In the wake of President Obama’s reelection, I asked several AEI scholars how they accounted for the decisive Democratic victory last night. The reaction to the results here at AEI unanimously suggest that, while the Democrats ran a hard game, they came out on top by being able to convince the voters that their policies serve the people best. AEI’s Henry Olsen suggested that the Romney campaign ultimately failed to make a lasting impression on voters that could have paved the way to the presidency. As a consequence, voters were misguided by the too-good-to-be-true policies that may hurt people in the long run:
Foreign defense scholar Michael Rubin illuminates another issue associated with the sugar-coated Obama policies fed to voters: Military spending cuts. A large decrease in the military may appeal to the war-fatigued populous today, but down the road could lead to a rocky and uncertain future.
Regardless of the fundamental division between issues like military spending and the role of government, polling expert Karlyn Bowman sees the the Republican defeat this year as a wake up call for conservatives who refuse to adapt to the changing demographics of the nation. As she recounts, there are a lot of lessons to be learn from this election. First off, take nothing for granted.
Health expert, Roger Bate, expresses concern for the changing America as reflected this election. Originally from Britain, Bate came to America chasing after the dream of freedom and limited government. Now with America walking down the same path as the Europe, Bate worries that the America he once knew will soon be ancient history.