VIDEO – The 2012 election resulted in sweeping gains for the Democratic Party and a rejection of Republican policies. President Barack Obama was re-elected, Democrats expanded their majority in the Senate, and shrunk the GOP majority in the House. Referendums regarding same-sex marriage won in three states, while a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was rejected in Minnesota. Also, marijuana for recreational use was legalized in Washington and Colorado.
The 2012 election was a huge win for progressive values and a big loss for conservatism and the Tea Party. President Barack Obama won 332 electoral votes, winning all of the swing states except North Carolina, in his defeat of Mitt Romney. In addition to the re-election of the President, Democrats retained control of the Senate, expanding their majority in the upper chamber. While the GOP retained control of the House of Representatives, Democrats gained back a few seats in the House as well.
As Rachel Maddow points out in the video, the 2012 election was a referendum on many things, a clear choice between progressive and conservative/Tea Party policies.
The Democratic Party’s mandate signified the following choices by the American people:
- Rejection of a Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade
- Rejection of the addition of more conservative judges to the Supreme Court like Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito
- Rejection of a 20% across-the-board tax cut that would be paid for with cuts to social programs like food stamps and children’s healthcare
- Rejection of having to “clear it with your boss” to get birth control coverage
- Rejection of the proposed elimination of the Departments of Housing, Education, and Energy
- Rejection of allowing the government to change the definition of rape in order to restrict abortion to rape victims
- Rejection of a Constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage
- Rejection of a $2 trillion increase in military spending (that the Pentagon does not want)
- Rejection of doubling the size of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility
- Rejection of scaling back student loans in favor of the GOP program to “borrow money from your parents” for college
- Rejection of a presidential candidate who would veto the Dream Act, which gives undocumented children of immigrants a pathway to citizenship
- Rejection of immigration reform calling for “self-deportation” (making the lives of undocumented immigrants miserable so they will choose to leave)
- Rejection of leaders that would “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” (do nothing to save the auto industry)
- Rejection of a return to power for Bush Administration officials such as John Bolton, Dick Cheney, and the architects of the Iraq War