Two-term PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA !
SENATOR Elizabeth Warren!
“It was exactly fifty years ago tonight that Ted Kennedy was first elected to the U.S. Senate… “
Is Nate Silver A Witch? (Probably!)
Professor Krugman takes a victory lap:
… For a long time, right-wingers — and some pundits — have peddled the notion that the “real America”, all that really counted, was the land of non-urban white people, to which both parties must abase themselves. Meanwhile, the actual electorate was getting racially and ethnically diverse, and increasingly tolerant too. The 2008 Obama coalition wasn’t a fluke; it was the country we are becoming.
And sure enough that more diverse and, if you ask me, better nation just won big….
At the moment, the NYTimes has temporarily suspended its paywall. If you want some schadenfreude with your morning coffee, here’s Timothy Egan on the “Revenge of the Polling Nerds“:
In the last days of the election, Peggy Noonan had a “feel” that things were moving Mitt Romney’s way. George Will was more cerebral: his brain told him it would be Romney in a rout. And Michael Barone, who used to have a good divining rod to go along with an encyclopedic knowledge for all numbers political, also predicted a Romney landslide.
What they had in common, aside from putting up a brick Tuesday that completely missed the electoral net, was a last-hurrah push for the old-fashioned prediction by gut…
People who are surprised by the election – and Sarah Palin looked like she was close to tears as the obvious became obvious even to those who live in the Fox bubble – were probably listening to people who are paid to fantasize….
And Salon thoughtfully scoured Twitter to collect “The 20 Biggest Sore Losers of Election Night“, from all the predictable suspects. “We also don’t know 4 sure that the public is as pathetically wrongheaded as it appears. It really could be they rely on a corrupt media” — that’s media person David “Everything I Have, I Owe to My Brother’s Audience” Limbaugh. Actually, it’s only 19 losers — one particularly egregious blowhard stole the top two slots…
Just glanced at Peggy Noonan’s twitter from nov 5th…
and my fave;
So when is Nooner’s going to admit she was a total idiot.
Black. Jimmy. Carter. My. Ample. Posterior.
Oh, and Anne: I know you read him regularly, so have already seen it – but Charlie Pierce’s last post of the night is pure poetry.
I’m really tempted to deploy the c-word here.
Sadly, electile dysfunction claims yet another victim. Will nobody think of the pundits?
I’m not going to gloat over Romney voters but I’m definitely going to enjoy watching the Village squirm for a few days.
Also I think the Right is now going to regret branding healthcare reform Obamacare.
FYI, Y’All: NYT Video Interview With Nate Silver
I don’t how long this will continue, but NYT is offering free access to its election coverage:
To the Media: Gee, that’s a nice narrative you’ve got there. Shame if something were to happen to it.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Hal: two minutes after she admits that babbling about angels transmorgifying themselves into dolphins was a psychotic break, or at least a spasm of drunken, onanistic self-indulgence that erupted in her brain (“brain”?) while she had an almost-empty bottle of Bailey’s in one hand and Ronald Reagan’s shoe in the other.
Also, too, this nugget from 2004
Jill Stein got 1% here in Ohio – Un-Fucking-Believable.
But at least BO won and we picked up seats in the senate. Ya-hoo
Looks like Dems also will pick up 3-5 house seats, multiple state legislatures, 2/3 of both houses in CA (GOP now irrelevant), gay marriage on the right path, marijuana legalization a true possibility, and a clearly energized young electorate.
What. A. Fucking. Night.
That’s okay, I’ll gloat enough for both of us.
So, should Kerry take over the State Department, who should Patrick choose as the replacement to 2014? Brown will be right back in it, I’m sure. Is there another professor out there who could give him a spanking?
I liked this comment from Sam Wang last night on his site at 11:39PM as the Obama victory was becoming clear to the people at Fox:
This is what happens when you’re the anti-science party: you lose the expertise of people who understand basic math.
Videos: Karl Rove’s Fox News Meltdown Over Ohio
1: KR Arguing With Chris Wallace
2: Making Megyn Kelly Trek Across The Studio To Confirm The Ohio Call
I am probably enjoying this far too much.
