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Why We Endure

1800 – The Peaceful Revolution; Power switches for the first time from the Federalists to the Democrat-Republicans

1824 – No candidate receives an electoral majority; House of Representatives choose John Quincy Adams as president

1841 – William Henry Harrison dies in office; John Tyler assumes the presidency

1861 – Eleven states secede from the United States, forcing a Civil War

1865 – Abraham Lincoln is assassinated

1867 – Andrew Johnson is impeached but acquitted

1876 – Samuel Tilden wins the popular vote but loses the Electoral College to Rutherford B. Hayes

1881 – James Garfield is assassinated; Chester A. Arthur assumes the presidency

1901 – William McKinley is assassinated; Teddy Roosevelt assumes the presidency

1912 – Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party forces a three way election scenario that Woodrow Wilson wins

1923 – Warren G. Harding dies in office; Calvin Coolidge assumes the presidency

1932 – Herbert Hoover loses re-election as America falls into the Great Depression

1940 – Franklin Roosevelt runs for an unprecedented third term and wins

1944 – Franklin Roosevelt runs for an unprecedented fourth term and wins

1945 – Franklin Roosevelt dies in office; Harry Truman assumes the presidency

1963 – John F. Kennedy is assassinated; Lyndon B. Johnson assumes the presidency

1974 – Richard Nixon resigns the presidency; Gerald Ford assumes the presidency

1998 – Bill Clinton is impeached but acquitted

2000 – Al Gore wins the popular vote but loses the Electoral College to George W. Bush

2001 – 9/11 Terrorist Attack

In every one of these cases, our nation endured. Because we believed in the process. We believed in our founding principles, the Constitution, that provided for us to continue even in our darkest times. We survived two world wars, a terrorist attack, four presidential assassinations and two more dying in office, two impeachments, and countless crazy elections to let the process hurt us now. We’ve had 57 presidential elections and none of them have led to the destruction of this nation.

We will endure because that is what this nation has always done. It is because we share a common idea – the idea that America is and always will be the greatest country in the world.
God bless America.
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Election Post Mortem

First off, I extend my congratulations to President Obama and his supporters. It was a hard fought race for both sides, its over, and it is time for us to come together as Americans.

My predictions were way off. As of right now, this is a center-left country and probably will be until the Grand Old Party decides to become the Grand New Party. The GOP is a party destined for death in its current form.

I hope my party decides to modernize its positions with regards to: same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, and women’s reproductive rights. It is pointless to fight the culture wars right now – this is not the America of the 1970s and the Democrats have beaten us to the popular positions. We have to modernize our positions and make them more palpable to younger and minority voters. This is the end of the Solid South majority, those people are dying off and being replaced with a more technology-savvy, liberal youth and increasing minority/immigrant population.

  • Ground games beats air waves always. The Democrat and President Obama had an exceptional ground game that gave them more paths to 270.
  • Hispanics, minorities, and young voters voted in droves for the Democrats. The Republicans have to step their game up — we can’t keep being seen as the party of old white guys.
  • There is ZERO reason we can’t elect a moderate Republican — but that Republican has to stay moderate. Romney tacked too far right in the primary (“severely conservative”) to get nominated. It isn’t going to work.
  • WE HAVE TO STOP PURGING MODERATES FROM THE PARTY. We blew the Senate races because we fear moderates – guys like Akin and Mourdock should never have been nominated in the first place.
  • We cannot be afraid to tackle the big ideas. I still commend guys like Paul Ryan who are willing to tell the truth and try to fix the problem. We have to be the party of ideas and solutions.
  • Look at the ballot referendums – gay marriage passed, legalization of marijuana passed…The Democrats (and the Libertarians) have these positions, the Republicans don’t. Something has to change.

The world will keep spinning tomorrow. The sun will rise in the morning. We still have a lot of work to do to rebuild this country. This is the greatest country in the world, there is zero reason we can’t maintain that. And for the next four years, I get to work to modernize and make my party better. I will fight tooth and nail to continue being the party of low taxes, fiscal discipline, and less government. You may not like it, but the GOP has to become the party who wants LESS REGULATION IN YOUR PERSONAL LIVES. We don’t have to compromise our ideals or morals, but we have to make them appealing.

