Charlie Hurt: Nothing changed last night
Washington Time columnist reacts to results
- Duration 4:52
- Date Nov 7, 2012
Washington Time columnist reacts to results
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Fox News exit polling the finding most voters think the country is heading in the wrong direction and yet they gave the president a second term maybe it's because of this.
After four years under President Obama most still blame our current economic problems on President Bush.
Charlie hurt is a columnist for The Washington Times does that explain.
Last night track.
I think to some degree it certainly does because president Obama's campaign you know after four years after running this the most.
Soaring hopeful campaign.
Ran a a very very determinedly.
And very much -- campaign about.
You know George Bush and -- and blaming everything on George Bush.
And apparently even though a lot of us in the media sort of kind of -- Over hearing over and over and over again about about the president that that left office four years ago.
He did it was an effective strategy in and it actually kind of worked a little bit.
When Ronald Reagan took office things were worse than they are lower than -- they were when when I'm President Obama took over but.
Reagan did something different with the economy and you know people rewarded him with a second term.
-- if I am absolutely astonished.
-- by the results from last night you know given the environment and given the that the high unemployment.
The massive debt and that the massive -- systemic -- challenges that you know if fiscal challenges.
That we face.
That it didn't turn out to be a huge.
Of President Obama and and the policies of just kind of sit around but but.
The upshot of last night -- you have half the country that says it's time we deal with these massive problems they have you know a little bit more than half the country that just says.
Yet now we don't feel like -- -- -- right now -- but what we are going to have to deal with them eventually.
And it's only gonna get uglier when the longer we put that off.
-- I mean -- -- headed toward I mean on the current path what 22 trillion in debt in four years.
If it if in fact we do continue this and remember you know President Obama vowed in 2008 that he was gonna cut the debt and that and half.
And instead he added you know 56 trillion to to to the bottom line.
And so that it's sort of hard to.
To hear me I was -- -- -- in his remarks last night -- about saying that the best is yet to come well we would have liked to have seen some of that in the first four years.
But maybe maybe he really is serious this time and the best really will be to come I don't know yes -- where goal Republicans and conservatives I mean is this a message that they need to get on board with tax increases and that kind of thing.
I'd -- and I certainly don't think the Republicans.
Particularly in the house -- -- were derived that message from last night.
We we ended up with the Republicans maintaining control the house handle it.
Set Democrats maintaining control the senate and Obama maintaining control the White House -- nothing changed last night and President Obama said that.
You know that he that he returns with -- more determined.
And more energized institute to basically keep doing what what woody -- was already doing so I don't I don't know who.
Who's gonna budge.
And and obviously Republicans are gonna have to I do think that that -- John Boehner house speaker John Boehner is now V.
Single most powerful voice in the Republican Party.
He is going to have to to come up with a you know some sort of you know the strategy.
You know trying to change things but I don't think that -- agreeing to tax cuts.
Or agreeing to that you know sellout conservative voters is going to be the way that that that things work out well Mitch.
McConnell -- minority leader in the senate was blasted by Democrats for saying that he wanted to see where he wanted to make his press top priority.
-- seeing President Obama remain a one term president but he also in that same speech talked a lot about the fact that the president hadn't reached out to Republicans and and hadn't acted in a bipartisan way.
Is there a lesson here for the president.
You I think there and certainly his a lesson here whether -- got about a I don't know what does he -- in that speech last night he certainly didn't say that he was humbled by the election.
He certainly didn't say it when he said that you know I listen to you he didn't say that that that that means that he was going to actually.
It in were in real terms try to work with Republicans.
And then of course last week we -- Harry -- it what it wasn't even one of these crazy speeches that Harry Reid gives who's actually in a prepared statement.
He called it a fantasy.
To -- -- was some word like that.
To suggest that he was going to actually work with with republic Republican presidents -- and a recipe for four more years of gridlock.
But yes we'll see what happens.
Charlie heard from The Washington Times thank you.