Election Couldn't Be Purchased
In Gene Jacob’s letter, “Election Numbers Can Deceive” (Dec. 16), he says the election resulted in Republicans winning the largest number of state legislatures since 1928. He also said there was a similar surge in Republican governors.
Neither of these claims is true.
What he claims happened in this election happened in the 2010 midterm elections. In the 2012 elections, Republicans lost control of eight legislative chambers. Before the elections, Republicans controlled 59 chambers and Democrats 41.
We had 11 gubernatorial races in which the Democrats won seven of the 11 races. The only governorship to change hands was North Carolina, which went to the Republicans.
On Nov. 6, voters rejected Mitt Romney, who dismissed as “freeloaders” millions of Americans who depend on Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, unemployment insurance and college loans.
He was defeated by a coalition of women, African-Americans, Latinos, the young and unionized workers in Midwestern battleground states. Women asserted their growing political power when they came out to defeat a Republican candidate who expressed his belief that if a woman is raped she could not become pregnant.
Republican Richard Mourdock went from heavy favorite to loser after he asserted that a pregnancy resulting from rape was “something God intended.” Republicans saw their hopes of taking the Senate wrecked not only by women candidates, but because of the stupid things their candidates said about women.
The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Donald Trump and Karl Rove set out to buy the election, and despite their massive spending they failed. This election proved the Oval Office can’t be bought by the Kochs, Rove, Adelson or anyone regardless of what they spend.
Douglas J. Aldrich
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