Some hope for Concord and Union
RALEIGH — The 2012 election results underscored a basic political fact: We live in a closely divided country.
Just over half the electorate voted to retain President Barack Obama. Nearly half voted against him. In the exit polls, a majority of respondents said they wanted government to get smaller, not larger, and a plurality of respondents said they wanted Obamacare repealed.
Down the ballot, Democrats picked up seats in the U.S. House and Senate, but not nearly enough to achieve a majority in the former or a filibuster-proof supermajority in the latter. Pat McCrory’s election in North Carolina widened the Republican majority of governorships to 30. The GOP also remains the majority party in state legislatures nationwide.
Given these facts, is there a chance for the president and Congress ...