on the basis of polls that showed a very tight race. However, when the media announced the president’s reelection I was very happy, and when I viewed television images of his American supporters’, many so young, smiling and dancing and waving flags, I was very proud of them and all Americans who voted for him and the Democrats.

President Obama is the best man for the post: he is smart, honest, inspiring, disinterested in personal gain, and committed to his task. We Canadians have often expressed the wish that he were our country’s leader. I presently live in Europe and have observed the same wish and respect for your newly re-elected president.

Bravo, America – land of the free!

Nov 07, 2012 2:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
Montpessat wrote:

I guess people just don’t want to get into more war’s and want Obama to keep unwinding the current waste of money in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Nov 07, 2012 2:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
EthicsIntl wrote:

Congrats to President Obama and all the sensible American voters….What a relief !!!
I was ready to relocate to China, no joke, if the Mafia foot soldier MR was put up.

Yet, almost half the voters picked Romney, which only shows how easy it is for Wall Street (they all backed MR) the Banksters & Super PAC’s to infiltrate & brainwash the uneducated voters.

I now pray our ‘newly’ re-elected President, not having to worry about another election, will go after the Banksters & Multinationals who have raided our country’s finances, in a much more agressive manner, and let’s have some real sentencing for these criminals.

Cracking down on criminal financiers and closing all the tax loop holes for the Mega Multinationals & the Elite will be enough to turn our economy around.

God Bless….

Nov 07, 2012 3:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
VincentVery wrote:

Being from Europe I must say that I am relieved Obama won, your president is pretty much our president too. I am absolutely shocked that so many people voted for Romney. The guy is a maniac, he would have started WW3 in Middle East in no time at all. Still, Americans messed up big time by not electing Ron Paul. The best president USA never had.

Nov 07, 2012 3:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
Rhino1 wrote:

Dear American Voters,

Thank you!

Sincerely,
A relieved world citizen

Nov 07, 2012 3:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
MudCow wrote:

Wall street is best known for placing the wrong bet, and so is this time, by a wide margin. With over 300 electoral votes for Obama, it’s not even a close-call as suggested by polls.

Nov 07, 2012 3:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

The republican party is doomed to repeat this over and over unless they resign themselves to the fact that they cannot get elected by bible thumping and race baiting. The composition of our country is changing and it is time for them to change with it. We need both sides to come together with compromise that can take our great country forward. We need moderates with ideas from both sides to come up with intelligent solutions to a host of complex problems that are facing our country. An aging population, globalization, energy, education, healthcare, climate change and a host of other issues MUST be addressed. They cannot wait for the next election cycle.

Nov 07, 2012 3:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
YouGoYo wrote:

“God Bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her Thru the night with a light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans, white with foam God bless America, My home sweet home!” Irving Berlin. “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” Pres. Jefferson. “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”, “Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.” Pres. Jackson

Nov 07, 2012 4:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
EthicsIntl wrote:

@Invictuss;
You’re no Johny Carson, my griend…did you ever have a mental check up?

Nov 07, 2012 4:09am EST  --  Report as abuse
ckj3 wrote:

So what vacation trip we get to pay for now for the obamas bet a island trip cost what 450,000 750,000 he has to unwhined and biden should be cheaper a stool at the local bar and grill. Who is going to buy back the debt we owe china anybody know? but you all got your man in the white house lets see if he does anything but waste money and your kids futures. you know the reps are not going to work with him I see 4 years like the last four.

Nov 07, 2012 4:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
SJPM wrote:

An urgent need to check the fraud, esp. in Ohio and Florida, Virginia as well as Colorado.
Winning a few big cities’ popular vote don’t mean winning the whole population, especially when many city votes were closely evened out for both parties but the rest of the population in these states voted for Romney, yet Obama wins?
Nay, Many missing persons and dead voters appeared!

Nov 07, 2012 4:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
Abe789 wrote:

The major difference in the two candidates: Romney loves his country. Obama has never commented on the subject.

Nov 07, 2012 4:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
YouGoYo wrote:

I think generations X and Y have an important job ahead! I think we need to educate our parents, grandparents, or anyone who mistakes Fox News’ Opinion programs as news! There’s no discussion about topics and it’s very negative. Please, for the good of the country! Be nice, let’s talk about what the United States needs right now. For the good of ALL of the people!

Nov 07, 2012 4:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
Abe789 wrote:

WHEN I REGISTERED FOR THIS ACCOUNT, I HAD TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT: ” Comment successfully submitted. Your post is pending approval. Published comments can be removed if they do not meet our standards. What’s This? ” WHAT’S THIS violates the freedom of speech guarantee for legal citizens of the USA. Just wait . . . there’ll be more, just stay tuned.

Nov 07, 2012 4:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
ALALAYIIIAAAA wrote:

i was wondering why are you celebrating.sooner or later you will be a chinese colony with this huge debt which is george’s bush junior legacy.
you are the same people who were cheering for his reelection those days.
did american troops left from afganistan ? no!instead you started another type of war called as “arab spring” in order to reduce the cost of war first and second not your brutal troops be once more in the spotlight for their attricities.the results are still the same and noticeably especially in libya and egypt.

Nov 07, 2012 5:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

Well, it had been said that America could survive an Obama but could not survive a population ignorant enough to vote for such a man. Now with barry re-elected we get to sit back and watch the usa tear itself apart.

Bravo. /slow-clap Bravo.

Nov 07, 2012 5:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:

Shame on you, Reuters, for repeating Republican Rhetoric instead of being honest. Social programs are NOT expensive; they amount to all of 4% of the budget, fully funded. If you want to look at cuts, then cut the over $1 Billion a year given to the Fossil Fuel Industry, and the massive overspending in the military — equal to 68% of the budget, even though Republicans deceptively removed Military Spending from the budget to hide just how much of your Taxpayer Money they were paying themselves through military contracts to Republican-owned companies.

There’s plenty of places where meaningful cuts can be easily made, and not hurt Americans at all without pretending that cutting social programs would accomplish anything. And Social Security is 100% paid for. It currently has enough to pay out until 2036, and the trust fund is growing constantly. Leave Social Security alone! It’s not part of the budget!

Nov 07, 2012 7:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:

@speaker12: What colour is the sky in your world? Reuters is repeating all the false Republican talking points as if they were real. If they were rooting for anyone, it’s Romney. But thank goodness America rejected backward thinking and gave Obama a new mandate.

Nov 07, 2012 7:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Grant_X wrote:

Stubborn Obstacles = Teapublicans.

Nov 07, 2012 7:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

A big win by President Obama, but not unexpected by anyone who has a brain.

Nov 07, 2012 7:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
Caspary wrote:

Congratulations to Obama! Mitt Romney is a good American in the wrong party, or in a party that is outdated and out-of-step with majority of the US/world.

Nov 07, 2012 7:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
txlady wrote:

hardly call this a resounding victory. i don’t think he can win over the 49% he lost in the popular vote.

Nov 07, 2012 7:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
peaceisgreat wrote:

An interesting thing in this election (besides the pretty close call in total votes) is that a good number of major Southern cities (Atlanta, Durham, Dallas, Memphis, St. Louis) voted for Obama, even though Southern states in general are a easy win for the GOP.

Nov 07, 2012 8:09am EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

The Republican fanatics seem to be very quiet all of a sudden. Have they run out of things to say?

Nov 07, 2012 8:24am EST  --  Report as abuse

Don’t worry Mitt. You didn’t get the touchdown but your team has won. That is to say that with any election, Authority wins and Liberty loses. Maybe on the next play in the game you’ll get that lateral pass you were expecting.

Nov 07, 2012 8:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
LoveJoyOne wrote:

What a great day for freedom of choice, charity and brotherly love. I feel like I just watched the end of the Tolkien trilogy.

The Dark Lord has been defeated. Not Romney: he was more like Boromir. No, this was the end of the Dark Force of hate-based, bigoted, birthers, like Karl Rove. I hope the ring has been destroyed.

I hope the GOP can move back to the center and become once again the same party that gave us honest Abe. Then we can have a real national dialog and solve national problems.

Nov 07, 2012 8:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
DetroitNative wrote:

A giant victory for Banks, Media Moguls, Union Bosses, and extremists. Expect 4 more years of servitude and erosion of freedom. Good luck guys.

Nov 07, 2012 9:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
LoveJoyOne wrote:

“Expect 4 more years of servitude and erosion of freedom.”