EDIT: After seeing Governor Romney’s concession speech, I am so proud to have voted for him. No one wishes for the destruction of this nation to advance our political agendas. This nation will endure because it always has – in 1800, in 1824, in 1865, in 1876, in 1912, in 1932, in 1945, in 1963, in 1965, in 2000, and now in 2012. We are stronger than political divisions because we share a common idea – the idea of America being the greatest country in the world.

I will pray for President Obama to succeed in a second term. Let our nation become strong again. It will take all of us to make it so.

 

*Side note: Wow. Big congratulations to Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay Senator. Clearing the way for someone like me to one day serve in the U.S. Senate. Proud to see my country breaking barriers.

And That’s a Wrap (On Debate Season)

Last debate until the 2016 primary season (2015)….Final thoughts:

  • Obama had the upper hand being the incumbent. 90% of his job is foreign policy, so he knows it inside and out. That isn’t to say a Governor cannot be strong on foreign policy (Clinton, Bush, Reagan), but the advantage of being the incumbent is huge in this case.
  • Romney won on substance. He laid out specifics, he challenged President Obama on his failures in foreign policy, and he showed gravitas when it mattered. In the end, the incumbent looked more like the challenger and the challenger like the incumbent.
  • Romney worked hard (and maybe a tiny bit successfully) to shed the hawkish image of the GOP. War is the last resort, you don’t win by killing people, etc. At the least, he placated independents worried about a warmonger.
  • Please, do not let bayonets become the new Big Bird or binders. Please, we can’t take much more.

Who won?

  • Draw. Romney won on substance, Obama won on everything else. The polls were not definitive, if anything, they showed Obama “won” on the surface but Romney won underneath. Like the second debate, it won’t be enough to give Obama a boost heading into the final two weeks.
  • Romney looked the part of president, which is what this was about. A tie is all he needed to actually win.
  • PPP had it best – Obama won; but, he lost. Independents are more likely to vote for Romney after the debate, and less likely Obama. In other words, he did nothing to stop the shedding of the independents that will doom him. CNN put it another way: 24% more likely to vote for Obama, 25% Romney, 50% neither. It’s too late in the game.

Best quotes:

  • Obama: “When I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors. I didn’t attend fundraisers. I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum there to remind myself of the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel would be unbreakable.”
  • Obama: “Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that Al Qaeda is a threat because a few months ago when you asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia – not Al Qaeda – you said Russia. The 1980s are now calling and asking for their foreign policy back.”
  • Obama: “Governor, you say you want a bigger military. You want a bigger Navy. You don’t want to cut defense spending. What I want to ask you — we were talking about financial problems in this country. Where are you going to get the money?”
  • Romney: “I congratulate him on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in Al Qaeda, but we can’t kill our way out of this mess.”
  • Romney: “Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East, and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region. And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel.”
  • “I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin and I’m certainly not going to say to him, ‘I’ll give you more flexibility after the election.’ After the election, he’ll get more backbone.”
  • Romney: “This is a critical opportunity for America. And what I’m afraid of is we’ve watched over the past year or so, first the president saying, ‘Well we’ll let the U.N. deal with it.’”

I Can Make Up Polls Too

Someone should hire me, my polls are probably a thousand times better than CBS and Quinnipiac. Why is that? Let’s look at their Ohio poll:

  • Obama leads Romney 50-45. The sample: 35/26/34. D+9….nearly double the margin from 2008. Who the heck believes the Democrats are MORE enthused this year and the Republicans will turn out at their lowest point in half a century? Hint: no one.
  • Romney is up 7 with independents….a 15-point shift from 2008…
  • D+9…5 point lead….losing independents by high single-digits…and only a 5 point lead is…wow, not good for Team Obama.

