November 7, 2012
270 is the number that Obama needed to win last night’s US general election. As of this morning he has 303 electoral college votes with a few more to be concluded.
President Obama won a second term, but not with a resounding victory as many of the pundits were claiming last evening.
Yes, he has a formidable majority in terms of electoral colleges, but he either won (by 0.75%) or lost (by 0.04%) the popular vote by my last calculations. He still doesn’t have control of the House of Representatives nor do the Democrats have the all important super-majority to block filibustering in the US Senate.
America is terrifically divided. Approximately 50% of its population did not want to award President Obama a second term.
In order to be successful he is going to have to show real leadership. He is going to have to reach across the aisle in a sincere and bona fide way in order to get anything meaningful done in the next four years.
Equally, the Republicans are going to have stop their obstruction of the President and work with him.
I hope both Obama and the Republican leadership in the House and Senate can do what Clinton and his counterparts did during his second term. Unfortunately I’m not optimistic. Neither President Obama or Congress’ leadership have shown a proclivity for deal making.
Let’s hope that Obama’s campaign for “Change” includes change in attitudes in the Oval Office and on the Hill.