Enhanced Voting techniques
@PeakVT: I personally use the world lowlife scum.
It does fell like this election is a turning point. Not just Obama won but teh Gay menace can get elected to the Senate and demon weed be legalized. And I suspect some conservative minds have been forced to deal with reality over this gut verses the numbers thing in the polling.
So I am going to ask my conservtard cowokers which FEMA camp has the best Madras to hear Charle’s Darwin’s Das Kaptial read in it’s original Arabic.
Speaking of tweets, most RT’ed tweet evah.
Obama and his team quietly built an electoral machine for the mother of all ground games. It was that and the many foot soldiers who pounded that ground who deserve the credit here, many of them regulars on this blog — and I salute you for your service in the long march.
I will take a short break, then be back to run my mouth another 4 years. Allah willing.
@Narcissus: I am gloating over a majority buncha racists.
Remember this, from ~35 hours ago?
Michael Walsh @ NRO:
I wonder when Michael Walsh will admit that, instead, it was the Conservative’s agenda that got crushed and refudiated in last night’s election?
I’m not holding my breath.
But I am enjoying the Greek tragedy of their hubris and downfall.
Big party on Mornin Joe!
@JGabriel: As the good people here have already taught me, the NYT always has free access. Just delete everything in the URL from the ? on.
Black Presidents, Gay Lady Senators, Legal Pot?
America! Fuck Yeah!
An awesome morning is waiting to dawn.
And the best thing is that those nasty trolls won’t ever come back.
I’ll take never for two thousand Alex.
Blissfully unselfaware I believe is the kind term – in severe danger of death by methane poisoning
Stumbled downstairs this morning knowing nothing. I turned on CSPAN, still knowing nothing since half the country could go down in flames and you’d still have the calm-voiced commentator explaining the unfortunate events. But I couldn’t handle a barking Morning Ho this morning
They were talking about the House races and then the Ohio number popped up and instantaneously, I cried.
Congratulations to us all.
@Central Planning: Rove has now made an awful lot of profit by wasting a huge chunk of cash put in his trust by some very powerful, quite vindictive people. He got 20%
kickbackscommissions on all those last-minute, high-priced, mostly innefective TV commercials, right?
Pity batshit crazy bachman squeaked through by1%. Though MN house and senate flipped. So that’s a BFD.
Watching E Warrens acceptance speech – this is gonna be a weepy morning for me!
I can’t wait to see the entitled Romneys’ reactions, that is the only thing that could possibly make this any sweeter. Then, watch them disappear forever.
You will have my company! I remember how the GOP gloated after Gore beat Boy Blunder only to have it stolen from the American people. I remember that over stuffed popinjay strutting around crowing about political capital after narrowly squeaking past Kerry. I remember the cheerleaders on TV and in the papers encouraging that sawed-off POS to rule as if he won a landslide after both those elections.
I plan on feeding that crow to those fools now. Telling us to be “gracious winners” is the same as saying to compromise on those tire rims and anthrax they want us to eat.
Halperin thinks Obama’s acceptance speech was the best speech of the campaign.
Mike Barnicle “The modern Republican Party believes that the talk radio audience is the country. It’s not, it’s not”.
Has anyone called the friggin’ FL yet ? Google map sez 100% counting is over with Obama leading by 0.5% and yet has not called it.
@amk: It don’t mean NUTHIN!
Thanks, magurakurin. I already knew that, but it’s the thought that counts. (Not being snarky, I genuinely appreciate it.)
@Enhanced Voting techniques:
I thought maybe 08 was high tide what with the election of an actual black man as President (from the Dems was just icing since I thought the first would have to be a Republican as they would not pull the race shit on one of their own). But it wasn’t.
Yesterday though was even more different. Gay bashing and vote suppression lost. That feels a lot different. I like the feeling. Now if its not too late & we can get the DLC on board to act like Democrats we might – might – have a chance to save this country yet
Probably still people standing in line waiting to vote.
@amk: Also. Too. Patrick Murphy (50.4%) vs punk allen west (49.6%).
I put in fewer hours this campaign than I have in years. Just a few more than 100 hours. My heart wasn’t in it. I hope it was the big C and not old age because I really do want to maintain the passion for ground work that I didn’t have this time. It was a chore not a joy. Thanks to all of you who worked so much harder than that this year.
