Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
He lost it almost two months ago.
In my blog a couple of days ago predicting a Barack Obama victory, I wrote about the fatal point in the campaign for John McCain:
“Then came mid-September, when John McCain lost this election. For weeks, all the talk in the press and across the nation focused on the economy, typically a Republican issue, except when the economy is in the tank and a Republican is in the White House. All American heard for weeks was that the economy was about to crumble so badly that we were about to witness the Depression of all Depression’s. The GOP’s August soufflé dropped in September.”
Daniel Gross writes for Slate that McCain lost the election on September 24, 2008:
“McCain managed to give Obama a run for the money through mid-September. The polls began to turn (decisively, it turns out) against him when the global financial system suffered a run on the money.”
Here’s the entire Slate piece.
Barack Obama (at this hour, apparently headed to victory) will go to the White House, not because America embraced his ideologies or philosophies. Obama is the recipient of a backlash against President Bush, the Republican in charge at a time when America’s economy continues to struggle. The stark economic reality coupled with a Republican in the Oval Office was too much for John McCain to overcome. Don't for a minute believe voters were enamoured with Obama's policies. This was a protest vote.
America remains a center-right country. Exit polls today show American voters describe themselves this way:
Obama is no fool. Understanding the political makeup of the electorate, Obama did what every liberal does in an election: he dipped into the lefty playbook and moved to the center, the way Bill Clinton masterfully executed his campaigns, and Obama pulled it off. In the last few weeks, the man the National Journal called the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate, more liberal than Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, and Hillary Clinton advertised himself as a tax cutter. With the economy in the tank, the American public bought it.
The question now is, which Obama will we get for the next four years? Do we get the Obama on record (as liberal as you can get) or the Obama he claims to be, a tax cutter? How will he govern?
If Obama is going to be a uniter, he’ll have to somehow persuade a liberal Congress to be bipartisan. There are few, if any, conservative or moderate Democrats left. I don't see Obama urging Democrats to work with the minority. You have to go by what the man has done, not what he says to get elected. Obama’s record is extremely liberal. He will no doubt attempt to ram his liberal agenda through.
Hold on to your wallets.
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