Election 2012: The Day After—Why Did Obama Win, Why Did Romney Lose? What's Next?

The analysts have had their say. Now we want to know. What do you think?

So it's the day after the big election, and judging from the comments posted on Patch, little has changed. Supporters of President Barack Obama still support the president, and opponents are disappointed former Gov. Mitt Romney was not elected. 

We want to know: What did Obama do right and what did Romney do wrong: And the most important question is, what's next?

What can the President do to win over Republicans?

What should Republicans do in the wake of losing back-to-back presidential elections?

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peacefulpauper November 08, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Romney should have talked more about the Libya slaughter. If the truth about that was more emphasized then I don't think Obama would be president today. Instead he skirted around it and backed off. I also will say that Obama pushed it out there that he supports government assistance. Well in a country where 50% or more are on government assistance, sure that will work. No one wants their handouts cut off. What people don't think about is someone has to pay for those funds. Where do you think that money is coming from? Its not just the high income or middle class. Its also coming from poverty level single moms like me who hold their own and don't take government assistance. Ultimately by the time they have pushed this "tax" through ie. Obamacare I am sure it will be that extra push to make people like me have to go on government assistance because we wont be able to afford to live. Then there will be even less people working. Sooner or later this system is going to implode. There aren't enough people still working to support the people that aren't. Besides I am a strong believer that if you sit on your butt all day you don't really deserve anything to begin with. God help us all.
Bob Dobbs November 08, 2012 at 03:03 PM
you call yourself peaceful, huh ?
NadiaBee November 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM
The Republican views are too offensive to too many groups - and those groups are no longer the minority. (immigrants, gays, women, aethiests, special needs groups, etc.) The only group they aren't offensive to is no longer the majority of this country.
Bob Dobbs November 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
as the bumper sticker says "the christian right is neither" .
amanda burns November 08, 2012 at 05:32 PM
so glad obama won. romney lost because most people could see that he was just a smug rich guy who could not have cared less about the working class. he made his money by firing american workers..who could get behind a person like that? there are many other reasons, but it does not matter. game over. good guys won.
JS November 08, 2012 at 05:49 PM
What can the president do to win over Republicans? - Unfortunately, it appears nothing can be done to win over the current batch of Republicans, short of giving in to all their demands. Also unfortunately, Obama has shown he may just do that. There are so many extremists in congress on the Republican side, that I'm not optimistic that anything will change over the next 4 years. What can Republicans do in the face of losing back-to-back presidential elections? - Get new leadership and get rid of the right wing extremists who control the party platform these days. The tea partiers may still win a few house seats, but it's been shown that they can't win Senate or Presidential races. House seats in gerrymandered districts like Rothfus won in will always be open to far right or left wing candidates. Senate races are tougher because of a broader base of voters. It would take a complete meltdown of this country's economy to allow a current far-right Republican to be elected president. Romney had to pander to the ultra-conservatives to win the primary, but nobody forgot the nonsense he spewed even though he tried to back pedal on most of the rhetoric.
Eastmont Resident November 08, 2012 at 07:55 PM
"over 50% or more are on government assistance"? Can you tell me where you are getting your information? Half the country is not on welfare. You must be including Americans on receiving social security and medicare, neither of which I consider government assistance. Even then, I find it hard to believe the number is that high.
T&B T November 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
America is getting the type of government it deserves. It's just that simple.
CB2012 November 09, 2012 at 02:50 AM
50% of ameircans on welfare?? Wow! What a baseless, uneducated, rather stupid comment! Actually, the percentage of Americans on welfare is 4.1%. peaceful pauper, please read and educate yourself on the below FACTS. And know what encompasses "government assistance." Rick Santorum blames President Barack Obama for “a nightmare of dependency with almost half of America receiving some sort of government assistance.” But the same could have been said of George W. Bush. In fact, the Census Bureau reported that in the third quarter of 2008, under Bush, “nearly half of U.S. residents live in households receiving government benefits.” Back then, Census reported that 44.4 percent of Americans received some sort of government benefits. That has risen to 49 percent under Obama as of the most recent figures available, and much of that modest increase is due to the aging Baby Boom generation reaching retirement age. Indeed, Santorum is also being profoundly misleading when he refers to all “government assistance” as a “nightmare.” Those receiving benefits include tens of millions of senior citizens and disabled persons on Social Security and Medicare.
Meems November 09, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I believe there is one think the POTUS can do to win over Republicans. Drop that ridiculous fallacy that people making $250K/year are RICH and need to pay more in taxes. Tell a family of four living in New York on $250K that they are wealthy. Nobody should be paying 40 cents on the dollar in taxes. Nobody. That's a key issue that my conservative friends worry about and I agree with them. How do we incent this next generation of kids to pursue Ph.D level education, knowing they will have to keep giving more to people who have less? It's a bothersome socialist tactic that rewards those who don't seek higher education (and hence higher paying jobs). Taxes and over-regulation. Make headway in those areas and we will become a more partisan country, IMO. Stop creating agencies to monitor agencies. And the right-wing needs to get out of a woman's womb. Nobody is regulating vasectomies yet ... is that next?
Califorinia lawyer resident November 09, 2012 at 06:05 AM
California Resident And just so you know (AND PLEASE CHECK THE STATS ON THIS), since you want to speak on those on government assistance, there are MORE WHITE PEOPLE ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE THAN ANY OTHER RACE!!! Now, go run and tell that...
Phyllis Alexander November 09, 2012 at 05:48 PM
WOW! Who would of thought it. Mr. Romney has a large family and nobody came out with him when he made his Concession speach. He looked like a BROKEN man. SO SAD. I'm a IND/DEM.
Phyllis Alexander November 09, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Feeling GREAT! Wish a family member would of stood with Mr. Romney when he made his Concession speach. Looked like he didn't have a friend in the world.
LatoniaLVR November 10, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Different election theme this go round. Hope & change replaced by attack ads. The new normal in this country is envy and "where is mine". Hard work and effort to accomplish a good life with good earnings is considered evil. Fomenting class warfare will not serve this country well. China is a socialist country that breeds its own style of illusionary capitalism and continues to grow. We've become a country of contrasts, championing rights and freedom while allowing the unborn to die. The reality is we will continue to reward the wrong behaviors and ultimately the promises and hopes of moving forward will meet the reality of the fiscal cliff this country will plunge over. Life is not about making everyone equal but allowing equal opportunity to succeed. Taking the incentive out of success by marginalizing the next dollar earned results in mediocrity. As we speak companies are retrenching and planning for austerity. The smart money realizes that government does not create jobs and economic activity. Lay-offs at Boeing and other companies are further eradicating the middle class. Only time will tell.
T&B T November 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Good and thoughtful analysis LatoniaLVR.
Jess P November 13, 2012 at 06:15 PM
They are the majority...Obama only won the sections of each state that he had to to win. It is a very scary thought that he will be in charge for another 4 years.


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