Election night open thread

Here’s a place to fret, vent, celebrate, console, rant, deny and discuss the day’s results.

“A Website for Misinformed, Oddly Busty, Mean Spirited, and Bigoted (but Prayerful) Romney Supporters”

“Mitt Romney will lie to you to become President and he will lie to you when he becomes President… Mitt Romney will do and say anything to become President. Anything.” — Newt Gingrich

There’s basic dishonesty and then there’s f-you dishonesty — dishonesty so blatant, so consciously abusive of facts that everyone knows, that it deserves a category of its own.”

“Nothing smells like desperation more than the falsehoods and half-truths coming out of the Romney campaign about Chrysler purportedly moving Jeep manufacturing jobs to China. The episode has been shameful.”

“Romney has managed to make it through an entire presidential campaign having openly flouted longstanding norms of disclosure by candidates.”

“You might have thought that we’d made it until Election Day without another Republican busting out another offensive comment about rape, but of course such a thing is not possible in our era of Republicans mansplaining how silly feminists have really blown this rape thing out of proportion.”

But the rape thing, you know …”

“Akin and his supporters believe that the husband is head of the household, and they’re loathe to regulate what he can and cannot do to his wife and children.”

“I’m a little doubtful, however, the pro-life religious conservative movement will begin supporting Obamacare, maternity leave, and support for impoverished mothers. If you don’t become seriously anti-poverty when Jesus tells you, I’m not sure David Frum makes much of a difference.”

“The vast majority of middle-class voters don’t understand that Medicaid may pay the bills for the future care of their own parents or grandparents.”

“Luckily, Wood had some inspirational words for the Daily Caller, before recanting his entirely [false] story.”

“This difference between how the two parties campaign will show up in how they govern.”

You’re joking. What woman in her right mind would vote for Romney or for any Republican?”

“If Mitt Romney or Barack Obama win, the increasing luminosity from our Sun will ensure that our oceans boil away and life as we know it will likely cease to exist on Earth within about 1.5 billion years from November 6th, 2012.”

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  • P J Evans

    LA Times:
     Obama: 303
    Votes: 59,584,661

    Romney: 206
    Votes: 56,959,312

  • Ouri Maler

    Congratulations, America.

    I find wondering what next. CAN the GOP get away with being as obstructive during the next four years as they were on the four years leading up to this? Will we see breaking in the ranks? Time will tell.

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

     > CAN the GOP get away with being as obstructive during the next four
    years as they were on the four years leading up to this? Will we see
    breaking in the ranks?

    Well, yes, and yes. They can… but we might.

    I think what we’re seeing in the GOP is what animal trainers call an “extinction burst”… a sudden spike in the frequency and intensity of an undesirable behavior that often precedes its disappearance if training remains consistent. With a lot of people, though, extinction bursts cause the trainer to give up hope and become inconsistent about training, in which case the behavior generally sticks around.

    Whether we will collectively be consistent in our training or not, I don’t know. I hope so.

  • Lori

    One thing I’m hoping we’ll see is a lot fewer men saying horrible, ignorant, insulting things about rape.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TC6CpdWVzYo/UJqFBc58DEI/AAAAAAAB9l8/Y7RCeEv0qpc/s1600/AbortionLosers.jpg

  • http://cantleaveunsaid.wordpress.com/ Dave Buerstetta

     Now *that* is a picture made of win.

    Er, uh…. loss, I guess. Whatever, it’s awesome.

  • WC

     I’d like to think that a lot of them will be trying to govern more responsibly now, building up a good resume for a 2016 presidential run. They won’t be able to hide behind Obama any more, and they won’t want to look like chumps going into the next mid-term elections.

  • Emcee, cubed

    One quibble on that graphic, Lori. Paul Ryan was defeated as vice-president, but he did win his House seat back, so we still have to put up with him still. Ugh.

  • Lori

    The graphic does specify Ryan as VP, although I agree the person probably should have just left Ryan off. 

    I am hoping this defeat will take some of the shine off the cult of Ryan and result in us hearing a lot less about/from him in the next two years than we’ve heard in the last few.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Yeah. I was like “who the fuck is this Ryan Budget guy they keep talking about like he’s the President instead of Obama?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riastlin-Lovecraft/100000678992705 Riastlin Lovecraft

    Probably way too late in saying this, but…Congrats, America. And thank you for letting the best candidate win. There was those who said that we should lose hope, that money and voter suppression should ensure that all of us who care about equality and respect for our fellows, and that we couldn’t hope to win after all Fox’s lies about. This time, you told them…well…I won’t say it, because I can’t sound at epic as Obama did back then, but you know what sentence I wanted to end on ^^.


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