Senators lament Romney’s loss
by Jon Gillooly
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Ben Johnson and his wife, Renee Leathers, of Smyrna celebrate President Obama’s victory Tuesday night at the Cobb Democratic Party headquarters at the Doubletree Hotel in Atlanta.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
Ben Johnson and his wife, Renee Leathers, of Smyrna celebrate President Obama’s victory Tuesday night at the Cobb Democratic Party headquarters at the Doubletree Hotel in Atlanta.
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Ruby Gamble of Powder Springs, left, and Edwina Davis of Marietta celebrate President Obama’s victory Tuesday night at the Cobb Democratic Party headquarters.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
Ruby Gamble of Powder Springs, left, and Edwina Davis of Marietta celebrate President Obama’s victory Tuesday night at the Cobb Democratic Party headquarters.
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MARIETTA — U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Moultrie) and Johnny Isakson (R-east Cobb) were not in the highest of spirits when reached a little after 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“The country continues to be a very much divided America,” said Chambliss, who watched the returns from his hometown in Moultrie. “We’ve got to figure out a way to solve our problems that don’t move us down the road of a socialist America, that we figure out some way to make sure that true American values are still represented in the policies that come out of Washington, but with a President Obama, that’s going to be very, very difficult.”

Obama’s victory, Chambliss said, “shows that conservatives have got a lot of work to do. We still have a strong voice. We’re still going to have in excess of 40 members in the Senate, but we’ve got to figure out a way to move Hispanics and move all the minorities in the direction of Republican values.”

Chambliss attributed Obama’s victory to his ability to paint Romney as an elitist early in the race.

“Romney came out of a very tough primary, and Obama was able to sort of identify him … as a guy that didn’t care about middle America,” he said. “The longer the campaign went on, the more people realized that Mitt Romney is a very genuine person and he does care about America and cares about all Americans, but the Obama campaign did a very good job portraying him as something that he wasn’t, and he could never overcome that.”

Isakson is worried about the future of the country.

“I have said all along that I think four more years of the current policy of the current administration would be really difficult for my children and my grandchildren and for our country,” said Isakson, who spent the evening visiting various viewing parties in Cobb and Atlanta. “We have a real challenge to change the direction of our country in such a way that we don’t bankrupt our children’s future by too much borrowing, too much debt and too much spending,”

Both senators vowed to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attack.

“We’ve got a hearing Thursday of next week when we get back, and I will be spending the time between now and then preparing for that because we have some very tough questions that have got to be answered,” Chambliss said.

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University who specializes in elections, weighed in at about quarter to 11 p.m., saying he assumed Obama would win.

“An Obama win means that a majority of Americans are comfortable with sluggish economic growth, high unemployment and higher taxes,” Swint said. “It also means that most Americans are not particularly concerned with the money spent in the stimulus program, the auto bailouts and Obamacare. This election means that a majority do not hold President Obama responsible for the tough times we are experiencing as a country. Evidently, most are not ready to give up on him. His performance has not been great, but it has been ‘good enough.’”

Swint said Obama’s approval rating of 49 percent is about where George W. Bush’s was in 2004 and is about 10 points higher than the approval ratings of previous incumbents who were defeated for re-election (Carter in 1980, Bush in 1992).

“The President will look at this as a major victory,” Swint said. “Republicans will have to regroup. In the short term, the President will have to negotiate an agreement with Congress over the financial future of the country. Look for both sides to search for areas of agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that the country could face in the next two years. John Boehner once again becomes the face of the national Republican Party and its highest-ranking elected official.”

State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell), a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, was elated upon hearing CNN call the race for Obama.

“I am — I am — I don’t even know the words,” she said. “I am hopeful, I am elated, I am excited, I am just overjoyed.”

Morgan said Obama was able to beat Romney for several reasons.

“President Obama showed time and time again just the kind of leader that he is — a leader for all Americans,” Morgan said. “He showed that he’s a courageous, steady and inspiring leader, and I think that Americans trust his leadership. I think it was difficult for Americans to really see what kind of president Mitt Romney would have really been with his constant changing positions, and when you just match the record to the rhetoric, the choice is very clear.”

The Journal reached immigration reformer D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society around 11 p.m.

