Obama’s 2013 Tax Increase Nearly Twice as Large As Sequestration (via Deroy Murdock
David Ignatius at the Washington Post:
Obama reiterated his campaign theme that “a decade of war is now ending” and that maintaining peace does not require “perpetual war.” That certainly fits the mood of the war-weary nation that re-elected him. And there was a ritual assertion of internationalism, in the insistence that “America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe.”
This is good rhetoric, but empty policy guidance. A listener wouldn’t have had a clue that a war is going on in Syria that has claimed over 60,000 lives, and that there is no discernible American policy to deal with it. A listener wouldn’t have known that a group called Al Qaeda still exists, let alone that it has left savage calling cards this past week in Algeria, just as it did in September in Libya.
Maybe Obama has a strategic vision for the second term. But all I heard today was a rallying cry to his supporters as they prepare for the political fights ahead.
- President Barack Obama received 250,000 fewer Ohio votes in 2012 than he did in 2008.
- President Barack Obama lost 6 more Ohio counties than he won in 2008.
- President Barack Obama’s margin of victory in counties he won was smaller than 2008.
- President Barack Obama’s 2012 margin of defeat was greater than his 2008 margin in the counties he lost.
- President Obama lost the Ohio independents’ vote by 16 percentage points.
If you were an Ohio Republican and woke to hear those facts, you’d be ready to book your January trip to Washington to see a Republican sworn in as President of the United States.
You’d be wrong.
The 2012 presidential race in Ohio came down to two simple things. Ohioans are not really happy with President Obama. Ohioans still like him better than Mitt Romney.