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Editorial: Winners, losers of election

By Jordan Gonzalez
On November 11, 2012

Winners
The Obama campaign team
Regardless of one's political stance, the superiority and efficiency of the Obama campaign is hard to argue against. They not only redefined what a campaign was back in 2008 (with the use of Facebook, Twitter, text messages), but they have given meaning to one-on-one interaction. Granted, the songs and the posters are a bit creepy to say the least (I feel like I am in Russia sometimes), but their use of ads, posters, social media and celebrity endorsements are genius.
In context of their message to college students, it was much more simple and clear: President Obama has increased financial aid and will continue to ensure that happens. Take what you want from that message, but it's more popular than a murky message.
Plus, the Obama campaign was incredibly easy to get a hold of for media passes - they would tell us when, where and why.

Chris Christie
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie played the role of Romney endorser, bi-partisan Hurricane Sandy hero guy and 2016 Republican candidate hopeful. His non-partisan actions and support during Hurricane Sandy with President Obama brought a new light to what it means to lay politics aside.
Some liberals acted like Christie was becoming a Democrat and some conservatives acted like Christie had somehow betrayed his party at a critical time. In reality, it was a noble portrayal of true bi-partisanship during a time when politics really had no part in the matter.
"The idea of me not showing up at a rally in Pennsylvania that I wasn't invited to would have an effect on a national election - as big as my ego is, not even my ego's that big," Christie said, as reported by the Washington Post.
Post-Sandy and post-election, the sharp-talking Christie will no doubt carry his 2012 fortunes over to 2016. If he is smart, he will be casting a presidential vote for himself.

Bill Clinton
Look, it is hard for me to admit this, but former president Clinton is a brilliant guy. For students who were either not born or were babies during 1998, it might not be weird to see Clinton as a superhero Democrat.
To some, his fame is either confusing or just a confirmation that the masses can fall for anything. OK, enough jabs. Clinton was brilliant this election year. He single-handedly brought the roof down at the Democratic Convention by delivering a passionate, fist pumping speech that electrified the crowd. It easily outshined President Obama's speech, and he was kind of a special speaker that night.
But it didn't stop there for Clinton. He attended numerous rallies and campaign stops, each time speaking with a silver tongue to praise Obama, and each time to raucous cheers. Don't expect Clinton to go anywhere anytime soon. He wants to get back in the White House as the first First Man.

Donald Trump.
Just kidding. I was seeing if you were paying attention. Look to the left for his loser status analysis.


Losers

Donald Trump
Stats, polls and all those wonderful math-related "facts" can only say so much, but it is pretty obvious this is a 50/50 nation. However, I know that 50 percent of America isn't on Trump's side. Let the tweets speak for themselves:
"This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!"
"Let's fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us."
"We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!"
Childish.

Vice President Joe Biden
I am still having nightmares from his smiling during the vice presidential debate, and I am sure Martha Raddatz and Paul Ryan are, too.
But more problematic than his debate performance was his consistency to spew out really awkward gaffes. Below is a fresh cup of Joe, brimming to the top with his best gaffes.
On Aug. 14, 2012: [The Republicans] are going to put ya'll back in chains" - to a crowd of mainly African-Americans. Ok, so I understand that he was talking about financial chains, but ouch.
On Oct. 2, 2012: "How they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years?" Think about it.
Aug. 22, 2012: "Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately."
April 26, 2012: "I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you."

Meatloaf
Disclaimer: Meatloaf, as in the ground hamburger-breadcrumb, dinner-at-grandma's, human consumption related-substance is wonderful, and certainly would be in the winner section this year.
As for the singer Michael Lee Aday (I bet you didn't know his real name), I am sure that 'Loaf is a nice guy, but he sure can't sing anymore. His Oct. 25 surprise endorsement featured him belting out a really painful version of "America the Beautiful," which, while genuine, it was more akin to hearing a cow give birth to an alien baby than singing. I don't know what was more painful, hearing him screech or being Romney, Big and Rich, and Randy Owen as they awkwardly giggled onstage and attempted to sing along with Meatloaf.

The people who failed to alert CSU and Cleveland that Stevie Wonder was coming to campus.
It's a good thing the lack of advertising wasn't for a 22-time Grammy award winning singer...oh wait.
Stevie Wonder performed on campus in front of the MU building. I was just as surprised as you probably are now when I was shooting pictures about 10 feet away from him. He came to endorse President Obama and push for early voting.
"Cleveland, I love you," he said. "It is truly an honor to come here in this cold weather from California."
Wonder put on quite the show, and he had a good attitude about the small crowd. But double thumbs down to those who didn't alert both CSU and the City of Cleveland. I mean, this guy can sell out a stadium.
 


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