The only ones who are looking to erode anyone’s freedom are the neocons, evangelicals and tea potters, who are all intent on telling everyone else how to live. It’s always “My way or the highway” with them.

Now we can hope to be freed from those control freaks – at least for another 4 years.

As for servitude, the only ones who are paying any are the ones who are subject to trickle-down economics. Never worked, never will. That’s just a scheme put in place by the rich to skim money from the less fortunate.

Nov 07, 2012 9:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
hoxfan wrote:

Ahh, yes. The mellifluous whine of anti-science, self-delusional, neo-con wing-nuts in defeat. This is called progress. Your services are no longer needed here. Ever again. Now do us all a favor and leave. Please and Thank You.

Nov 07, 2012 9:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
neilc23 wrote:

Obama received 9,891,482 FEWER votes yesterday than he did in 2008. Romney received 2,992,111 FEWER votes than McCain. This is definitely NOT a vote of confidence for either candidate.

What alarms me the most is that both candidates significantly distorted the truth, yet most Americans only saw the lies of the opposition candidate. Democrats got hysterical over Romney’s distortions. Meanwhile, Republicans got hysterical over Obama’s lies and distortions. This is not a good characteristic for any nation. It demonstrates the shallowness of our citizens.

Nov 07, 2012 9:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

@hoxfan

Send them all to Texas and give them independence? That would be such fun to watch!

Nov 07, 2012 9:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
demsar5 wrote:

Think the last 4 years were great? Get ready for more. Hope you don’t have or work for a small company

Nov 07, 2012 9:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
BigJoe45 wrote:

Too bad for me. Had Romney won I would be out shopping for a new truck. Can’t do it now. Gotta save as much money as I can for the economic slow down and higher taxes that are inevitably coming. Maybe I will be able to buy a new truck in 4 years.

Nov 07, 2012 9:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
Reisel wrote:

So…why did we have an election? Obama won that argument, he won the popular vote and like it or not a landslide electoral college. And yet, somehow, it’s he that has to pander to the other side.

Why should he? It’s not like he can be re-elected. Maybe we do it this way. We need to do something, we get 50% of what we want, you get 50% of what you want…….it’s called compromise. No one is going to get 100% of what THEY want.

Nov 07, 2012 9:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
eavesmaccer wrote:

Obama won everywhere but in the debates in which we have hard evidence of his real character away from his handlers.

Nov 07, 2012 9:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillDexter wrote:

Yes President Obama has won re-election, and with a surprising margin in some states reported to be in ‘play’. So congratulations to you, Mr. President, and to you his supporters on the Reuters comments boards.

So, the science and progress can now continue with, what, all that money falling from the sky that the Republicans used to take all for themselves? That’s a relief. Now Ben can give the printing presses a well deserved rest.

Nov 07, 2012 10:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
checkthefacts wrote:

I’m disappointed Obama won. I’m not optimistic about our future but I hope i am wrong and thathe is able to do good for the country.

Nov 07, 2012 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
forzapista wrote:

Did anyone really expect the right wingnuts to STFU once their candidate LOST? It’s like the southern hillbillies that keep fighting a war they lost over 150 years ago.

Nov 07, 2012 10:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
ajmg1 wrote:

Score Card for Obama first term. Benghazi 4 dead. Fast and Furious 1 dead. Whitehouse takes NO RESPONSIBILITY. Executive Privilege takes the elitist president a long way. Get ready for more during the next four years.
We all need to work for the government that way we can all be elitists. Works for the Greeks!

Nov 07, 2012 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

@McBob08

I had to stop and question whether or not your post was real. Social programs account for only 4% of the budget? Military 68%? Believe a 1B cut is significant? Boy, is this the typical voter America now has? No wonder this country is headed to the dump, it’s people are brainwashed and clueless. Shame on you, McBob08, for believing leftist propaganda and failing to be informed.

Nov 07, 2012 10:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
Rich_F wrote:

you wanted him for 4 more years, you got em! now i’m not interested in hearing your complaining as the middle class standard of living continues to erode and young people still can’t get quality jobs after running up massive college debts. my conscience is clear.

Nov 07, 2012 10:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

@checkthefacts ~ your minority views don’t count for anything.

@ajmg ~ you are a great example of why Republicans lost. Why can’t Republicans learn anything from defeat?

America has made it clear what it thinks of right-wing craziness, but you just keep on repeating the same lame soundbites.

Nov 07, 2012 10:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mott wrote:

The mettle of Republicans will be put to test in their capability to reach out for bipartisan cooperation to put public infront of politics as called by Romney in his concession speech, perhaps widsom gained at the end of the journey, to carry forward in practice that does matter.

Progressives and Conservatives
Care, Compassion, Courage and Patience
Put selfless infront of selfish
Do the right-thing that’s good for all
It takes time to heal the bitterness in half the self
Project love and prayer to come to terms with one-self
Give it all to protect the future of the next generation
Be A True American.

Nov 07, 2012 10:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
tahoelad775 wrote:

There are at least 25,000 verified DEAD PEOPLE in California that according to voting records are still voting. I bet if went back and removed the dead vote Oblamo lost. Voter fraud? You betcha Chicago Style

Nov 07, 2012 10:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
URNSO wrote:

More of the same. Get ready for Obama austerity with the fiscal cliff.

Nov 07, 2012 11:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
jabberwolf wrote:

funny, all the idiots here that are berating Romney dont realize that the DOW has plunged almost 300 points. Hmmmmm yes ignorance won last night definately.

Nov 07, 2012 11:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
LoveJoyOne wrote:

ajmg1:
Scorecard for Bush’s two terms:
- Tens of thousands dead, in New York, Washington, Iraq and Afghanistan
- Tax cuts for the rich, in spite two wars we still can’t pay for
- The start of the greatest recession since the Great Depression
- The biggest financial crisis since 1929
- Ben Laden nowhere to be found
- The end of civil liberties, in the name of homeland security
- More restrictions placed on individual freedom than ever before.
- The US President becomes the laughing stock of the world

Easily the worst 8 years in the history of America aside. Absolutely no redeeming feature.

And you expected America to give you guys another chance?

You’re lucky we let you stay here.

Nov 07, 2012 11:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
LoveJoyOne wrote:

tahoelad775 said : “…I wish I could afford to move out of the USA.”

Need a loan?

Nov 07, 2012 11:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
benwelgoed wrote:

“Republicans hold Congress, Democrats hold Senate”. ‘Minor’ issue: It’s called ‘The House’, which together with The Senate makes up the US Congress.

Nov 07, 2012 11:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

Congratulations President Obama!

For me there were a few highlights of the night, beyond Obama winning.

1. Rove having a ‘cry baby’ moment after Ohio was called ‘too early’. Watching this guy breakdown on ‘his’ FOX news was an instant classic. Even better was him trying ot walk back from his comments as you could tell he was realizing he had ZERO legs to stand on.

2. Seeing the Democrats win nearly EVERY contested Senate race.

3. Joe Walsh and Alan West losing, wish Michelle could have joined them.

The biggest question to me, will the GOP finally learn that they need to govern instead of saying no to everything? If not they are done in 2014. Demographics are changing, the GOP either better change or be left behind, and not how they have changed in the last 4 years.

Nov 07, 2012 11:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

To all you folks clinging to hope that the Republicans will “stop being partisan” and work with Obama: Obama played golf 100 times and only once was he with a Republican. That should say it all. You voted for hope and change in 2008 and now you’ve voted for the status quo. You will get exactly what you got in the first term, and America will bear the consequences.

Nov 07, 2012 11:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
iowafarm wrote:

That’s a joke. He didn’t give a $%^& before the election why would he spend any time on it now? Personally, I look for more lavish vacations and golf outings for him and his extended entourage. He has become the Putin of America.

Nov 07, 2012 11:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

America has spoken. The GOP is broken. Get over it, republicans.

Nov 07, 2012 11:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

I want to hear some more from the republicans about how all the polls were wrong and how Obama doesn’t have a chance. Good stuff. If anything, most polls were giving Romney far too much credit as a candidate. Kind of glad him and his foxnews followers got their hopes up though. I’m mean that way. He got his ass whooped last night.

