Time to rid ourselves of some more Mess-iah whoop-t-do (see HERE for “Was it a blowout? and information on how the Tuesday turnout was the same in percentage terms as 2004 and HERE for information on how tax increases are coming regardless of Obama’s words and Obama already running away from his campaign words, also – the check is in the mail).
It’s fascinating that an election as historic and momentous as Tuesday’s, one that resulted in the election of the first African-American, indeed the first minority, president in history, is also one of the most complicated and nuanced in memory. [snip]
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Tim Storey, the authority on such things, Democrats gained approximately 100 state legislative seats, about half of the normal turnover. In fairness to Democrats, it was hard to build on their impressive pickup of legislative seats in 2006.
But given the strength of the top of the ticket nationally, one might have thought that the victory would have been more vertically integrated. Notice where the gains were: New York, Delaware, Ohio, and Wisconsin; the losses: Tennessee, Montana, and Oklahoma. Storey points out that Democrats will now hold every state legislature in the Northeast (north of Virginia) except the Pennsylvania Senate.[snip]
Even having made these caveats, what happened down-ballot was not proportional to what happened at the top. It certainly can be argued that the Obama campaign had become such a highly personalized movement that it was unrealistic to expect it to carry down through its party, particularly in states that the campaign was not targeting and where Obama’s appeal was naturally less.
Despite a record number of registered voters this year, intense interest in the presidential election and the historic outcome, Ohio’s voter turnout was lower Tuesday than in 2004, unofficial statistics show.
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is reporting 67 percent turnout, compared with 72 percent in 2004. She had been predicting 80 percent turnout this time. [snip]
“That’s rather puzzling, given the activity level,” said Paul Beck, a political-science professor at Ohio State University.
The total number of votes cast Tuesday declined in 69 of Ohio’s 88 counties when compared with official totals from 2004. In Franklin County, for example, about 10,000 fewer votes were cast this year.[snip]
But Sen. Barack Obama also garnered nearly 22,000 fewer votes statewide than Sen. John Kerry did in Ohio four years ago, despite a massive get-out-the-vote effort.[snip]
John Green, director of the Ray C. Bliss School of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, speculated that one factor at play might be that both Republican and Democratic voters stayed home this year.
Just as some Republicans might not have been enamored with McCain and didn’t want to vote for Obama, some Democrats might not have liked Obama and wouldn’t vote for him, he said.
“Beneath all of this enthusiasm that we saw on Election Day, there may have been some discouragement,” Green said.[snip]
“I’m perplexed,” said Herb Asher, professor emeritus of political science at Ohio State University.
Why do we focus on actual data rather than hoopla? Because in order to understand what is to be done we must know what happened. We’ll focus on what must be done in coming days.
One possible answer: votes counted twice for Obama.
Franklin County’s 62 percent voter turnout was lower than expected, but not in some precincts where an impossible 119 percent of those registered cast ballots. [snip]
Unofficial returns show that 524,207 of the county’s 846,343 registered voters cast ballots. But electronic votes were accidentally counted twice in three precincts as tallying discs were quickly fed into a centralized counter.
The affected areas are in the 15th Congressional District; there, Republican Steve Stivers leads Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy by almost 400 votes.
Errors were in Worthington’s 3-D, which has 534 registered voters and posted 633 votes. In Worthington 3-B, which has 951 registered voters, 1,095 votes were counted. And Columbus 19-F, in Clintonville, which has 1,066 registered voters, posted 1,138 votes.
The L.A. Times in late October revealing Obama but buried the article:
One of the striking ironies is that a man who draws tens of thousands of people to his rallies, whose charisma is likened to that of John F. Kennedy, can be sort of a bore. [snip]
I’ve watched Obama demonstrate a soccer kick to his daughter in Chicago; devour a cheesesteak in Philly; navigate a roller rink in Indiana; drive a bumper car; and catapult 125 feet in the air on an amusement-park ride called “Big Ben.” He’s done it all with dogged professionalism, but with little show of spontaneity. After all this time with him, I still can’t say with certainty who he is.
It was a reminder that behind the hype and the TV ads is this one rather vulnerable-looking guy. And in that moment came the question: Is he really ready to take over the toughest job on the planet? [snip]
First Clinton, then John McCain made the argument that Obama is someone we don’t really know. Obama’s supporters counter that we have his record in the U.S. and Illinois senates, two memoirs that reveal his inner thinking and a vast trove of public speaking. Ironically, those of us who were sent out to take his measure in person can’t offer much help in answering who he is, or if he is ready. The barriers set in place between us and him were just too great.
The L.A. Times buried their revealing Obama story but Newsweek throughout the campaign protected and pushed Obama and trashed Hillary and McCain. Now Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas reveal Obama is “creepy” and “deeply manipulative“.
Shameful Rush Limbaugh, a Hillary Hater, who bears some responsibility for Obama getting gifted the Democratic nomination has some relevant comments on Newsweek and its lovin’ of Obama [transcript]:
Limbaugh asks the same question about Tom Brokaw. Charlie Rose and Tom Brokaw of the Obama lovin’ NBC admit they don’t know who or what Obama is or represents:
Only now, when it’s too late for the American voter, only now, after the lovin’, do Newsweak’s Jon and Evan tell us Obama is “creepy”. Brokaw adds a hapless ‘Obama who?’ after years of NBC shilling for Obama.
Have a cigarette Barack – you made it past the lovin’ – now give Jon and Tom and Evan ten dollars each and kick them out the door.