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Obama Wins 2012 Presidential Election, Gives Transcendent, Soaring Victory Speech

November 07, 2012 at 2:10 am by: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights

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An excellent editorial from the NYT. Here’s an excerpt:

President Obama’s dramatic re-election victory was not a sign that a fractured nation had finally come together on Election Day. But it was a strong endorsement of economic policies that stress job growth, health care reform, tax increases and balanced deficit reduction — and of moderate policies on immigration, abortion and same-sex marriage. It was a repudiation of Reagan-era bromides about tax-cutting and trickle-down economics, and of the politics of fear, intolerance and disinformation.

A solid majority of voters said President George W. Bush was to blame for the state of the economy rather than Mr. Obama. And voters showed more subtlety in their economic analysis than Mr. Romney probably expected. Those who thought the housing market and unemployment were the nation’s biggest problems said they voted for Mr. Obama. Those most concerned about taxes voted heavily for Mr. Romney.

Significantly, 60 percent of voters said taxes should be raised either on the rich or on everyone. Only 35 percent said they should not be raised at all; that group, naturally, went heavily for Mr. Romney. The polling made it clear that Americans were unhappy with the economic status quo, and substantial numbers of voters said the economy was getting worse. But Mr. Romney did not seem to persuade voters that the deficit was a crushing problem. Only 1 in 10 voters said the deficit was the most important issue facing the country.

Republicans had to be disappointed in the results of their unrelenting assault on Mr. Obama’s health care reform law. Only around a quarter of Americans said it should be repealed in its entirety.

People who were comfortable with the rightward slide of the Republican Party (as measured by their comfort with the Tea Party) voted heavily for Mr. Romney.

See also: Huge night for Democrats and liberals

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KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock like.author.displayName 1 Like

Still awaiting MT governor/U.S. Senate results - but still elated.  Now our next round of work begins, and it will require us to be fiercely and relentlessly persistent.  Slept well once I finally got to bed in very wee hours.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Stelllar! We are so blessed.

 

Forward!

Seeta
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 @nancy a heitzeg Amen Nancy! Still Fired Up.  Still Ready to Go! We've got so much work ahead to fix our broken electoral system.  Tonight we celebrate.