Disappointment doesn’t even begin to adequately my feelings about yesterday’s election results. I would say I am disappointed in my fellow Americans but truthfully those who voted to retain Obama were low in my sight to begin with. I just didn’t realize there were so many of them.
Already the 20/20 hindsight is kicking in and everybody is pointing fingers here and there at this failed approach and that unsound tactic. You can look anywhere in conservative cyberspace and find ample commentary so I won’t dwell on it. Although I do want to focus on one point: polls.
Throughout the campaign we were told that according to the polls Obama was in deep trouble and Romney was either going to win by a narrow margin or by the same margin that Obama actually had. Why? They said that the polls could not play out the same way they did in 2008 and that in light of their more informed interpretation of poll data, Romney had it in the bag. Election night proved them wrong and lo and behold it played out exactly as the polls predicted. The response on Fox news? “Oh the polls were right??!!” Shock and awe. So essentially they had this data and they said “Look if we look at this differently our chances are much better. Let’s ignore the predicted outcome in favor of this better result and plan accordingly”. .Didn’t anybody bother to think that maybe they should have a contingency plan since this approach was similar to putting on rose colored glasses? The election played out almost exactly as it did in 2008 which turned out to be a big surprise to the Republicans. Even big thinkers like Karl Rove was way off in his predictions. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The answer was there all the time.