PLEDGE NOW
The Direction Of America

We’ll look at the big picture. What did we vote for?  And what now?

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds an American flag at a Romney campaign rally at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP)

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds an American flag at a Romney campaign rally at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP)

The Obama message was Forward.  That cast Mitt Romney as back.  The country voted Obama.  So what will forward mean?  The 2012 election was surely a contest over where the country stands, where it should stand, where it will stand.  So now what?  You can’t leave half the country behind.

Going forward divided is hard.  The President was conciliatory last night in victory.  Mitt Romney gracious in defeat.  But the passions and division are still there.

This hour, On Point:  Election 2012 and what it means, for the state, the spirit, the divide, the direction of the nation.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Joan Walsh, editor-at-large at Salon.com. She’s the author of What’s the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was.

Charles Kesler, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism. You can read his essay on the state of American liberalism here.

Jack BeattyOn Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The Boston Globe “No matter whether President Obama or Mitt Romney claims victory on Tuesday, the winner will govern a nation that scholars say is remarkably split on political, economic, generational, racial, and social grounds. The next president also is likely to face a divided Congress, which in the last year seemed to prefer gridlock no matter the stakes.”

Christian Science Monitor “On the eve of an election that everyone says involves two “stark” choices for America, people across the country have a simple plea for Washington: Work together. Get along. Whoever wins the White House, reach out to those across the aisle and solve the nation’s problems.”

 

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Aug 5, 2015
Landon Kimich, 2, sleeps as he receives a chemotherapy treatment for neuroblastoma at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP)

After the diagnosis of cancer, another blow – the often-crippling costs of treatment. We look at the soaring price of cancer drugs.

Aug 5, 2015
It can be hard to accept failure. (Flickr / Blacksheep of Omaha)

“Fail fast, fail often” goes the zeitgeist . But should we have such optimism for failure?

RECENT
SHOWS
Aug 4, 2015
Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace in the new film, "The End of the Tour." (Courtesy A24 Films)

Comedic actor Jason Segel gets serious and takes on author David Foster Wallace in the new film, “The End of the Tour. ” He’s with us.

 
Aug 4, 2015
In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. (AP)

Tough new carbon restrictions. What the president is proposing, Germany’s already doing. Will the American people buy in?

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: July 31, 2015
Friday, Jul 31, 2015

A regular reminder that RTs are not endorsements, links have specific authorship and patience is a virtue.

More »
3 Comments
 
Q & A: Scott Walker On The Iran Deal, Huckabee Comments
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker explains his opposition to the Iran Deal, his record of statewide electoral victory and why he feels he’s set to win the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

More »
Comment
 
Q & A: Carly Fiorina On Trump, Sexism, And Being Cut From The GOP Debate
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, joined guest host John Harwood to talk Donald Trump, the upcoming Republican candidate debate and sexism in modern life.

More »
Comment