I think it’s mostly bad news. We call Obama’s strategy cynical, and it was. But it was more than that: It promoted cynicism.
He wanted voters to think that “The System” was a rigged game, and that their situation was hopeless, and that there was therefore, no point in voting.
He accomplished just that.
Many voters have dropped out of the voter pool over the years as they’ve decided that government just doesn’t matter, that nothing can change, that it’s all a corrupt game.
Obama — the candidate of Hope and Change, the putative Lightworker — actively worked to convince ten million Americans of that, and convince them to give up their civic duty and hard-won right to cast a vote in self-government.
OK, you can say that Obama won because he apparently painted Romney in such a way to keep ten million voters at home.
While Ace says it is bad news — and from a perspective of civics, I agree — I also see it as hopeful that with the right candidate, we can win.
I still am concerned about another “first,” but we shall see.