Napoleon once observed that one of the key attributes in judging a general was whether the man possessed a lucky streak. He felt that some people seemed to get better breaks than others no matter what their capabilities. In that sense, Napoleon would love Barack Obama. In 2008 the Democratic challenger was slightly behind McCain after Labor Day. Then came the financial panic, which helped him win. This time, Sandy hit the Northeast; the President suddenly took on the Olympian mantle of crisis leadership, aided immensely by hugs from the New Jersey GOP Governor. Romney’s momentum was stopped cold.
II. Obama Dominated the Ground Game
On a tactical level, the Democrats’ ground game was superb in their identifying likely voters and getting them out. Much painstaking work goes into all this and they did it far better than the Republicans.
III. Romney Allowed the Other Side to Define Him & GOP Agenda
Despite a miserable economic record, the President dominated the agenda. On Election Day millions of women were convinced that Romney and the Republican Party were hostile to them. Single women outnumber married women and they went overwhelmingly for Obama. Here again the President was aided immeasurably by two GOP senatorial candidates making indefensible remarks that allowed the Democrats to hammer home their “Republican war on women” theme. Read more...