It would be impossible today to turn on the television or radio without hearing something about the 2012 Presidential election. Newspapers and online publications revealing the voting numbers for states and a variety of demographics. Facts lead to opinions of how and why one candidate won and the other lost. Great campaign strategy, leadership, the economy, and foreign policy are all thrown out as possible reasons voters swung one way or the other.
In the end, what was the issue that really guided your vote? It must not have been the economy. Unemployment is still much higher than we were promised it would be by this time. The Federal deficit is almost double rather than half, as Mr. Obama predicted he would achieve. Perhaps it has more to do with strong leadership in matters over seas? possible, but unlikely. While Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces during the President’s first term, the attack in Benghazi which left four Americans dead is the latest display of leadership abroad on the mind of informed voters. Not to mention the “story” the administration told the country and the world in the weeks following. How about the candidate most likely to work with the other party? Again, unlikely. Gov. Romney was able to get things done when he worked with a state legislature made up of good people who were 85% or more from across the aisle. The President, on the other hand, slammed “Obamacare” through with little regard for thoughts of representatives from the opposing party or the American people at large.
I believe it was some great campaigning mostly. The Obama camp was able to get some folks to come out and vote solely on social issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and/or contraception. These were little talked about issues (especially by the republicans) since a week after the DNC, but resonated with some voters who were more likely to vote for Mr. Obama if they made it to the polls.
Now that the election is over, I hope the President will enlist some of the brilliant strategists who orchestrated such a clever campaign to help with the important issues affecting all of us.