Nov 07, 2012 11:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
benwelgoed wrote:

tahoelad775: How’s that uphill arithmetic going for ya. Had it been a hundred times as many, i.e. 2.5 MILLION dead voters, it might have been significant, that is if all of them had voted the same way of course. Now people do die between the time they mail in their ballots and the time those ballots are counted, so maybe your number is even a bit on the low side, but then again, statistics has it that them d e a d voters wouldn’t be voting that much different from the general population. So, now again: What was your point?

Nov 07, 2012 11:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
benwelgoed wrote:

tahoelad775: How’s that uphill arithmetic going for ya. Had it been a hundred times as many, i.e. 2.5 MILLION dead voters, it might have been significant, that is if all of them had voted the same way of course. Now people do die between the time they mail in their ballots and the time those ballots are counted, so maybe your number is even a bit on the low side, but then again, statistics has it that them d e a d voters wouldn’t be voting that much different from the general population. So, now again: What was your point?

Nov 07, 2012 11:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
benwelgoed wrote:

tahoelad775: How’s that uphill arithmetic going for ya. Had it been a hundred times as many, i.e. 2.5 MILLION dead voters, it might have been significant, that is if all of them had voted the same way of course. Now people do die between the time they mail in their ballots and the time those ballots are counted, so maybe your number is even a bit on the low side, but then again, statistics has it that them d e a d voters wouldn’t be voting that much different from the general population. So, now again: What was your point?

Nov 07, 2012 11:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

jabberwolf complains: “ignorance won last night definately.”

I think you mean ‘definitely.’ Now what was it you were telling the American people about their ignorance? Good times. Definitely.

Nov 07, 2012 11:31am EST  --  Report as abuse

After scouring the news and polls for the last 4 months, I had predicted 300 Electorals for Obama, hah! And this time, Florida didn’t even matter! Double “Hah!”

(Okay, I also based my forecast on Silver’s 538!) Enough gloating. I watched 95% of the election coverage on PBS, with Judy, Gwen, David Brooks and Mark Shields and co. Occasionally, I’d flip to Fox and watch what they were saying for a few moments.

Get this, and probably no surprise, Karl Rove was analyzing the Ohio returns, around 11 pm. He was saying that it was Dems who mostly voted early in Ohio, and that therefore, the votes of the more conservative regions of Ohio had not yet been counted, and would be coming in in the wee hours of Wed. morning.

I flipped back to PBS, and their analysts were saying the opposite, that it was mostly Repubs who voted early this time (Rove was basing his assessment on 2008 voting patterns in Ohio). PBS was correct (no surprise there either), as Cuyhoga county and mostly Dem NE Ohio’s votes had not yet been counted.

Fox rationalized Obama’s victory, with Chris Wallace saying: “Obama didn’t win because America supports him, he won because his people campaigned better; they ran a better campaign.”

My only two wishes are that Mitch McConnel*, the ultra-rightwing-nut Senate Repub leader had been up for election and voted out, along with most of the obstructionist Repubs in the House.

*McConnel is the knave who explicity declared back in 2009 that the Republican party’s number one priority goal was to ensure that Obama is a one-term president, and the urgent problems of the country be damned. Eat it, Mitch!

Nov 07, 2012 11:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
PCScipio wrote:

“Obama told the crowd he hoped to sit down with Romney in the coming weeks and examine ways to meet the challenges ahead… ” What the…. Can someone explain this to me?

Nov 07, 2012 11:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

GOP ideology is failing. Romney flopped. Him and Paul Ryand didn’t even carry their own states. Not even close there actually. Demorcrat McCaskill won in Missouri against another teabagger. Elizabeth Warren beat the republican incumbent, Scott Brown in Massachusetts. 3 more states voted last night to legalize gay marriage.

GOP ideology is failing. And GOP strength is shriveling. Thank God. God Bless America!

Nov 07, 2012 11:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
dmanning wrote:

A victory for Obama and the American people. The frightened morons out there who are convinced this means the end of the American Dream and tyranny in the form of a socialist government don’t have the intelligence to understand reality. They have a collective persecution complex, and love the thought they are somehow being repressed. Delusional and sad. Whatever they think of the President, and America, they need to try and reclaim their sanity, realize that no policy or legislation presented Obama or the Democrats, has any relation to any of these dire, lunatic, apocalyptic catastrophes of which they’re so terribly afraid. If America had been filled with these same timid buffoons years ago we would never have survived the truly tough things we’ve gone through: The Civil War, the Depression, WWII, etc.

And for their Benghazi BS. and all these faux crimes they’ve been fooled into thinking the POTUS has committed–get a clue. Bad stuff happens in this dangerous, tumultous world; and thanks to Obama, far less bad has been happening than under the blundering previous Commander in Chief. The only ones who seems convinced nothing bad should ever happen with Obama in the Oval Office are you whackadoodles. We’ll add this to your list of delusions–a bizarre Messianic complex for the President. You’ve been duped into believing phony political attacks and taking them for facts. It’s all a scam, and you’re the marks. Shouldn’t be a surprise, as you are the same geeks who also buy that Obama is a Muslim/terrorist/communist, or whatever the loony fantasia du jour is. The propagandists in your party are manipulating you, and your dancing like puppets on strings.

There are real, serious challenges in the country right now–stubborn unemployment, an approaching debt crisis, income inequality, environmental dangers galore–and serious, rational voters and representatives of both parties need to unite to tackle them. So take your crazy off into a dark corner and slap around in it all you want to; but get the hell out of our way so we can get to work.

Nov 07, 2012 11:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillDexter wrote:

USAPragmatist, the GOP needs to change with the demographics. How are the demographics changing? How should the GOP change? If there is some ‘new’ type of citizen that is out there I’d like to meet them. Oh, you’re referring to the 47%, aren’t you.

Nov 07, 2012 11:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

GOP ideology is failing. Romney flopped. Him and Paul Ryand didn’t even carry their own states. Not even close there actually. Demorcrat McCaskill won in Missouri against another teabagger. Elizabeth Warren beat the republican incumbent, Scott Brown in Massachusetts. 3 more states voted last night to legalize gay marriage.

GOP ideology is failing. And GOP strength is shriveling. Thank God. God Bless America!

Nov 07, 2012 11:50am EST  --  Report as abuse

@forzapista- You’re confusing Appalachia with the South. Actually, many of the folks in Appalachia were Unionists.

@RichF- The middle class began to shrink, and wages stagnate, under Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr., and the middle class prospered and real wages improved only during the Clinton years. The same began to shrink and stagnate again under Bush Jr. So, get real, study the facts, and stop spewing rightwing propaganda.

@tahoelad- Many educated, middle and upper-middle class people voted for Obama. Face reality. I’m a lily-white, upper middle class, native Southerner, and I voted for him too. (Even though I knew Romney would carry my home state of Georgia.)

In California, even if what you say is accurate, 25,000 bogus votes wouldn’t make a difference, as there are 37 Million people in CA, and somewhere in the ballpark of at least 12 million or more registered voters.

After all the vitriol, accusations of being a communist, the asinine and desperate “birther” nonsense, the obstructionists Mitch McConnel and Boehner, and the rest of the GOP House, the people have spoken and Obama has won a second term, fair and square.

If a 1% popular vote margin bothers you, consider Reagan v Carter. Reagan won a landslide Electoral victory in ’80, but the pop vote was not much more of disparity than this latest election.

Repubs, Teas, unfavorable Indies, Obama is also YOUR president. With a second term, you can no longer consider him a “fluke”, or “abomination”. This republic was designed to work on compromise, and on compromise it was itself founded.

Either work with us, or get out of the way. If you’re going to stomp your feet and whine like children, go right ahead, we have more midterms coming in just two years.

If you want to emigrate to Canada (watch it, they’re “socialists” up there!) or Australia, don’t let the door hit you in the you-know-where, because you refuse to compromise. We don’t need another Civil War, and civil war is what happened when the country decided it couldn’t compromise.

Nov 07, 2012 11:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

@alkaline…I think the GOP is just fine, but it is apparent that America needs at least another four years before they realize that realism trumps idealism – at least when it’s time to pay the bill.

Nov 07, 2012 12:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

The market likes it…wonder what that is all about…..

Nov 07, 2012 12:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

I sincerely hope Obama does more than continue the status quo in his second term.

His first was marked by declining wages, a higher unemployment rate than the day he took office and record deficit spending.

Considering he had a supermajority in his first term that he will not be afforded in a second, I have a hard time believing he’ll accomplish much.

