Election Day 2012 Losers

Here are a few of the big losers from Election Day 2012:

The white evangelical religious right

“On multiple levels, Tuesday’s election results seemed to mark a dramatic rejection of the Christian right’s agenda.”

They represent a coalition in decline — white religious conservatives — while Obama has a more diverse one, made up of various religious and non-religious voters, whites, blacks, and Latinos.”

The Religious Right took a drubbing at the polls yesterday as voters rejected not only Mitt Romney but also some of the most extreme Republican candidates, even those in races that should have been easy Republican victories.”

The U.S. Catholic bishops

“From the bishops’ inflexible opposition to the Affordable Care Act, to the decision to file dozens of lawsuits in an election year against a rule the administration had already promised to change, to the several high profile partisan statements by bishops across the country, there can be no question that the Catholic bishops decided this year to cast their lot with a single party in a way that is genuinely new.”

Catholics … voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by 50-48.”

Super-PAC donors

“Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have been the two biggest individual donors of this election, handing candidates and super-PACS more than $53 million (that we know of), including $20 million to Restore our Future, the super-PAC created to put Mitt Romney in the White House.”

“Rove effectively told Adelson and other hyper-wealthy donors, ‘Give me your money and I’ll deliver the election results you want.’ The checks came. The victories didn’t.”

Prop. 32 backers spent more than $50 million.”

The Southern Strategy; divide-and-conquer politics; white resentment; Donald Trump

“These are the men who bet the farm on White Supremacy and lost big.” (See also.)

“Put simply, the Republican Party … will soon become a retirement community for aging conservatives. The party’s position on immigration is disastrous, and it is at odds with the party’s own values. … No party can win if it appeals only to white and older Americans.”

America is tired of discrimination, of exclusion, and of unthinking oppression — the belief that people have to live their lives according to someone else’s views rather than their own free will.”

The loser one! [sic] … We should have a revolution in this country!”

Voter suppression

“While in-person voter fraud is virtually non-existent, what is all too real is the GOP’s unconscionable effort to stop people with the wrong complexion from voting.”

Despite long lines, voter suppression laws and Republican efforts to discourage voting, President Obama won reelection last night.”

“They ‘purged the rolls.’ They passed nit-picking voter ID laws. … They sent letters to challenge the registrations of people who lived at the same address for half a century, claiming they thought it was a vacant lot. They sent poll-watchers to challenge random voters at the polls. … They restricted registration. Drove Acorn out of business. Arrested a high school teacher for registering her students. … They got caught dumping Democratic registrations, and forging signatures to get a Republican candidate on the ballot. They put up billboards threatening fraudulent voters with jail time. … They took away early voting. … Fewer polling places. Fewer machines. …”

Beltway Republican punditry, spiritual hunches

Submitted Without Comment

I’m just going to say bluntly, we were wrong. … Karl Rove, Michael Barone, Dick Morris, a whole group of us, frankly, misunderstood what was happening in the country.”

“According to Glenn Beck and David Barton, those who are ‘spiritually attuned’ were calling the race for Romney.”

Social Darwinism as health policy

“Now Obamacare is here to stay. Sure, a single illness won’t wipe out your life savings, but at what cost? A lower one! Now you’ll have to wait in line for hours for medical care instead of immediately not getting any.”

Patriarchy; gray-faced men with $2 haircuts

“Democrats scored decisive Senate wins in Missouri and Indiana after candidates supported by the tea party and evangelical Christians made controversial remarks on rape, pregnancy and abortion that appeared to cost them the support of more-moderate voters in their party.”

“Get people back to work and stop trying to control people through misogyny and other random American Taliban nonsense.”

“Mourdock and Akin lost because they each made the mistake of actually trying to explain an increasingly common position by Republican officer-holders, including Paul Ryan.”

“Bob Casey remains Pennsylvania’s senator, defeating Republican Tom Smith, who compared pregnancy from rape to having a child out of wedlock, with 58 percent of women’s votes. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat running for Senate in North Dakota, has a slight lead over Republican Rick Berg, who only supports abortion exceptions for the life of the mother and not for rape victims.”

Now let us honor Mr. Former Congressman Walsh with a montage.”

“This year’s ‘War on Women’ — the brutal attacks on Planned Parenthood, the assault on birth control (culiminating in the right’s vicious vilification of Sandra Fluke), the record numbers of abortion restrictions on abortion wending their way through the state legislatures (the most notorious of these being the ‘transvaginal probe’ laws), the rape-friendly comments by Akin, Mourdock, et al., the refusal of major Republican candidates to endorse even the mildest policies to promote gender equity (such as fair pay, via the Lily Ledbetter Act) — all of these phenomena helped clarify the stakes, and raised women’s consciousness about the dangers the Republican party poses to their freedom and their economic survival. Women came out to the polls in droves — this year, they represented fully 54 percent of the electorate.”

Talk-radio tea-party right wing

“Republican Rep. Allen West (FL), the bomb-throwing tea party darling elected during the 2010 tea party wave, was projected as defeated in a close race by Democrat Patrick Murphy.”

FreedomWorks, the group that had fomented, trained, and marshaled Tea Party activists to great effect in 2010, thought it would have reason to celebrate.”

Homophobia as effective electoral tool

“It was a historic night for supporters of marriage equality, where advocates are headed for success in four of four ballot measures.”

“The effort to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels officially passed early Wednesday morning.”

Franklin Graham

“[The Grahams] are feeding the bigotry of the racists under a cloak of Christian conservatism.”

