CNN has called the 2012 election for President Obama. Congratulations to the Obama campaign for executing superbly. They left the Republicans in the dust.
Now the real work begins.
Congrats President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rove over at Fox is saying Ohio was called to soon and is having fits Fox called it for the Prez so soon.
President Obama wins again. Great. Let the caving also officially begin again.
Aloha, Jane…! Congrats are certainly in order, now, will we truly move ‘forward’…?
Yea, happy happy joy joy. Good work everyone.
On second thought, maybe rovy didn’t have time to fix the numbers. So sad.
They are asking the decession desk why they called it. The Decession desk is comfortable with their call that the Prez won.
Will Keystone XL approval be in this Friday’s document dump?
Romney is not conceding Ohio per NBC.
Right. Obysmal has won again. Time to work for the rest of us, as opposed to the 1% festivus.
I’m not feeling optimistic.
Thank god Romney lost.
O has less than 20k lead in Ohio. so romney does not concede. Who knows this could go on for days.
Channel 9 in Denver is calling Amendment 64 as passing. Marijuana is legal in CO! Even if it passes in WA, let the record show that we were first!
Kudos! When the rest of the nation sees Colorado making revenue from marijuana and not going all “Refer Madness”, most will move to do the same. Well done!
And medical marijuana winning in Massachusetts.
So Obama won. Who cares? Not me. I voted for Jill Stein.
It won’t go on for days. The rightwingnutosphere is already laying blame.
Washington State same sex marriage and marijuana referendum/initiatives appear to be passing. Looks like we’re going to be keeping the Governorship and Senator Cantwell (who’s killing it). A good night!
EPU’d . . .
Per Portland (ME) Press-Herald, Maine’s Marriage Equality measure will pass!!!
Currently they show a 54-46 margin, with 44% counted.
Hope you are right.
I am having a terrible time with the site here.
Obama ran an extraordinarily sure footed campaign. Except for the first debate, it was a first class operation.
*heh* Faux Spew has Turdblossom, himself, demanding that Fox retracts their own OH projections…! The Repug’s heads are exploding everywhere…! Pass the Popcorn…! ;-)
As someone who came into this campaign as a Non-democrat and not a major party member for the first time in 35 years I found myself viewing the election with far greater equanimity and amused detachment and a lot less stress than past Presidential elections. It’s nice.
Congratulations for those whose candidates and issues prevailed and condolences to those who were disappointed.
Our WA legalization initiative actually goes into effect on December 6th, when does CO’s? We may actually still be first.
LOD saying Romney may go the legal way over Ohio.
Cnn says O wins Nevada.
Then I sincerely hope he loses Florida. Just to make sure he understands that it…is…over.
Co for O per nbc. That seems to render Ohio moot.
Here’s a quick summary of what happened and didn’t happen tonight. More on this tomorrow. Much, much more.
As soon as Hickenlooper certifies the result, no more than 30 days. I don’t know if he will drag his feet on it, probably not. The commercial regs don’t have to be in place until next summer.
Time to take America forward .. Senate and President .. dare the Re-thugs in Congress to stand in the way .. am proud of America this night ..
more drone murdering of noncombatants now. i see your bloody drool.
Voted for Stein but losing couldn’t have happened to a “better” candidate than His Lordship entitled Bishop Mitt. Snort. If KKKarl’s head is a-sploding: WIN!! snort.
Congrats to CO & MA for getting pot legalized! Way to go. Watch your back w/ Barry on that. O couldn’t be bothered to go after his thieving crook pals on Wall St, but he sure had the time & drive to bust medical pot sales which was generating a lot of tax rev in cash-strapped CA.
Some important CA props seem to be dead except for finally repealing the stupid & needlessly expensive 3 Strikes. Prop 36 I think. So yay for that.
Onwards. Will RMoney choke on his concession speech?? HaHa
CNN has called the 2012 election for President Obama. Congratulations to the Obama campaign for executing superbly. They left the Republicans in the dust.
Now the real work begins
Now the real work begins
Respectfully, what real work?
In January 2009, the nation was in crisis and almost anything could have been justified on that basis, Democrats had the majority in both houses and Obama was at the height of his popularity and goodwill.
We know what we got then.
Romney concedes. that’s nice.
Congratulations President Obama.
