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Archive for November 8th, 2018

Thursday’s show: The Texas elections with George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative

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November 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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1864: President Lincoln was reelected!

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On this day in 1864, President Lincoln was reelected in the middle of the US Civil War.   As people voted, General Sherman’s troops were running around the South.

Lincoln carried all but three states (Kentucky, New Jersey, and Delaware), and won 55 percent of the vote. 

He won 212 electoral votes to McCellan’s 21.    

On one hand, it was a good victory for President Lincoln.  On the other hand, it was not a national election since the South did not participate:

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November 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Remembering the JFK-Nixon election of 1960

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Many years ago today, Senator John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard Nixon to win the 1960 election.  VP Nixon conceded the next day despite this election being very close.

Wonder how many people know how close that JFK-Nixon election was?   The two men were separated by about 113,000 votes, or 49.72% to 49.55%!  

The Kennedy “mystique” is such that many people assume that he was elected by a landslide.  On the contrary, it was a very close election and one wonders what would happened if Nixon had insisted on a recount.   

In fact, I think that the nation owes VP Nixon thanks for not having thrown the country into a chaotic recount, much like what we saw in 2000 between Governor Bush and VP Gore.  One big difference between Gore vs Bush and JFK vs Nixon is that 2000 was about Florida whereas 1960 would have involved several states, such as Illinois and Texas.  

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November 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Thursday’s video: The New Democrat majority in the US House

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November 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Maybe Obama can go back to being an ex-president

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In case you missed it, former President Obama broke tradition and really got partisan in 2018.  I don’t remember any president doing that.  We have two former presidents in Texas and they stay out of politics altogether.

On election night, I made it a point to follow those races and see about the Obama factor.  In terms of votes, Obama was not much of a factor.

It’s obvious to any Democrat that inviting Obama will add little to your chances to win elections.  

It’s obvious because the voters are seeing the economy and comparing it with President Obama.  Take a look at what they are projecting for the Christmas season:   

Christmas holiday retail sales in the U.S. are expected to climb above the $1 trillion mark for the first time this year, on the back of low unemployment, solid income growth and higher consumer confidence, according to a study released Tuesday.

Total retail sales in the U.S. will hit $1.002 trillion during the holiday period — which it defines as spanning November 1 and December 31 this year — an increase of almost 6 percent from the previous year, marking the “strongest growth since 2011,” data from market research firm eMarketer showed.

The voters can see that difference.  They feel the economic enthusiasm.  They don’t want to hear that it started under the Obama administration.   And they are probably tired of hearing him talk so much about himself.

My message to President Obama is to get over himself and start acting like a former president.  We have a beautiful tradition in the U.S. that former presidents walk off the stage and don’t come back.  

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November 8, 2018 at 6:01 am