Paul Ryan on the real reason Obama won the election.
Well, he got turnout. The president should get credit for achieving record-breaking turnout numbers from urban areas for the most part, and that did win the election for him.
Well, yes. People in “urban areas” voted, and unfortunate as it may be for Ryan, more of them voted for President Obama than they did for Romney. This is why Ryan and his GOP buddies are on the losing side of the ledger. Simple.
But there’s more here than Ryan simply stating the obvious. People in “urban areas” is right-wing code for lazy, shiftless liberals who want free stuff and things. “Urban areas”, in Ryan-speak, is the place where blacks, Latinos and other non-white minority groups live. “Urban areas” is also the place where Republican state governments tried their best to suppress the vote.
And though Ryan would never admit it, “urban places” is where folks came out to repudiate the Republican agenda by casting a vote for President Obama. They did this because they understood long before Louisiana’s Republican governor and chief hypocrite, Bobby Jindal, ever did, that the GOP was the “stupid party”, and they wanted no part of it.
But that’s fine. Let Ryan and his fellow Republicans go on believing that this election was nothing more than a matter of who was more successful at getting out the vote. Let them go on believing that it had nothing to do with Republican’s narrow-minded, bigoted, greedy agenda that looked to favor the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class.
Let them keep on believing it and take comfort in knowing that for as long as they do, they’ll never win another presidential election.
Every four years, the same handful of states get to determine who sits in the Oval Office. In the next two weeks, tens of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of volunteers will pour into these states (notably, Ohio and Iowa) in a frantic race to the finish.
Every four years, the fate of the United States of America gets determined by the United Swing-States of America. Strange.
Latest swing-state numbers here.