I am very pleased though that one of my predictions was spot on. Our President would win without Florida and Ohio. I was not concerned about suppression there because I didn’t think he needed them and he didn’t.
Very sad to see the morans of Sterns county returned Batshit to the House. We did take away the Republican Congressman from New Hampshire up in MN8 though so thats good.
On Morning Joe, now that the Republicans have lost seats in the House, and the Senate, and failed to win the Presidency, Joey Scar is announcing a new era bipartisanship.
Listen up, Conservatives. We won, you lost. Why the fuck should we reach out to you, after your years of obstruction, race-baiting, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, and class war?
You want bipartisanship now? Then you fucking reach out to us.
Yeahbut word on the street is Purple Strategies is going to release a batch of swing state SHOCK POLLS today showing Romney with HUGE LEADS!
Also he’s up by two in the Gallup tracking poll (the CADILLAC of polls)!
Edsall inches close to just calling out the GOP consultant grift. Rove did just fine this cycle.
My favorite sore loser comments
Hugh Hewitt: “The president won re-election, but not a mandate. Not even close. This wasn’t 1984 much less 1964 or 1936… The rot of Obamacare will spread, and the regulatory maximalists will press forward with their ruinous agendas, and the House will not be in a position to stop the unelected rule-makers anymore than the president can force through his devastating tax agenda.”
Matt Welch: “After four years of a crappy economy, bipartisan dissatisfaction with bailout economics, and populous revolts on the right and the left, we are seeing basically the exact same government we had on November 6th. The status quo, which has never been less popular, has just been ratified.”
Ronald Radosh: “It is essential that conservative intellectuals do not abandon the effort to change the culture, and to, in Gramscian terms (as the late Gene Genovese often put it), wage a war of position on the cultural front and to do all possible to challenge the ascension of a failed intellectual liberal ideology, whether it be in the form of Progressivism, liberalism or socialism. Whether it is called “the blue model” as Walter Russell Mead calls is, or something else, the intellectual fight against its assertions must begin with all the strength we can muster.”
Ron Fournier: “Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public. If the president begins his second term under any delusion that voters rubber-stamped his agenda on Tuesday night, he is doomed to fail.”
Joel B. Pollak “Our fault, as a nation, was to forget the lessons of our own success. Having triumphed in a global, decades-long struggle against collectivism and totalitarianism, we refused to celebrate that victory, failing for twenty years to teach its lessons to the next generation. And as Andrew Breitbart often reminded us, the most important battles must be cultural ones, because culture and media inevitably shape the political choices we make together.That war must begin anew. And it begins now.”
I haven’t looked into it, but the TV news I had on until it signed off said many hours ago that the Miami-Dade vote counters were calling it a night and would resume in the morning. Obviously, that’s not consistent with your claim that FL is 100% reporting, but that’s what they reported.
Comrade Nimrod Humperdink
@Schlemizel: Amen… I will not have the rules of civic decorum dictated to me by the same people that have been calling me a traitor for over a decade (the only reason it’s not longer is I’m in my early 30s) and barking in ignorant resentment as loudly as their spiteful lungs could manage. Fuck them. Most of them will be materially better off under Democratic policies anyway. Let them suffer. I was crushed by the ’04 results, and I wasn’t alone. Let them suffer in the wilderness for a while. It’s the only way the right will either find their way back to national relevance, or collapse into a regional party with something else coming up in their place. My bet would be on the former, but it’s gonna take a while.
“So when is Nooner’s going to admit she was a total idiot?”
A decade ago? And that would have been a bit late.
@JGabriel: Because Tom Brokaw said so, last night? Because David Gregory is gonna say so again on Sunday? Or, FTM, Jon Stewart.
This is just the beginning. The dominant theme is gonna be the need to compromise and get this country moving again. Which means make concessions to the House that truly represents this center right nation.
quick question: If Kerry gets to be Sec of State, how does Mass appoint a replacement for him? Will we have asshole Brown vying for that seat again???
Any word from Limbaugh yet?
