National Is Obama the Republicans’ Only Problem? Can Obama singlehandedly collapse the Republican Party as we know it? expanded by an average of 3.4% annually I+/0-$4#&,8(#%#)-,5+$#*01+2-3+-84#E@%3%# after the 1982 recession, the Republican has the ability to pass laws quickly through Party has generally been seen as the party both Houses of Congress, where the Demo with the best plan for growing our nation’s crats have substantial majorities, assuming economy. In 2008, Americans found them these laws are inline with the best interests selves in the midst of a credit crunch, with of our country and not only those of the a recession looming on the horizon. The median voter realized that the economi HOW 2008 HURT THE GOP: cally conservative policies of Bush and the Republican party – mainly tax cuts for The Presidency: Barack Obama wins 53% of the popu the wealthy and deregulation lar vote and 365 electoral votes to John in markets – were not work ing. Throughout the 2008 McCain’s 46% of the popular vote and election season, Obama 173 electoral votes. consistently lead McCain in public opinion polls about The Senate: whom Americans trusted Democrats gain control of both houses of more with the economy, and Congress, with 58 Senate seats and 255 in the middle of a recession seats in the House of Representatives he was able to win the gen eral election because he was The Voters: perceived as the candidate J)%:,5+$# 80# :+%$# )'# 0)8# 07# 63% of moderates vote for Obama CNN.com this economic mess. While the McCain campaign was 62% of voters say the economy is the worried about mundane most imporant issue of the election bbc.co.uk issues like how many houses the McCains owned, which newspapers Sarah Palin read, %-$#(0)/(#(+2#0)858'#/0'84#E@%3%B'#6+"# S+30/2%8,/#G%28"=#C,-%::"4#E@%3%B'#%$3,- '82%8+*,'8#S%1,$#><+:20$#2%-#%#-+%2#.%&:+''# istration must remain clean of any scandals campaign focused on a new direction for 02# )-A)'8# ;2%/8,/+'=# >:8(0)*(# C02@+'=/03# the U.S. If newly appointed Chief of Staff ranks Clinton as the most economically Rahm Emanuel and the rest of Obama’s prosperous president since World War cabinet can continue this success over the II, his legacy was severely tarnished by an next four years, it could be a long time until extramarital affair and the Republicans were able to win the White House in 2000. another Republican president is elected. Obama and the Democratic Party Of course, it’s extremely early to make such a statement about Obama’s colored the electoral map a darker shade of legacy. But it’s possible, even if dependent blue than we have seen in recent years. The 0-#%#-)3@+2#07#7%/802'=#C,2'84#8(+#UZVW#@,: median voter was leftofcenter, even in lion dollar bailout plan must be carefully states like Virginia and North Carolina. The crafted so that American tax dollars Republicans remain divided and searching are spent prudently to effectively for a new face of their party, despite naming jumpstart the economy and AfricanAmerican Michael Steele as Chair credit markets. That stimula man of the R.N.C. If Obama can stay true to tion would occur through tax his promises of change and new direction cuts and increased govern that resonated in voters’ minds, and most ment spending: Obama and importantly use discretionary spending to the Democrats pledge to sub successfully stimulate the economy and ',$,[+##'/,+-8,5/#2+'+%2/(4#3%6+# create jobs, it could be a long time until we rural areas more technologi '++#%-08(+2#\+;)@:,/%-#;2+',$+-8#,-#075/+= cally sound with faster internet, and work to organize health care records systems more effectively.
By Bill Shotzbarger
Art by Leroy Wilkes
he inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 was a monumental event in United States history, most impor 8%-8:"#@+/%)'+#,8#&%'#8(+#52'8#8,3+#%#&(,8+# man of European descent was not sworn in as president. Presidential posters that hang in history classrooms of American schools will forever look different from how they did when we were educated there. Never theless, Obama and the Democrats’ near perfect campaign and relatively large win could in fact say more about the Republican Party than about the Democrats. Addition ally, if the recession ends with Obama in 075/+4#,8#/0):$#3+%-#%#:0-*#;+2,0$#07#S+30 /2%8,/#)-,5+$#*01+2-3+-8= The Republican Party is currently split between the religious right and eco nomic conservatives, and the 2008 Repub :,/%-# G2,3%2"# '+%'0-# /0-523+$# 8(,'=# !,88# Romney and Rudy Giuliani, two strong candidates with ample experience govern ing and balancing budgets, were deemed too socially liberal and were rejected by the religious right. On the other hand, Mike Huckabee was never seen as a serious can didate for economic conservatives, and was only able to carry states in the Deep South and Midwest, along with West Virginia. S i n c e the success of Re agan o m ics in the 1980s, w h e n G D P
The Soapbox, March 2009
Published on Feb 18, 2010
Published on Feb 18, 2010
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