Niall Ferguson on why the GOP needs to win the 2012 election

Obama’s Gotta Go
Newsweek/The Daily Beast
August 19, 2012
Commentary by: Niall Ferguson, member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Why the GOP needs to win the 2012 election

“I was a good loser four years ago. ‘In the grand scheme of history,’ I wrote the day after Barack Obama’s election as president, ‘four decades is not an especially long time. Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.’

Despite having been—full disclosure—an adviser to John McCain, I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.

Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not.”

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