Around 2:00 AM I flipped on the TV and dialed in Fox News. Megyn Kelly and John Scott were on. The mood was somber. I went on Facebook.
Have Fox News Channel on. Wow, they’ve really toned the place down. Is this a format change I haven’t heard about?
Reading online, I see they’ve regained their voice this morning.
“We need somebody who can reach across the aisle,” said host Steve Doocy. “But from the books I’ve read about this administration, Barack Obama in many ways doesn’t have a bipartisan [bone] in his body.”
[Dick] Morris agreed, adding however that “we need to understand just how weakly this president was re-elected, by the skin of his teeth.” The Republican party, he continued, needs to work with Obama “when he’s positive,” but “otherwise, we need to stand up against this socialist agenda and stop him from fundamentally changing the United States. – From Mediaite
Skin of his teeth? Weakly elected? Why not just say Romney finished second while Obama came in next to last?
Neither President Obama nor Governor Romney cared about winning with a plurality of the popular votes. That’s not the way presidential elections work.
Neither was concerned that Governor Romney won Utah by 48% or President Obama took Massachusetts by 24%. States like those were out of play and disregarded by both parties. Neither spent more than token money in either state on ads or campaign appearances to win hearts and minds.
There is a reason neither candidate campaigned in Connecticut (though because of our collective money we continue to be presidential friends with benefits). We were in the bag for Obama and winning by one vote or a million votes is the same!
The only number that counts and the only goal of both campaigns was Electoral College votes. Governor Romney was thrashed!
The most likely outcome after Florida finishes counting is: President Obama 332 – Governor Romney 206.
People like Dick Morris (“A landslide for Romney approaching the magnitude of Obama’s against McCain. That’s my prediction.”) and Karl Rove (285-253 prediction for a Romney win), who convinced wealthy people to spend lots of money to elect Mitt Romney are probably cranky this morning. When I blow one of this magnitude (not often) I want to crawl into a hole and disappear. I’ll give them a little slack because of that. Professional courtesy.
However, make no mistake, this is what a mandate looks like. There’s no other way to frame it without twisting yourself into a pretzel.