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.