Editorial: Promises pending

November 8, 2012


Despite the majority of voters in Tuesday’s presidential election saying they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, President Obama is returning to the White House for another four years.

Obama won the presidency even with a high unemployment figure, a potentially disastrous national debt, lower incomes for many in the middle class and other potentially fatal economic conditions.

There will be much finger-pointing within the Republican Party about how Obama was able to overcome these negative factors and why Mitt Romney was unable to oust the man sitting in the White House who allowed the country to sink into a much more dangerous position and condition over the past four years.

Obama made many wonderful, grand-sounding pledges four years go when he won the 2008 election. Unfortunately, most of these pledges turned out to be hollow. The nation’s populace is just as, if not more, polarized today as it was in November 2008, with little legitimate effort by Obama and his House and Senate leaders to work with GOP leaders.

Early Wednesday morning, appearing before a joyous victory celebration crowd, Obama repeated many of the same grand-sounding pledges. Is there any reason to believe he will follow through on these goals any better than he has during the past four years?

For the good of this country, it is essential he follows through on his lofty statements about the importance of working together.

Obama won the election with a superior campaign strategy. He took advantage of his massive “ground troop” organization carried over from his 2008 campaign. Romney had to survive a tough, heated primary campaign and, from the outset, the Obama camp effectively demonized Romney and attacked his character with the help of many in the nation’s major news media. The GOP failed to win support from minorities and young voters, and Obama’s strategists were superior in the timing and location of money spent in the campaign.

Even so, the nation remains split. Although Obama won the electoral vote, the popular vote is relatively even. Obama did not receive a mandate.

So what is going to happen? We’ll know very soon, with the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, where the president, lawmakers and the public will face massive challenges and consequences.

Obama does not have to worry about being re-elected or holding onto his base of supporters. He has been campaigning for a second term almost from the first day he moved into the White House. Most every decision was based on how it would play with voters and get him re-elected.

Hopefully, his attention now will be focused on what is best for the country rather than what is best for his political popularity.


cowboy 5 years, 6 months ago

Words of a deluded loser ! Ran across many who speak , feel like this editorial writer. Rings familiar tunes from an old TV show , All in the Family , Archie Bunker.

Keith 5 years, 6 months ago

Throw those grapes out, they're sour.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 6 months ago

This is what happens when you declare War on women. We win.Maybe now the GOP will turn intself back into something their GOP ancestors can be proud of.

CastleRock 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm shocked! What is it....the 487th editorial bashing Obama. Look Dolph....the LJ World readers (see DG county election results for further reference) don't give a rat's arse about your opinion...and rightfully so. Your just a partisan hack when it comes to Obama. Nothing more....nothing less.

With that being said, I'm very happy to see Obama receive a 2nd term. He did a good job considering the tough conditions that he was faced with when he took office. The country is healing...that's all we could ask for.

Lindsey Buscher 5 years, 6 months ago

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GardenMomma 5 years, 6 months ago

Could we please all just get along and work together to make our country better?

Obama was re-elected. Now quit grumbling and play nice and work together! If our country really is in as bad shape as you say and it could be compared to a sinking ship, then grab an oar and start helping to row us to shore! Quit arguing over who the captain is. Worry about that once the ship is seaworthy again, In the meantime ROW TOGETHER!

I, for one, am sick and tired of all this bickering among congress, at the federal and state levels. Can't you all see that both sides have good points? Work together for compromise for the good of ALL the people in this country.

Thank you.

woodscolt 5 years, 6 months ago

"Obama won the presidency even with a high unemployment figure, a potentially disastrous national debt, lower incomes for many in the middle class and other potentially fatal economic conditions."

There, dolph, you just cited why Obama won the election. The country didn't want to go back to the policies that caused all these points you point out.

Why I bet you all ready forgot what 2 unfunded unnecessary illegal wars added to the national debt. You forgot that the 800 billion that you blame obama for was a "hail mary" to try to stop the country's economic free fall that Romney's policies would have returned us to. I was trying to find some archive editions of your rants that complained about the national debt when bush was in the process of writing checks to anyone with a hand to take it. I am sure you could find one and help me out on that.