It’d be kind of cool if he just keeled over
One of the youtube commentators said when Megyn Kelly was walking through the studio it was like something out of professional wrestling. And it totally is.
@amk: There’s a reason FL is the wang of the US.
Fucking bbc has two conservatives, one from moonie times no less, the morning after. Both morons still parroting failed talking points. Uugghh.
Comrade Nimrod Humperdink
@jayackroyd: Bernie Sanders could win 49 states with a bunch of Greens in Congress and you’d still hear that from some of those dinosaurs. DC is a company town. That company is lobbying: for finance, for defense, for energy, etc. The political press will reflect the people they cover.
Where did you get that quote from Fournier? I want to bookmark it since if anyone ever was operating under the delusion that he is anything but a right wing mole in the MSM that quote should disabuse them of the idea.
Last night Ben Smith and Roger Simon had tweets about how this is the most sweeping win since Reagan. Ha ha ha!
@amk: I had their feed on while waiting for the President’s speech last night, and their pundits were nattering about what the markets would do the next day, “because this President has not been good to Wall Street”.
Jesus Christ, Auntie.
from ewickkk’s blog, a reality denying
Oh hell no! this really is good news for that bloated child molester. The hardest work Lamebrain had to do was in the early aughts because the full power of the Federal govt wsa in the hands of the GOP. It left him in the position ultimately of pretending the GOP really isn’t a true Scotsman and that hurt them at the polls.
He now can find any little thing to blow up into a catastrophe and blame the librules & Obambi
Holy crap, suddenly I have the urge, for the first time in my life, to troll the right wing blogs!
I thought it was more like something out of a Colbert or Letterman sketch.
Oh God…. please make it stop…
It’s very disheartening to me how the House could stay so republican, even though the Dems won the popular vote and 1-2 seats in the Senate. Stupid redistricting. The Reps pushed history back a few years. But of course, they already pushed it as far as they could, seeing how close some of the new maps are to being unconstitutional. However, some kind of immigration reform is probably inevitable in the next four years. The Reps need it.
Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again)
Why am I imagining Chris Christie imagining gathering those 19 twitfucks around a table?
I am so happy and tired this morning!
Time to repeal the 22nd amendment!
I am giddy that the useless pundit class had a kick in the balls. What does Joe Scarborough say?.
Does anybody know, if Democrats picked up seats in the House?
I skimmed CNN and USA Today and couldn’t find any exact number, just some qualitative analysis of various House races.
Tweety was tempted into going off again on messaging from Obama’s speech on Morning Ho but resisted the bait (wonders never cease)
I will. Just a little bit.
What a morning. What a great morning.
Compromise is often necessary. The question is, are the Republicans going to be more reasonable?
@gene108: i think it’s small small, only +2 or +3 in the house. A miscalculation from the DNC imho, they did great at the Senate level (courtesy the R slate of candidates) but needed to push the angle that without a Dem Congress we could see 2 more years of gridlock unless you believe that the R’s will suddenly be reachable….
frank rich tweet
A local Atlanta news station interviewed a mini Ann Romney shocked by Obama’s victory because he just doesn’t share Americans values. She didn’t use the words you people though.
RE the House, the Republicans pulled off some masterful redistrictings. Thus: Obama won OH and PA handily, but will get something like 1/4 to 1/3 (too lazy to check) of their Representatives.
FL difference about 45 K for Obama. gary johnson about 43 K. Karma bitchez.
I’m just hoping Obamacare becomes popular enough that it can bury Republicans, who voted against it.
I’m not holding my breath, but I think that’s what it’s going to take to get back the House.
The problem is the 2010 class of right-wing nut jobs didn’t vote for or against the actual bill, though they attempted to repeal it 30+ times.
Also, too I fully expect Republicans to run on the basis that Obamacare was a Republican idea via the Heritage Foundation, in 1993, if Obamacare becomes popular in 2014 and 2016 and the media totally buying into this line of reasoning, despite all the votes against it.
@hep kitty: Don’t do it!! Not worth your sanity. Next thing you know, you’ll be infected by their craziness and bring it back here.
Talking about craziness, where is Political Observer, by the way?
