Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WINNERS AND LOSERS OF THE 2012 ELECTIONS

WINNERS

Barack Obama:
With a record like this, a stagnated economy, and running for reelection by a message-less negative campaign , Barack Obama has more mazel than anything else. The race was a dead heat since May of 2012 until the very end - election day, he performed bad in the first debate and remained vaguely competent in the remaining debates, but some water and wind made him look presidential in the final analysis, and the minority ethnic voting blocs gave him the upper hand in all of the competitive battle ground states which ultimately handed him a early and solid victory, good enough to claim a mandate for another four years of partisan bickering and weak leadership globally. 

Joe Biden: 
Long live our beloved vice president. He got another four years of eating lunch with the President and granting us his daily portion of gaffes and off the cuff comments.

David Axelrod:
The Stache survived!

Nate Silver:
His predictions of the presidential outcome was on the point. PPP polling firm was also more accurate than ever, overtaking Rasmussen's accuracy.

Simcha Felder:
Simcha Felder got the support he needed to represent the newly drawn Super Jewish district. Despite being pushed by some self serving community leaders and operatives, Simcha managed to lead the narrative of his campaign, buried the discussion  about his record in city council and took the courage to face the voters in the district and court their vote. Time will tell if the overwhelming support Felder got was due to the fact of a weakened opponent and the backing of the entire establishment, or a renewed mandate giving him a third chance to deliver to the community, and address the individual needs in Albany.

David Greenfield:
Councilman Greenfield is the most powerful local politician in the Jewish community in Brooklyn. His enthusiastic support for Felder and his smart approach places him in the league of one of the most respected, effective and independent voices of our community. 

Community First:
'Community First' founded and headed by Rabbi Nachman Caller and directed by Moshe Friedman get the credit for opening the conversation about our community's needs and educating the individual to learn the issues that matter most to all of us, examine the candidates record and holding our elected officials accountable. Agudath Israel's lobbyists and the drawer of the super Jewish district Shea Ostreicher now know there's a new kid in town. The Republican Senate leadership or by reverse the new Democratic majority leadership and local public officials know that Rabbi Caller and his new organization are a powerful voice representing the individual in the community, and are not to be ignored or neglected.

For making us laugh, chuckle and scratch our heads during this election cycle. Their informative and balanced reports of the local races in town gave us the information needed about our candidates, what the Jewish media tried to hide, these local blogs provided us a accurate look at the candidates and reports that allowed voters to be informed.

BuzzFeed: Ben Smith, Miller, Kazyncki, Gray and the political staff made the election season exciting, and held the candidates accountable over their record, achievements, statements and spins. Dogri i would describe them. Just imagine how the 2016 Democratic and Republican primaries are going to look like...

LOSERS

Dick Morris:
Don't dare predict us any outcome, Dick. His inaccurate analysis of the debates and predictions of the presidential outcome were so way off the cliff.

Mitt Romney:
While being the best Republican choice, he failed to connect emotionally with minority groups and confused voters, and fell hostage to the extreme right-wing loud voices. His immigration stance during the Republican debates and the need of firing up the base, gave "Bombshell" Trump and social conservatives the spotlight, at least until the Denver debate. Romney lost his only chance to become President. The journey was long, expensive and brutal, and he ends up liked by default and back to the sidelines, unless President Obama hires him for a cabinet position or head of a council, which I highly recommend.

David Storobin and the Brooklyn Republicans:
Southern Brooklyn ain't so red anymore. With Turner and Storobin's departure, and local candidates relying on down the ballot victories or at least coming close, proves the interesting dynamics of politics in Brooklyn. Special elections and general elections don't bind together, they don't guarantee the same turnout and outcome. Storobin got no support from the Republicans statewide and locally, and no support within the Jewish community to even make the race close enough to send a message. David Storobin is still young and motivated, but his six month political career is over as of now.

Dov Hikind:
So Hikind's prediction weeks ago that Romney is winning with a landslide fell flat big time, so was the money of the ticket to Florida thrown in the garbage with no cash left in his pocket. Dov Hikind abandoned his voters in the community, even after Sandy hit the neighborhood, for a week long stump in Florida for Romney, and most probably lost his promised job in the Romney administration.



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