I truly believe that if Hillary had defeated Barrack in the Democratic primary, the recovery in American would be a lot farther along. And this assumption has absolutely nothing to do with an assessment of the competence or character of President Obama. I think that it is nothing short of miraculous what President Obama has accomplished given what he was faced with, and what the Republican Tea Party and the top 2% have done to thwart his every move. I cannot and will not believe that the cognitive level of the average American has descended to the level of Honey Bo Bo (of The Learning Channel fame), or that fraud and mendacity are acceptable behaviors. I, now believe that it is purely racial. See Post: "Blazing Saddles".
According to the Founding Fathers, one role of government is to protect the rights of the people. They did not want the rights of individuals to be decided by individual states. By allowing this to happen, individual states would be able to throw off the balance and this would allow some states to be more powerful than other states and essentially undermine our democracy. The Republicans are attempting, to a certain degree, to do this now.
The vast majority of Americans believe that the government should intervene in the economy during times of economic crisis. The Republicans certainly believe this notion as they are criticizing President Obama, as Clinton pointed out, for not fixing the mess they created fast enough. And Wall Street is doing better than ever. Perhaps Progressive policymakers should squeeze the top 2%, like one squeezes an orange, so that the "recovery" trickles down more quickly to Main Street.
Finally, I have an acquaintance that has decided to vote for Mitt Romney. She is the recipient of much government assistance. She is also of Hispanic descent. When I asked her why she thought Romney would make a good president, she replied that Obama wasn't that bad but she had heard that Romney had some Mexican blood in him. Oh, boy.