America Decides: Reaction

BY SONIA BENHASSINE

White House- Seansie- Flickr

As the dust settles on the closest Presidential election in decades many of us have breathed a sigh of relief believing America has made the right choice giving Obama a second term in office. However with the settling of this euphoria many questions have been asked of whether he can fulfil his so called “change we can believe in?”

In what seemed to be the closest election to call in decades, political pundits throughout Election Day were extremely hesitant to make their predictions. Dixlle Notch, a small town in New Hampshire was the first to vote, of the ten people in the town who are eligible to vote, five voted for Obama, five Romney: many feared that this tie was to follow throughout the election, leading to the deployment of election lawyers to highly contested states like Ohio.

Therefore no one could have dreamt of the landslide victory for President Obama, who received 332 Electoral College votes to Romney’s 206.

Obama has always stated that he would need two terms in office to create the change in America he advocated in his first presidential campaign. We can only wait and see if this will come into fruition, and if according to his victory speech “America’s best days are still ahead of it”.

However, vital questions need to be raised about the future of the Republican Party. Mitt Romney, setting a record for the most expensive presidential campaign in American history, and his lead in the polls didn’t transfer into success on election night. Looking at the two candidates post-election parties it was highly obvious that the Republican Party has failed to adapt to the changing demographics of American voters. Whereas Obama’s victory party had a more vibrant energy consisting of all ages, races and sexes. Does this reflect a change in Americans to a more liberal standing point? With the legalisation of gay marriage in the state of Maine and also the legalisation for recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington would suggest this.

Therefore it appears that the Republican Party need to be the party who adapt to a changing America and not the party of the fundamentally religious right, if they ever desire to govern on a national scale any time in the future.

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