As a great man once said, 'To the winner goes the spoils'

Richard G. Carter | 6/13/2013, 1:24 p.m.
"And like everyone who's had enough, he wants more."--Alexander Knox, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (1979)...
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"And like everyone who's had enough, he wants more."--Alexander Knox, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (1979)

As these words are written, millions of Americans are preparing to go to the polls Nov. 6 to vote in the presidential election. As these words are read, the winner is known. And it wasn't about "voting for revenge," as President Barack Hussein Obama said last weekend.

For better or worse, Obama or Mitt Romney will lead our nation the next four years. Theirs was a duel for the ages, punctuated by pride and prevarication, passion and put-downs, platitudes and petulance, partisanship and provocation, prudence and patriotism.

Did Hurricane Sandy suppress voter turnout? Was it divine intervention for Obama--giving him photo ops in devastated New Jersey as Romney canceled campaign events?

Regardless of the final vote, byplay between the candidates and their supporters went from bad to worse. Personal attacks against Romney by Obama's campaign were vicious.

One of the most vile examples was uttered last Friday night on national TV by HBO's Bill Maher. To wit: "If you're thinking of voting for Mitt Romney, Black people know who you are and they will come after you." You heard right. That's really what he said.

And despite the low road taken in TV ads by both sides, Obama's eloquence attracted millions of white voters--just as in 2008, when he also got 95 percent of the Black vote. Yet, free speech works both ways. For example, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina--a Black conservative--said this during this year's Republican National Convention: "The only thing I care about hope and change is hope to defeat Obama so we can change America for the better." And he ended with this zinger: "Let me close by giving President Obama a heartfelt message from the people of South Carolina: 'Hit the road, Jack, and doncha' come back no more, no more, no more, no more.'"

Among the campaign's lowlights were several major verbal gaffes by Obama and at least a dozen by Vice President Joe Biden. Following are a few of the most egregious.

Last Saturday in Ohio, Obama arrogantly told supporters that "voting is the best revenge." In an October interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama called Romney a "bullsh--er." And he once said he's "traveled to all 57 states," and on another occasion, he three times called a Navy corpsman a "corpse-man"--with a hard "p" like a dead body.

Obama's most quoted gaffe was on July 13, when he dissed small business people with this incredible comment: "If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. If you've got a business, you didn't build that--somebody else made that happen."

In August, Biden told a mainly Black audience that Romney wants to undo Wall Street reforms, and in a contrived Southern accent said, "They gon' put y'all back in chains." Ugh!

In late October, Biden asked the father of Navy SEAL hero Tyrone Woods, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, "Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?" Whoa!