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Radio Smart Talk: Election 2012 analysis

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 6, 2012 11:48 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, November 7:

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After the most expensive and longest campaign in American history, President Barack Obama has been re-elected.  What factors led voters to send the president back to the White House?  In a divided nation with a partisan Congress, how does Obama attempt to solve the many challenges facing the country?

We'll examine those questions on Wednesday's program with nationally renowned presidential scholar and author, Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw of Gettysburg College.  Dr. Warshaw will join us to analyze the results, what issues was important to voters, and where the country goes from here.

Radio Smart Talk will also get updates on how Pennsylvania voted -- not just for president but also for the U.S. Senate, state Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer.  Simply put, it was a big day for Democrats.

We would like your input too.  Now that the election is over, what must be done to move the nation and the state move forward?

Listen to the program:

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  • img 2012-11-07 09:13

    The people has talked, twice. Republicans: people do not agree with your politics. The strategie of not passing any law and hoping for the president to fall did not work. Your extremism did not work. Your ideas about inmigration, women, taxes, healthcare did not work.
    Now go to Congress and pass those laws.

  • Robert D Colgan img 2012-11-07 09:17

    This election, more than any I can remember, strikes me as the tipping point for the slide of the patriarchal ol' boys power toward a greater egalitarianism in America....something long overdue.

    The women and minorities predominantly gave the election to female candidates and minority candidates while rejecting the largely Republican male-hubris.

    I believe we will see from this a much stronger female/minority presence in future elections both in candidates and elected office holders.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-07 09:25

    Email Daniel, York:

    I'm having a lot of trouble with your guest's perspective. She's saying the air war didn't change anyone's mind. she has missed the most basic point: the country is in accord with the President's policies. Yes, the air war didn't change minds. But you have to start with the basic premise that he won because we want what he espouses. Her point that the air war couldn't construct enough lies about him is secondary. If people wanted what Romney espoused, Romney would have won, and once again, she would be saying the air war didn't matter.

    While it's nice to know all the b.s. on tv didn't fool people, the most important fact is that people voted based on the views of the candidates.

  • Tom Banks img 2012-11-07 09:26

    I'm registered as an independent.
    Tho I usually vote Democrat in national elections, I try to remain open to all possibilities. I wasn't all too happy with Mr Obama's first term. But I just couldn't get behind Mr Romney. First off, he doesn't have a history of being a centrist, and he changed his game continually in a weak effort to smoke screen the voters into thinking he was less a hard core conservative. His move of choosing Paul Ryan pulled him in two directions, and was a total red flag for me. So it was like, Who IS this guy, really? With such huge issues as his track record on American jobs with Bain Capitol, women's rights issues, his record on the auto bail-out, and his lack of compassion and understanding of life at ground level, his choice of Mr Ryan, and his wispy washy, amorphous stance, the record proved him to be a different person than the one he was trying to project himself as being. He alienated me, rather than earning my vote

  • Seth McGeorge img 2012-11-07 09:45

    A caller mentioned Libya not being a focus by the media in terms of attacking the Obama administrations's response to it. There was an excellent interview with Retired General Keane during All Things Considered a few days ago that would be well worth them hearing that describes the logistics of the response (

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-07 09:45

    Email From Michael

    That lady needs to stop watching FOX news. These people are being brainwashed.

  • Michael img 2012-11-07 10:00

    The man who called from a rural PA county, why does he think that a very sparsely populated county should have the same Electoral College vote as a very heavily populated county?? This is the kind of thinking where very small insulated and misinformed segments of the population have convinced them selves that they are the chosen. These segments should get out more often and turn off the Fox channels sometimes. The wing nuts on both sides need to approach the center!

  • Karen Commings img 2012-11-07 15:11

    I knew right away in today's episode that we were not going to get an unbiased analysis of the election by your guest. That Obama won because he "had more money and no primary challengers"...? No, this was an issue based election and the electorate needs to be given more credit than what she offered.