Letter to the Editor: 4th quarter strategy
BY Kenny Belford, Tulsa
Friday, November 09, 2012
11/09/12 at 2:54 AM
So just how good was the Obama re-election campaign? Real Clear Politics does a composite analysis based on all the major polling services. Going into the election there were 11 swing states, too close to place in either camp. Those 11 swing states represented the winning margin for both candidates, and included 146 Electoral College votes, more than half the number it takes to elect a president.
Of those 11 essential swing states, Republican Mitt Romney carried only one, North Carolina, with 15 electoral votes. The Obama team swept the other 10, gathering in 131 electoral votes, and the winning margin.
It's an accurate observation to make that how a candidate manages his campaign is in indicator of a host of skills - the ability to analyze a situation and formulate an appropriate strategy to victory, and leadership are only two.
During many of the Barry Switzer years at the University of Oklahoma, Nebraska always put a powerful and skilled team on the field. OU played the first three quarters tough, and when the fourth quarter arrived the score was usually close, sometimes OU with a small lead, sometimes Nebraska. Both teams had a fourth-quarter strategy, but year after year, when the fourth quarter arrived and the game was on the line, it was the OU plan that won the fourth quarter and the game.
We saw that same concept with this election.
Letters to the editor are encouraged. Send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.