Barack Obama Wins Re-election, Republicans Left To Wonder What Might Have Been

In 2008 Barack Obama won with “Hope and Change,” and in 2012 he was re-elected with “Divide and Conquer.” President Obama won re-election by running perhaps the most negative campaign in history, and by building a perpetual campaign organization that succeeded in slicing and dicing the electorate then turning them out. The permanent organization that Obama left in the battleground states (Obama For America) after the 2008 election is, apparently, what really allowed Obama to compete in those states, along with boatloads of cash. It will probably turn out that Obama over performed in those critical battleground states compared to his performance in other states. That’s not a coincidence, it’s a plan…

Obama is the first President ever re-elected with a smaller vote total and smaller electoral vote total than he won in his first election, but given the state of the economy and his approval ratings you’ve got to give his campaign credit for managing to get him re-elected at all.

Still President Obama went from nearly a 10,000,000 vote victory in 2008, to what may eventually be a less than a 1,000,000 vote victory, so while the electoral college victory may appear large, the final vote percentage appears to be 50% – 49%, or maybe 49% – 49%. That’s hardly a mandate, it’s more of a hard-fought, razor-thin victory.

On the plus side, we may now find out what the President’s plan for a second term actually is. On the negative side we may now find out what the President’s plan for a second term actually is.

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Posted by on November 7, 2012.
Filed under 2012 Presidential Race, Barack Obama, Politics.
Doug Johnson is a news junkie and long time blog reader, turned author.

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  • Brett Buck

    We know the plan – to dismantle liberty.

    • Commander_Chico

      That was the plan of both candidates.

      • Brett Buck

        No, idiot, I heard nothing from Mitt Romney about carbon tax, endless stimulus, etc.

        You morons now OWN the results. For once in your miserable existence you will have to take responsibility for your actions. Good luck with that.

  • RestlessLegs

    Welcome to the United States of Greece.

  • warnertoddhuston

    The final nail was put in the coffin of the United States. The 200 some year experiment has failed.

    • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

      Wow, what an atheistic response that is.

      If God exists, then He has the ability and the authority to take care of the USA no matter who the President is.

      Sure, I wanted Romney to win, but I knew that the USA would survive no matter who won.

      • herddog505

        Yes. He has taken care of us so far. He gave us Washington to put the country together. He gave us Lincoln to keep it together. Say what you will about FDR’s legacy, he gave the country a much-needed shot of confidence during the blackest days of the Depression and World War II.

        Barry may be a modern-day Hoover or Buchanan: the man who f*cks things up enough that we’ve got to find a champion to put them back together again. We must trust in God to provide.

      • warnertoddhuston

        Sorry, Mr. Robertson, but you are a silly pie-in-the-sky sort of fellow on that whole “God will see us through” nonsense. As far as I can tell God could not care less about our government. The Christian God is an individual’s god, not a government’s.

    • Commander_Chico

      We were screwed either way. Probably in different ways, though.

      World trends are against the USA. Only humility and moderation will save it, and we know Americans aren’t big on those virtues. If you want to put it in David’s context, God’s punishment on Mammon and Sodom is coming.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Is it still Bushes fault?

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Obama owns it all, now – for better or worse.

      I’m expecting worse – but I’ll be damn glad to be wrong.

      • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ Scribe of Slog (McGehee)

        That won’t stop him and his apologists from still trying to deflect blame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/montejoewilson Monte Wilson

    So I told him, They like to fire people

  • GarandFan

    Going to be an interesting 4 years. Barry will claim ‘a mandate’. That doesn’t exist. Last night there was prattle amongst Democrats that he will have to ‘move to the center’. That’s not going to happen. They said he’d have to become engaged in the legislative process. Not going to happen. Leopards don’t change their spots. It’s been my experience that past performance is a pretty good indicator of future conduct.

    The public, for some strange reason has pretty much re-elected the same so-called “despised” Congress. The people who actually control the purse-strings of the nation. Harry Reid still runs the Senate. A Senate that hasn’t passed a budget in 3 years.

    BenghaziGate is still out there. Fast and Furious is still unresolved. States beginning to setup their ‘insurance exchanges’ under ObamaCare are discovering that ‘the savings’ they were supposed to see, aren’t there. And they have their own budget problems right now. So how much more of Medicare will be cut to continue to fund this travesty?

    Yep, going to be an interesting 4 years.

    • TomInCali

      Barry will claim ‘a mandate’. That doesn’t exist.

      That’s a pretty asshat thing to say, considering that Bush won both 2000 and 2004 by much, much slimmer margins than Obama did, yet claimed a mandate both times.

      (Personally, I don’t believe either one had/has a “mandate”. But engaging in IOKIYAR is pretty… well, asshat.)

    • jim_m

      obama will not move to the center. He is and always has been an ideologue. He will try to force his far left policy and when that fails he will blame everyone else. Four more years of Hope and Same.

      • GarandFan

        Actually hopeless stagnation.

        The fun part is that Barry will be around when the ObamaCare bill starts coming due.

      • TomInCali

        If you think Obama is far left, you need to talk to some far-left people who are very disappointed with him.

  • YoloanR

    All in all, both Jeff Bleich (who is a terrific person) and John Roos served their country well.

