By Rawlein Soberano
GERMANTOWN, MD (Dec. 17, 2012) — When the next Congress convenes in Jan. 2013, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer Tea Party-backed House Republicans from the class of 2010 who sought reelection. They were retired by the voters.
Many of the pragmatic veterans and centrists chose to retire instead. There will be 73 women in the House and 20 in the Senate. Both are records. For the first time, more than half of the House Democrats (105) will not be white males. The often-mocked community organizer in 2008 clubbed the opposition in 2012, using the changing national demographics to his great advantage. Unless the Republicans learn from this loss, they will continue to shrink in 2016 and perhaps disappear for good by 2020.
There were some states that sat on their ballots, e.g. 600,000 ballots in AZ, while FL just finished counting theirs after a long wait, hoping to change the outcome of the election. Luckily for the President, his campaign did a fantastic job in making sure that his supporters were not thwarted to exercise their sacred duty to vote by criminal elements in the GOP through different forms of voter suppression.
The changing US electorate split in two on Nov. 6, along political party and ideology, race and ethnicity, gender and marital status, region and religion, education and age. Overwhelming groups that supported President Obama: African-Americans, Hispanics (including Cubans), Asians, women, Catholics, Jewish, LGBTs, educated, and the young. He had bigger support among whites four years ago.
Romney won the overwhelming majority of seniors and whites. No previous presidential candidate who carried such a huge proportion of white votes failed to win the White House, which made history for President Obama. The stakes were high and this election mattered. It was a much closer race than 4 years ago when Obama defeated McCain by 7.3 percentage points.
More than nine of 10 African-Americans and nearly seven in 10 Hispanics; a solid majority of women and two-thirds of unmarried women, about 6 in 10 voters under 30; more than 92 percent of Democrats and nearly 90 percent of liberals; more than six in 10 of those who never attend religious services went for Obama. Eight in 10 of those believe government should do more to solve problems, while almost of equal number believe government is doing too many things, voted for Romney.
Who are the people who listen to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump and their ilk who are insecure about their race that they have to continually attack those different from them? When they see black people accomplish something, they consistently describe it as a decline for whites and misconstrue any defense of black people as tearing white people down. These people live in the wrong country. They would have done well in Nazi Germany, the land of the super race.
For Glenn Beck to say that President Obama has deep-seated hatred for white people, knowing that the president’s mother was white and has never said anything derogatory of any race, is a hit below the belt. Keep your hatred, Heil Beck, to yourself and your scurrilous base. Since you are unable to lead, you can either follow us, or get out of the way as we move forward.
The American people are tired of hearing the same RNC talking points and rhetoric that this is the wrong time to raise taxes on the top 2 percent who are the job creators. There will never be a good time to raise taxes for this group. They know it is a lie (these job creators have not created a single job in the past two years) and they are doing this for their political contributors, hoping that the rest of America will believe them. Not anymore! Such a greedy group is anathema to the American people.
I think FOX News showed that many of its uninformed viewers (who seldom read, if ever) have finally caught on the extreme right-wing for their biased reporting and in an attempt to appear unbiased, they actually appeared unbiased. I wonder how Karl Rove felt to be the brunt of national derision for his certitude of a Romney landslide. Will he be trusted again with millions of dollars in another national or tight campaign?
This is a question to those dumb millionaires/billionaires who were had. It’s sad that some people got their news on the election from Comedy Central than Fox News. In 2004, the Democrats did themselves in with missteps and blunders that had little to do with Karl. Has the proverbial legend in his mind, or now, just a foolish spectacle, while waiting for the victory that he thought OH would bring? In the meantime, Karl has become an irrelevant, almost pathetic figure, ludicrous and laughable. He was a sight of an epic meltdown.
Mitt Romney and the Republicans lost because they defied the polls and wanted to change the political process on their terms. Romney knew that he could control the direction of his campaign but not what the facts indicated. His campaign was flawed, his strategy was weak and his decisions were suspect. His media supporters, e.g., Rasmussen Report, Drudge Report, Fox News, Washington Examiner, Wall Street Journal, Newsmax, New York Post, Personal Liberty Digest, WorldNet Daily et al. failed to sell him.
The Obama campaign, in contrast, offered the finest specifics of any presidential campaign ever. During the campaign, the Obama team crossed sword with David Koch and his group in their advocacy for lower taxes (in spite of their huge tax cuts and unnecessary government subsidies) and limited government and were credited with helping the GOP regain control of the House in 2010. But Obama made his platform clear in 2012 — new taxes for the top 2 percent and no taxes for the 98 percent and the middle-class. That’s what Americans want.
Whites still make up 75 percent of the electorate. Obama’s share of the white votes in 2008 (43 percent) dropped about 5 percentage points in 2012. The GOP is an aging, if not a dying, party. It’s impossible to be a Republican and remain a moderate. A moderate Republican is an oxymoron.
Democrats are the younger party built around the new demography. Obama did well among highly-educated white women and a populist appeal against Romney as corporate boss helped Obama build a share of white-collar whites in the battleground Midwest. Pouring large sums of money into a political campaign is no a guarantee that that listeners would be attentive to one’s message.
To claim that they are “surging” because of the amount spent is a delusion, even if it came out of Karl Rove who is a second-rate political analyst. Money doesn’t buy votes.
We saw that in the race for governor of California, where Meg Whitman outspent Jerry Brown’s campaign by more than three to one as well as in 2012. Former GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist left the GOP to become a Democrat. Expect more Republicans to leave the party because of its extremist platform and noxious environment.
Rawlein G. Soberano, Ph.D., is the President of the Asian American Business Roundtable.