Obama Wins: A Sure Thing from the Start

Obama wins.  I’ve been telling everyone all year, including my Japanese students at Sophia University this spring, that President Barack Obama would win a second term in office. That is stating the obvious.

Yesterday was a “let’s get this over with” day.  At least for me.

So let’s see here.  What did we get for our $6 billion investment?  I cannot help but think about the budget of the federal government agency where I used to work, the United States Information Agency, responsible for “telling America’s story to the world.”  Our budget was just over one billion.  So for the equivalent of six years of branding America all over the world, we had election results that kept everything the same in Washington.  The Senate is still controlled by the Democrats.  The Republicans still control the House of Representatives.  A Democrat resides in the White House.

Does anyone foresee a new spirit of togetherness arising from the 2012 election?  A dentist who pulls teeth without anesthesia rates higher than the average member of Congress.

Why don’t we have competitive elections that last about two to four weeks and are financed by the government?  I know.  It’s too small “d” democratic to imagine getting this done in a timely fashion that would benefit the majority spectators to this spectacle.  

The real winners of this contest are the local TV networks in battleground states that cleaned up financially and the political consultants and media types who told us what a barnburner we had on our hands.  Really?

I’m disgusted by amount of money it took to conclude the obvious.  Romney was never any formidable competition.  He is the walking effigy of the modern bogey man known as white male privilege.  There’s very little he could say or do that would remove him from this perch.

We’ve not only stated the obvious with this election—Obama never had any competition for reelection—but also we’re just as politically divided, if not more so, then we were before.

Can someone give me a reason to believe that all is not driven by money and special interests?  As the former executive director of the nonpartisan “good government” citizens’ lobby, Common Cause of New Hampshire, I want to believe that our best days are just ahead.

A promising footnote to all the money excess is that Proposition 30 was passed by the voters of California.  It was a good day for public education.


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About socalnancysnow

I'm Professor of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, what we sometimes refer to as "Disney U" given its proximity to the famous mouse kingdom. I specialize in political and persuasive communication (e.g., media and politics, rhetoric, propaganda studies, image management), which explains my social media handles: Twitter (drpersuasion) and Skype (drpropaganda). My best known books are "Propaganda, Inc." and "Information War," though I have also edited several books on the post-9/11 era, including the "Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy" and "War, Media and Propaganda." I have published nine books altogether. My latest are "Truth is the Best Propaganda" and "Propaganda and American Democracy."

3 responses to “Obama Wins: A Sure Thing from the Start”

  1. Brad Weldy says :

    It is sickening how much money was wasted on this campaign. It was also disturbing to see Obama in the first debate because he was smug as if he knew he was going to win, yet he would not put forth the effort. I think that the Republican primaries were the best example displaying the Republicans’ effort in this election. Where was Jeb Bush or even Marco Rubio in all this? The Republican candidates running in the primaries were a joke! I feel like they knew they were going to lose this next election to Obama too and any candidate deserving of the presidency was holding out, perhaps until the political climate was more favorable to Republicans as a whole.

    • socalnancysnow says :

      Very well put, Brad. I too wondered where the more competitive candidates were in the Republican debates. Newt Gingrich wasn’t going to win the nomination, and yet at one brief time he was a front-runner. The Republican Party is an endangered species that risks irrelevancy, if not extinction, if it cannot appeal to a larger electorate base that welcomes centrists and moderates.

  2. Gavin Couvrey-Jacobs says :

    Well first off about Mitt Romney losing, I saw this from the start especially when he, as a candidate, tended to flip flop a great deal on his policies. Also his misinformation about the Constitution is astounding as seen in this clip, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIRlNUqEdlU. As for the money, politics and government has always revolved around money. To see how money can influence the masses to agree with what you say, wrong or right. It’s hard to listen to a candidate talk about how they will fix our economy and bring back job to America, when they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on their campaign. I believe that is how it is, and it won’t change unless we change it.

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