The voters have spoken and the great and powerful mandate is clear. Barack Obama said during the close of his campaign that he would govern during the next four years as he has governed following Hurricane Sandy, with the bipartisan outreach he has offered to Republican governors, of whom Chris Christie is only one. Mitt Romney said during the close of the campaign that he would govern as he did as governor of Massachusetts, reaching out to both parties, looking for good ideas whether they come from Democrats or Republicans, all of whom love our country equally.
Well, we're all relieved that today is the day to make our vote count and wait in those long lines to make a difference in our once-great nation. Actually, I was at my polling place in Washington, D.C., at 5:45 a.m. and remained the only voter in line until 6:41 a.m. Four years ago I arrived at the polls at 5 a.m. and the lines were wrapped around the block. What has changed? Maybe early voting does affect voter lines on Election Day, given which jurisdiction you live in.
For over a year, we have heard partisan bickering and seen billions of dollars spent (for a job that pays six figures).We knew that this was going to be an ugly and expensive campaign (those two adjectives go together more often than you would think). This expectation has, unfortunately, proven correct.
Mitt Romney shocked Democrats across America with an overwhelming
Electoral College victory, taking Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania to go
with a reconsolidated South by restoring North Carolina, Virginia and
Florida into the Republican electoral ranks.
Harry Reid’s hopes of continuing as majority leader are quashed as George Allen, Denny Rehberg, Josh Mandel, Connie Mack, Tommy Thompson, Tom Smith and, yes, Todd Akin all ended up sweeping their Democratic opponents out of office.
Chris Christie's high praise for the bipartisan spirit, crisis-management leadership, compassionate reaching-out and strong executive ability of President Obama says it all.
The fact that Christie would do this during the most important week of the campaign speaks volumes about Christie's integrity, Barack Obama's ability and the qualities that Americans seek in their leaders, which both Obama and Christie have shown during the hurricane crisis.
As the current presidential campaign winds down, and observers are inundated with political messages, a recent presentation on political advertisements at Miami’s Wolfsonian Museum is of particular interest. The Wolfsonian is a unique museum that focuses on propaganda. It hosted a film by archivists Antoni Muntados and Marshall Reese that presented presidential campaign ads from 1952 to the present. There were no commentaries, so viewers could take from the documentary what message they found in the 75-minute collection.
A tie is a tie is a tie. We also have an abundance of conflicting data
and no idea how the election will turn out. And yes, both campaigns
believe they will win on Tuesday. It's easy to argue that in a dead
heat, the votes ultimately tip to the challenger. It's also easy to ask
why on earth is the challenger not ahead of an unpopular president in a
Consider this: Both sides have spent a billion dollars, presumably to win over about 7 percent of the electorate.
We spend more and more money each election to win over fewer and fewer voters. Is this the next bubble to burst?
Also, consider the fact that $2 billion is about as much as the federal government borrows every few hours.
For most Americans, the most personal vote they ever cast is for president of the United States — not mayor, not school board, not state rep, not Congress. The reason is simple: There is so much at stake and voters want to make sure they know the candidates, know what makes them tick and have a real three-dimensional sense of the person who will govern for four years.
In poll after poll for decades, the questions of honesty and integrity and trust rise to the top. Who is leveling with me, who do I believe, who do I truly trust in the office?
Rachel Maddow got it right about a "tale of two presidents.” We speak, of course, of Bill Clinton, the former president who spearheaded the great economic surge in America and is barnstorming for Barack Obama, and George W. Bush, who destroyed the Clinton budget surplus and the Clinton job surge; who is singing for his supper and barnstorming for his bucks by giving a major (well-compensated) speech at the homepage for why Mitt Romney keeps his tax returns secret, otherwise known as the Cayman Islands. Nothing better dramatizes the differences between the candidates, the parties and the stakes of the election!
The left and the right agree on something this morning. Their guy is going to win the presidency on Nov. 6.
The left is buoyed by publicly released media polls that show Obama clinging to a lead in swing states, even though the national polls are a toss-up. They have believed the narrative that voter turnout will closely approximate 2008, and if they are correct, Obama wins a second term.
The right knows that the 2008 turnout model is not going to happen, if for no other reason than conservative intensity in this election far exceeds what was seen in that low-water-mark year. Even if intensity on the left remained the same, the turnout numbers will shift due to greater participation on the right.