It’s that time of year, time to take a look back at some of the most memorable political events of 2012. It is pretty safe to say, that there were not too many dull moments.
At the top of the list was the 2012 Presidential election. With a president with job approval ratings in the low to mid 40’s, and even for a nano second or two, high 30’s, Republicans were pretty confident going into this year’s race. There was a pretty diverse field of candidates to start out. From Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, to Texas Governor Rick Perry, all had some great moments in the 20 debates that were held. Ultimately, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney pulled away from the pack. Governor Romney won the Republican nomination, and most Conservatives felt that, even though he might not be the most Conservative guy in the room, he could give a President with an unemployment rate hovering around 8%, and an economy in the tank, a serious run. However, President Obama won re-election with just over 50% of the vote.
Some of the biggest stories of the year are also the biggest scandals as well. On September 11 of this year, the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked and set fire to by an angry mob. Four people, including two Navy SEALS, and the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens were killed. The attack was blamed on a YouTube video mocking the prophet Mohammed. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, appeared on at least five Sunday morning shows the weekend following the attack, and also claimed that the violence was the result of a video. We have learned since September 11, that the attack was not because of a video, but very little if any new information has come to light on why, of all days, there was not heightened security in Benghazi, even after it was requested several times, and why the White House is not being more cooperative and aggressive in investigating the deaths of four Americans.
2012 will end with ongoing “fiscal cliff” talks. If the Senate and the House cannot come to an agreement before the end of the year, Bush-era tax cuts will expire, and taxes will go up for every American. Most Republicans believe that the President is not interested in any negotiation, so that he can blame rising taxes on them. The GOP has put forth a series of plans which hike taxes on some of the wealthiest Americans, while cutting federal spending, something which must be addressed. Each offer has been rejected by the President and Democrats. As this goes to press, no deal has been struck.
Will America go over the fiscal cliff? Will there be justice for those who gave their lives in Libya? Chances are there will be few dull moments in 2013 as well.