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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Quote of The Day: Courtesy of Fred Barnes

The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes- Republicans never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Referring to the 2012 Presidential and Senate Elections.

JohnBoehner: Speaker Boehner Calls for Bipartisan Action to Avert the Fiscal Cliff

Speaker Boehner actually set the right tone in his press conference by putting something on the table. That President Obama and Leader Reid could consider to avoid the so called Fiscal Cliff, that if Democrats go along with additional spending cuts and reforms. The Speaker would accept Tax Reform that includes closing Tax Loopholes to pay for Deficit Reduction, thats really only one. Step away, which puts the President in position to either take that deal or to push for a millionaires tax and scrap. The 250K$ number that won't pas this Congress or in the next Congress, House or Senate and see if he can at least get a millionaires tax through the Democratic Senate. Especially with more Progressive minded people coming into the Senate in the next Congress.

FRSFreeStatePlus: The Weekly Standard: Fred Barnes: A Status Quo Election: Senate Republicans Missed a Golden Opportunity

A Status Quo Election

The question is not whether 2012 was a status quo election, meaning the same party that now control the White House. US House and US Senate today will control these institutions for the next two years and in President Obama's case the next four years. But the question is why is this a status quo election, how does a President with an approval rating somewhere in the neighborhood of 45-50%, probably around 50%. Probably around 50% because of his response to Hurricane Sandy, with a weal economy, high debt and deficit. And so fourth, a Congress with a 10% approval rating and yet voters sent the same people back in both the House and Senate. Except for a few retirements, the House and Senate we have today, is the House and Senate we'll have in the next Congress, so why is this. Well with the House even though Congress only has a 10% approval rating, thats House and Senate, voters tend to like whose currently. Representing them in the House and Senate, similar story in the Senate but there's more to that.

Going into 2012, it looked like House Republicans were going to hold onto majority but with a smaller majority. House Republicans did a good enough job raising money for their most vulnerable members, especially in the Tea Party and the Tea Party Representatives did a good enough job. Of at least responding to their constituents, it wasn't really a question of whether Speaker Boehner was going to hold his majority. But by what margin and how many seats would he lose, over the summer as President Obama's approval rating. Went up and Mitt Romney's went down, that changed to a certain degree and the Tea Party started becoming more unpopular. And Republican Representatives like Michelle Bachmann, Steve King, Joe Walsh and Allen West started looking very vulnerable. That never changed but House Democrats only picked up two of those seats but it looked like House Democrats probably wouldn't get the majority. But at least would come close, that changed after the first debate where Mitt Romney clearly won the debate.

The Senate is a different story because going into 2012,  23-33 Senate seats were held by Democrats, even. In great economic times, the party controlling the Senate would have a very difficult time retaining any majority. Especially in a Senate thats this tight, with Minority Party only having to pickup 3-4 seats depending on who wins the Presidential Election. To win back the majority, it was almost like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was already making plans to for the Senate Leaders Office. But politics is not just about party and in a lot of swing States, it has little to nothing to do with party. You still have to put up candidates that can win the office and not scare people you need to vote for you. Pre Olympia Snowe retiring from Maine, Dick Lugar losing a primary in Indiana and Todd Akin winning. The Republican Senate Nomination in Missouri, Senate Republicans chances of winning back the Senate. Was almost a done deal, they were favored to win back control.

You don't win in swing States where women are the majority of the voting block, by scaring women, which. Is exactly what Richard Mourdock did in Indiana and Todd Akin did in Missouri in Missouri, so offense to Alabama and Mississippi. But Missouri and Indiana aren't Alabama and Mississippi and rhetoric like that when it comes to rape, doesn't play well outside of the Bible Belt. Where women are considered to be equal of men and to be treated with the same amount of respect. Maine is a different story, where a safe Republican Senator Olympia Snowe is retiring and  very popular Independent. Who use to be Governor of Maine ran for that seat but why did Senator Snowe retire, because of how. Partisan Congress has become thanks to the Tea Party and she was probably looking at a primary challenge from the Far Right.

Washington Times: ELECTION 2012: Dave Boyer: Democrats Keep Grasp on Control of Senate

ELECTION 2012: Democrats keep grasp on control of Senate - Washington Times

One of the top three political stories of 2012, Senate Democrats going against long odds and not only retaining. The Senate but probably picking up a seat net.

C-SPAN: Mitt Romney's 2012 Concession Speech

Source: C-SPAN-
Source: C-SPAN: Mitt Romney's 2012 Concession Speech

Before I get into Mitt Romney's concession speech, I just want to mention the historic accomplishments of his presidential campaign. First Mormon to win the presidential nomination in the United States and I believe the first Mormon to win the nomination for Chief of State anywhere in the world. Don't quote me on that, but I'm pretty sure of that. The first Republican to appoint an Irish Catholic or a Catholic of any ethnic or racial background in American history as Vice President in Paul Ryan. The first Northeastern Republican to win the Republican presidential nomination since 1992 with President George H.W. Bush, these are huge accomplishments for a Republican, especially considering how Southern and Evangelical the Republican Party has become. So they've made progress as a party in 2012 on religious grounds and these are huge accomplishments that gives them some hope in the future to reach outside of the Bible Belt in America. Which is something they are absolutely going to have to do in order to remain a competitive national party. Forget about majority or ruling party, but competitive nationally.

As far as the election tonight and why Governor Romney gave a concession speech instead of a victory speech. If you read my blog on a regular basis you already know why I believed he lost. Instead of Mitt Romney giving Americans reasons to vote for him, tried to give them reasons to vote against President Obama. And instead of Governor Romney spending now six years letting Americans know who he is as a person and where he is politically, he gave us multiple positions on multiple issues on several issues. I don't mention this to be partisan, but there's a Tricky Dick line in Governor Romney's career, that Richard Nixon never lost and with Mitt Romney it's the Ted Kennedy line of Mitt Romney is not pro choice, but multiple choice. That Senator Kennedy stuck on him in 1994, that Mitt Romney never lost, who is this guy other than a successful businessman and family man with a beautiful family and what does he believe. I believe a lot of Americans including myself are still wondering that.

As far as Governor Romney's concession speech, I gotta give him as much credit as possible. He was someone who was expecting to win, even though I'm guessing some Republicans if you asked them off the record, after seeing some of the non-Republican polls in the last few days were feeling that a loss was very possible. Which is why the Romney Campaign made a last minute play for Pennsylvania. They knew they were in trouble in Ohio and the Governor did an excellent job of thanking his vice presidential nominee in Representative Paul Ryan, thanking his staff, volunteers and everyone who voted for him. The 50M plus Americans who wanted a change tonight, as well as congratulating President Obama. And telling the country that the election is over and they need two work together to address the problems of the country.

In a future blog I'll summarize exactly why Mitt Romney lost tonight and will risk sounding partisan. But tonight the Governor came through and showed the country that the country is more important than one man and one man winning one office. And I wanted to give him as much credit for that as possible.