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Partisan change in the White House doesn't look likely

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Mr. Otis Page in the March 21 New Times does an accurate job in listing six major issues that contributed to the success of President Obama in the last election (“The Republican chair was and is wrong”). But he failed to give credit to the most obvious reason: the fact that Barack Obama received 62 percent of the electoral vote, to Mitt Romney’s only 38 percent. I consider a ratio of roughly 60/40 to be a landslide mandate, generated by the collective will of the American people.

As a political centrist, who generally votes 50/50 between the two parties, I would love to vote for a Republican again. But the “Grand Old Party” has been making that difficult for me to do during recent elections, because of their promotion of the unwise Iraq War and the intellectual shallowness of some of their recent candidates. Even a former “community organizer,” who had no meaningful previous political experience, can beat ’em—and do it strongly.

And I see no promising Republican candidate in the foreseeable future who can capture the vote of the American people. The political tunnel I look into is very long, and it is exceedingly dark and unpromising for anyone hoping for a partisan change at the White House.

-- Steve Riehle - Santa Maria

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