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Sorry, but Failure to Rally the Base Didn’t Make the Difference

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There was a lot of fuss on the political talk shows today about the fact that Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, received some 2 million fewer votes this year than were cast for John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity both suggested that this means the Republicans didn’t do…

Don’t Waste Tears on Obama’s Victory

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Take a good look at Barack Obama. He made history yesterday. He apparently became the first U.S. president to win a second term with fewer popular votes than he received the first time. I say apparently only because the popular-vote totals for the first nine U.S. presidential elections have been lost to history. Since 1820,…

Interpreting the Schedules in the Final Days

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What can we conclude by examining the campaign schedules of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during these last, waning days of the 2012 election? There undoubtedly are some clues to be read there, but I would guess that the ancient Romans had more luck divining the future by examining the entrails of birds. We know…

Shoving Diversity in Your Face

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The National Basketball Association has just begun a new season, and according to league officials 75 percent of the 450 players on the 30 team rosters are black. That shouldn’t surprise anyone who follows  basketball. Black players have dominated the NBA for decades. While living in New York during the 1970s, I attended some Knicks…

Obama Singlehandedly Saves America from the Storm

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THE SCENE: A rural farmhouse. It is daytime, and a light drizzle is falling. There is a knock at the door. The farmer opens the door.) PRESIDENT OBAMA: I’m President Obama, and I’m here to help you. I have personally taken charge of all emergency activities as Hurricane Sandy approaches. It is important for me…

Suddenly, Romney Becomes the Best Bet

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About a week ago  I posted a column here entitled “Romney Isn’t There Yet,” in which I contended that as things then stood, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney seemed unlikely to win more than 248 of the 270 electoral votes required to take the presidency away from Barack Obama in the November 6 election. What…

A Poignant Consultation at an Abortion Clinic

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THE SCENE: An abortion clinic in a medium-sized city. THE PLAYERS: The clinic administrator, a pregnant woman and the clinic doctor. ADMINISTRATOR: Welcome to Planned Non-Parenthood, Mrs. Dummer, how can we help you? CLIENT: I read about the trendy, new gender-based abortions, which started in China. I wonder if you make them available here? I…

Romney Isn’t There Yet

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I wish I could be as optimistic as Dick Morris, the former Clinton aide turned GOP pundit. Morris believes that Mitt Romney has a strong chance to win the electoral votes of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, all of which voted decisively for President Obama in 2008. By my reckoning, if Romney can win either…