“If the Alinskyite community organizer is indeed declared the winner, the pompous liberal media will have successfully ensured that an unqualified and failed president would fool about half the voters. Again,” King said. “The sound you may hear is Rev. Jeremiah Wright laughing in glee and the weeping of the Founders as the Republic they created is further attacked from inside the White House. At least the pretense will end: Obama can now bring the anti-American dreams of his father that he shares out in the open.”

Former Cobb GOP Chairman Scott Johnson flew up to suburban Cincinnati to knock on doors in Hamilton County on Monday.

Johnson watched the results at the Hamilton County GOP Victory Party at Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” in downtown Cincinnati.

“We are a deeply divided nation,” Johnson said. “We may well have reached the tipping point where those who receive government benefits will outnumber those who pay. When that happens and people can vote themselves largesse, that is the end of the Republic. We shall see.”
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Flbytes
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November 08, 2012
Socialist America? That's an insult to anyone whose family had to live under a communist government. Healthcare for all is not being a socialist. Socialism is having your dad volunteer for overtime and when he gets his paycheck he doesn't have any overtime pay and when he asks he's told that those hours were his contribution to the "revolution". He can't complain or say he doesn't agree with the government because he'll be thrown in jail if he does. Socialism is having your mom wait in line for 5 hours to buy some meat and when it's her turn to go in the store the government rep says there's no more chicken or beef and to come back next Tuesday because there might be more then. Socialism is your parents wanting to leave the country because they don't believe in the government or what they stand for and having to petition that government for permission to leave and that permission not granted for more than 5 years. Socialism is having a government rep come into your home and taking an inventory of everything, including the pictures of your family hanging on the walls, and saying everything belongs to the government and everything has to still be in the house when you family is finally able to leave the communist island. For anyone whose family felt the oppression of the communist government of Cuba it's insulting to hear or read how America is becoming socialist. You have no idea what that means. Please tell me what freedoms you don't have now that you had four years ago. You have no idea.
CobbCoGuy
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November 08, 2012
Good post, Flbytes.

You should drop by more often.
ObamaHo
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November 08, 2012
President Obama got 97% of the black vote. We stick together. How do you like that you white racists?
Greta G
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November 08, 2012
King was a tad too timid, but came closest to my own sentiments. Thank you MDJ! Romney lost because there are now more moochers and half-wits (I call them Kevin Foleys) who will do what ever the media tells them, than thinking, self starters.

I look forward to seeing the Kevin Foleys of the world defend what is coming from Obama. G*d help us.
Flee now
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November 08, 2012
When a colossal socialist like Obama is selected to continue to destroy a nation's economy, it's obvious that the parasites outnumber the producers, and the country is finished.
Lib in Cobb
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November 07, 2012
@Marie in Marietta: In case you were busy, Allen West lost his congressional seat yesterday. Perhaps he will return to politics one day, he can always run on "The Nut Cake" ticket.
Marie in Marietta
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November 08, 2012
Oh, Lib. Even so, please tell Kevin Foley that West is still a Black man? Kevin gets so confused when he is racebaiting, blindly attacking patriotic Americans you know. Then, go back to your hatred of Christians and the constitution, OK? We like seeing that most of all!
A Taxpayer
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November 07, 2012
Now we're all reaping what the libs have sown. They think they have done a good thing, but they're all standing in the crosshairs too. Once they realize what they've really done, it will be too late. The words "nullification" and "secession" are sounding better and better every day.
Patriot Survivor
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November 07, 2012
The left-wing and progressives might be celebrating now but the fiscal cliff looms and the possibility of a total monetary failure is now all but assured. Ask yourself would this all be worth it if our currency becomes worthless and society collapses? With so many in major population centers, imagine the chaos when store shelves have food but the ability to buy even bare necessities prove next to impossible. Doom and gloom you say? Anyone with a modicum of common sense and the desire to do the research of what I've said will find that its an all too real. Now before anyone calls me a racist let me say I blame every president since Woodrow Wilson for our sorry state, Obama is just the culmination of a long series of frauds perpetrated on the American people for the last 100 years. That 100 year old "bill" is finally coming due....and guess who will pay? The rich? NO, not enough of them. I'll give you a clue... go look in the mirror....

