Republicans Gambled and Lost


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans considered it a top priority to make Obama a one- term president.

“Republicans greeted Barack Obama’s presidency with a calculated wave of total opposition.”……

“The gamble was that by denying Obama any support, they would render this presidency wholly partisan at best, and a dysfunctional failure at worst.  They would increase their own chances of denying him a second term, and that their return to power would allow them to claim a full and absolute break with the past.”           ---says Jonathan Chait in his New York Magazine post titled The Republicans Bet Everything, And Obama Won It All.

Yeah, these Republcan obstructionsists  put partisan politics and defeating Obama ahead of acting responsibly for the good of the country.  

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was even bashed by some right- wing folks for touring storm -ravished sites with Obama and praising Obama's leadership in a crisis.

Republicans nominated  Mitt Romney to be their presidential candidate and he picked Paul Ryan to be Vice-President, a risky choice.

Well,  their strategy failed:    President Obama has been re-elected.  He won both the electoral college and popular vote.

Romney, the son of  former Massachusetts Governor George Romney, grew up in Michigan.  Obama won Michigan.

Romney was governor of Massachusetts from 2003-07.  In the 2012 presidential race, it was Obama who won Massachusetts, not Romney.

Republicans thought Paul Ryan would deliver Wisconsin for Romney?  They were wrong again.  Obama won Wisconsin.

Ryan retained his Congressional seat—although I’ve heard he failed to win his hometown Rock County.   Did he get a voting boost from the Republican state legislature's controversial redistricting efforts? 

Gov.  Scott Walker, a Ryan advocate, stumped for Romney and Tommy Thompson.  No doubt, he's disappointed at the outcome.  As we know,  the Romney/Ryan ticket lost to Obama/Biden. Wisconsin rejected Thompson for U.S. Senate and chose Tammy Baldwin instead.  

Gov. Walker has to scramble now because he gambled with the Affordable Care Act and lost.   Today’s Journal Sentinel newspaper  article Obamacare a reality, GOP races to comply, Decision on care just days from deadline  points out:  “the victory for the president and return of the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate means Obamacare will remain the law of the land, forcing the Republican governor and his top aides on health care and insurance to meet hastily Wednesday to start working out their responses. Walker decided late last year to stop planning to implement the health care law in the state, preferring instead to hold out for an Obama defeat and a repeal of the law."

"Now the state is scrambling to decide by a Nov. 16 federal deadline whether Wisconsin wants to take charge of a virtual marketplace, or exchange, required by the law to allow consumers and small businesses to purchase health coverage. In just over a week, the state will have to say whether it can get that exchange running by January 2014 or will leave that task to the federal government."

Also, today's  Journal Sentinel Our View Editorial GOP has responsibility to all of the state’s voters conveys:   A Walker priority should be “creating a health care exchange to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act in a way that will benefit Wisconsin consumers. Walker delayed creating an exchange in hopes that the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, would be elected and Obamacare overturned. That’s not  going to happen, and Walker is left with three options:  Have the state create its own exchange, let the feds do it or a combination of the two. The first option—tailoring a plan to the state’s needs—is best.”

Did rich Republicans think they could buy an election?  Well, they  didn't get the outcome they wanted despite spending a tremendous amount.  For example,  billionnaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson spent mega bucks on his quest to defeat Obama.  See the Huffington Post  article regarding  $-- Karl Rove, American Crossroads Desperately Try To Explain How They Blew $300 Million On A Losing Campaign  

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