POLITICS WEEK 12
Posted by: Write My Essay on: July 7, 2017
“21 Reasons Obama’s Victory and Romney’s Defeat”
This article discusses 21 reasons President Barack Obama was re-elected and Mitt Romney was defeated in the 2012 presidential election. The popular vote was close and the states that are hotly contested were very close. In the end, there were only two states that changed the way they voted in the previous election, Indiana and North Carolina. One of the main reasons Obama won was because there were a massive amount of voters younger than 30 who voted for Obama, which could be an indication of what is to come in the future elections. Obama was also voted for by a large per cent of immigrants. This could be because of Romney’s partial policy of “self-deportation.”
The article gave a nice breakdown of the many reasons why Obama was, once again, voted in as president. I chose this article because I wanted to analyze something to do with the election, and I thought a breakdown of what led to the Obama victory would be interesting, which it was. I have learned so far in political science about the breakdown of the Electoral College and why it is important to target states that could go either way and to appeal to certain demographics. The article made some very good observations and hinted that the future looks to be in the Democrats favor, due to the attitude the Democrats have towards groups that will be an important aspect of the future, such as young people and immigrants. But this article also showed that these demographics are important to elections now. The policies and focuses of each political party were guiding forces in the election, and this article pointed out exactly which ones.
“Let’s Not Make a Deal”
This is an op-ed piece in which the writer, Paul Krugman, gives his ideas about the Democrats’ win in the election. The Democrats actually added seats during an election when the economy is still suffering and when the Senate majority was supposed to fall. Also, after the election, seats in some major states were gained, particularly in California. But because of gerrymandering by the courts and the Republican-controlled state governments, the G.O.P kept a sturdy control of the House. That means Obama has to make a decision about the Republican obstruction. Krugman says Obama “should hang tough, declaring himself willing, if necessary, to hold his ground even at the cost of letting his opponents inflict damage on a still-shaky economy.”
I chose this article because it is interesting to see how the control plays out after an election is over. I have learned about the various roles at the federal level, such as control of the House. This obviously causes a lot of issues when trying to pass legislation. Krugman’s idea of Obama “hanging tough,” despite the fact that the economy could be damaged by the opponents imposing tax cuts for the wealthy, is already the attitude of the Democrats. I think Obama has known how to play hard ball with the House since he took office, and nothing is going to change during the next four years. The competition between the Democrats and the Republicans certainly isn’t over with the election, and Krugman points to this fact.