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Obama Defeats All Pundit Estimates

Obama Defeats All Pundit Estimates

Nov 7 2012, 10:03am CST | by

A landslide victory last night

Well, it is official. Barack Obama has been re-elected, marking the third president in a row to serve for the full two terms. This is the longest run of two-term presidencies in modern history. But...

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Obama Defeats All Pundit Estimates

Nov 7 2012, 10:03am CST | by

A landslide victory last night

Well, it is official. Barack Obama has been re-elected, marking the third president in a row to serve for the full two terms. This is the longest run of two-term presidencies in modern history. But what's more noteworthy is how Obama's victory surpassed even what many Democrats were predicting.

With more than 300 electoral votes, the only people whose words managed to ring true were the close advisers to Obama, who are obviously biased and will say whatever they need to in order to energize the party's electorate.

So how did it happen? First of all, Hurricane Sandy last week was an October surprise like no other. It forced all news attention away from the campaign at a time when Romney was surging in the polls. It also gave Obama a chance to appear presidential and he even garnered the praise of Republican governor Chris Christie from New Jersey.

Beyond that, though, there is the issue of the Electoral College. Obama barely squeaked victories in many swing states - states that could have easily also gone to Romney. So while it may look impressive to see Obama with more than 300 electoral votes next to Romney's 200 or so, the real story is that Obama won by a margin of just two percentage points in the popular vote.

Had those couple percentage points shifted in the other direction, it would have been a very different story this morning.

 
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5 hours ago

Obama Fundraising Tour Causes Havoc in L.A. with Major Street Closures

Jul 23 2014 7:25pm CDT | Source: Big Government

President Obama Visits Austin
The Los Angeles Police Department has put out a strong warning for residents that there will be severe traffic congestion in several Los Angeles neighborhoods as a result of a two-day fundraising jaunt by President Obama. The LAPD warning includes street closures and detours on Wednesday in the Hancock Park area from 2-8pm. Additionally, on Thursday in the West Los Angeles area, police are issuing alerts for residents to avoid the areas around Be ...
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18 hours ago

Biden: 'Businesses Are Hiring at Historic Rates'

Jul 23 2014 6:47am CDT | Source: Big Government

President Obama Visits Austin
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden declared that America's jobs picture is brighter than ever. "Businesses are hiring at historic rates, with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth," said Biden in the newly released report supporting the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 1998, which President Obama signed on Tuesday. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act reauthorizati ...
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1 day ago

In Seattle, Obama raises money -- and his voice

Jul 22 2014 9:56pm CDT | Source: USATODAY

President Obama Visits Austin
When his microphone went out at a $20,000 Seattle fundraiser, Obama goes without          ...
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1 day ago

Ted Cruz Spokeswoman: Cornyn Bill 'Does Not Go Far Enough'

Jul 22 2014 10:36am CDT | Source: Big Government

Ted Cruz Addresses Conservative Policy Summit
A bill introduced by his home-state colleague and Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) “does not go far enough” in addressing the tens of thousands of illegal alien children streaming across the southern U.S. border, Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), told Breitbart News. “The Cornyn Cuellar bill takes positive steps but does not go far enough,” Frazier said. “We must put a stop to the President's amnesty if we want to stop this crisis, a ...
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1 day ago

Are the Obamas Headed to California?

Jul 22 2014 8:33am CDT | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

President Obama Visits Austin
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, "could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out," the Los Angeles Times reports. "The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community where entertainers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby once maintained estates." "The White House said rumors regarding a home in Rancho Mirage are not true. But area real estate agents, who spoke on c ...
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1 day ago

Amid Gridlocked Congress, Harry Reid Accuses GOP Of 'Ransoming Children To Get Their Way'

Jul 22 2014 8:29am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Senate Democrats Address Media After Their Failed Vote To Address Hobby Lobby Decision
WASHINGTON (AP) — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics. With just two weeks before lawmakers' sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill ...
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2 days ago

Congressional Budget Office: Only $25 Million Of Border Request To Be Spent In 2014

Jul 21 2014 4:23pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

President Obama Visits Austin
WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional analysis says just $25 million of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with a wave of unaccompanied Central American children on the Southern border might be spent before the budget year ends Sept. 30. The Congressional Budget Office analysis assumes Obama's request for handling the border crisis won't be enacted until mid- to late-September. Lawmakers are struggling to address the issue before leaving Washington ...
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2 days ago

The Show Must Go On: Obama To Continue With This Week's Fundraising Trip Amid Crises

Jul 21 2014 2:16pm CDT | Source: Big Government

President Obama Visits Austin
You would think that with the ongoing violence in the Middle East, the recent international air disaster over Ukraine,  and the massive influx of illegal immigrants on our Southern border, the White House would cancel the president's upcoming trip to the West Coast for Democratic party fundraisers. But you would be wrong. Mr. Obama is scheduled to leave Washington Tuesday and headline a party ...
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2 days ago

A Disillusioned Obama Fan Wishes Obama Had Cheered on the Pitchforks

Jul 21 2014 1:59pm CDT | Source: Big Government

President Obama Visits Austin
Another disillusioned Obama fan has vented his disappointment with the President's lack of progress toward a transformed America. Conventional wisdom blames an intransigent right wing for Obama's failure but Thomas Frank says the problem is Obama himself. All presidential museums are exercises in getting their subject off the hook, and for Obama loyalists looking back at his years in office, the need for blame evasion will be acute. Why ...
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2 days ago

5 Ways The U.S. Could Rebuke Russia If It Played A Role In The Malaysian Plane Crash

Jul 21 2014 12:54pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

Russian President Vladimir Putin CREDIT: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service For days now, the United States has been building the case against Russia’s claims that it had nothing to do with last weeks downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine. But any slim chance that Moscow would voluntarily admit that it played a role in the MH17 crash seemed to vanish on Monday, as the Russian Defense Ministry angrily assigned blame to the Ukrain ...
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