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07-11-2012, 03:02 PM #1
Obama re-elected as President of the USADivided U.S. Gives Obama More Time
Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as a divided nation voted to give him more time.
In defeating Mitt Romney, the president carried Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin, a near sweep of the battleground states, and was holding a narrow advantage in Florida. The path to victory for Mr. Romney narrowed as the night wore along, with Mr. Obama winning at least 303 electoral votes.
A cheer of jubilation sounded at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago when the television networks began projecting him as the winner at 11:20 p.m., even as the ballots were still being counted in many states where voters had waited in line well into the night. The victory was far narrower than his historic election four years ago, but it was no less dramatic.
CNN has some more detailed voting results. Nothing too surprising: Whites, Men, the Religious and the Wealthy tended to favour Romney, Blacks, Latinos, Women and the Working Class favoured Obama. What I find interesting is that Obama received 303 Electoral Votes, but only 50% of the popular vote. I realize this is due to way the election system in the US works, but it still feels a bit strange.
Other than that, Democrats managed to retain control of the Senate and Republicans will most likely keep the House, which means after a huge and expensive campaign nothing really changed.
07-11-2012, 03:11 PM #2
Also cannabis will be legalized in the state of Washington and Colorado!
Up to an ounce (28g) of weed per person over the age of 21.
And up to 6 plants with only 3 allowed to be in maturity.
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07-11-2012, 03:22 PM #3
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07-11-2012, 04:32 PM #5
Of course things like growing operations will continue as before, with state and federal levels both working on it.
Edit: I take that back, the Washington state measure does get into retail distribution, so we're looking at the same situation of federal raids on these stores.
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07-11-2012, 03:15 PM #6
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Also, Akin, Mourdoch and Walsh were voted out, which is pretty good. Romney would've been terrible for the US, mainly because he didn't have any facts, but Obama isn't a saint either.Yeah well, the furnace is nice and warm and I'm bored.
07-11-2012, 03:19 PM #7
would much rather have Obama as president that Romney.Lookin' 4 Indie Bundles? We track 'em! http://steamcommunity.com/groups/IndieBundleTracker
07-11-2012, 04:00 PM #8
I can't speak for the internal workings of America, but I reckon having Obama as president has repaired some of the damage to their worldwide image. If this were any other forum I might hesitate to say the international community really likes him, because that inevitably brings out an extremist or two spouting accusations along the lines of 'socialist' and 'European sympathiser.' Man, the way they go on, you'd think we were cold war Russians instead of trusted allies.
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07-11-2012, 04:25 PM #11
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07-11-2012, 05:15 PM #14
He has done a lot, consequently, to foster Arab independence, by offering money and recognition, not political advisers. Libya was a multilateral operation when it came to international intervention, and was fought on the ground entirely by Libyans in the name of their own liberty. After their velvet revolution, nobody is going to accuse the new regime in Egypt of being in America's pocket, and that is a good thing.
07-11-2012, 06:53 PM #15
Black Obama won, White Obama lost. No significant change anywhere else, not that change was possible in the first place. I'm mildly disappointed that the liberty movement didn't do better, but eh, it's time to focus on 2014.Itsbastiat, Dawngate
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07-11-2012, 11:22 PM #16
I wonder what the result of this election will mean for the future platform of the GOP. Surely the party strategist have realized by now that pandering to the right-wing extremists was a mistake and will lead to their downfall in the long run, as the influence of White males continues to dwindle. Ironically quite a large part of Hispanics and Blacks are conservative, politically speaking, but the Republican's blatant racism kept them from voting for Romney. If the GOP wants to stay relevant in the coming years they'll have to rid themselves of their xenophobic image and appeal to immigrants. Bush, for all his other flaws, understood this and the Hispanic votes were a large reason for his re-election in 2004.
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07-11-2012, 11:54 PM #17
08-11-2012, 12:35 AM #18
or used to be - conservative socially, but I would never really say that a significant subset are conservative economically. Unless you're talking about Miami Cubans.
But yeah, "self-deporting" doesn't fly with Latinos.
08-11-2012, 12:40 PM #19
And thanks for that article, interesting stuff.
Then again, the lack of any concrete plans didn't really stop Mitt Romney.
08-11-2012, 12:43 PM #20