The Washington Post answers that question with a resounding “four-tenths of one percent.”

When Barack Obama defeated John McCain 52.9 to 45.6 percent, the WaPo reported it as a near landslide win:

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On Tuesday, when Scott Walker defeated Tom Barrett in the Wisconsin recall election by a margin of 53.2 to 46.3 percent, it was a squeaker:

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Bias? What bias?

(h/t Newsbusters)

Comments

11 Responses to “What’s the Difference Between a ‘Close Vote’ and a ‘Decisive’ Election Win?”

  1. jeffythequick on June 7th, 2012 3:53 pm

    Doug,

    You're giving them way too much credit… 0.4% If a Democrat wins by 1 vote, here's the LSM playbook:

    Stop any recounts! The people have spoken!
    It's a landslide of epic proportions!
    We're all (SPG's S word) now!
    We won, you lost, back of the bus for you!
    etc.

    If a R wins by a 99.9% margin:

    There needs to be recounts until the Democrat wins, then certify the election.
    There was trickery involved.
    Not enough people voted.
    They outspent us.
    The people were duped.
    Now is the time to reach across the aisle and compromise.

    We've all heard the song before.

  2. Marshall_Will on June 7th, 2012 4:50 pm

    The semantics don't end there. Scott Walker did a helluva' lot more than just 'survive' the recall. In the marketplace of ideas, he trounced the unsustainable alternative. Namely further State reliance on the Fed. to borrow more $ to make good on last year's PEU pension & benefit obligations.

    Clearly a model The Left is perfectly willing to live with. Here's what's really exciting. The Dem-Nation Dimwits visualized being such a 'breeze' as the WWII Generation met with eventual… extinction, is failing to materialize. They're being replaced by younger Conservatives in almost equal if not greater numbers.

    This has been The Plan all along. Until these "old fogies" and their obsolete views and patriotism were out of the way, Cloward-Piven can't be rolled out in full. '08 was their big window.

  3. Obama bin Biden on June 7th, 2012 5:40 pm

    The first headline was one of the saddest days of my life.

  4. SignPainterGuy on June 7th, 2012 8:52 pm

    Yep, that and the election and then RE-election of Clinton were like swift kicks to the guts !

  5. SignPainterGuy on June 7th, 2012 8:56 pm

    If it`s a dem idea, 2 + 2 = 5, 7, 8.75.
    But if dems are talking about a republican idea, then 2 + 2 = 1.138.

  6. @RhymesWithRight on June 7th, 2012 9:16 pm

    I'll defend WaPo on the 2008 headline — consider the electoral vote 365-173. That is quite decisive, and in the fashion that the Founders intended.

  7. ChapBix on June 7th, 2012 11:26 pm

    "Bias? What bias?"

    WAPO has a bias? Who knew?

    /Do I seriously need a sarc off?

  8. ChapBix on June 7th, 2012 11:30 pm

    "Now is the time to reach across the aisle and compromise."

    My reply? "Great! Glad to hear you are going to help us pass conservative, common sense legislation for a change."

  9. Doug on June 8th, 2012 12:52 am

    I imagine if there were such a thing as state-wide electoral votes, this would have been similarly decisive:
    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n271/douggells

  10. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2012 2:22 am

    Doug, I attempted to follow your link, but my Norton AV stopped me.

    Can you describe it in words ?

  11. Truesoldier__ on June 8th, 2012 10:58 am

    Perhaps they wrote the headline while they were still looking at CNN's faulty exit poll data:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/06/us-usa-

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