WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Long election night aborted. President Obama wins with surprising ease...

Delaware's decided. No great shocks.

Two reasons Delaware Republicans can cheer despite the losses of their statewide candidates:

Upstate, Greg Lavelle prevails over Dr. Katz for the state Senate seat in a contest that became much more personal than many expected. I encountered several self-described Democratic voters who nonetheless crossed over to vote for Greg Lavelle.

Downstate, a Republican pick-up as Ernie Lopez (of upstate New Castle County pedigree) prevails in his state Senate race.

Nationally, I find it interesting Tea Party Republican Senate candidates went down in flames in Missouri and Indiana -- seats the Republicans could have otherwise won.

In the Presidential race, a key stat, I think: Mitt Romney's share of the Hispanic vote is coming out lower than John McCain's four years ago. This is the demographic time-bomb that deeply alarms G.O.P. strategists looking to the future -- and that the Tea Party movement has only exacerbated.

The Republicans have a fundamental demographic problem.

Although I would advise BOTH parties to spurn candidates from Massachusetts (Dukakis, Kerry, Romney). Too often, they come off as technocrats.

Item: Three of four states with gay marriage questions on the ballot approved it. That may have had something to do with these referendum questions appearing on the general election ballot.

Here's the continuing LIVE election blog from Britain's GUARDIAN newspaper...


Posted at 10:37pm on November 6, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Tue, Nov 6, 2012 11:25pm
"So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 11:26pm
Well its 11:18pm and CBS, PBS, and NBC just called it for Obama with him having 274 electoral votes, only needed 270, with the other remaining states leaning towards Obama. So if those numbers hold then I guess Obama wins a second term.

I will continue to pray for him and his administration as I believe Christians are to pray for our leaders, even if we didn't vote for them. So congratulations DEMS you've got another four years. I think that one thing that might have hurt the GOP is that the GOP folks in Congress went out of their way to prevent Obama and the DEMS from doing many of their programs and folks may have viewed them as being obstructions to getting things done. So hopefully during this next four years, the two parties can work better together to get something done, as I don't believe we can wait another four years to get this economy going so that all those millions out of work can go back to earning a living AND paying their share of taxes. So Mr. Obama, you've got another four years, prove folks like me wrong, please don't waste them.

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 4:47am
Welcome to the Union of Soviet Socialist American Republics.
Thankfully, we still have a Republican congress to help slow the growth of communism!

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 7:01am
I should also add, welcome to Sodom and Gomorrah!

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 8:19am
Mrpizza: This is why in the past I've said, been saying it for over 30 years, that THE CHURCH, needs to focus on bringing people to Christ, not winning political battles. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have done the Christian Church a serious dis-service in getting the church away from its focus and into the political arena.

It's fine for the individual as we all are Americans and should be involved in the politics of our nation, BUT the church hurts its main mission, the one given to it by Jesus himself, to go and make Disciples of all nations (peoples) by getting involved in politics. I know many people who truly believe that they'd have to become Republicans BEFORE they could become a Christian, and as they are liberal DEMS, they just aren't interested. How sad is that?

You just can't legislate morality. So many folks out there, don't believe those moral things (abortion and gay marriage, shacking up prior to marriage, etc., are wrong.) Once someone comes to Christ, then God can start to clean each of us up from the inside out in his gentle loving way. Sheep and Goats are both mammals, but are very different. So trying to get a Goat (not Christian) to see those moral issues as the Sheep with their Shepherd (the Christian and their Lord - Jesus) does in a political secular world is truly squirting water into the wind. ONLY Christ can change a heart.

We are living in the 21st-century version of Ancient Rome. We in the church need to be more focused on being used by Christ and his church to quietly bring people to his presence at the foot of his altar so their sins can be forgiven and they're eternity assured being with Christ.

So pray for the leaders in Washington and Dover that they'll hear and heed what God wants for the nation, and then be used by God to bring folks to him. That should keep each of us who call Jesus, Lord and Savior busy.

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 8:38am
mrpizza & earlgrey: Democrats survived Bush's 2nd term. You will survive Obama's.

This is not the end of democracy; it is democracy in action. You don't get to approve of democracy only when your team wins.