The republican party is the party of clowns. Look at that lineup that showed up for the primaries.Romney won by default. The republicans didn't even like him until they were stuck with him and then he suddenly transformed into some other totally different guy. Not everyone took the bait, adolphy, and that is why the country was saved with another Obama term that will continue to improve the economy until you get one of your guys in there to destroy the country again.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 6 months ago

"For the good of this country, it is essential he follows through on his lofty statements about the importance of working together."

It takes two to tango, Sir. Let us hope both sides work with each other for all of us.

progressive_thinker 5 years, 6 months ago

The shrill, sniveling whine of a sore loser.

Obama won, so get over it. And please, hold the pity party about how bad Obama has made things. As Mr. Getto has aptly noted, "It takes two to tango". The GOP is going to have to start doing something other than obstructing, or risk becoming irrelevant.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

The Republicans are already irrelevant except in states that have a history of voting Republican which aren't the ones with enough electoral votes to count for much. The party has been taught occasional lessons about this since the early 90's and 22 years later they haven't learned a thing. The bulk of their staunch supporters are older white males that also haven't figured out their beloved party has changed and that they are out numbered.

olddognewtrix 5 years, 6 months ago

It is amazing that a qaulity news organization uch as the LJW has such myopic and sour grapes editorializing

Larrytown 5 years, 6 months ago

Agreed...the economy is now his own. Economy trending in the right direction = Successful reelection of Obama.

riverdrifter 5 years, 6 months ago

"At some point, he has to stop the blaming and start accepting the responsibility." You said THAT 4 years ago. The damage done by Bush II was huge. When will YOU accept blame for that POS???

jafs 5 years, 6 months ago

The president is not a king, or dictator.

beatrice 5 years, 6 months ago

As soon as Republicans stop blaming LBJ, Democrats can join Republicans and forget that President George W. Bush ever existed.

beatrice 5 years, 6 months ago

Sour grapes! Go ahead and keep reliving the arguments that gave Republicans a losing storyline. Really, it doesn't make you sound out of touch at all.

Third time in a row the LJWorld supported the loser. Might want to change your name to LJRepublican'sViewoftheWorld.

voevoda 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes, a majority of the voters in this country believe it is heading in the wrong direction. But half of them think it's the Republicans who dominate the House of Representatives and a lot of state legislatures and governorships who are taking us there. Those people voted for Obama.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 6 months ago

Gloating is unseemly; whining is unmanly. Suck it up, Dolph.

somedude20 5 years, 6 months ago

The best thing about this page (and really many of them) is the picture below. I have noticed in the last few weeks that the LJW has been running racier ads. I have seen ads that showed young looking hooker-ish women that want to date, a half naked woman that turns her pictures into drawings and now this one. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy half naked (in shape) women but I find myself caring more for the pics and less about some of the crap that is being written....

Trumbull 5 years, 6 months ago

The country is headed in the wrong direction primarily because of the inability of congress to do what is best for the American people. It was party over country. The debt ceiling crisis is unpardonable.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

Hopefully the house will keep him from further damaging our country.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 6 months ago

If the House doubles down on its obstructionist attitude, The GOP(especially The Tea party) is doomed to repeat the mistakes it has already made but seems to ignore. I don't think they(The GOP in general) Learned a damn thing from this. I am just glad that the Billionaires wasted alot of their money TRYING to Buy an Election. We The People are onto you, and we will not tolerate it. I Look Forward to the next round of elections, but I am glad we have a break from all this for a while. What a Circus This Election was!

Paul R Getto 5 years, 6 months ago

Billy Flay, you are in rare form today.

beatrice 5 years, 6 months ago

"Although Obama won the electoral vote, the popular vote is relatively even. Obama did not receive a mandate."

Oh really.

In 2004, Bush beat Kerry by approximately the same margin by which Obama beat Romney. Then, it was roughly 62 million votes to 59 million. This time around, it was roughly 60 million for Obama and 57 million for Romney. The numbers aren't final, but the percentage and numbers separating the two elections is similar.

After winning by three million votes, George Bush said, "I earned political capital, and now I intend to spend it."

If it was okay for Bush to make such a statement, then isn't it true that Obama has earned political capital with his re-election? Can you imagine how upset Republicans would be if Obama claimed he was ready to spend his political capital? Of course, the LJWorld editors didn't criticize Bush back then.

Obama has earned his political capital. Time for him to spend it. I hope he has the opportunity to spend it on a couple of quality Supreme Court justices.

FlintlockRifle 5 years, 6 months ago


windjammer 5 years, 6 months ago

Maybe we don't give a hoot what Rush said.

voevoda 5 years, 6 months ago

Maybe a majority of the country did come to their sense, WristTwister, and that's why the election turned out the way it did. And 2008, too, come to think of it. People saw the economy in free fall because of borrowed money, and decided that they couldn't trust the Republicans to correct the situation the George W. Bush administration created.

beatrice 5 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, the Republicans have given us no viable options to lower the debt. Reagan TRIPLED the national debt during his time in office, and it has grown ever since -- with the exception of Clinton's time in office. Maybe instead of playing party politics, we need our politicians to work for the betterment of the entire nation. We are not going to do anything with our debt as long as we have a party signing a pledge to Grover Norquist, rather than adhering to their pledge of allegiance to the nation. It will take cuts in spending and higher taxes. Obama understands this, but Romney did not. Thankfully, Obama won.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 6 months ago

Looks like Dolph couldn't wait until Saturday.
1. FYI, sir, unemployment is down to levels that were in place before he took office. Given that in the last year of the Bush administration, unemployment jumped a full two percentage points, that's saying rather a lot..
2. Of the nine trillion dollars of debt that the US is carrying, less than 20% of it can be laid at Obama's feet; mostly in bailouts and economic stimulus (that, by the way, is working). The remainder is debt from 10 years of unfunded war, Bush era tax cuts and the interest on that debt. Don't believe me? The website of the Congressional Budget Office will be happy to lay it all out for you. As for the deficit, Obama has the lowest rate of deficit spending of any president in fifty years. Again, don't believe me? Go to the Wall Street Journal (a Rupert Murdoch owned publication) and they will be pleased to assist you.
3. As for "reaching across the aisle", Obama has no problem with that. It's the "other guys" that have a problem with it. In the last Congressional term, Republicans mounted more filibusters than what occurred under all other presidents combined in the history of the country. They even filibustered legislation THEY WROTE if Obama looked at it favorably.
On Wednesday morning after the election, Obama called both Mitch McConnell (the Republican Senate Minority Leader) and John Boehner (Republican Speaker of the House) to try and come up with strategy to work together, as both men had indicated on election night, and was told that BOTH men were "asleep and unavailable".
So don't even BEGIN to suggest that Obama is the obstructionist in this picture.

jafs 5 years, 6 months ago

Actually, our debt is significantly higher, at about $16 trillion, from what I've seen.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm not sure where you're getting your information. The CBO is kinda hard to argue with.

jafs 5 years, 6 months ago

Every source I can find shows about $16 trillion.

That's a combination of debt owed to others, and debt owed to ourselves - perhaps you're ignoring the intra-governmental debt.

Treasury Direct is a government website - check it out.

And, in fact, right now even debt owed to others is higher than $9 trillion, it's about $11 trillion.

Even the CBO shows $16 trillion in 2012 - where did you get your numbers?

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 6 months ago

Hmm. Interesting. I'll go check it out. (I'm not averse to correcting my mistakes.)

Trumbull 5 years, 6 months ago

Last week's editorial claimed that Benghazi was comparable to Watergate. Are we to believe this? Kind of reminds me of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 6 months ago

The elephant in the room is the failure of supply side economics. The crack cocaine for the supply siders is in the form of tax cuts, loopholes and an embedded cronyism that favors and coddles rich donors.

Here is the timeline of the national debt.


The problem is easy to understand but like a lense that will not stay focused, the national focus is always being diverted to something else. This is by design.

Dolph, a trained journalist, knows how to disect facts from fiction but chooses to write fiction and become part of the problem. His reasons for doing so are not easy to understand.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 6 months ago

So do you have a different debt history? Link? Explanation or just feel like blowing off some steam?

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