Now that we're winding down from celebrating President Romney's inauguration (or cursing it, as you prefer), it's time to look back on Obama's
term as President to see what went wrong, and what could have been done to salvage it.
His start could hardly have been more auspicious. He had a 70% approval rating, both houses of Congress, and a clear mandate from the people to
change things. Articles were being written about the death of the Republican Party.
He had two major problems to deal with; the economy, and the Middle-East.
Everybody agreed that the economy's weakness wasn't his fault and that anything he could do to improve it would be all to the good. Besides, the
experience of the American economy showed that every recession ended within a couple of years, and the worse the recession, the more strongly it came
As far as the Middle-East, everybody knew that he campaigned for friendship, cooperation, and mutual respect. The whole world loved him and awarded
him a Peace Prize.
So with all of this power and acceptance, he decided to force through health care, and a second stimulus package. These were questionable moves since
the administration had to steamroll over many Republican amendments and objections to obtain passage. He coupled this with the attitude of "I won,
you don't matter." All of this angered the Republicans and made it nearly impossible for the administration to make significant bi-partisan
progress in future issues.
This "Us against Them" attitude affected the American public as well. Their anger created the Tea Party and may have been the reason Democrats lost
the House in 2010.
After the 2010 elections it became more clear that Obama's policies weren't working, either to bring peace to the Middle-East, get the economy
recovering at a pace anyone could notice, or cut the deficit in half as promised.
Thus began a period of people examining Obama critically and deciding he had significant flaws. This critical examination, and the victories in 2010,
revived the Republicans and made a challenge to Obama seem possible.
During the last two years of his presidency, the economy became the number one issue as a smaller and smaller percentage of Americans had jobs and the
median income for Americans who did have jobs fell over $4,000.
Obama's use of drones in countries without the permission required by the War Powers Act,angered peace loving Americans, and allowed republicans to
attack on a new front. Add to that the green energy company scandals, oil pipeline delay, Fast and Furious, lack of transparency, and the Benghazi
attack which caused American deaths and putting the lie to Obama's claim that al-Qaeda was nearly finished, and you have a Presidency with no record
left to run on.
When it came time to run for re-election, therefore, having nothing to run on, his campaign ran against
the Republican. The press was filled
with attacks on then candidate Romney, and he was barely able to stay even. But that "evenness"was largely because the skewed polls showed Obama
with a lead and helped depress Republican support.
Then, as we all remember, came the First Debate, the single event most responsible for ending Obama's presidency. True, Obama looked bad, not
presidential at all, but that wasn't the problem. Romney looked really good. His presentation told the undecided and independent voters, "Hey,
I'm normal, you can trust me, I know what I'm talking about, I can fix this mess, and I'm more presidential than Obama." All true of course, but
it was the underlying message that was even more important.
Voters remembered all the horor stories about Romney and realized they weren't true, they were just smear pieces, so the media, as spokespeople for
the Obama campaign, were discounted from then on.
Further Obama knew he had lost the first debate badly, and made the mistake of going back to smear pieces or irrelevant whines to try to catch up, but
people weren't buying it anymore.
That's why, as far back as October 18, 2012 you could see stories like this
Oct 18, 2012 First Time Romney Takes the Lead in the Electoral College Poll
The University of Colorado (CU) prediction renowned for perfect accuracy will predict a popular-vote win for Mitt Romney later this month, Campus
Reform has learned.
The poll has accurately predicted every presidential election since it was developed in 1980. It is unique in that it employs factors outside of state
economic indicators to predict the next president.
CU Political Science Professor Dr. Michael Berry, who spoke with Campus Reform at length on Tuesday, said there is at least 77 percent chance that
Romney will win the popular vote.
Among likely voters Romney is supported by 52%, Obama by 45% for a seven point lead.
WASHINGTON – Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over
President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, a national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll
By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney's background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would
cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation's economic problems over the next four years.
The findings raise questions about Obama's strategy of targeting Bain's record in outsourcing jobs and hammering Romney for refusing to commit to
releasing more than two years of his tax returns. Instead, Americans seem focused on the economy, where disappointment with the fragile recovery and
the 8.2% unemployment rate are costing the president.
So while Obama's presidency was exciting and emotional, it scattered the seeds of it's own destruction at the start, and never pulled those weeds
out. We wish our country, under President Romney, well.
In this extremely brief summary, much has been left out. I'm sure I can count on ATSers to add their thoughts on how Romney won, or, why Obama lost.