    Unfortunately, I, fortuitously, stumbled upon unusually large and highly peculiar financial transactions in conjunction with what appeared to me to be clear attempts to conceal and mislead. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, as matters presently stand, it appears that in 2007-2008, Democratic party agents may have participated in what appears to be unexplained financial machinations relating to the California Bar Foundation and newly created non-profit entity CaliforniaALL with respect to funds originating from major utility companies and the California Bar Foundation, in order to promote the election of Barack Obama in general, and on behalf of those seeking to promote green energy in particular.

    Specifically:

    MORRISON & FOERSTER attorneys James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind” behind the Democratic Party), Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of the California Finance Committee), Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director), Annette Carnegie (2007-2008 director with the California Bar Foundation); Kamala Harris (co-chair, Obama for America and member of CaliforniaALL);

    MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON attorneys Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of California, director of the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s National Finance Committee who pushed for the creation of CaliforniaALL, as well as for the appointment of director Freada Klein Kapor), Brad Phillips (2007- 2008 Director of the California Bar Foundation which served as a “financial sponsor” to CaliforniaALL on behalf of Verizon Wireless and Southern California Edison, both clients of Munger Tolles & Olson)(examination of the IRS 990 Verizon Wireless submitted to the IRS shows absolutely no payments to either CaliforniaALL or the California Bar Foundation);

    WILSON SONSINI attorneys Mark Parnes (2007-2008 director and Secretary of the California Bar Foundation), John Roos (former CEO of Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto; a personal friend of both President Obama and Jeffrey Bleich, currently serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan; similar to Ambassador Bleich, Ambassador Roos acted as a “bundler” and raised over $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign);

    DLA PIPER attorney Steven Churchwell in Sacramento (Treasurer, draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA); firm where CaliforniaALL resided free of charge;

    KAMALA HARRIS (co-chair, OBAMA FOR AMERICA ; member of CaliforniaALL); Harris is the sister of Maya Harris, who is married to Tony West, the chair of Barack Obama’s California Finance Committee who now serves as third in command within the United States Department of Justice below Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer;

    CaliforniaALL Director OPHELIA BASGAL of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”): In around 2007-2008, Ms. Basgal was Vice President of Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives at PG&E, where she managed the company’s $18 million charitable contribution program, and oversaw its community engagement programs and partnerships with community-based organizations. Separately, around that time she also served as treasurer of the “California Supreme Court Historical Society.” In that role, she presumably had contact with many judges, including those who were handling matters dealing with PG&E, such as Justice (Ret.) Joseph Grodin who acted as the mediator in a case Attorney General Bill Lockyer advanced against PG&E, which Jerry Brown (cousin of Geoffrey Brown) later dismissed in his capacity as the new Attorney General for California;

    CaliforniaALL Director OPHELIA BASGAL of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”): In around 2007-2008, Ms. Basgal was Vice President of Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives at PG&E, where she managed the company’s $18 million charitable contribution program, and oversaw its community engagement programs and partnerships with community-based organizations. Separately, around that time she also served as treasurer of the “California Supreme Court Historical Society.” In that role, she presumably had contact with many judges, including those who were handling matters dealing with PG&E, such as Justice (Ret.) Joseph Grodin who acted as the mediator in a case Attorney General Bill Lockyer advanced against PG&E, which Jerry Brown (cousin of Geoffrey Brown) later dismissed in his capacity as the new Attorney General for California;

    LARRY LESSIG, FREADA KLEIN KAPOR, MITCHELL KAPOR, BETTINA NEUEFEIND, AARON SWARTZ: Around 2007-2008, Jeffrey Bleich caused the appointment of Freada Klein Kapor as Director of then newly-established CaliforniaALL. In a press release, the public was misled to believe that Freada Kapor is a diversity expert who operates an entity known as the Level Playing Field Institute. There was no mention that Freada Kapor is the owner of The Kapor Center, located at 543 Howard St., 5th. Floor, in San Francisco, which was used as telephone bank by volunteers of OBAMA FOR AMERICA, and received frequent visits from Bettina Neuefeind — wife of Larry Lessig — who served as the Office Manager of OBAMA FOR AMERICA in San Francisco.

    Similarly, there was no mention, that tech-guru Mitchell Kapor — founder of Lotus 1-2-3 and the spouse of Freada Kapor, is part of OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s technical team.

    Also located at The Kapor Center at 543 Howard St., 5th. Floor, in San Francisco were two newly created non-profit entities launched by Larry Lessig, Aaron Swartz, Joe Trippi, and Monica Walsh (a friend of Bettina) known as “Change Congress” and “Change V2 Foundation.”

    Following the 2008 election of President Obama, Larry Lessig and his wife departed California. In 2010, Larry Lessig, Monica Walsh, and others launched a whole new Section 501(C) non-profit entity known as “Democracy Fund, Inc.”, EIN 27-2439840. On June 6, 2011, Larry Lessig, Monica Walsh, and others caused Change V2 Foundation (which was launched in 2008) to also operate under the name “Democracy Fund, Inc.” (EIN 26-3088283). Contact the author yoloanrabbi@gmail.co

  • http://www.facebook.com/electricspacegirl Elisabeth Janette Jondahl

    All lies. So hilarious.

  • Carl

    McCain would have won this election — as long as he didn’t have that boat anchor Sarah Palin around his neck.

    McCain had a much softer stance on immigration — and would not have shape-shifted like Mittens did when the Tea Party racists demanded he change his mind. He would have stood up to the radical fringe and told them to shove off.

    Yeah, I know you all hate McCain more than you hate Romney, but McCain would have beaten Obama this time around.