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Obama Wins Close National Vote, Mandate Denied, US Future Dim

Obama had no coat tails whatsoever in this election. He barely got over the hedge himself.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney conceded the race on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney conceded the race on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
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It hasn’t been a long night. Around 10 PM Eastern, someone on one of the channels I had been following said that President Obama’s motorcade was getting ready to take him to his election center, in Chicago. It meant that the Democrats were certain about their presidential win.

I could feel the anguish emanating from our own chat line here, at the JewishPress.com. I was hearing similar cries of woe from a few open Skype lines on my desktop. Towards the end there, I think many of us started believing that a Romney win was a real possibility. A Dick Morris prediction of a Romney landslide win we ran here got close to 30 thousand page views in half a day. Regardless of its very loose connection to reality on this planet, the story expressed the yearnings of so many who flocked to our website in search of a voice to reflect their own.

The Democrats have retained control over the Senate, with 51 seats plus two independents. Not the kind of numbers that can break a filibuster. The Republicans will keep the House, with a net loss in the single digits. This means Obama had no coat tails whatsoever in this election. He barely got over the hedge himself. He has won better than 300 delegates to the Electoral College, but that does not mean that he received a mandate from the people. He won by a squeak.

I believe the Republicans have achieved their most basic goal this time around, namely, that their presidential candidate—who was destined to lose to an incumbent—wouldn’t perform so atrociously that his defeat would coat-tail the Republican House with it down in flames. Remember Governor Perry? Speaker Gingrich? Congresswoman Michele Bachmann? So Romney delivered the bare minimum that was expected of him: Don’t make matters even worse. That was the reason the party leaders, along with the Bush clan and Karl Rove were so adamant about supporting Romney – they and the billion dollar budget they brought in with them.

The fact that Romney almost won the presidency while he was at it was above and beyond their initial expectations. I think Romney spent much of the campaign playing to tie rather than win. It was only when he met the enemy in the first debate and drew blood that he realized he could actually make it. That’s my hunch.

Political Science majors should take note of the miracle performed by Obama Tuesday. Until this year, no incumbent president since FDR in 1940 has won re-election with unemployment over 7.2%. Well, Obama has broken the mold, winning despite unemployment hovering at between 7.6 and 7.9%. This means there were additional circumstances that weighed in his favor. I believe two factors were in play:

1. America is losing its White majority. It is sinking fast, and this year it is 72.4% White. Back in 2000, it was 75.1% white (In 2011, White new births were outnumbered by non-White 50.5% to 49.5%). Since Romney lost by such a small margin (roughly a million votes nationwide), it means that had this election been held in 2004—all other things staying the same—it would have been a Republican victory.

A good friend suggested to me early Tuesday morning that the Republicans were experiencing the broken glass effect, meaning they would crawl over broken glass to vote their choice, that’s how much they hated Obama. But my wife commented that, judging by the images of long lines of African American and Hispanic voters standing in line in Florida, Virginia and Ohio, it appears they, too, would be perfectly willing to take the crunch. That’s how much they feared Romney.

2. The Republican Party has to regain the center for real. Let’s face it, Romney was working hard to appear like a benign centrist, but you can’t be against the Dream Act and against abortion rights in this country and hope to be considered a centrist. I’m afraid that with its zeal to embrace the authentic Tea Party candidates, the Evangelicals, and the NRA crowd, the GOP has edged out the last of its liberal and moderate stars. This works well for the red states and even for local races in many blue states, but if the GOP wants to govern, it has to rediscover its businessmen/women, its bankers and its moderate intellectuals, or it won’t stand a chance to win presidential politics ever again.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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195 Responses to “Obama Wins Close National Vote, Mandate Denied, US Future Dim”

  1. Oh please, you really think Obama will let Iran get a bomb?

  2. Why would he? On what logical grounds would he let Iran go nuclear?

  3. Felisha Witt says:

    why am i sad or why on the stocking up?

  4. Why are you buying guns and ammunition? that seems a strange response to an election.

  5. Felisha Witt says:

    oh its not in reaction to the election-we have been stocking up for a long time on water-food-silver-ammo,etc.-because we feel like our dollar could crash w/ the debt America has-or any other crisis-like up north-i wouldn't call us preppers-just being prudent

  6. Felisha Witt says:

    obama is not logical-and i think he is really bad at foreign policy-what do u think he will do to stop them?

  7. Iran isn't getting a nuclear weapon no matter who's in charge.

  8. Please, as President one must be logical. He's waaaaay better at foreign policy that Romney, who managed to piss off our allies despite not even being President.

    He's said diplomacy comes first, which I agree with, but a military strike is not off the table.

  9. Except the debt is mostly owed to ourselves, it's getting cheaper to service, the dollar is even stronger abroad and the annual deficit has been slowing. What reality do you live in?

  10. Felisha Witt says:

    you don't have to be ugly-and no we don't just owe that debt to ourselves-we have borrowed heavily from china and otherand the dollar is not as strog abroad as it used to be-i still want to know how YOU think obama will stop iran frome completing their bombs.oh and my reality is Rome,Georgia.

  11. Felisha Witt says:

    well-i guess we will see-i just want Israel to be safe-they are like an oasis of good in a desert of evil and hate

  12. We owe just 8% of the national debt to China. We owe about 60% of it combined to US institutions and individuals and to the government itself.

  13. Yori Yanover says:

    Avner Garbi — House stays Republican, Senate not even close to filibuster-proof numbers, everything stays the same. Even the next choice for Supremes will have to be moderate or it won't pass.

  14. Avner Garbi says:

    not for long Yori , they abstracted everything in the last 2 years if they will do the same they are out in 2014, and the one that vote on the supreme court judges is the senate not the house and democrats have control in the senate .

  15. Avner Garbi says:

    you are so unbelievable, there is nothing hateful about Obama shame on you, he is been a great supporter of Israel that this publication of yours dose not see. the Israeli defense minister told wolf blitzer on CNN that he did more for Israel then any other president, you can retrieve that interview, it's when the one you support that lost the election, was in Israel fundraising on tisha be av.

  16. Yori Yanover says:

    In Menachot it actually says so, and in Sanhedrin there's a discussion between Rebbi and Antoninus about the creation of a fetus, with earlier and later times proposed. Check it out.

  17. Cris Ortiz says:

    Thank you Yori Yanover, your answer is best.

  18. Edward Lobel says:

    Avner Garbi – well said my friend!

  19. Barri Glick says:

    this is like an episode of twilight zone…….are you guys for real? The rapture???????? Seriously? If I hear that ridiculousness one more time—Exactly what do you think Bibi would have said?? Oh ****??? Come on…….and Lori foolish? Like the world of upside down on this thread…………

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