BTW, I just read over at TPM that Karl Rove threw a hissy fit over on Faux News when Faux called the election for President Obama. Karl ordered Megan to get the Faux “numbers guys.” She walked through Faux to their location, confirmed, and went back to tell Karl, who acted like if there were a ledge nearby he’d jump. Which got me to wondering…after taking hundreds of millions of dollars from fat-cat billionaire Republicans, promising them a iron-clad certain victory after running so many lying, scurrilous political ads, is Karl Rove, ahem, thinking about his health? I mean, all those fat-cat billionaire Republicans are like the mafia, and I doubt that they’ll look kindly on having thrown all that money behind a losing cause, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, trusting Karl Rove’s delusions of grandeur and believing all his hype/crap, that the election of Romney and Ryan was in the bag. Will Karl now disappear?
Say hello to austerity and the end of Social Security and medicare as we know it.
Say good-bye to due process and the rule of law…
and say goodbye to Bradley Manning.
Actually I hope Obama does nothing until next year. Let the tax cuts expire, veto any spending cuts and let the fuckers sweat about their taxes.
Maybe Citizens United will become moot?
I found myself viewing the election with far greater equanimity and amused detachment and a lot less stress than past Presidential elections.
I’ve learned to accept “this too will pass.”
BTW, I just read over at TPM that Karl Rove threw a hissy fit over on Faux News when Faux called the election for President Obama. Karl ordered Megan to get the Faux “numbers guys.” She walked through Faux to their location, confirmed, and went back to tell Karl, who acted like if there were a ledge nearby he’d jump.
Who is he kidding. Karl’s heart was never in this one. He went with “steal big” early on.
Sadly probably yes. Can’t say we didn’t know.
My crackpot theory of why Rmoney suddenly found himself wide open with the ball during the late primary season —and encouraged to swing around to the right before shooting— was that someone saw an opportunity to run a sort of night of long knives without any actual knives.
I think the Rover was just acting for the benefit of the Tea Party. Not kidding. It’s all about raging about the Commie Kenyan Usurper doncha know? Kabuki show for his base.
It seems to me they do a lot of showing for the base. Trump even wants a revolution. Crazy bastards.
Am curious why turnout is so light on the Lake this evening. Much bigger response level for the debates.
I wasn’t able to get this site to open up most of the night, from 7 till the call O won.
As the Republicans in 2004 validated George W.’s criminal acts, so the Dems now confirm the same for Obama. Cheering for their leader, they put their stamp of approval on the Fuehrerprinzip, imperialism, war, torture, indefinite detention, and extra-judicial murder. Champion says it best @30.
This may very well have been a more important election than 2008, for two reasons. First, even the Republicans can no longer claim that Obama is not a legitimate president. The “Kenyan-Muslim” nonsense will no longer fly. There will finally be a consensus (which obviously should have been achieved in 2008 but for Republican obnoxiousness and racism) that we have elected an African-American president. Racism has served as a justification and cover for reaction in all aspects of American life, and it has now received another gigantic blow at its highest level.
Second, the great conservative wave that has been building since at least the 1970s may have finally crested. The Republican anti-black, anti-Latino, anti-women tirades have definitively proven themselves to be losers at the polls (all the commentators agreed that the overwhelming Democratic Latino vote, apparently approaching 90% when Cubans were excluded, provided Obama’s margin of victory). You can argue that the Republicans’ backward views on social issues are merely subsidiary to their class warfare campaign on behalf of the 0.01% but in fact the social issues are essential to this class warfare offensive, as they are intended to blind the populace to what the Republicans are really up to on the economic front.
It is no accident that the more extreme the Republicans have become economically, the more radical they become on non-economic matters. Being practical politicians, the Republicans will have to moderate their stance on these social issues to have any hope of future victories on the presidential level at least. This (relative) social moderation will in turn force them to pull back, at least slightly, from their right-wing economic offensives.
Well, the “real work” of pushing Obama to the left, of course, by methods as yet undisclosed. It works much like negotiating a lower price for a car after you have paid the dealer what they were asking. It is a very effective strategy. The President, as a true representative of the people and not the interests who bankrolled him, will have little choice but to give in to the wishes of “lefty” constituents, who he will in no way dismiss as “fucking retarded.”
Unless he doesn’t. In which case the fault will lie with Republicans, party apostates, or some other scapegoat from one of those other tribes.
Ask yourself this question: Have you ever heard a single person who planned to vote for Obama a second time take responsibility for their small contribution to promoting torture, war, extra-judicial murder and corporatism? What do we typically think about people who can admit to absolutely no wrongdoing? These are the party faithful who are going to force Obama’s hand left?