Nov 07, 2012 12:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
yubamary wrote:

I hope the House stands their ground. I’m just sorry that we now will have 4 more years of the same. I don’t know that I’ll be able to take it without getting food stamps.

Nov 07, 2012 12:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:

Big Bird has been pardoned and will be a guest for Thanksgiving, not part of the menu.

Mitt gets to eat crow.

BIG BIRD rocks !!!!!!!!

Nov 07, 2012 12:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Obama won because Obama was the better candidate. I think FoxNews even started believing ITSELF about Romney having a chance. They were starting to look like state-run television in a far-off jungle country. What a flop romney and his mouthpieces turned out to be. I want to hear again about those raz-missin’ polls. Good times.

Nov 07, 2012 12:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

@BillDexter, the country is becoming less ‘white’ and the GOP has more or less zero appeal to the minorities in this country, but that is what happens when you promote intolerance/hate. The GOP either needs to abandon the extremist elements in it’s party, or make sure they have less influence, or it is curtains for the GOP.

Nov 07, 2012 12:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

jaham writes: “@alkaline…I think the GOP is just fine…”

Ok keep thinking that. From yallz motel down in Kentucky.

Are you kidding me? New voters nationwide signing on 2:1 with the Democratic party over the republican party, 6 years in a row now. Failure of Romney and Ryan to carry even their home states. Tea party turd-circus in Missouri. Gay marriage passing by popular vote in 3 new states last night. Yeah, the GOP is doing great. Good times.

Nov 07, 2012 12:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ChangeWhat wrote:

All of you that have voted for your savior don’t forget this term is supposed to be to fix America as he stated in his debates. Remember he needed more time to fix America, well Mr.President you have your time now lets see what your actually going to do with it. I would expect some of his policies for America to be put into effect in the coming weeks considering he has had 4 years to get his policies in order for America. So there should be no waiting period, but we shall see.

Nov 07, 2012 12:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IamBAD1 wrote:

Maybe the Tea Party should split from the GOP and form a third party?

Nov 07, 2012 1:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

GOP searches for soul…. in Dick Cheney.

Finds nothing. Good times.

Nov 07, 2012 1:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rgbviews wrote:

Let’s hope we have seen the last of Karl Rove and John Bolton.

Nov 07, 2012 1:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse

@Jaham- Declining wages and unemploment? Yes, but, do you remember that little thing called the Great Recession? And, IIRC, Obama NEVER had supermajority in either the House or the Senate, he had a simple majority in both, enough to out-vote Repubs in the House, but hard to stop them in the Senate, especially with their endless filibustering.

If not for Obama and “his first term”, the middle class would be all but gone by now, along with the US automotive industry, and the myriad of other American industries tied to it! Saving that industry is a very big deal, and a great success of Obama and his policies. And yet, bad-faith Repubs won’t even acknowledge it!

Housing prices are on the uptick, the housing market is recovering, things are getting better and are going to continue to do so. Join us, work with us, or get out of the way!

Nov 07, 2012 1:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
steveo1049 wrote:

How about some actual investigative reporting, here’s a lead:

In January 2009 20 Republicans met in secret at the Caucus Room in Washington, an upscale restaurant and there they hatched a conspiracy to obstruct everything that President Obama would put forward for the next four years.

Attending the dinner were House members Eric Cantor, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Pete Sessions. From the Senate were Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, Jim DeMint, John Ensign and Jon Kyl. Others present were former House Speaker and future – and failed – presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and the Republican strategist Frank Luntz, who organized the dinner and sent out the invitations.

Nov 07, 2012 1:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BillDexter wrote:

I’m not sure what you mean, USAPragmatist. What exactly has the GOP done to promote intolerance/hate? What is it that appeals to ‘minority’ Americans that does not appeal to ‘white’ Americans?

Democrats call conservatives ‘racist’ all day every day to ‘appeal’ to minority voters, while always calling for yet more giveaways. You were as vocal as anyone about the Tea Party being “uncompromising”.

When the Tea Party started, all we wanted was FINALLY to stop increasing the bureaucracies and the handouts. I know, the social conservatives showed up and I’m sorry about that, but you and the rest of the liberals shrieked your heads off – why? Not because you care what we would do to the Republican Party, but because when someone FINALLY stood up and said – enough with the increases – you were terrified that message would resonate. That’s what you fear, a meaningful dialogue about the cost we all bear. Minority Americans and their children are saddled with this incredulous national debt exactly as much as white Americans are. What you call the extremist elements are the very few of us left who speak the politically unpopular truth about it.

You’re right, USAP, this may be curtains for the Republican party. Enjoy your prosperity on that day, because the next day is the beginning of Chinese imposed austerity.

Nov 07, 2012 1:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

bates148 you are pathetic…only played golf with a Republican once. You already lost regarding your crazy post that Wall Street favored Obama. You’re going to lose this one as well. Obama appointed Republicans as Secretary of the Navy, Defense and Transportation. He appointed Republican Governor Jon Huntsman as our Ambassador to China. He appointed Republican Jill Sommers as a Commissioner at the CFTC…and that’s just the ones I know about.
Sour grapes is really unappealing. Your boy couldn’t even carry his home state (Michigan) and got beat by 20 points in Mass where he was Governor and lost in Wisconsin where Pual Ryan is a sitting House Republican. I think that says volumes about Romney. Romney didn’t just get beat by Obama..he got hammered. Looks like Florida will go to Obama as well. 332 to 206…..it wasn’t even close. Most American’s disagree with you. Get over it.

Nov 07, 2012 1:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xit007 wrote:

The foolishness of the these party gadflys – quoting whose policy is working. Forget about policy – you will be crushed by reality. Pandering on gets you elected – but you can’t hide from the numbers. Looming financial crisis…HMMMMM. How can that be – he had all the money and policies in place. how about a budget? He had both houses for two years – how about a budget? Is there a trend here….

Nov 07, 2012 1:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse

I would like to point out to everybody that, if I’m correct about what I saw last night, Obama got over 40% of the “white” vote. So, this impression that almost all “whites”, whether old, young, or middle age, all vote Repub is incorrect.

Furthermore, I wish people would stop stereotyping the “red” states as if they’re all a bunch of radical Teanut rednecks, or selfish aristocratic genteels who all vote Repub.

If you take a look at each of the Southern states on the county level, in many of them, you’ll see that the “red” and “blue” counties are interspersed and varying, just like Ohio. These states are not as monolithically red as the Electoral maps would have us believe on the surface.

The fact of the matter is, no matter the education level or even income level, whether high school, undergraduate, or postgraduate and beyond, many Southerners and Westerners tend to still vote Repub, although their majority isn’t that great, but it is, for now, enough to tip the balance “red”.

To sum up, the country is not as divided by region as the Electoral map implies. The division runs across the whole country, as exemplified by the closeness of the popular vote in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, etc.

Nov 07, 2012 1:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse

I would like to point out to everybody that, if I’m correct about what I saw last night, Obama got over 40% of the “white” vote. So, this impression that almost all “whites”, whether old, young, or middle age, all vote Repub is incorrect.

Furthermore, I wish people would stop stereotyping the “red” states as if they’re all a bunch of radical Teanut rednecks, or selfish aristocratic genteels who all vote Repub.

If you take a look at each of the Southern states on the county level, in many of them, you’ll see that the “red” and “blue” counties are interspersed and varying, just like Ohio. These states are not as monolithically red as the Electoral maps would have us believe on the surface.

The fact of the matter is, no matter the education level or even income level, whether high school, undergraduate, or postgraduate and beyond, many Southerners and Westerners tend to still vote Repub, although their majority isn’t that great, but it is, for now, enough to tip the balance “red”.

To sum up, the country is not as divided by region as the Electoral map implies. The division runs across the whole country, as exemplified by the closeness of the popular vote in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, etc.

Nov 07, 2012 1:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

Disarm the military and tax the successful to pay for the deadbeats of society. This is going to end badly. No society in history has yet to survive such far left leaning progressiveness.

Nov 07, 2012 1:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

ChangeWhat…Presidential Debates are not controlled by the media. They are controlled by The Commission on Presidential Debates, which has no connection to the media.

Nov 07, 2012 1:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

stambro2001…read the story of FDR.

Nov 07, 2012 1:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

Once again the USA got exactly what it deserved. More’s the pity.

Nov 07, 2012 2:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

@xyz2055 FDR was concerned with the fascism that comes with the rise of the military-industrial-complex, he was not meaning to disarm the military. This is far more akin to Nero of Rome than to FDR and recent american history. Obama will golf as America burns.

