After Barack Obama Wins 2012, Republicans Will Destroy the Electoral College


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After Barack Obama Wins 2012, Republicans Will Destroy the Electoral College

  1. 1. After Barack Obama Wins 2012, Republicans Will Destroythe Electoral CollegeThe week started with Gallup commencing daily tracking of presidential election polls. Sincethen, countless pundits on both sides of the aisle have begun to make their predictions. I,however, have a prediction you haven’t heard. The 2012 presidential election will be the last tobe decided via the Electoral College.Lets imagine its November 7. President Obama has just won the Electoral College count buthas lost the popular vote, a situation that is currently being predicted by some. Despite BarackObama’s narrow victory, Democrats have lost control of both the House and the Senate.Outraged by the reelection of a Kenyan, who refuses to release his elementary school grades,through the elitist Electoral College, Republicans over on Capitol Hill begin to strategize how toabolish the Founding Fathers’ freedom-killing Electoral College. By the 2016 election cycle, aconstitutional amendment to decide presidential elections by the popular vote has easily passedthree-fourths of the states’ legislatures. So what will this mean for national politics?Under the current system, about 34 states and the District of Columbia are either solidlyDemocratic or solidly Republican. As a result, the presidential candidates largely ignore thesestates and their collective population of 196,247,758. This means that the concerns ofapproximately two-thirds of the country will be commandeered by the concerns of the third thatlive in all-important swing states. While the Electoral College might suffer from some peskyanti-democratic problems, its destruction will have an interesting side effect.If each vote counts equally, candidates will be forced to run true national campaigns. Thatsounds great, but first let’s take a look at a list of America’s largest and thus most expensivemedia markets. The top six — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas-Ft.Worth, and Houston-Galveston — are all located in non-swing states, states that simply do notdraw serious campaign dollars under the current system. If candidates were forced to findvoters in these markets, the costs of running a presidential campaign would becomeincalculable. In post-Citizens United America, this would mean even greater powerconcentrated in the hands of the moneyed. If the Electoral College is eliminated withoutcampaign finance reform, the Electoral College will be replaced by a more dangerous electoralmethod, election by private financers.Obama wins 2012 presidential election, defeats Romney intight racePresident Obama overcame a bad economy, high unemployment and a fractured politicallandscape to win a second term in the White House Tuesday night, defeating challenger MittRomney by taking several key battleground states and denying him any inroads in traditionalDemocratic bastions.The Northeastern states all stayed in Obama’s column by huge margins, but he also took at 1/7
  2. 2. least six of the nine swing states, including all-important Ohio, bringing the 51-year-old presidentover the 270 electoral votes he needed to win, according to unofficial returns.New Jersey voters — faced with major challenges in getting to the polls in the wake of widedevastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy — went solidly for the president, giving him thestate’s 14 electoral votes. They also re-elected U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), whoeasily defeated Republican Joe Kyrillos, as the Democrats increased their majority in theSenate.In one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country, Elizabeth Warren defeatedRepublican Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Despite the loss at the top of the ticket, theGOP retained its control of the House.Following projections by the Associated Press and all the major networks that he had won,Obama tweeted on his official Twitter account: “We’re all in this together. That’s how wecampaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you.”MORE 2012 ELECTION COVERAGE:• Analysis: Obama wins, but Washington remains unchanged• Obama in victory: ‘The best is yet to come’• Romney concedes: ‘The nation chose another leader’• Robert Menendez wins second U.S. Senate term• Election 2012: Incumbents rule in N.J. House races• N.J. voters say yes to ballot questions on higher education, judges’ benefits• N.J. Assemblywomen secure seats in special electionIn an e-mail to supporters, Obama said, “You organized yourselves block by block. You tookownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressedforward. I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can tofinish what we started.”Romney in a short concession speech, wished the president well.“This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray the president will be successful in 2/7
  3. 3. guiding the nation,” said Romney, who thanked his running mate, Paul Ryan, his volunteers, hisfamily and his wife.He urged an end to partisan bickering.“We look to Democrats and Republicans at all levels to put people before politics,” saidRomney, his family by his side. “I believe in America. I believe in the people of America.”In a victory speech early this morning, Obama looked toward the future.“While our road has been hard, though our journey has been long, we have picked ourselvesup,” he said. “We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the UnitedStates of America, the best is yet to come.”TOUGH CAMPAIGNThe victory by Obama ended the most expensive political campaign in American history andone of the harshest. Candidates flooded the airwaves with relentless attacks on each other, withaccusations of lying, deceit, fabrications and other chicanery — even renewed charges over thelong discredited claims over whether Obama had been born in this country — which flew foralmost a year.Obama questioned Romney’s lack of a specific plan for reviving the economy while brandingthe challenger a candidate who changed his positions to suit the shifting political winds.Romney, 65, went after the president’s economic policies touting his own success in businessas the skill most needed in tough times. He also sought to portray Obama as weak on foreignpolicy but neither strategy pried enough of the nation’s independent voters to his side. EnlargeHeather L. RohanMike Wigart(2nd L), 30, picks up his ballot at a polling station in the garage of the Los Angeles County 3/7
