Over the last year many political pundits said the November 2012 elections would be close. They criticized President Obama for countless issues including not inspiring Democrats and Independents to go out to the polls and vote, thus creating an ‘enthusiasm gap’ which may cost him the election.
Poll after poll showed President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney in a dead-heat across the nation and especially in the 9 battleground states- Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Mark Blumenthal of the Huffington Post even wrote this just right before last Tuesday’s Election, “With just three days remaining before votes are counted, most of the national tracking polls continue to show a basically deadlocked race, with six new surveys released in the last 24 hours showing roughly the same findings as those from earlier in the week.”
As a matter of fact, the only ‘numbers guy’ that got it right was Nate Silver and he took much criticism for his statistical model he used to make his prediction. If the November 2012 Election validated President Obama’s vision and record as President, it also validated Nate Silver as a person who makes predictions base on real facts. You see many of our long-standing polling firms based their poll results based on telephone calls to landlines or took other outdated methodologies. Nate Silver realized that the fastest growing demographics, most likely didn’t have landline telephones, thus making those poll numbers for established pollsters inaccurate.
But if you are waiting on apology Nate Silver, you can forget it. Here is an explanation from one of Silver’s critics, Dean Chambers, “What I think actually happened, and this will get glossed over because of the final result — the race actually changed significantly,” he says. “I’m not blaming the storm, but Hurricane Sandy took the election as a whole off the front pages for four to five days. After that, it got a lot closer. I do believe that a week ago, Romney was four to five points ahead in the popular vote.” in an article written by Jeff Bercovici of Forbes Magazine.
However, our President was the most accurate in reading the pulse of America and has passed laws and created future agendas that we overwhelmingly supported on November 6, 2012. Millions of voters took advantage of early voting in unprecedented numbers, standing in line for hours to make sure their voice was heard.
I made sure I was at the polls by 7:45 am and still waited in line with my 10 year old son Zion for over an hour. I previously discussed the ballot with him and we had already made our selections of candidates and referendums. After waiting for seemed like forever in high-heeled, platform boots, he and I proudly stepped up to the voter’s booth to tell the world, we want four more years. We believe there should be immigration reform and the children of undocumented workers who pay taxes can also pay in-state tuition and lastly but not the least, all Americans should have equal protection under the law to marry another consenting adult.
It brought tears to my eyes to see millions of voters standing lines for hours and hours to cast their vote and make sure their voices were heard as well. Americans put to shame the statements that we had no enthusiasm because 4% more African Americans voted in 2012 than in the 2008 election according to exit polls in Ohio.
Here is an overview of the 2012 Electoral map:
But now the election is over, the polls are closed and America’s decision has been made. It’s time for our country to move on and pass a budget before the automatic 2013 Sequestration takes effect. President and Congress also need to begin working together to do the job in which they were hired and that’s to GOVERN. Sitting in Washington is a Job’s Bill and an Infrastructure Bill which can put millions of Americans back to work. We are tired of political partisanship preventing our elected officials from doing what’s needed for our country and if they won’t do it on their own, We The People will need to help the
Here’s a quote by the Republican Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell on election night after President Obama’s reelection,“The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president’s first term, they have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together with a Congress that restored balance to Washington after two years of one-party control,”
If that doesn’t concern you then here’s a quote from John Boehner regarding budget negotiations, “The members of our majority understand how important it is to avert the fiscal cliff,” Boehner said in a press conference. He said the way forward includes addressing the debt through tax reform and entitlement reform…I’m proposing that we avert the fiscal cliff together in a manner that ensures that 2013 is finally the year that our government comes to grips with the major problems that are facing us…Raising tax rates is unacceptable,” said Boehner told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an Exclusive interview on Thursday. “Frankly, it couldn’t even pass the House. I’m not sure it could pass the Senate.”
America, don’t be despaired! We have reelected a President who is optimistic about the future of our country and I believe he will do what’s necessary to move our country forward. I’ll leave you with a few quotes from his 2012 acceptance speech and the video.
“I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting…”
“America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or
Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”
I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.
“And together with your help and God’s grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.”