Nov 07, 2012 2:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Grant_X wrote:

The Republicans began on day one blaming Obama for everything. They made getting Obama out of office more important than fixing our nation. They put all of their effort behind saying “no” at every turn. They have collectively slowed our recovery by not working with the Democrats or Obama. They are blatant about this fact. And proud of it too.

Now that they lost I wonder if they can stop the obstinate behavior? Do they now recognize that their policies, practices and beliefs have been soundly rejected? Do they get that their ideas are done?

There should be seats in the back of the room. The Republicans can sit there and watch Obama show them how leading a nation is done. I have little doubt that the Republicans will all be voted out of office by 2014, but in the meantime as they rant and rave they will seal their own fate with the voters. We have had it with their grandstanding and sycophantic blabber.

Nov 07, 2012 2:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

stambo…FDR’s new deal is very much like the Jobs program and stimulus packages that Obama advocates. FDR was also called a communist. FDR’s policies were very far to the left (for 3 terms) and we survived just fine.

Nov 07, 2012 2:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

stambo – Nobody is trying to disarm the military. Nutjob conspiracy theorists like yourself are why the Republican Party is dying. So thanks…

Nov 07, 2012 2:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
REMant wrote:

His victory was hardly decisive being less than four yrs ago and losing support among nearly all demographics except 30-44-yr-olds and Hispanics. And the country is in recession already, never mind fiscal cliffs. Netanyahu no doubt as disappointed as the NYT and the WP both of which would like guns and butter.

Nov 07, 2012 2:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Rich_F wrote:

a romney victory may of staved off the inevitable but it wouldn’t of stopped a country who’s moral compass has broke and is driving themselves into debt servitude. the cycle of human history continues as those who learned lessons in the past die off and the current generation repeats them. expect a declining standard of living for everyone as the problems are essentially to big to fix without a correct plan and the will to implement it. sadly we have neither in our government leaders.

Nov 07, 2012 3:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:

Romney lost because of the negative campaign by the Obama Camp. Romney was portrayed as a bad guy . IN reality, Romney may not be a bad guy.

Nov 07, 2012 3:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Raz-missin’ Poll misses again. Conservatives, tell us again about how that’s the accurate poll. About how Romney has a ‘slight edge.’ Come on, republicans. Cheer up. If you can’t make fun of yourselves from time to time….. we’ll have to do it for you
:)

Nov 07, 2012 3:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KyuuAL wrote:

The pressure is on Republicans… to COMPROMISE.

Nov 07, 2012 3:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Give-up-2012 wrote:

Well, I guess Obama pulled it off somehow. I have now lost all faith in the USA and throw my hands in the air.

8 to 9 percent unemployment is the new normal. It’s good enough. 46 million people on food stamps is OK. It shows we care. Debt spending is good. It will get paid off some day and if not our kids can worry about it. Trillion dollar deficits make sense.
Socialized medicine is good. It will cost more but did you honestly believe it wouldn’t? It doesn’t matter what you were told. Catholics should pay for abortions. Sandra Fluke is a prophet. Abortions and birth control should be free. We should fund abortions overseas, too.

The First Lady should be allowed to blow millions on lavish vacations. The White House parties should cost millions. The president should play as much golf and basketball as he pleases. They deserve it. They work hard.

Greedy Americans should pay more taxes and millions of Americans who pay no taxes should receive more free money. It’s only fair. Businesses can afford to pay more taxes too. That’s what they teach you in school right? We all know the Bush tax cuts that brought the deficit from $450 billion to $175 billion in four years didn’t work. Obama said so. And did you know Obama created 5 million jobs? Who cares how he came up with that number. In September he even created 600,000 part-time jobs somewhere. And don’t you dare question his math.

Benghazi was a protest, or a terrorist attack. Obama said so from the beginning. Who cares anyway. Things like that happen all the time. And the media never covered anything up to help the president either. Right, 60 Minutes?
Al-Qaeda is dead or on the run.

We pushed the restart button with Russia. Putin is a democrat. He can be trusted. What do you mean there are Russian subs in the Gulf and off the east coast?

It’s not racist that 97% of blacks vote Democrat. It’s racist if you are white and vote Republican.
The media is your friend. The mainstream media is not biased. They would never hide anything from you.
America was once the land of the free. Now we want to be told what to do. More government is good. We want stuff.
On Tuesday America changed forever. God help us in the days ahead.

Nov 07, 2012 3:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KyuuAL wrote:

@stambo2001

With World War II coming, FDR had no choice BUT to strengthen the military or else get rolled by Nazis.

Nov 07, 2012 3:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

“Democrats widened their control of the 100-member Senate by two. The Republican majority in the 435-member House means that Congress still faces a deep partisan divide.”

When the democrats keep the senate this is normal but when they Reps keep the house this is DEEPLY partisan. Very interesting. I will keep that under advisement.

Anyways all Obama is gonna do is a bunch of executive orders + new government officials to get around congress.

You voted for him America. Now you can suffer.

Nov 07, 2012 4:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

JoeObserver..Romney’s campaign against Obama was 3 times as negative. Romney lost because he flip flopped on every issue and offered absolutely zero specifics about any of his proposals. Massachusetts voters lived with Romney for 4 years and Obama took Massachusetts by 20 points. Stop whining! Romney beat Romney. Face the facts man!

Nov 07, 2012 4:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

@Alkaline…I appreciate the insult and belittling of my entire state…

You cite that: “New voters nationwide signing on 2:1 with the Democratic party over the republican party”

I have no idea where you’ve drawn this statistic from, but if it’s true it does not scare me about the future of the GOP. Like I said in my original comment, I think many young people’s idealism will fade when reality smacks them in the face.

Graduating college with liberal proffessors pushing their ideals, being young and naive, and not understanding all things economic/fiscal/monetary allows young people to be idealist.

When they get out into the world and realize those ideals are racking up on the federal credit card and will need to be paid for, their idealism will fade and be replaced with pragmatic realism.

I want every person to have healtcare, free education for their entire life, endless funds to retire on, so on and so forth…the only problem: it’s not realistic and not easy to afford.

Nov 07, 2012 4:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

@zengalacticore…those fillibusters didn’t stop Obama from passing PPACA without a single GOP vote….why did it stop him from doing anything for job creation and the middle class?

Nov 07, 2012 4:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Grant_X wrote:

I think that the Republicans are tired and the Democrats are energized. It is tiring to hate someone for four years when in all actuality you don’t even hate that person. I see fatigue on their faces and I predict that they will be working with the President and the congressional Democrats within the year.

I am so glad our country chose hope over hate…again.

Nov 07, 2012 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@xyz2055

I still to this day have no idea what Romney’s plan for America was. With Obama people knew what they were getting. I voted for Gary Johnson, I know where he stands. In my opinion we dodged a bullet with Romney. He is better trained to handle finance, but I doubt he would have acted in America’s best interests. The Republicans didn’t even want Romney, they tried to get behind everyone that wasn’t named Gary Johnson or Ron Paul that they could to keep Romney out.

Bottom line for the GOP. Remove the Tea Party from your constituancy or get used to losing. Abortion is not an issue that you are ever going to win. Go back to embracing liberty for all Americans, and get the religion out of politics. Sound fiscal policy can win elections, but not when it is mixed with religous zealotry and eliminating freedoms and liberties of other Americans.

Bottom line for America. Obama has four years to work now. No more campaigning. Get the budget fixed now, or you will leave us heading into a debt crisis that will make GW Bush’s recession look like the good old days. If you can’t get the Republican Congress and Democrat Senate to work together, and things head down hill, you can fully expect a Republican Senate and Congress in 2014, given that they learned their mistakes from this election.

Lets stop dividing the country for a change.

Nov 07, 2012 4:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Advantage—Obama. This election was the equivalent of a second civil war. The war is over. The Republicans lost. Obama won the election and a mandate that is undeniable. e weapon of extremism has been tested and it blew up in their faces-not merely with Romney but with a dozen Senate candidates. They will have to regroup, find new leaders and break with the wing-nuts or face the wrath of the American people.

Nov 07, 2012 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Advantage—Obama. This election was the equivalent of a second civil war. The war is over. The Republicans lost. Obama won the election and a mandate that is undeniable. e weapon of extremism has been tested and it blew up in their faces-not merely with Romney but with a dozen Senate candidates. They will have to regroup, find new leaders and break with the wing-nuts or face the wrath of the American people.

