Sign on store said, “Gov’t didn’t build this business -Customers Did!!”Today sign says “SECEDE!!!”Funny if I hadn’t saw 3 MORE like it
— John D. Long (@JD_Long) November 7, 2012
OK, So Obama won, and pretty much exactly according to my own prediction, which was in turn based almost exactly on Nate Silver’s model, which was in turn based pretty much entirely on the state polling. All the arguments about unskewed polls and national polls and whatnot should be laid to rest now, because this election was not a surprise – the accuracy of the polls was basically mundane and thoroughly predictable, given that it always goes this way.
There is an astonishing amount of Republican/conservative angst about this win, which is disappointing. I won’t nutpick examples – some of which were right here at DW – because that doesn’t solve anything. The best route forward for lefties is not schadenfreude but patience. I’m hoping that the example of Gov. Christie will be an inspiration to the Republicans in office and that we will actually see bipartisan solutions instead of obstruction from here on out.
And for those of you truly anxious about Obama’s tenure, let me ask you this: Is it possible you were not served well by your sources? The existence of a Republican fact bubble was dramatically evident on Fox News last night, where Karl Rove refused to accept the returns from Ohio, and furiously scribbled on napkins for an alternate explanation. Megan Kelly earned my respect for the first time by walking the walk, down to the statheads in the basement and asking them to reply to Rove’s accusations, and did not give an inch when Rove tried to dismiss their arguments. Romney HQ then tried to get Fox to rescind its Ohio call, and Fox stood firm. But this episode should be an indicator that the leaders on the right don’t really have a firm grasp of fundamentals. A Baghdad Bob moment by Rove illustrated that these people just could not accept reality. I think each of you who trusts these people – Rove, Morris, basically everyone at the RNC, and every single person who stood for the nomination – need to evaluate them again and wonder just whose self-interest they really are working for. Certainly not yours. Kudos to Fox News for doing the right thing last night, but they are the also the ones who give these characters a platform to mislead you.
In fact, Obama’s tenure, despite what the Roves et al have told you, has not been bad. He has overseen over 20 consecutive months of job growth. Romney’s numbers implying job loss under Obama require Obama to be responsible for job losses that occurred after his inauguration but before he was able to pass any economic legislation. On the economy: GDP is up. The stock market is up. Unemployment is lower than when he took office, which means that he has erased the losses and made some gains.
Rove would have you believe that Obama is destroying the country, but he saved Detroit’s auto industry, he has managed to get China to play ball on currency, he has with Obamacare actually reduced the deficit (though not the debt, yet. and on that – more later).
Rove is not serving you. He is serving himself.
You ask liberals like me to “open our eyes” all the time, but today the election should give you an opportunity to do the same. Maybe you will retain your opinion about Obama, thats fine. But give him a second chance. He’s your President, too.
UPDATE: Watch Rove try to spin facts to his fantasy.