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2008 Election Results

I wanted to look at the results of our recent presidential election and compare it with other recent ones. Below is a complete chart with data from the past nine presidential elections (1976-2008, my lifetime). Obama’s election certainly was historic in many respects. Here are some statistical highlights:

  • Obama got more votes (popular votes) than any candidate in history.
  • McCain got over 3 million fewer votes than Bush got in 2004. (And it wasn’t as if those 3 million people voted for 3rd party candidates this time as you’ll see in the next point.)
  • 3rd party candidates got only 1.7 million votes, just over 1% of the voting electorate.
  • Total votes cast was over 128 million, up 6 million from 2004.
  • Obama was first Democrat to get more than 50% of the popular vote since Jimmy Carter in 1976, 32 years ago.
  • McCain got the lowest percentage of popular vote for Republicans since Dole in 1996 (of course Dole was also contending with Ross Perot who got 10% of the popular vote).
  • Over 5 million votes, 6.9% of the popular vote, separated Obama from McCain. This was the largest margin of victory for a candidate since Clinton in 1996.
  • Voter turnout, as a percentage of eligible voters, was slightly higher than 2004, and the best it has been in my lifetime, since 1976.

Sorry the chart is kind of small. Click on it to see a larger version.
What Does This Mean?
It means McCain lost the race as much as Obama won it. It means McCain did a lousy job of getting out the vote. McCain clearly didn’t excite the conservative base of the Republican party. You could have seen this coming by the fact that most conservative talk radio hosts (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, etc.) fought hard against McCain during the nomination process. Of course they supported McCain over Obama, as McCain was the lesser of two evils. But this never translated into the party rallying around its candidate. There was some excitement from the conservative base at the nomination of Sarah Palin as vice president, but this was short lived and didn’t give McCain enough momentum to overcome the left’s excitement around Barack Obama.

Four years from now, if the Republicans want to regain the White House, they better put forth a better candidate…a more conservative, younger (I wish age wasn’t a factor but I think it was) candidate who can excite the party base and the nation as a whole.


Sources: Popular vote totals from Wikipedia.
Eligible and Registered numbers from: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html

Media Bias in Presidential Election

The extreme media bias in favor of Barack Obama was no surprise to me or the 70 percent of voters that also said it was obvious that the press wanted Mr. Obama to win the White House. What is a little surprising is that The Washington Post’s ombudsman, Deborah Howell, came out and admitted it and even offered evidence of an “Obama tilt” in her own newspaper. Washington Post Op Eds (Opinion Editorials) heavily favored Obama by a 71% to 29% margin. Obama-related articles dominated the newspaper in a 55% to 45% margin over McCain, and that doesn’t even account for whether or not those article were favorable or not to the candidates.

On that subject, whether or not the ‘objective’ news articles were positive or negative to the candidates, I turn to Glenn Beck. You can watch/listen to his series on Youtube; just search for Glenn Beck Battle of the News Headlines. What Glenn found, and again this is no surprise to most of us, was that most of the news articles were positive for Obama and negative for McCain.

The news coverage during this election cycle was so heavily slanted in favor of Obama that even the left-leaning Saturday Night Live had to make fun of it, as seen in the video clip below.

Obama Attacks McCain Economic Plan as Selfish, But Who’s Really the Self One?

In a speech yesterday in Florida, Barack Obama defend himself against attacks from John McCain in which Obama is labeled a socialist. In fact, Barack attempts to turn the tables on McCain’s ecomonic plan by calling it “selfish.” Obama says, “I don’t know when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.” (from TampaBay.com)

Calling conservative economic principles, as far as John McCain is conservative, selfish is an insult and could not be further from the truth.

Which approach is more selfish?

  • John McCain wants to extend the Bush tax cuts and let the American people keep more of their hard-earned money.
  • Barack Obama was to end the Bush tax cuts, and raise taxes on top of that, taking away more of people’s hard-earned money.

Which approach is more selfish?

  • John McCain wants to balance the federal budget, reduce our national debt and require the government to spend only what it takes in.
  • Barack Obama proposes billions in new spending that will cause deficits and drive up our national debt, passing a tremendous burden on to future generations.

That fact is that Barack Obama is a socialist. He wants to raise taxes and spread the wealth with an all-powerful federal government. But while some democrats would trust Obama to take care of all American’s wants and needs, Obama is too selfish to even take care of his own family.

Obama’s selfishness can also be seen in his charitable giving:

Like most liberals and socialists, Obama is only generous with other peoples money. With Barack Obama, it’s do as I say, not as I do. Now you tell me, who’s the selfish one?

Profits Are Not Obscene and Government Distorts the Market

In the wake of congressional, witch-hunt hearings with oil executives regarding the price of gas, John McCain has chipped in to display his liberal side once again:

“I don’t like obscene profits being made anywhere–and I’d be glad to look not just at the windfall profits tax–that’s not what bothers me–but we should look at any incentives that we are giving to people, that or industries or corporations that are distorting the market.” From Michelle Malkin.com

For 1: Profits are not obscene. As W. Cleon Skousen puts it profits are “the means by which production of goods and services is made worthwhile.”

For 2: Government intervention is what distorts the market, not law-abiding companies. In a free market, oil companies would be free to drill for and refine the oil we have at our finger tips. Government regulations prevent this free market activity and distort the market.

John McCain wants to punish oil companies for running efficient operations that turn a profit. And what is this government intervention going to do? Only make the problem of high gas prices even worse. And by putting additional tax burdens on oil companies, John McCain will be taking away dividends (profits) from every day Americans who’s 401Ks are invested in these companies (43 percent of oil and natural gas company shares are owned by mutual funds).

Of course, McCain’s policy is sounding like his good buddies int he Democrat party, like Barak Obama, who’s solution to the energy problems is to make do with less: “We can’t drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we’re living in the desert or we’re living in the tundra, and then just expect every other country is going to say OK.”

Remind me again how a liberal like McCain got the GOP nomination? Sure McCain is better than the Democrat Party nominee, but not by much. Isn’t there a better choice? Where is the conservative running for President, who believes in small government and free market solutions?