Nov 07, 2012 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Now let’s see if the narcissist-in-chief will actually act in a bi-partisan way. For whatever reason, he has remained in power, however the public didn’t change the make up of the congress in any way. Blaming Bush for another four years won’t get the job done any better in the next four years than it did in the first four. So, if he’s looking to build a legacy for the history books, he’d better start learning to compromise.

Nov 07, 2012 5:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bdkennedy1 wrote:

Obama wants a country that depends on their government. Come to the U.S. and you’ll get free healthcare, cell phone, food stamps, and public housing nicer than many people. We have 51% of the country that wants all of the free sh*t they can get while the 49% pays for it.

Nov 07, 2012 5:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CF137 wrote:

Being proud of this victory would be like being proud that you just won money on a horse race, where your horse was running against another horse that had a broken leg.

Nov 07, 2012 5:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BatRastardson wrote:

merlinsscience: Yup, he’s your prez too. So you need to report back here every time the Republicans do something to ACTUALLY offer up some meaningful compromise (i.e., not simply demanding to talk about what only Conservatives care about) that gets ignored by POTUS. Based on the past four years, you won’t be here often / ever. I hope the next four are different.

Nov 07, 2012 5:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
js2012 wrote:

@speaker12:
Reuters and the entire media was rooting for Obama. It’s a shame they didn’t even do their job as journalists regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack and Obama’s response or no-response. Now Reuters is saying Obama has a tough job ahead. Really, how hypocritical.

Nov 07, 2012 5:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
js2012 wrote:

@speaker12:
Reuters and the entire media was rooting for Obama. It’s a shame they didn’t even do their job as journalists regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack and Obama’s response or no-response. Now Reuters is saying Obama has a tough job ahead. Really, how hypocritical.

Nov 07, 2012 5:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

TheNewWorld

I’m right there with you brother! All I can tell you about Romney is this. It really is a shame that he never shared his most intimate plans with voters. We will never know exactly what he had in mind. He feel that he lost the 2008 nomination because he was too specific. You have to admire the way he gambled on this election. But in the end it was too much to ask and even Massachusetts (where he served) voted against him. I like Obama…always have. He’s done a lot more for this country than he gets credit for…did he make some mistakes along the way..yup! But all the great ones do… i.e. Clinton…….. who found the only jewish girl in America who couldn’t get a stain out :)

Nov 07, 2012 6:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mils54 wrote:

The repubes won’t work with you, Cut the heck out of the military budget!!, Congratulations Mr President!….And please no more bail out’s for wall street or the greedy bankers!.

Nov 07, 2012 6:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CF137 wrote:

Newsflash: There’s no way in hell a billionaire bishop from the Mormon church will ever rule America. Come on people.

Nov 07, 2012 6:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

TheNewWorld

I’m a big time supporter of Dodd-Frank..with that in mind…what do you think about Elizabeth Warren beating Scott Brown in Massachusetts for a place in the Senate? Will she finally force the CFTC to limit the bets that big banks, hedge fund managers and HFT’s can make on oil at the CBOT? You know Obama kind of shoot himself in the foot here. He appointed Republican Jill Sommers to the CFTC board…and she isn’t sold on Dodd-Frank. On the other side…House Republicans will be hard pressed to play nice with Warren….Gridlock for 4 more years? We’ll see.

Nov 07, 2012 6:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

I am so sick of the claims that Obama has not fostered bi-partisanship. He has done more then almost any other President to try and be bi-partisan, e.g. one of the signature achievements of his first term, the PPACA, was based upon ideas that were created by the GOP. The GOP leadership made a calculated judgement in Jan 2009 to block/say no to everything in an attempt to make Obama look bad, because they know that a large % of the electorate is unable/unwilling to investigate why things are the way they are. There was NOTHING that Obama could have done to get any bi-partisanship, beyond giving the GOP everything they want.

Makes me sick what they have done, and even sicker that some people buy their load of BS.

Nov 07, 2012 6:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nolemming wrote:

And the winner is…. THE MEDIA – an excellent performance by all, they managed to convince everyone that it was neck and neck and therefore worth donating to your party to pay for those advertisements. A new record in election profiteering. America; the land of the corporation

Nov 07, 2012 7:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@xyz2055

I really didn’t know much about Scott Brown or Elizabeth Warren. If she wants to get Wall Street back to a trading institution and not a speculation institution I would be all for it. I am not a huge Dodd-Frank plan, I am not convinced that it really tackles what needs to be tackled, and just set up more rules to enforce. Wall Street needs a large overhaul to reflect the current technology. We let too many people play with everyone’s retirements.

Obama is a likable President. I just disagree with his fiscal philosophies. Keynesian economics in a fiat economy, is about as bad as what is going on, on Wall Street. Not all of that is Obama’s fault, Bernake is to blame here. We have been playing with our monetary system for a couple of decades, and now that the government is running such huge deficits and debt, we have a perfect storm brewing for a collapse of the Dollar. Deficit spending to jump start an economy is ok in short bursts, we have been doing it for 12 years straight, with less and less bang for our buck. I understand that most Americans have no clue what an economic collapse, and runs on the banking system looks like. We came close in 2008/2009. We are getting closer and closer every day that the government doesn’t get it books in order.

Nov 07, 2012 7:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@Mils54

Don’t worry, when the US credit rating gets completely trashed, we wont be able to afford the military, education, intrastate commerce, EPA, FCC, SEC, Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, public sector benefits, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Defense, etc. etc. Everyone will be happy, when everyone loses.

Nov 07, 2012 7:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:

Yubamary,

You said you hoped the House would stand it’s ground otherwise you would have to get foodstamps.

Really ??? Wow !!!

I didn’t realize that people from the right would approve of Big Government in their lives and actively seek it’s help !!!

I guess you aren’t a card carrying Tea Partier.

Your foodstamps (a form of entitlement, BTW) would be a target of your friends in the House. They are the reason that nothing has gotten done in the last four years.

Those clowns came out of the block with the idea of making O’b look bad by saying NO to ANYTHING so that gridlock would occur. The public welfare be damned. You and the Teapubllicans bought their garbage overwhelmingly.

Beener and the boys reached across the aisle, alright, just as Lucy held the football for Charlie Brown.

What is it you do not understand?

Nov 07, 2012 7:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:

Nolemming,

Yup, great, huh?

All brought to you by the new 5th Estate (Citizens United) and the number 9 (Supreme Court).

It would be interesting to know ALL who brought about Citizens U……Murdock and other media to keep the billion$$$ in the ‘family’(?)as well as the usual suspects?

I can hardly wait for the next round…………

Nov 07, 2012 7:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

USAPragmatist: I’m with you on that. Obama took a lot of flack for his willingness to compromise with the GOP. He compromised and they consistently stabbed him in the back. He finally quit trying after a couple of years because the Republicans made it crystal clear that their only interest was to oppose him in order to label him a do-nothing President. Thank God it didn’t work. Imagine if it did. That would become the GOP’s ‘go to’ Modus operandi, and eventually the Democrats would have no choice but to respond in kind. Then nothing would ever get done. The Republicans were willing to try that in order to gain power, even though it threatened our democracy. And I suspect they will continue with that tactic, even though it’s not what the American people want.

I take serious offense with the Republicans’ willingness to sacrifice our country in order to make political gains. They seem to have given up on winning legitimately and so now they’re focused on all other means of gaining power other than legitimate means, and in many cases this means taking positions that actually hurt out country, like refusing to raise the debt limit; refusing to pass the jobs bill; refusing to work with Obama and the Democrats on much needed healthcare reform; refusing to increase taxes when necessary; and even refusing to support stimulus spending at a time when all economists were calling for it as the best way of dealing with a crashing economy. They would have let the economy crash. They just don’t care. It’s disgraceful and unnerving.

I just hope the American people will start paying closer attention to what’s going on and will be willing to back necessary reforms, like reforming the Senate filibuster rule and fixing our election process. Most important, we’ve got to get the outside money out of our elections. It will be extremely difficult, but it has to be done. We were very lucky in this election. We can’t count on that in the future. If we’re not careful Obama could end up being the last President that’s not completely bought and paid for by the ruling plutocrats. Had Romney been a better candidate, this election could easily have turned out very differently.