You got a mighty narrow view of “the real work.”
Who said “the real work” was about Obama anyway? Isn’t the real work on the actual issues?
Which is entirely possible, despite one’s quadrennial event/choice for Prez; after all there’s every other day of the year for “the real work.”
Let’s start saving Tax money right now…..take Myths security detail away and let him pay for his own security!
“Second, the great conservative wave that has been building since at least the 1970s may have finally crested”
There’s not much positive I can take away from Obama’s victory over his twin brother.
As many have pointed out, given the context of the times, the Trojan horse strategy will continue to succeed far beyond what any frontal assault could possibly accomplish. That’s why we were presented with the cheesy Obama avatar in the first place. It is the brilliant successor to the Southern Strategy.
Bigchin is right, and I’m curious in an abstract way to hear what the sound of a million jaws hitting the floor will sound like, when the President fulfills his destiny and savages Social Security.
But if there is a hopey changey silver lining in any of this, its maybe in this:
Vast numbers of Americans voted for a candidate today who represented
a turn away from decades of evil. That this is very tragically not in fact the case, but only a figment of their dreams, doesn’t lessen the significance.
This was the last battle of the Civil War…….in my opinion!
The point, as I see it, is that the Republican move right enabled the Democratic move right. Now the whole rightward momentum has (hopefully) been broken, which is not something the Democratic leadership may have wanted either but is something brought about by historical events and popular will. And unfortunately yes, there will be a Grand Bargain negotiated by Obama. I was talking about long term trends (as does Bushsucks 12 above), in the short term the situation is still grim.
In the short term? Situation grim?
If you mean by short term the next 20-70 years, force majure contingent,
then yeah, we’re pretty much screwed for at least that long.
The country just voted for a half imagined daydream manufactured by Proctor and Gambol, not a leader.
Watch for Elizabeth Warren. Other commenters have noted she’s pledged to fight for Social Security. The Grand Bargain may not be so easy after all.
“You got a mighty narrow view of “the real work.” “Who said “the real work” was about Obama anyway?”
I was only going off of what so many of the soon-to-be victors had assured me it would be: Make sure we have the “lesser of two evils” and then push him to shape up and fly right.
” Isn’t the real work on the actual issues?”
I couldn’t agree more. Well said.
“First, even the Republicans can no longer claim that Obama is not a legitimate president.”
You may be underestimating the depth and resolve of their opinion on this one. And ideologues (of any stripe) are typically not moved by evidence that contradicts their articles of faith.
You may be right about the cresting of the conservative wave. But with a popular vote at a damn near tie, I don’t see it. THe voting results hardly indicate a smack down. Plus, I live in Kansas and hang out with a lot of conservatives, which skews my vision.
Massachusetts, first to recognize same gender marriage, decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use several years ago and today approved medical marijuana.
And not in a good way.
Don’t look at me.
I voted for Dr. Stein.
“Politics has become less about issues and more about tribalism.”
IMO, that is even truer of Democrats than it is of Republicans.
I strongly disagree.
The Democratic Party has had a strong right, dating back to opposition of Lincoln and support of slavery.
When DLC mover and shaker, Bill Clinton, became President, the rightist DLC began completing its takeover of the Democratic Party, a cause to which the Koch Brothers contributed.
That is what began forcing Republicans to go further and further right, to keep distinguishing themselves from the Third Way Democrats.
I would not pin too many hopes on a brand new Senator who owes her political career to President Obama, who said before his (first) inauguration that his first priority would be dealing with “entitlements” and who appointed the cat food commission so that he would not have to take the political heat.
I hope the man has been chastened by now, but I am not at all sure.
Congrats to Obama.
Whew, it’s a good thing I put my money on the blue dog. I’d like to personally thank Limbaugh, Akin and Mourdock for this. They literally shoved the ladies into Barry’s wide open arms. Plus, having Uranus in retrograde didn’t hurt either (better yours than mine).
Key reason why President Obama carried bellwether Ohio is Hamilton County (Cincinnati). It went blue first time since 1964 for Obama’s first election (2008). It ended up carried again by Obama. That was instrumental in why Mitt Romney couldn’t flip Ohio.
Republicans are tribalist too, which is evident in their blind hatred of Obama and the democrats despite how conservative they are, and I think it’s epitomized by the fact they’re so against the same health care legislation the republicans have been pushing for the past 20 years.
