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November 10, 2012

Case closed as dust settles on election 2012

“What did you make of the election?” I asked Big Freddy after he had settled in and waved to the waitress for coffee.

“Nothing,’’ Freddy said.

“Nothing?”’ I asked. “How come nothing?”

“Didn’t bet,” Freddy said. “What did I say last week? I said all bets were off because Bill Clinton had come out strong for Obama. Romney was facing two against one, so I had nothing riding on it.”

“I wasn’t referring to your betting,” I said. “You said the race would be tight, but Obama won it handily.”

“I had a lot of company,” Freddy said. “Everyone had it tight. It wasn’t. There are a lot of reasons.

“No one I know predicted Latinos would go something like 71 percent for Obama. There were a lot more of them voting than there were two years ago, and more are going to be able to vote two years from now.”

“Because they keep on coming across the border,’’ I said. “Their young are getting older, for one thing, and if we don’t stop the border hopping, there are going to be a lot more.”

“But I’m talking about those already here becoming eligible to vote,” Freddy said. “Immigrants have kids — usually lots of kids. They grow up and most of them vote for Democrats.”

“But Romney lost for more reasons than the Latino vote,’’ I said.

“He lost because the more things change, the more they stay the same,” Freddy said.

“Republicans lose only a few seats in the House, but they still have a majority. They lose two more seats in the Senate, which the Democrats had anyway.”

“The big one being Warren beating Brown in the most expensive congressional contest in history,” I said.

“Which could be Act One of Act Two for Massachusetts if Obama picks Kerry to take Hillary’s place as secretary of state,” Freddy said.

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