Judging from what Bohner and especially McConnell said today, it still doesn’t look like they’ve learned their lesson. If they can’t learn what the American people want from electing Obama to a second term, then the Republican Party have gone rogue and are effectively trying to function outside our democratic system. We need a Democratic majority in the House.

Nov 07, 2012 9:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

@USAPragmatist It makes me sick knowing you believe that. Obama does not reach across the isle. Take golf for example. Obama played golf 104 times in his first term. You know how many times he played with a Republican? Just once.

Obama is responsible for further dividing this country against each other. We just had arguably one of the most negative elections in the history of U.S. politics. Obama’s ads were 85% negative.

To sit here and say that he has been more bi-partisan than almost any other president is simply absurd.

Nov 07, 2012 10:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

Perhaps I’ve lived in a different country than flashrooster, USAPragmatist and jaroca these last four years. There seems to be a lot of blame on the Republicans for the lack of anything getting passed. If memory serves me, Obama has been unopposed by the Senate for all four years and has only been opposed by the House these last two. So all the blame must go on the party that has been the minority – that has only controlled the House for two years. It must be that only the Republicans are playing the game of gridlock…

Nov 07, 2012 10:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

Perhaps I’ve lived in a different country than flashrooster, USAPragmatist and jaroca these last four years. There seems to be a lot of blame on the Republicans for the lack of anything getting passed. If memory serves me, Obama has been unopposed by the Senate for all four years and has only been opposed by the House these last two. So all the blame must go on the party that has been the minority – that has only controlled the House for two years. It must be that only the Republicans are playing the game of gridlock…

Nov 07, 2012 10:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
EXR wrote:

As citizens of America we should understand that this administration has been, more than any other administrations before it, ‘continuing’ the process of assiduous entropy toward a dystopian Amectran. Ayn Rand in her book “Atlas Shrugged” provided a warning, the harbinger of America’s fate should we continue as we have been, since at lease 1957. This is not a condemnation of the President’s tenure in office, or his future representation of the citizens of America, it is rather a condemnation of the citizens who have accepted the enervating actions by the government, and by our accepting that interference in our lives, our way of life and that which is endemic to what our Founding Fathers envisioned for America. America must reverse the role of government, to lessen its influence and control…particularly as concerns laws and more importantly, regulations which fly in the face of our individual freedoms and Capitalism. Free Americans, free to build, create, develop, improve, make money – the Halcyon Days which made this country the greatest on earth. This is the challenge to the President; move this country, the government in a reversal of its power ‘over’ the people, bring back the economic structure necessary to improve well being of this nation. Republicans and Democrats, as well as all other political parties whose interests are the preeminence of America, must preform in a bipartisan process, or dystopia is our future. We must remember the Greek, Roman, Chinese, Egyptian, and myriad other great civilizations that have all failed as a result of government control of the freedoms and liberties of its citizens – a direction in which America is heading…no civilization has ever returned to its former greatness once having fallen into the abyss of government control.

Nov 07, 2012 11:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

bates148: It’s people like you who allow, indeed, encourage the GOP to be intransigent against compromising with Obama and the Dems. Rather than objectively looking at the facts, you’ve simply bought into the rightwing propaganda.

What part of McConnell’s statement about making Obama a one term President is lost on you? “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” – Mitch McConnell. Are you aware of the meeting attended by the GOP leadership when Obama was being inaugurated where they developed their plan for defeating Obama, which was to block all of his initiatives? http://www.vanityfair.com/online/wolcott/2012/03/The-Conspiracy-to-Commit-Legislative-Constipation

Obama reached out to the Republicans on the stimulus bill. The Republicans, who never hesitated to pass stimulus spending in the past, as recently as the George W. Bush Presidency, insisted on tax cuts. Obama and the Dems gave them what they wanted: one third of the stimulus spending was tax cuts. Not a single House Republican voted for it. Obama also tried and tried to get GOP input on the Healthcare legislation, and Obama began the process by starting with a Republican healthcare plan, a plan almost identical to the one Romney, the GOP’s Presidential nominee, put into place in Massachusetts when Romney was governor. The original idea came from the conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation. Richard Nixon even proposed a plan very similar to it: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2009/september/03/nixon-proposal.aspx Nevertheless, the Republicans voted against it, without even trying to work with Obama on it.

And on top of the GOP’s unwillingness to work with Obama on anything, there was a daily drumbeat of attacks on Obama, criticizing everything he did, and oftentimes lying about it. And to add another layer to that, there was a steady smear campaign going on from day one: Obama is a Muslim; Obama is a socialist; Obama is a communist; Obama wasn’t born in the US; Obama refuses to show his birth certificate; the birth certificate Obama has released is a fake; Obama might be the anti-Christ; Obama was spending $6 million a day on his trip to India; Obama snubbed the troops during his visit to Afghanistan; Obama travels around the world apologizing for America; Obama has a secret plan to confiscate our guns; and on and on and on. It’s been a disgrace. I’d never seen anything like it. The GOP has stooped to new lows and it has brought shame to this country. Don’t think it’s gone unnoticed by the rest of the world. It’s an example of why the rest of the world has a very low opinion of the US’s Republican Party. They’d much rather deal with Obama and the Democrats. They’re more rational.

So I suggest you rethink your misguided belief that Obama hasn’t tried to work with Republicans or that its Obama who’s been dividing the country. And to suggest that Obama not playing golf with Republicans is somehow proof that he’s dividing the country is, frankly, insane. Who cares who he plays golf with? I doubt that many Republicans would risk being photographed playing golf with Obama anyway.

It’s time to put away this kind of childish nonsense and to start showing some genuine concern for this country. It’s a responsibility.

Nov 07, 2012 11:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

@bates148, thank you for proving my point, here is why…

1. You say ‘ If memory serves me, Obama has been unopposed by the Senate for all four years and has only been opposed by the House these last two.’

2. I guess your memory does not serve well, because you either choose to ignore or are unwilling to research that during your supposed ‘unopposed by the Senate for four years’, there was a record number of filibusters in the first two years, and the 2nd two years the house passed very few pieces of legislation that were even close to feasible.

So as I said ‘The GOP leadership made a calculated judgement in Jan 2009 to block/say no to everything in an attempt to make Obama look bad, because they know that a large % of the electorate is unable/unwilling to investigate why things are the way they are.’ You are obviously unable to or are unwilling to investigate why there was such dysfunction.

And please man, are you really going to play the ‘he didn’t play golf with me’ card?

Nov 07, 2012 11:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

bates148: Memory doesn’t serve you right. First of all, you’re trying to change the issue. The issue is not about nothing getting passed. The issue is the Republicans’ unwillingness to work with Obama and the Democrats. Obama has gotten a lot done without the Republicans. The Republicans were only hoping he wouldn’t get anything done.

Actually, the Democrats only had a majority in both house, with a super majority in the Senate, for just over 2 months. The following gives a good explanation of the specifics. You don’t have to like the source, but the facts are correct and easily corroborated: http://sandiegofreepress.org/2012/09/the-myth-of-the-filibuster-proof-democratic-senate/

But again, the point is that Republicans are refusing to work with this President and the Democratic Party. Clearly, they’re the ones being divisive, as yesterday’s election results suggests. For the vast majority of Obama’s Presidency the Republicans have filibustered nearly everything Obama and the Democrats have tried to do. That’s not how a successful democracy is supposed to work. And don’t give me that meaningless crap about this not being a democracy, it’s a Republic. Yes, it’s a republic, but it’s also a democracy. And either way the Republicans have an obligation to the American people to work with the President and the Democrats to serve this country. That’s how it’s always worked in the past. That’s how the Democrats have handled it when there’s a Republican President. And if the Republicans don’t live up to their obligation to the American people, then the American people have an obligation to vote them out of our government and replace them with people willing to serve.

Nov 08, 2012 12:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

GOP ideology is fading. Their party mission is drifting in a tea party toilet somewhere between Oklahoma and Kentucky. Sorry jaham. That’s not personal. That’s the map speaking.

Nov 08, 2012 1:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

In latest position shift, Romney claims to be ‘new FDR.’

“Security nets are people too my friend. Security nets are people too!”

Asks for re-vote next tuesday. Good times.

Nov 08, 2012 1:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

@flashrooster

First, what exactly have I said that you classify as “rightwing propaganda?” That we’ve had one of the most negative presidential campaigns in U.S. history? That Mr Obama has played golf with one Republican since the beginning of his turn? That he has not, in some form, aided in dividing this country? That his ads were 85% negative? That the Republicans have controlled nothing but the House for two years?

