Shortly after Ohio was projected to be in the president's column, Republican challenger Mitt Romney called to concede and after nearly two years of campaigns we learned that Barack Obama would be elected to a second term. The comfortable electoral vote and tight popular vote win for Obama did not confirm a voter mandate for the president, but amidst scandal and chaos with American foreign policy in the Middle East since the Arab Spring; bitter partisanship over a healthcare law greatly extending the scope of government; and four years of never getting the unemployment rate lower than the day he took office; the president's margin of victory was a surprise to some.
On 'Real News' Wednesday the panel recapped the electoral and popular vote results Tuesday, and what we might expect from an Obama second term--not just the issues we face but also what kind of agenda he will pursue. A Reuters news analysis Wednesday notes that Obama in his second term could pursue an expansive agenda looking to revamp the nation's immigration laws, build upon his healthcare law to further reform the system, or more policy increasing federal spending on education, jobs and energy programs. The Reuters article actually writes "In at least one respect, Tuesday's election results vindicated Obama's belief in an activist government."
Should conservatives look at this new second term Obama agenda as a challenge or concede it as a defeat? Watch a clip from 'Real News' Wednesday discusing the challenges ahead for both sides: