A political pundit and Republican strategist finds it outrageous
that President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party successfully
convinced the American electorate that it best represents the
After a long campaign, the political situation has not changed
-- Barack Obama is still president, Democrats control the Senate,
and the GOP holds on to the House.
served on Ronald Reagan's White House staff and later became
chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. He says the
Democratic Party successfully deceived the American electorate.
"One of the most disturbing signs I saw in terms of these exit
polls was who best represents the middle class," Pauken reports.
"The idea that Barack Obama and the Democratic Party -- the most
liberal regime in American history -- represent the middle class is
outrageous, and yet they sold that message."
The political expert urges the GOP to revisit where it is
as a party.
"I think we had the wrong messenger, and I'm very disappointed
in the Senate races. I mean, we should have captured the White
House; we should have won the Senate," he contends. "And the kind
of leadership we got … quite frankly I wish the Karl Roves of the
world would just go home and get out of the way and allow the group
of conservatives to put this party back together and do it the
Pauken goes on to suggest that the GOP use Ronald
Reagan's successful formula.
As for Ohio, a pro-family activist says the strong turnout of
rural Republicans did not materialize, giving President Obama four
Phil Burress, chairman of the Ohio-based Citizens for Community
Values (CCV), believed the key to a Romney win depended on
rural Ohio voters coming out en masse to overcome Obama's advantage
in the cities. But unfortunately, the dominant Republican turnout
did not materialize.
"President Obama won, and we're going to be stuck with him for
another four years. ObamaCare is going to go into full force, the
economy's not going to get any better, and I just think that the
people who voted for him the first time around did not want him to
go out as the worst president in American history," Burress
"They wanted to give him another four years to try to correct
what he's done before, and we'll see it happening. I know that's a
gloom report for America, but for the next four years we're going
to pay the price because of people who wanted to vote for a
president who does not know what he's doing."
Burress believes Obama's auto bailout was effective in buying
votes in Ohio.
The 'perfect storm'
A conservative political scientist and election analyst says
Hurricane Sandy and the successful demonization of Mitt Romney were
key factors that led to Barack Obama's re-election.
On the day before the election, Dr. Charles W. Dunn
that Hurricane Sandy could save Obama's presidency. And on election
night, 42 percent of voters in exit polls said the "superstorm" was
an important issue for them.
Dunn says Sandy proved to be the perfect storm for the
president. "When [New Jersey] Governor [Chris] Christie chose to
join arm-in-arm with the president in the aftermath of Hurricane
Sandy, for several days Romney found himself excluded from the
national political scene," he observes.
In addition, Dunn says the GOP presidential candidate was unable
to overcome the incessant negative attacks from the Obama campaign
machine. "They painted Romney as a villainous figure -- and Romney
waited too late to respond to the distorted image of him," says the
Dunn says Romney also was hurt by the unemployment dropping to
below 8 percent the previous two months, creating an aura of a
recovering economy and taking away the prime plank from Romney's
Just give me one example
The party of big government had a good election, with the
president winning re-election and Democrats retaining control of
the Senate. American Family Radio's financial expert Dan Celia,
however, wonders if that is best for the country.
"Give me one example of the efficiencies and effectiveness of
government managing anything," he said on air on Wednesday. "If I
could have one example, it might give me some assurance that maybe
we'll be okay."
Celia says young Americans, in general, do not understand those
examples of inefficiency.
"They haven't seen Amtrak, the Postal Service - I could go on
and on," he said. "I mean, we have a Congress, they can't even have
a budget. They're so inept at trying to keep a budget that it's so
much easier for the Senate not to even approve a budget, because
they can't deal with a yardstick in which they may be measured
Celia is CEO and president of Financial
Issues Stewardship Ministries.
Pro-union initiative fails in Michigan
A ballot initiative in Michigan known as the Protect Our Jobs
Amendment failed Tuesday. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor
policy for the Michigan-based Mackinac Center, explains that Proposal 2, if
it had been approved, "would have enshrined unionization in
Michigan's constitution and gave government unions and effective
veto over legislation. That went down 58 percent no to only about
According to Vernuccio, it was the most expensive
ballot question in Michigan's history. "Both sides spent a little
bit between $45 and $50 million for and against," he says.
Even though Democrats were largely successful in winning
elections in Michigan on Tuesday, Vernuccio says one can see from
this vote that Democrats are starting to back away from union