If you find any of this information as “rightwing propaganda” then I have nothing else to say to you. For it is you who is not “objectively looking at the facts.”

Second, I recall McConnell’s statement and I fully condemn it–like the majority of America. By the same token, you can’t base your argument on a single statement. You’ve noted how the Republicans have failed to compromise but you’ve made no attempt to bring to light Mr Obama’s and the Democrats’ shortfalls. It’s a fact Mr Obama generally does not go out of his way to play the glad-handling, ego-stroking presidential role. Instead he sticks to his inner circle. While we’re discussing the Senate Minority Leader, Mr Obama did not invite to meet with Mr McConnell one-on-one until Mr Obama had been in office for 18 months. There has been an almost-nonexistent bipartisan relationship between Mr Obama and Congress. In part because Mr Obama has not provided effective leadership.

Third, you appear to link the smear campaigns directly with the Republican Party. The majority of those attacks were made by far right wingers via email messaging and talk-shows (I hope we can agree Rush Limbaugh is a clown and should be arrested and thrown in prison). I’ll agree and say they were wrong, but the Republican Party never endorsed the majority of them. You might get away with the socialist comparison (which isn’t totally irrational if you compare the different theoretical frameworks of socialism) and of course, the “apology tour” , but both of those are no different that the left’s attack on Romney for being successful(top 1%) and a pro-business person — it’s just a difference on viewpoints. In regards to statements such as “Obama is a muslim/communist/not born in the U.S./anti-Christ”, etc. There is nothing out there where the Republican Party itself has endorsed this. It’s what you would truly call, “rightwing propaganda.” Nevertheless, such actions are also found on the far left. For example, a day before the election, The Nation claimed Mr Romney had been indicted on charges related to the auto bailout (ethics violation). Of course, it was false on every level. There was also false statements that Mr Romney, if elected, would seek to destroy the middle class and working America. And how can we forget the left’s obsession with Mr Romney’s tax returns.

From what I gather, you are very one-sided. I find it ironic that you seem to be for a bi-partisan America yet you fuel the same rhetoric that divides our nation. You simply do not acknowledge any wrongdoing from your party, the Democrats, which any rational individual would consider “childish nonsense.” And you’re right, it’s a responsibility to show concern for this country and you are clearly not showing it.

Nov 08, 2012 2:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

@flashrooster

First, what exactly have I said that you classify as “rightwing propaganda?” That we’ve had one of the most negative presidential campaigns in U.S. history? That Mr Obama has played golf with one Republican since the beginning of his turn? That he has not, in some form, aided in dividing this country? That his ads were 85% negative? That the Republicans have controlled nothing but the House for two years?

If you find any of this information as “rightwing propaganda” then I have nothing else to say to you. For it is you who is not “objectively looking at the facts.”

Second, I recall McConnell’s statement and I fully condemn it–like the majority of America. By the same token, you can’t base your argument on a single statement. You’ve noted how the Republicans have failed to compromise but you’ve made no attempt to bring to light Mr Obama’s and the Democrats’ shortfalls. It’s a fact Mr Obama generally does not go out of his way to play the glad-handling, ego-stroking presidential role. Instead he sticks to his inner circle. While we’re discussing the Senate Minority Leader, Mr Obama did not invite to meet with Mr McConnell one-on-one until Mr Obama had been in office for 18 months. There has been an almost-nonexistent bipartisan relationship between Mr Obama and Congress. In part because Mr Obama has not provided effective leadership.

Third, you appear to link the smear campaigns directly with the Republican Party. The majority of those attacks were made by far right wingers via email messaging and talk-shows (I hope we can agree Rush Limbaugh is a clown and should be arrested and thrown in prison). I’ll agree and say they were wrong, but the Republican Party never endorsed the majority of them. You might get away with the socialist comparison (which isn’t totally irrational if you compare the different theoretical frameworks of socialism) and of course, the “apology tour” , but both of those are no different that the left’s attack on Romney for being successful(top 1%) and a pro-business person — it’s just a difference on viewpoints. In regards to statements such as “Obama is a muslim/communist/not born in the U.S./anti-Christ”, etc. There is nothing out there where the Republican Party itself has endorsed this. It’s what you would truly call, “rightwing propaganda.” Nevertheless, such actions are also found on the far left. For example, a day before the election, The Nation claimed Mr Romney had been indicted on charges related to the auto bailout (ethics violation). Of course, it was false on every level. There was also false statements that Mr Romney, if elected, would seek to destroy the middle class and working America. And how can we forget the left’s obsession with Mr Romney’s tax returns.

From what I gather, you are very one-sided. I find it ironic that you seem to be for a bi-partisan America yet you fuel the same rhetoric that divides our nation. You simply do not acknowledge any wrongdoing from your party, the Democrats, which any rational individual would consider “childish nonsense.” And you’re right, it’s a responsibility to show concern for this country and you are clearly not showing it.

Nov 08, 2012 2:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

@USAPragmatist

And how exactly have I proved your point? You’re trying to say that the House, if controlled by a party different from the Senate and the Presidency, would never seek to oppose anything? Well then, what are we even arguing about? Both parties must agree on everything.

And I’d recommend you do some investigation of your own before you post statements like, “He has done more then almost any other President to try and be bi-partisan.” That is simply not true and you know it.

Nov 08, 2012 2:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

Hopefully Obama is able to make an intellectual distinction between raising taxes and raising revenues by lowering taxes and cutting loopholes and the effect that it will have on growth and employment.

If Democrats oppose achieving higher revenues in a pro-growth manner then I hope the GOP House continues to obstruct.

Nov 08, 2012 10:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Jaham, those Bush tax breaks for the wealthy are already in effect. Have been for over 10 years now. If they worked at creating jobs, they would already be doing it. Those breaks cost revenue that we used to get. They’re not working, time to let them expire. Your wish for further GOP obstruction is how Tuesday night happened.

Nov 08, 2012 11:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
Globalman wrote:

But lies and incompetence does win elections.

Nov 08, 2012 2:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Globalman, if that were true, Romney would have been elected. He wasn’t. In fact, he even lost his own state by over 20 percentage points. Those are his own people and they hate him. The system works.

Nov 08, 2012 4:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bemore2day wrote:

For anyone claiming that the Obama victory is not a clear win or mandate because of the small margin in the popular vote should realize this is not the first narrow win in presidential history.

Let’s look back at the popular vote:

Kennedy won 0.17% over Nixon
Carter won 0.51% over Ford
G.W. Bush won -0.51% over Gore (yes, he lost the popular vote, but won in the Electoral College)
G.W. Bush won 2.46% over Kerry
Obama wins 2.4% over Romney (not the final number, Florida is still out)

In 2004 Bush, with only a 2.46% victory over Kerry, claimed he had a mandate and political clout to “spend” in moving forward his agenda with congress after his victory.

Obama has won, no matter how close it was, no matter the demographics, and no matter your political party.

We have our president, and regardless of how you voted, or what your demographic niche is, the house and senate must man up and work with our president to resolve our problems and move our country forward without partisan politics!…NO MORE obstructionism, get to work and do the job you were elected to do!

Nov 08, 2012 4:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:

bemore,
Amen and ‘if only’………….

Nov 08, 2012 10:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
averymc wrote:

Nothing changed. Senate – dems House – Repubs and Oval Office still held by the biggest failure since Andrew Johnson.

DO NOT expect this President to get anything done on the economy. He has had 4 years to do it and failed. And in the first two years of his admin he OWNED the entire congress as democrats controlled it all. No excuses President Zer0bama. You fail this term and the cat will be outta the bag.

Nov 08, 2012 11:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Averymc, if the President sucks that bad….. why did you guys lose to him?

What does that say about you and the sorry condition of the republican party?

Nov 09, 2012 11:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:

Alkaline……….

Rational discussions are impossible with these people….they are in full blown denial……like Karl Rove on Fox, election night (priceless !!!! BTW) You can almost hear him and Rush choking on their own spittle.

Hate and anger trump all in their sad lives. Positive suggestions are non-existant. Tearing apart and denigrating others is their s.o.p. They don’t know to have a discussion and sometimes win or sometimes lose. Not possible for them. Their House members are the same. That is why there is little, if any compromise for the greater good.

Nov 09, 2012 4:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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