Of The People, By the People, For the People

It's after midnight, and I am still watching the election returns. 

I am literally ecstatic the Barack Obama has won re-election tonight, far more so than I was four years ago, because we all knew that Obama was going to win that election long before election day.  

This time, it was different.  President Obama deliberately conceded the media game to the Republicans.  At the time, I was convinced that his debate performances were calculated to achieve one outcome:  to allow Obama to come across as a non-threatening personality.  He could have torn Romney apart during those debates, but his campaign was concerned that this would have made Obama look like a bully, so he allowed Romney to get away with his misrepresentations.

The reason was quite simple:  The Obama campaign was putting its time and money into their ground game, getting voters registered and turning out the vote.   The Obama campaign was a retail campaign; the Romney campaign was a wholesale campaign because that's what Romney is comfortable with.  

Right now, we are waiting - at 12:48 AM EST - for Romney to appear to make a public statement.   The question is whether he is coming out to concede defeat - or to challenge the reports that he has lost Ohio, the state that put Obama over the top. 

As we wait, I reflect on the fact that, in our political system, a president's first term is a succession of compromises and conciliations that are predicated upon the fact that the president starts running for re-election on the day after the Inauguration.  

Obama's second term is going to be very, very interesting. 

(Mitt Romney is speaking now.  He bears more than a passing resemblance to a friend of mine but he simply doesn't exude any warmth at all even in a moment like this.  I am struck by the extreme whiteness of Romney's audience.)

Okay.  The fat lady has done her thing.

The 2016 campaign begins tomorrow.  Paul Ryan and Chris Christie against Hillary and X.

I can't wait.

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Comment by koshersalaami on November 6, 2012 at 11:13pm

Paul Ryan may be damaged goods by then. He is, after all, fundamentally wrong.

Chris Christie, on the other hand, is electable, at least from what I've seen so far.

I don't know if  Hillary will be interested by then.

I may be one of two or three people in America who wouldn't mind Hillary Clinton/Nancy Pelosi. It's called the

Scare the Crap out of the Antifeminists ticket

Wait, there are running backs in basketball?

Comment by Anna Herrington on November 7, 2012 at 11:29pm

I hope Hillary's going to go for it -- she's the best candidate, in my opinion. I heard Joe Biden say he thinks he will be voting in a booth for his own name again, maybe he's planning for 2016.

I wasn't expecting the rush from watching Obama win -- electrifying! Thank God he did win. 

Comment by koshersalaami on November 8, 2012 at 6:14am

There was a lot at stake,

Contrary to what we heard from those who told us we had to vote Green

Comment by Melissa Houle on November 9, 2012 at 12:40pm

I too am very happy about the election outcome. Not totally satisfied, but still very, very happy. I haven't always agreed with the president, and have at times been frustrated by him, but never for one day have I been sorry I voted for him.  He is presidential timber, and a genuine person with a good heart and a good brain.  I trust him to keep a cool head in emergencies, which is incredibly important in this dangerous world.  I hope that now he does not have to run for re-election, he will be bolder in his second term. I am also happy with the Senate results, especially with Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren winning her campaign.  Wooo HOOOOO!!!!  And as Kosh says, there was a HELL of a lot at stake, this year. The Right wing seriously "Misunderestimated" how we feel about our citizenship, our nation, and each other. Flawed though it may be, our Democracy is NOT for sale.

Gov. Christie climbed a few notches in my estimation, too. Not because I agree with his politics, but because when his constituents really needed him, he pulled on his Man Pants and cooperated with the President to start cleaning up the mess Hurricane Sandy made of his state.  When the President reached out to help, Gov. Christie reached back and accepted it. That puts him way ahead of Romney any day.  I hope other Republicans are thinking about that.

I'm sorry, right now I don't want to even THINK about 2016, yet!

Comment by Keka on November 10, 2012 at 12:39pm

I enjoyed the fact that "The People" voted so strangely Progressive all over the country this time.  We've got...weed in Washington and Colorado, gay marriage...Akin and his lot kicked out of office.  California even voted to RAISE taxes.  What up wit dis?  America is waking up a little bit, and realizing how much was really at stake, I think.  Let's see if the "crazy wing" of the Republican Party is finally sent packing, too.   They could be part of this, the Republicans, if they could just sit back and think things through.  I'm not holding my breath, of course, but...miracles do happen. We just saw one!

Comment by Marlene Dunham on November 10, 2012 at 4:08pm

Yes, "the fat lady" has sung.  Can't think about 2016 quite yet.

Comment by Marty'sHusband on November 11, 2012 at 11:23am

Loved the day, stayed up too late.  I like the idea that President Obama won because he relied on "the people", also known as the ground game.  He got the people to vote, in spite of it all.

Comment by Alan Milner on November 11, 2012 at 11:29am

I am trying to stay on vacation from writing, but the fact remains that the Republicans are already preparing their next onslaught against freedom and democracy.  We had best begin preparing for 2014, because I suspect it is going to be very important to push more Republicans out of the House in order to make real change possible in the last two years of Obama's presidency. 

Comment by koshersalaami on November 11, 2012 at 1:53pm

Alan,

That may be decided very soon. What I think is about to happen is that the guys who took the Grover Nordquist Coolaide Pledge are about to refuse to raise taxes on the wealthy. The last couple of times, Obama sort of backed off. This time, I'm hoping he won't. Because the cliff isn't immediately steep like the default would have been, he can afford to go over it initially and fix it later. If he says, quite rightly: I got a mandate to tax the rich more; it's the main reason I got reelected,  and the House refuses to go along, he can blame this on the House successfully. Essentially, he'll do what Bill Clinton did when the Republicans in Congress shut down the Government, with the same result. If he doesn't flinch and he's careful, we'll accomplish a major housecleaning in 2014, just because these guys are about to self-destruct.

Comment by Myriad on November 12, 2012 at 8:08am

I was taken by surprise at how quickly and painlessly it was all over on election night.  NOW I read all about the Dems' extensive 'ground game'.  Which shouldn't have been a surprise - they did this w. O's original election. The Repubs may now do this...but in the end there appear to be fewer of the white dinosaurs than of the motley crew.  I also just read something interesting, about how a lot of women voted for their *individual liberty* despite economic concerns by going demo, because the Repubs only TALK liberty.  P.S. - perhaps a lot of people realize that real liberty doesn't come by being left to drown but thru national efforts to build boats.

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