Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Barack Obama, America’s first African American president, written off a year ago as too hobbled by frustratingly high unemployment to win a second term, defied the odds and won a historic second term.
Results were still coming in late into the night. Republican challenger, Mitt Romney refused to call the president-elect to concede until nearly 1a.m. the following morning which delayed Mr. Obama taking the stage in Chicago to thank his supporters.
President-elect Obama told the enormous crowd of supporters:
“We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come. By itself the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won’t end all the gridlock, or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.”
Mr. Obama received a commanding electoral mandate: at least 303 electoral votes to 206 for Romney and had a near-sweep of the nine most hotly contested battleground states.
The president-elect humbly said:
“But that common bond is where we must begin. Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over, and whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president.”
The night also saw major victories for a long list of liberal rights including same-sex marriage bills passed in Maine, Maryland and Washington, Tammy Baldwin elected as the first openly gay senator in Wisconsin, Elizabeth Warren defeated Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts and recreational marijuana bills passed in Colorado and Washington, the first states to legalize pot.
The Republican party’s huge loses prove the party reflects the narrow values of the GOP Country Club: rich, white men who loathe ‘teh gays’, don’t care about equality for women and, long for the days when Hispanics cut their lawns. They are dinosaurs reminiscent of the old white men in Guateng, South Africa, who long for the return of apartheid.
When and until the GOP evolves and embraces the diversity that is America’s new norm, I predict they will continue to be a minor political party who suffer giant loses come election time.
The conservative media also had a rough night. People like Karl Rove, Dick Morris and Michael Barone predicted a Romney landslide. On FOX News, Rove and Barone argued energetically that the vote count in southern Ohio was uncertain just as the Electoral College awarded President Obama more than 270 votes.