Four years ago, candidate Barack Obama’s rise in Iowa was just being noticed. He was campaigning as a “change agent” who would bring “hope” to Washington. His campaign team was the best, and clicking on all cylinders. The media loved his story, and did not want to report on Obama’s deficiencies. The Democrat frontrunner at the time – Hillary Clinton – did not understand what was about to come down the pike, and did not adjust her campaign plan accordingly. When the Iowa Caucuses were over, Barack Obama was atop the numerous candidates, and on the road to the Democrat Party’s nomination.
Three years ago, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States and the mainstream media was euphoric. In his victory speech President-elect Obama said, “Young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans have sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of red states and blue states. We have been and always will be the United States of America.” President Obama was riding high at that moment, but his words rang hollow when he took the oath of office months later.
Two years ago, after the failed stimulus did not produce any meaningful job growth and the president was fixated on ramming Obamacare through, two reformed-minded Republicans were elected governor in states that had gone for Obama in 2008. Republican Chris Christie won a significant victory in New Jersey against now possible white collar felon Jon Corzine. Governor Christie has made real union reforms in New Jersey and has brought fiscal sanity back to the Garden State. Republican Bob McDonnell won in Virginia, and took back a state many in the media thought was a solid blue after Obama’s victory. Governor McDonnell has governed Virginia well and is on many of the leading Republican presidential candidates’ short list for Vice President.
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