Friday, January 4, 2013

Romney and his 47% electorate base

The 2012 presidential election was officially certified today by the Electoral College. And the results were anti-climatic: President Obama was officially re-elected by a margin of 332 to 206 electoral votes.

Mr. 47%

But the poetic justice and odd ironic twist of fate was: Romney received 47% of the vote. Romney, of course, made that infamous 47% speech in which he stated:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. … These are people who pay no income tax. … and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” source

Many would argue that the bulk of Romney's 47% base includes voters that consistently fail to elect representatives that are interested in responsible governing. These far-right folks are more interested in making protest statement votes, maintaining an extreme conservative agenda, passing ideological purity test and subverting anything Obama -- even if he adopts their policy -- than governing. As posted on The Political Carnival:

Is there anything of worth that the House GOP won’t block? Immigration reform  (DREAM Act), health care improvements, employment opportunities in education and other public sector jobs, campaign finance reform, help for Hurricane Sandy victims, civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights… read more
In the name of promoting federal government economic prudence, the Tea Party coalition is willing to drive our economy (and by extension the world economy) over the cliff, thus triggering another recession. In the name of austerity, the far right wants to make major cuts to medicare, medicaid and Social Security in order to absolve the super rich from paying their fair share of taxes.
Fortunately, Romney's 47% agenda was rejected by Obama's 50 plus percent. Now, the task at hand is to flush the remaining extreme Tea Party loyalist out of congress in 2014 mid-term election. To accomplishment this goal we have to remain as engaged and strategic in the political process as we were during the 2012 election.