Actually it was the last 6 years as caretaker president after a 63 seat house loss. The third most seats lost in the house in this countries history. However one looks at it, it boils down to one thing, forcing on America something they didn't want at the time, the people let the Democrats know this and they ignored America as a whole just to please their base. The average polls showed 55% against, 40% for. Because Obama and the democrats ignored how the major of Americans felt and didn't want, there was payback in November of 2010.
Obama won reelection because independents liked him as a person, not necessarily because of his policies. They distrusted Romney and viewed Romney much more negatively than Obama. The beauty contest. Charisma won. Which if you go back through history, you'll find in elections when one candidate is much more charismatic than the other, charisma wins every time.
2012 the Charismatic Obama over Romney 2008 Obama over the non-charismatic McCain 1996 The very charismatic Bill Clinton over the dour Dole. 1992 Once again charisma over the non-charismatic G.H.W. Bush. 1984 The very charismatic Reagan over Mondale 1980 Once again charisma wins, Reagan over Carter and so on.
Now being a down home boy can be an advantage as G.W. Bush and his down home style won over two statues, Gore and Kerry. As did the down home Jimmy Carter over the very bland Ford. But Carter was no match for the charismatic Reagan.
Edited by perotista (08/04/2006:17 PM)
It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.