After the 2012 election, a not insignificant amount of digital ink was devoted to covering various Republicans’ “sore loser” responses to Barack Obama winning a second term, but as with so many things regarding the Left, there’s a lot of projection here. As we have seen in his responses to the 2014 midterms, Obama himself has an inability to suffer defeat gracefully. In a news conference last Wednesday, he told the nation:
“The American people sent a message, one that they’ve sent for several elections now — they expect the people they elect to work as hard as they do. They expect us to focus on their ambitions and not ours,” the president said during a news conference at the White House. “They want us to get the job done. All of us, in both parties, have a responsibility to address that sentiment. Still, as president, I have a unique responsibility to try and make this town work. To everyone who voted, I want you to know I hear you.”
Had he stopped there, that would have been a very humble and reflective statement, but it seems like he always has to find a way to make himself look a little better. Although it doesn’t appear to have received as much media coverage as that part of the statement, he added immediately following those words:
“To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too.”
These were Americans who, for whatever reason, made the decision not to have their voices heard, but beyond that, it would be a mistake to say all those who didn’t vote don’t reject Obama’s policies. We know that turnout was lower in many traditionally Democratic areas relative to turnout in Republican areas. We already know that low Democratic turnout helped Larry Hogan to victory in Maryland. At the Cincinnati Enquirer, Dan Horn has done an excellent job breaking down how high turnout in GOP areas offset low turnout in Democratic areas. As an example:
In Cincinnati, a traditional Democratic stronghold that went for FitzGerald, turnout was only 36 percent. With those numbers, Democrats in the city couldn’t offset Kasich’s dominance in the rest of the county.
Meanwhile, Erick Erickson wrote last week about black voters who made a conscious decision not to show up to the polls in Georgia, which certainly worked in favor of Republicans David Perdue …read more