Kevin Foley
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November 07, 2012
@ Lib - As with most far right propaganda, this one is based on a distortion. It's called the Lifeline program and it was started by the Ronald Reagan administration. From the FCC web site:

Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services.
Lib in Cobb
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November 07, 2012
Thank you Kevin.

It should really be no surprise that President Obama won re-election handily, considering the GOP has lost touch with who is the voter base . Romney and company have lost the African American vote, the Latino vote, the Asian vote, the female vote, while the standard GOP base is decreasing. O'Rielly said to today, "We are now the minority". That's why they lost, they refuse to change, they refuse to embrace difference and it will be a long time before they can re-boot and convince the population, that they are the new and improved GOP. Some Congressional seats may never change but there will be a day when there will be a new face to congress. Look at the number of new female Democratic Congressional members we picked up yesterday. The GOP rape candidates in MO and IND lost, that should tell you something also.

OUT OF TOUCH, the reason the GOP lost.
Lib in Cobb
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November 07, 2012
I have heard many times from the "whistle nuts" here and elsewhere about these free phones from President Obama. Please show proof that this really happened or are you all believing some urban legend developed by Fox?

I could use a new phone.
CobbCoGuy
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November 08, 2012
Google "universal service fund." There's a little more to it than the single paragraph above.
CobbCoGuy
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November 09, 2012
And while you're at it, go on YouTube and search "obamaphone lady."
Kevin Foley
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November 07, 2012
Obama's re-election is the comet hitting earth. Chambliss and Isakson are a pair of dinosaurs who will be extinct soon enough.
CobbRes
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November 07, 2012
Interesting analogy. With the exception of the Chambliss/Isakson part it's probably more accurate than your feeble liberal brain intended.
Timus
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November 07, 2012
Here's a fact. Black people have conservative values. Hispanic people have conservative values. If the Republicans can just boot the racist out their tent would swell up faster than Mitt Romney's head after the first debate!!!
anonymous
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November 07, 2012
If 97% of blacks voted for Obama, that means, especially if they have conservative values, that THEY are the racist voters. Same with hispanics.

That so many believed the extreme, liberal, revenge-seeking, Muslim-loving, golf-playing boy president enough to abandon their conservative values and side with him...it's just evidence of their racism and their rush to get "their fair share." So keep on talking about the racism.
KennesawJay
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November 07, 2012
Anonymous,

For a conservative, you sure have a way with name-calling. And to refer to Black man (especially the President) is extremely offensive. Which conservative values did Blacks and Latinos abandon to vote for Obama?

Was it to hate everyone who disagrees with them and call them names?

And remember, George W Bush took more vacations than any other president in history. Check your facts.

Bush invaded Iraq for no reason. Cost us over 3000 soldiers and 100,000 innocent civilian Iraqi men, women and children. Check Red Cross for records.

He invaded Afghanistan to find Bin Laden, who was just killed a year ago.

How many trillions of dollars has this cost us? We all know that this led us into this deep recession.

Romney says that government doesn't create jobs. So, what was he going to do specifically?

Just Wait
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November 07, 2012
@ anonymous...it is the thinking of people like you that are driving more and more away from the Republican party.
Just Wait
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November 07, 2012
Saxby, here's a thought. Instead of working to move voting blocks to your way of thinking, why not try to move your way of thinking toward the voting blocks. It is simular to stores selling Christmas stuff during the Christmas season instead of shorts and swim wear. Once you do this, then find candidates that don't come from the graduation class of clown college. Then you might just have a chance.
Lib in Cobb
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November 07, 2012
@DA King: A majority has spoken. I look forward to your moaning, kvetching, complaining for four more years.

Have a nice day.
MFDF Rocks
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November 07, 2012
No!!!! the Majority voted for Romney! The Electoral College voted for Obama... dont confuse the two.
ProJour
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November 07, 2012
Why does the MDJ feel it's necessary to contact King on every election story? There was no relevance to his inclusion here, other than to afford him yet another opportunity to take a racist shot at the President. He has no credibility to begin with. If you want to know why Romney lost, look no further.
Grydv
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November 07, 2012
Where do I get my Food Stamps and 4g cell phone?

I love America and look forward to getting on the

grave train.

