As a candidate,
As comedians Bill Maher,
It caught up with the
In the final weeks of the election,
Of course, conservatives were not alone in their failure to perceive what was going on. Most of the mainstream news media was also mired in conventional wisdom about enthusiasm gaps and battlegrounds up for grabs.
Here is what the facts turned out to be:
• Romney predominated only among older white men; Obama won 55% of women, 93% of African Americans, 71% of Latinos and 60% of voters ages 18 to 29.
• Rather than there being an enthusiasm gap, Obama pretty much replicated his winning 2008 coalition.
• The Obama campaign gurus in Chicago were not lying; they had the money, time and energy to get all their voters to the polls.
• The “enthusiasm” of the
• The Republicans' silly scare stories about voter fraud were used to justify restrictions on voting that black Americans, in particular, perceived as a threat to their hard-won right to vote. As a result, those folks were willing to stand in long lines for hour after hour in states such as Ohio and Florida so that their voices could be heard. And what they said was "four more years for Barack Obama."