I think we simply expect more from democrats and democratic voters since most basically want the same things independant liberals want. The only difference is the democrats still believe in their party despite all the conservatives.
Yes, Obama won by raising more money from Wall Street than Mitt Romney.
Yes, the real work of cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid begins — and progressives have absolutely no leverage over Obama at all, having failed to challenge him when and where it mattered. So do not kid yourselves. You have no say in what Obama does, and he will do what he is going to do without any thought given to the needs or desires of the American people. Why should he? He never had to fear losing your votes.
The rich corporate suck-up who wants to cut social security beat the other rich corporate suck-up who wants to cut social security! Hooray!
for some reason I just don’t feel too happy about BO winning. It is the same feeling I would have gotten if MR won. I have a sense of dread for the next 4 years. Maybe a bright spot is more talk about 3rd parties but this has to be an ongoing effort.
As my dear mother used to tell me when something went wrong for me: Bearman!! Scratch your ass and get glad again!
So BO is back just keep up the fight
It doesn’t really matter which party initiated the move right. What is kay is that the move right was bipartisan, and its momentum was made possible by the popularity of a reactionary social agenda, which served as cover for a very unpopular economic agenda. Now the right-wing social agenda has been proven to be a political loser, not only by the presidential results but also by the success of gay marriage and marijuana legalization initiatives last night.
As of last night, Elizabeth Warren is huge politically. She has a lot of influence if she chooses to exercise it. We’ll see what she’s made of in the coming weeks and months.
Ditto. Move along, nothing to see here except a train wreck.
I think the “Bush Tax Cuts” are now officially “King Obama’s Tax Cuts”, or will be when he renews them yet again.
Waiting for the Kos morons to start trolling with their “I told you so” dances.
There were a number of things I learned from this election:
1) Citizens United was a moot point. Not just for the Presidential election, but even in Connecticut. McMahon spent some 50+ million dollars in her second Senatorial run in two years (nearly 100 million between the two runs) and still lost.
2) The American people, in their own districts, rejected Tea Party extremism. Mourdock, defeated; Akins, defeated; Joe the Plumber and five other Representatives, defeated. These rejections occurred within their own geopolitical districts, not nationally.
3) Voter Suppression laws and intimidation at the polls had little effect on the outcome of the election. Without the provisional ballot count, over 100 million votes were cast yesterday.
4) Nate Silver proves that math counts.
What do I expect to happen next?
Some kind of impeachment process, predicated on something baseless, much like the last Clinton administration.
GOP doubling down on the very strategy that cost them the election yesterday, because their history demonstrates that they are never wrong and must, therefore, continue with their antics because it’s such a winning strategy.
Me too. More equanimity last night than when I voted for Anderson and Reagan won. I noticed how quickly McConnel came out to deny a mandate. Obama will piss me off (again) when he agrees.
The only really interesting fact about this selection is that about 10 million fewer people voted this time compared to 2008.
Yes, but consider that provisional ballots, at least in Ohio, are not yet in this equation. Last night, they indicated it could be 10 days before those are counted.
Most states have some form of absentee ballot (I’m one of them in CT), which were not counted last night.
It won’t make up the entire 10 million shortfall, but it will improve the gap a little.
I disagree. The Southern Revolt of 1968 giving McCarthy’s lapdog Nixon a landslide and Reagan’s evangelical courtship another landslide moved the Republicans to the right (no more Cabot-Lodges, Russells, or George Romneys), and blue-collar Reagan Democrats provided impetus for Clinton’s DLC to move right, Carter’s right-leaning centrism which won over Kennedy’s bid as a model. Remember what happened to Humphrey (after beating Eugene McCarthy at the convention, no less), McGovern, Mondale and Dukakis.
Don’t look for substance. Just rah-rahing the preferred candidate.
So the neorepublicans left the paleorepublicans in the dust. *Yawn*
Well, can’t blame me-I voted for Dr. Stein.
I voted for Stein too. It looks like Gary Johnson might pick up 1%, Jill Stein 0% of the national results. 2% spread in the popular vote between Obama and Romney. Point is, there is and always has been a huge bloc of low-education, emotionally hyperbolic, ideologically reactionary voters overwhelming a progressive agenda. Hopefully, education and demographics will change that.
Citizens United wasn’t totally moot. As David Dayen points out, it was more effective in the House races and on the state level, where it was used to take over a couple more legislatures.
That’s why the Democrats need to step up their ground game.
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