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Re: Poll - Obama (D) vs Romney (R) - Vote
I disagree on that. States like Virginia, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Colorado are all pretty mixed on the their political affiliation, as they usually tend to be pretty close each election and aren't committed to one party like states such as Texas, California, and New York. The Libertarian vote was the difference in most of those states, as evident by the numbers I posted. They either A) Didn't vote, B) Voted for a third party, C) Voted for Obama out of spite for how Romney treated Paul, or D) Wrote in Ron Paul or someone else to stick it to the two party system. I highly doubt any real Libertarian voted for Romney in this election after how the GOP Convention was conducted.
The problem in Washington is that both parties are going so far to their side of the political spectrum that it is impossible for either side to work with the other even if they wanted to. The far right won't work with the far left and vice versa, as they would never come to a compromise. Even if someone does decide to work with the other side, they have to worry about their own elections and the opposing candidates will paint them as either "Not a true Conservative" or "Not a true Progressive" and they will lose in their parties' primary.
The political system in America is beyond screwed at the moment, so I don't get why people are getting so excited about the potential of Obama accomplishing anything. The only time he really got something done was when he had the majority in both the House AND the Senate, and the Democrats won't have the majority in the House until at least 2016 barring a huge shift in 2014. Unless he abuses the hell out of Executive Orders, he isn't going to accomplish much. Partisan Gridlock in Washington will be the story of Obama's second term imo.
EDIT- Paul Ryan was influenced by the right people at least, as he apparently is a big fan of the works of people like Ludwig Von Misses and FA Hayek, the same people who influenced Ron Paul. Damn shame his policies are almost the exact opposite of what those men wrote about. I'd say that there is a slight chance he wakes up to what is going on, but he seems to be a victim of the political machine.
Last edited by BAD NEWS GOON; 11-07-2012 at 11:46 AM.