At long last, the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign is over. While the President, members of Congress - and for that matter, political junkies – can now focus on “getting back to work," it is worth taking a moment to reflect on what happened. And, you don’t have to be inside the Beltway to benefit from the lessons learned. MBA admissions officers all over the country can apply the takeaways from Decision 2012.
First, political pundits have been echoing a variation of the familiar adage of the late NBC News’ Tim Russert, “demographics, demographics, demographics.” It has been reported again and again that a dramatic transformation in the demographics of the American electorate over the past several years, specifically the large turnout of the Latino vote, played a significant role in this month’s election outcome.