The real loser is Buddy Roemer. This election was his for the taking, but the chinese overlords who run our country didn’t want him, ensuring that republicans went into this election with their fourth beat choice.
Red state posters surprisingly sober minded this morning ( well, many of them). However a few nut jobs are agitating for Benghazi impeachment already… I give it 20 days or so.
No. This has been another edition of Simple Answers To Simple Questions.
Countdown to Republican base and Fox News raving that they would have won with a true conservative and that the way to win is to double down on teh crazy:
I didn’t know how tense I was about this election until today. Yes, a lot of other things cleared up for me this week, but I truly feel like a weight has fallen from my shoulders and I am finally at rest.
I wish to give props to the folks who claimed the racists and the fundies would crawl over broken glass to vote the black man out of the presidency. You were right. Despite Romney having no ground game and being inspiring as a dead fish, we only won because we were even more pissed than them and also turned out in droves.
He showed up in a previous thread complaining about ‘queers’ and the US becoming Greece. Didn’t even troll, just whined in two posts and that was it.
@Raven: Party on Morning Joe? What’s happening, is everyone lining up and whacking Joe with a stick until candy falls out of his ass?
Watching Obama’s speech, and I’m delighted that the audience actually applauded Romney when Obama talked about how the Romney family has dedicated itself to public service, which deserves honour and applause. I have to wonder if the tables had turned, if the audience would have given any applause to Obama. My guess is no.
And yeah, that bit about how he was so proud to watch the nation fall in love with Michelle? That brought tears to my eyes. FLOTUS has been so classy and awesome and patient in the face of extreme provocation. I don’t know how she does it.
Didn’t the Democrats put up Warren as a foil for the Scott Brown seat because the national party didn’t want to implement the full CFPB? I wonder if there’s any regret at Democrat HQ regarding them not being able to muzzle her. How dare she speak what the citizens actually want, you know.
"Fair and Balanced" Dave
IMO, the real loser is the so-called “Tea Party”. For the second election in a row, the teabaggers lost big. From Josh Mandel in Ohio to the rape apologist twins in Indiana and Missouri.
@Warren Terra: I always wondered why he had to be the *black* Jimmy Carter? Why not northern Jimmy Carter? lawyer Jimmy Carter? Jimmy Carter who doesn’t pronounce nuclear nucular?
Love Krugman’s take on it — I am so tired of that “real America” bullshit, as though the only Americans who actually count are the white, right-wing males, and the rest of the entire freaking country are just imposters who don’t really DESERVE the vote, because my goodness, look at what they do with it!
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Oh man, that’s gotta smart. Hindsight may be 20/20, but the interwebs Iz forever.
The Moar You Know
Ben Domenech actually had it partially right. He was the only one of the twenty who seems to have figured out even a little bit of where they went so wrong.
An advantage of nytimes.com suspending its paywall is that all of you can look at the Missouri Senate map. It is a beautiful sight. I count 35 counties for McCaskill including Greene County. That is Springfield, folks, and usually deep red.
/All the simcha I had went to that race.
Victory is sweet. Wingnut tears are sweeter.
Judas Escargot, Bringer of Loaves and Fish Sandwiches
Before 2004, it was the Governor’s choice. But the MA General Court changed the law in 2004 in case of a Kerry victory, to prevent then-Gov Romney from choosing a Republican. So now they have to have a special election to fill a Senate seat.
Ironically, this is how we ended up with Scott Brown in 2010 (Deval Patrick would have chosen a Dem). I suppose they could change the law back if they really wanted to, but I haven’t heard or read of any movement to do this.
@jayackroyd: Frankly, I’d rather talk of bipartisanship than the right-wing Robespierre that we’d been hearing the last two years. Baby steps.
Politics is really a long game, isn’t it. Scott Brown was just a place holder until a worthy replacement for Senator Kennedy came along. And although we didn’t take back the House this time. We will take it back. I haven’t seen the results for the CA congressional candidates I worked for (Hernandez, Bera, Ruiz) but I’m pretty sure that at least one of them won a seat in the House of Representatives. I want to gloat a little bit more before I check on my candidates, prop 30, prop 37, etc.
Politics is too long a game for me. I can’t stand it. I get too bored, Ellyn!