NBC/WSJ national poll has the race tied at 47%. Why is this one bad for Team Obama:

  • 41/53 right/wrong direction
  • 49/48 Obama job approval; 46/52 on economy
  • Only 37% asked where McCain voters
  • 44/38/15 with leaners…independents way way way undersampled
  • Romney +2 in the gender gap…huge.

Romney +2 in Rasmussen; +3 in swing states

Romney +2 in GWU/Politico Battleground

Tied in PPP

Romney +7 in Gallup as of yesterday (another day of the 7-day average will drop off today around noon)

Swing States

Per RCP averages (anomalies in parentheses)

Ohio Obama +2.2 (+1, +3, tie, +1….+5 is the anomaly…) its more like +1 right now

Florida Romney +2.1

Virginia Tie (-5 is the anomaly with Romney +1, 3, 1)

New Hampshire Romney +1 (the anomaly is Romney +3…Tie, +1, -1)

Colorado Romney +0.2 (-3 is the anomaly…-2, +1, +1, +4)

Iowa Obama +2.4 (Obama +8 is the anomaly…+2, tie, +3, -1)

Wisconsin Obama +2.8 (Obama +6 is the anomaly…+2, +3, +1, +2)

Right now I’m comfortable with Romney 261 – Obama 243….Iowa is a tossup (O+1)….Ohio is a tossup (O+1.25)…Wisconsin is a tossup (Obama +2)…the rest are trending Romney (FL, VA, NH, CO)…

Third debate tonight….WEEEEEE

Around the Horn, 10/18: This Day in Politics

  • Surprise! Jobless claims rise. Numbers adjusted to reflect bad data. I’m so surprised. “In the week ending October 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 388,000, an increase of 46,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 342,000.” Recovery!! /sarc
  • White House says Obama will veto any bill blocking the fiscal cliff unless it raises taxes on the rich. “Freed from the political and economic constraints that have tied his hands in the past, Obama is ready to play hardball with Republicans, who have so far successfully resisted a deal to tame the debt that includes higher taxes, Obama’s allies say.” It means he is toast, he knows he is losing and he just wants to screw us one last time.
  • Crazy Uncle Joe opens his mouth again: “We are absolutely — this is to our core — my daughter, and my granddaughters and Barack’s daughters are entitled to every single solitary operation! EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY OPERATION!” But not men, because no one needs their vote! /War on Men
  • Mark Halperin says, are you kidding me? 3 weeks form the election and Obama is focused on “binders of women?” It’s called a desperation strategy/grasping at straws. Please look away and continue voting.
  • Rasmussen Daily Tracking: Romney 49 – Obama 46. Romney is gaining separation even post-second debate. With learners: 49-47 Romney. 47%…just like Romney said…
  • Michelle Obama: “See, but your president, he didn’t point fingers. He didn’t place blame. Instead, he got to work, because he was thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother.” Right, please ignore Obama and his surrogates screaming BUSH!!!!1!!!!11 as loud as they can with their fingers in their ears. Michelle goes under the bus in 3…2…1…

Jump Ball in Wisky

Marquette University Law School out with their newest poll of Presidential and Senate preferences in Wisconsin.

  • Obama leads Romney 49-48, within the MOE of 4.9%. Before the first debate, Obama led 53-42%. 10 point swing for Romney. Change mostly among indies.
  • Obama job approval is 48/48.
  • Obama favorability is 52/48.
  • Romney favorability is 46/48.
  • 49% favorability for Ryan in his home state.
  • Gender gap: Obama was up 25 with women, now 4 points. 21 point swing towards Romney.

As for the Senate race, Thompson leads Baldwin 46-45%. Last month was Baldwin up 4 points on Tommy. Her favorability: 32/47%. Was 40/40 last month. Thompson at 37/50, basically unchanged. Voters who see Baldwin as “too liberal” nearing 50% before Crossroads/TT ad blitz.

10 electoral votes and a valuable Senate seat completely at a tossup.

Up, up, and away

Romney is now up 6!!! amongst LV in Gallip, 51-45.

He’s up 2(!!!!) among RV, 48-46.

Ann approves.

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