As the country recovers from the election (and hurricane!) we all take a look at the aftermath and try to figure out what happened. Since Obama won it’s natural to try and piece together the puzzle and see how he did it. And most of what I’ve been seeing is pretty ridiculous.
Basically, commentators and bloggers out there make it sound like it was obvious from the start that Obama was going win. They try to convince us that 20/20 hindsight makes up for bad predictions.
For instance, they say that Obama put together a better “ground game” and really reached voters. Just like he did in 2008 he got his message out better than his Republican opponent. So for sure he was going to win. Another example: Minorities were overwhelmingly supportive of Obama and would never have left him without their support.
I think this is a big bunch of “something you don’t want to step in.” It’s awful and unfair to Mitt Romney to make it look like he never had a chance after the fact. If you’d been so sure you would’ve called it a long time ago. And Mitt put together a fantastic campaign. He did not lose the popular vote by very much, he won back two states from Democrats, and no one knew before hand who was going to win. It wasn’t obvious and every single poll up until the last one was too close to call.
So let’s stop making it sound like a landslide. Let’s be as gracious as the candidates themselves. Congratulate each other on a well-fought (though I don’t like calling it a fight) campaign, learn from our mistakes, and realize no one can predict the future.
Have a great weekend folks!