Just a few post-election things that we felt was worth rounding up and then that’s it. We promise. No more election shit until the 2014 midterms.
It’s been a long long slog these past five years of backing the skinny guy with the funny name. But this election, to my mind, is immensely more important than the breakthrough of 2008, after the catastrophe of Bush-Cheney. What it has done is rip open the complete epistemic closure on the Republican right about what America now is. It has revealed that Fox News, Drudge, and the rest have been engaged in a massive propaganda campaign to create an alternative reality and get the rest of us to go along.
But this president has never been a radical; he has always been a moderate; he has been immensely skilled at foreign policy, ended one war and won another, killed Osama bin Laden and saved the American auto industry, deflected a Second Great Depression and initated universal access to healthcare. He has presided over a civil rights revolution and the beginning of the end of prohibition of marijuana. He has created the new and durable coalition that was once Karl Rove’s dream.
Americans saw this. They were not fooled. And they made the right call, as they usually do. What was defeated tonight was not just Romney, a hollow cynic, but a whole mountain of mendacity and delusion. That sound you hear is the cognitive dissonance ringing in the ears of ideologues and cynics. Any true conservative longs for that sound, the sound of reality arriving to pierce through fantasy and fanaticism.
We are the ones we have been waiting for. And now we have entrenched it deeply in the history of America and the world. That matters. May the next four years make it matter even more.
I certainly can’t say it any better than that. It’s certainly classier than the New York Post’s take on the election.
What’s interesting though, as Sullivan points out, is how the country seems to have shifted towards marriage equality, ending marijuana prohibition, etc. It’s like the election merely confirmed the progressive direction America wants to move towards. Conservatives need to reevaluate how they fit into that schema and make the case that conservatism is still a worthy endeavor (which it is) in the context of equality, fiscal sanity, etc.
Both speeches by Obama and Romney were excellent last night. Kudos to both of them. Obama’s is above, but Romney’s speech was very magnanimous in defeat. I wish this Romney had shown up to campaign. I wouldn’t have voted for him, but, someone needs to return the GOP back to the land of sanity.
Diane Sawyer was drunk during ABC News’ broadcast. In case you didn’t hear or were watching another network.
Karl Rove freaked out on Fox News last night. Well, had a meltdown is more like it.
Puerto Rico passed a referendum for statehood, btw.
The two-part referendum asked whether the island wanted to change its 114-year relationship with the United States. Nearly 54 percent, or 922,374 people, sought to change it, while 46 percent, or 786,749 people, favored the status quo. Ninety-six percent of 1,643 precincts were reporting as of early Wednesday.
The second question asked voters to choose from three options, with statehood by far the favorite, garnering 61 percent. Sovereign free association, which would have allowed for more autonomy, received 33 percent, while independence got 5 percent.
That’s by far more intriguing than Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana.
And, Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin to the Senate. She’s the first openly gay female to have that honor.
Six years ago, Wisconsin voted on one of those gay marriage bans that plagued the land in the post-Goodrich era. All but one county approved the ban. Today, they have the nation’s first openly gay senator, who now has to figure out what she wants to do with that. I’m amazed at how she came in under the radar.
While Democrats and Obama were the big winners of the evening, ultimately the night belonged to statistician Nate Silver.