This is not the beginning of the Socialist American State. The Constitution still exists; there's no getting around it. And even if Obama tried, there's still a Republican House and a Supreme Court to keep things in check.

The world as we know it will continue. And I reiterate, I'm not an Obama supporter, nor did I vote for him. But I am happy that Romney lost. This proves that you can't change your story every 2 seconds, that you can't give a different stump speech depending on your audience, and hope people don't notice. This year should have been an easy GOP win this year. But by picking a flawed candidate, they handed it back to the Dems. I still say, if Romney is the best the GOP could do this year, that's a bad sign for the GOP.

I personally find it ironic that, after the lowest Congressional approval ratings ever, and $2 billion spent on this election, we are EXACTLY where we were. Blue Pres, Blue Senate, Red House. Nothing changes. The gridlock will continue.

I also find it ironic that my post the other day, asking Allan his opinion about the NY Times 538 blog, turned out prophetic. For all the talk of a close election dragging on for days, Mr. Silver's blog had the election called back in June. In fact, his last electoral map on Monday is IDENTICAL to the actual results... he called every state dead on, even flipping Florida to Obama with his last update. Check it:

But now, it's time to move on. Not all Republicans are fascists. Not all Democrats are socialists. Regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, can we please keep in mind that, in the end, we all want what’s best for this country. We just have different ideas of how to get there. So let’s stop the name-calling and start working together. Ask your newly-elected representatives to do the same, and stop putting politics before country. Don't cause gridlock for gridlock's sake. This country is made up of people with different ideas. Rather than thwarting those ideas and doing nothing, let's find a way to COMPROMISE!!!!

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 10:19am
Shawn: I sincerely hope you are correct about surviving a second term...but i am not feeling very optimistic about our future.

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 6:25pm
MFD: I believe the church can do both. The only thing Falwell, Robertson, Dobson and others have tried to do is get the church to do its civic duty in addition to winning the lost. All they've done is try to conduct an awareness campaign. At the end of the day, it's up to individual Christians like you and me witnessing in the trenches of everyday life more so than it is the church congregation and the church as an entity.

Unfortunately, many Christians think just like the world that their prosperity is tied to government or whoever is running it, so they vote for the goodies just like the world does rather than fully trust God for their needs. As a result, we end up with godless people in office in part because Christians voted for them.

As a Christian as well as a government employee, I have never voted based on what may directly affect me personally, but I always consider first how it affects the country and society as a whole. When the union said vote for Mondale because Reagan will take away our jobs (a big crock, by the way), I said no and voted for the country. I've always known that if I honor God with my vote, he'll take care of my job.

In conclusion, I fundamentally agree with you that the church hasn't done its job in society, but I don't see it as a leadership problem. Being involved myself, I know how hard it is to get help doing the Lord's work. Christians make excuses more than any other people group I know. That mindset also spills over to the way they vote.

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 6:35pm
Shawn: You make a lot of sense here, and I appreciate your words of reconciliation. Yes, life must go on.

Where I might differ with you is on the subject of different ideas. It appears to me the only idea Democrats ever have is throwing more money at whatever it is. I say THEY are the ones who will have to compromise if we're going to get anything meaningful done.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 10:35pm
Mr.Pizza: I disagree. The Church should NOT be involved in trying to win political battles in Washington or Dover. It is supposed to make disciples. Since Falwell and Roberson's time when they started the Moral Majority, the church has lost sight of its mission. As individuals sure we should be involved. The moral issues are difficult, because so many folks in our nation today, who do not have Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, truly do not believe those things are wrong and they look at you like you're crazy for wanting to ban or stop those practices.

I've talked with many people who truly believed that they'd have to become a member of the GOP before they could become Christians, I'm serious. THAT's just one reason why the church should stay out of politics. How many liberal Democrats who might want to find out more about Jesus, but believe they'd have to give up their political ideals and become a Republican. So that is a barrier and is keeping folks away from the kingdom of God. Not a good thing.

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 7:08am
MFD: I still say that is not Falwell and Robertson's fault. All they've done is try to inform people. To say the church should stay out of politics is to say that Christians shouldn't vote. You obviously don't believe that, do you?

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