  4. 4. lifeguard headquarters on November 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Californians will castballots in dozens of tight races including Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan, abolishing the deathpenalty, easing the state’s strict “three strikes” sentencing law and also in the Presidential racebetween Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. (KevorkDjansezian/Getty Images)Best of nationwide photos from 2012 Presidential election gallery (19photos)Put over the top in 2008 by the passion of first-time voters and minorities, Obama this timearound eked out victory through a sophisticated get-out-the-vote operation, as well as a hardfocus on advance voting. More than 30 million voters cast early ballots in nearly three dozenstates long before election day.With both candidates writing off solidly red and blue states already in the pocket of the otherside, the race played out mostly in the battleground states of Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia,Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada — which accounted for 110 ofthe 270 electoral votes need to win the presidency.Turnout, though, was high all over the country, including New Jersey, which was ripped apartlast week by Hurricane Sandy, and where serious storm damage and continuing power outagesstill has thousands in the dark — posing unique challenges for voting. 4/7
  5. 5. Many polling places, still without electricity, had to be relocated, while efforts in New Jersey toallow people to vote by fax and e-mail led to no small amount of chaos.The storm, which left behind a swath of destruction through New Jersey and New York, mayhave been a factor in how people voted, and not just in the Northeast. Sandy all but suspendedthe presidential race for days, as the election was quickly overshadowed by images of theterrible destruction left behind by Sandy and the subsequent response by Obama, who visitedsome of the worst damage with Gov. Chris Christie, and directed a substantial response by theFederal Emergency Management Agency.With the high turnout, there were long waits at many polling places both in New Jersey andelsewhere. In Edison, Dorothy Ashton, a longtime poll worker, was struck by the number ofpeople coming to vote.“We’ve never had this many voters this early in the day,” she said. “We had more in the firsthour than we had all day long during the primary.”At the American Legion hall in Brick, where caution signs and yellow tape still limit travel in theShore town hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, voting was also brisk.Kathleen O’Donnell, who lost everything after her home was flooded, said she still feltcompelled to vote before she was forced to evacuate again in advance of a new storm expectedto hit New Jersey today.“I said let’s get over and vote before we are evacuated,” she said. “I just felt that we had tovote. It’s our duty.”According to national exit polling, most voters identified the economy as the overriding issuefacing the country.That held especially true in New Jersey as well, with nearly seven in 10 voters calling theeconomy the most important issue facing the nation — far outweighing health care, the deficitand foreign policy. Almost four in five described the economy as “not so good or poor.”“Employment, work,” said Tony Abrantes of Denville, when asked about what concerned him inhis election.More than three in five New Jersey voters said unemployment is the biggest economic issuefacing voters. Fewer than one in five cited taxes, rising prices or the housing market as the mostimportant.Polling in New Jersey was done before Sandy struck. While those questions said that Romneywas better-equipped to handle the country’s economic problems, many in the survey,conducted for the Associated Press and a group of television networks, blamed formerPresident George W. Bush for the country’s economic woes than they did Obama. 5/7
  6. 6. At the same time, a significant percentage of people said Obama was more in touch with peoplelike themselves. EnlargeStar-Ledger StaffVoters enterthe Bridgewater Raritan High School to vote after having their regular voting location movedbecause of Sandy. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger)N.J. voters turn out onelection day 2012 gallery (16 photos) 6/7
  7. 7. Both candidates were keyed almost exclusively to the economy throughout the long campaign, which was joined not only by Vice President Joe Biden and Republican running mate Paul Ryan, but high-profile surrogates for both candidates, including former President Bill Clinton for Obama and Christie for Romney. Obama’s message, hammered through countless television commercials, was that the nation, under his leadership, has begun to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. He also pointed to his bailout of the U.S. auto industry as saving hundreds of thousands of jobs. The president, while conceding progress has been slow, accused Romney of offering recycled Republican “trickle-down” policies pandered to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Romney adopted Obama’s 2008 battle cry of change, arguing the country was not better off than it was four years ago. He said another four years under Obama would lead to an extended recession. The former governor, whose wealth is estimated as high as $250 million, claimed his skills fixing companies would enable him to fix the country and its economy. The two also clashed over taxes, the economy, Medicare, abortion and health care — with Romney promising to repeal “Obamacare,” the national health insurance plan that Obama said was largely based on the health plan Romney installed in Massachusetts when he was governor. Obama, who made history as the nation’s first African-American president in a high emotion campaign four years ago that promised change, had been seen by Republicans as particularly vulnerable in this election year. He spent a considerable amount of political capital getting his health plan passed, while the economy continued to falter. Yet he wound down the Iraq war and took credit for killing Osama bin Laden, and despite his low poll numbers leading into the heat of the campaign, still had a personal likability that never faded. The president began Election Day with a visit to a campaign office near his South Side home, to thank workers there. Obama also engaged in a traditional Election Day basketball game with friends, as he does before every election. The president’s team won. Red Light Therapy 7/7Powered by TCPDF (