Many blessing to the Liberal Media.
KennesawJay
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November 07, 2012
Grydv,

Yeah, I don't know why George Bush and the Republicans didn't end the welfare programs years ago. He couldv'e ended the socialist programs like food stamps, social security, medicare and even that new prescription drug welfare plan that he implemented. Make these people act more like Jesus and let them suffer, right? Jesus didn't believe in free healings did he? He didn't believe in forgiving and helping someone when they needed it...right?
MFDF Rocks
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November 07, 2012
Well I guess Mitt was wrong. The it's not 47% it's more like 55%. The hard working people of America loose and the GIMMIE's win. Why not vote for Obama. He give's them Free Phone, Free Money, EBT cards, and Welfare. While they live in houses they can't afford, drive $60,000 vehicles, and sit on the couch.

While the rest of America Works and pays threir own way. Oh... and everyone else's!

Come on December 21st!!!
MariettaKelly
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November 08, 2012
It's lose, not loose. There's no apostrophe in gives. Only proper nouns and acronyms should be capitalized.

So, yes, you sound like a moron.
CobbCoGuy
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November 07, 2012
A disappointment, for sure; however, the Republicans must deal with it and begin work to take the Senate in 2014.

Question for our liberal friends: a pundit (can't remember who) stated that Obama stayed hard left for the election, but will now tack toward the middle to preserve his legacy.

Do you believe this? If so, please elaborate why you believe so.
KennesawJay
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November 07, 2012
Hi CobbCoGuy,

Based on specifics (or lack of), what did you expect to be different between him and President Obama?

He never mentioned one specific tax cut or loophole that he would change.

He had the same policy regarding Iran.

He instituted Romneycare universal insurance years ago. But now, he's against Obamacare, which was modeled after it.

He favors programs like free public schools, social security and medicare; All of which are welfare programs that Republicans claim to hate...some call them socialist programs.

He's not transparent as he refused to reveal his taxes. I'm not mad at him. We know he's rich.

He bragged in his book about getting easy money from the Federal Gov't.

Ryan voted against the Final stimulus plan. But, remember he voted for the $720 billion dollar Rep Stimulus plan. And, then he requested money from the stimulus plan.

Seriously, What were you expecting to be different if Romney won?
CobbCoGuy
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November 08, 2012
KennesawJay

Romney lost and is ancient history now. As such, my question was not intended to be a comparison between Obama and Romney. My question is about Obama 2009-2012 vs. Obama 2013-2016.

May I surmise that you don't believe Obama governed from the hard left for the past 4 years? Said differently, do you believe Obama has been moderate and will continue to be moderate?

Thanks for stoppin' by.
KennesawJay
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November 07, 2012
Tough night for us. We were unable to keep our country from falling further into Socialism.

As Republicans, we hate socialist programs like Free Public Schools, Universal Healthcare in Mass, Medicare, Social Security, etc.

We fight hard to end these programs that are provided for freeloaders and people who take no responsibility for their lives. These are awful people and we don't believe in any of these socialist programs!

End the madness!

Romney was going to...Ahhh....wait....he supported these programs? He actually said that? So, why did we vote for him again?
Samuel Adams
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November 07, 2012
If ANYBODY in Saxby's office is reading these comments...please tell the senator that his quiet, calm and almost robotic demeanor on the Benghazi cover up hasn't helped our military or our party one iota.

Where are the REPUBLICAN senators on this issue? The amount of rage in the military community and those who support our foreign service personnel is incredible, yet this too shall pass because no one will stand up to Obama or the media on it. No leadership from Saxby on this. And what does Johnny have to say about it? Haven't heard. Oh wait, maybe that's because no one at the MDJ or other major media has even reported on the story of Obama's lies to us now since 9-11.

Obama watched them die and did nothing. He relieved a general and an admiral and the administration has ordered military and DoD people not to talk to Congress. Congress, i.e. Johnny and Saxby, should be making a big deal of this. They are derelict if they do not.
Jerry Wingaet
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November 07, 2012
Congratulations America, you just voted for your own distruction. Let's see what happens and we republicans will be standing by to say....I told you so!!!!!
Lib in Cobb
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November 07, 2012
@Jerry: The GOP had their shot and you lost. We Democrats/Liberals/Progressives lived through, George I and Sonny Boy George, you will live through 8 years of a thinking president. The population of this great country is changing rapidly and folks like you, just can't stand it.

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