“When ‘the greatest proclaimer of the gospel in the last century,’ as one Southern Baptist called Graham, embraced Mormonism last [month], he confirmed conservative evangelicals’ worst fears about the 2012 election.”

The War on Drugs

Marijuana legalization referenda won big in Colorado (with 54.5 percent supporting at last tally) and Washington (55.4 percent). … Massachusetts, which has already decriminalized recreational use of marijuana, passed an initiative fully legalizing medical use.”

“It’s no longer risky for the political class to get worked up about standing in support of marijuana legalization because the trends at this point are obvious.”

Mitt Romney

“And then he was gone, as vague and evanescent a figure as he always was, a strange and out-of-focus politician who surrounded himself with a baffling opacity that, within six months, I predict we will barely remember his campaign at all.”

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  • Liralen

    I am so sick of Republican hypocrisy regarding entitlements.  My husband and I are both employed engineers, with cadillac insurance plans, have a beautiful 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home for just the two us in white suburbia, but yet receive several thousand dollars per year in government entitlements, as do most of our neighbors.

    It’s called a mortgage interest tax deduction.

  • http://www.salon.com/2012/11/07/donald_trump_loses_it_calls_for_revolution/

    Holy smokes.

    Donald Trump would’ve been better off just being That 80s Mogul Who Everybody Remembers For His Floofy Hair.

  • “Rove effectively told Adelson and other hyper-wealthy donors, ‘Give me
    your money and I’ll deliver the election results you want.’ The checks came. The victories didn’t.”

    I wonder if you can get refunds on SuperPAC donations. :P

    If not, who wants to bet his disgruntled donors will find ways to prove Rove had sticky fingers when it came to handling that much money? I would not be AT ALL surprised to find out there’s been misappropriation of right-wing SuperPAC funds under Rove’s watch.

  • I don’t think the Tea Party lost… at least, I don’t the Tea Party thinks it lost, because they’re not aiming at the same goals. 

    The Tea Party isn’t trying to win general elections. (yet) They don’t mind losing the general election as long as they win the primary. The goal of the Tea Party right now is to influence moderate Republicans away from the center, and to radicalize the Republican party. Driving moderate Republicans out of the party with primary challenges is a success to them.  That they had candidates on the ballot is a win to them, and a loss to a saner Republican party.

    Look at the presidential race, and the party primary. Look at how far to the right Romney had to tack to win the nomination; he had to run away from the health care reform that was based on his own design. Look at who he picked as his running mate. These are all wins for the Tea Party’s agenda of influencing the Republican party. 

  • Well, yes, but that’s looking like a losing strategy for the Republicans as a whole.

  • Otrame

    So what do you think? Repubs go further right, or the nut cases peal off and form a new party, leaving the not-quite-insane people as Republicans.

    *sighs happily and goes long on popcorn futures

  • Guest5489

    Election Day Losers: The United States of America

  • LL

    It did bring kind of a smile to my face to think of all the rich people who spent money to watch Romney and various other candidates lose. Adelson and his ilk. 

  • That’s cute. You’re cute. But, as many children learn eventually, cuteness only goes so far.

    Do come back when you have something substantive to say other than tribalist mutterings. Like some doom-and-gloom prophecy of “Obama’s America” that you’ll deny ever making when it never comes to pass down the road.

  • LL

    This, kinda. I mean, I honestly can’t tell the difference anymore between the “Tea Party” Republicans and the regular, nutjob Jesus freak variety. So I can’t tell if the “Tea Party” candidate is somebody who’d have gotten on the ballot anyway just for hewing to the Republican party line vis a vis immigration, welfare, etc., or if having a “Tea Party” identity actually made a difference. (shrug) 

  • The Tea Party won in that the Tea Party is now the Republican party, however, the Republican party is losing.

  • Morilore
  • In distress, AND dead? Gee, someone running that McD’s is being overly dramatic.

    I wonder if corporate can take away the franchise on that restaurant.

  • So, the coming thousand years of darkness promise to do wonders for my complexion.

    And speaking of dire predictions, I wonder how D’Souza’s 2016 is going to look in four years, now that we get to put it to the test.

  • Liralen

    I suspect that Guest 5489’s definition of “United States of America” does not include the majority of us who voted for President Obama.

  • CS

    I, for one, am very glad that our citizens recognized such dangerous extremism and removed it. That said, I think now is the time to roll our sleeves up and do as much good as we can. These posts have been taking on the air of gloating; let’s not make ourselves ugly in our victory.

    Bishop Mark S. Hanson has a very moving request for the country to move forward in unity, and to converse with one another with humility. It’s worth a watch (and perhaps, Fred, a post). http://youtu.be/7c7opvpHhyY

  • Unfortunately, bipartisanship and moving forward together only works very well when there’s a reasonable expectation of the other side being willing to work together at all. The past… well, pretty much my whole lifetime, at this rate, have demonstrated the GOP are unwilling to do just that, and are dedicated to the most thorough obstructionism of which they can conceive when they are not the ones in power, and cynically abusing the sentiment of bipartisanship for their own gain when they are in power. The past four years have been especially bad, when they pushed as hard as they could to obstruct everything, explicitly and openly stating that they were dedicated to nothing higher than preventing a second term for President Obama.

    Frankly, you should be appealing to Republicans for unity and humility more than Democrats and other progressives. We’ve tried many times to do just that, and keep getting bitten for our trouble.

  • CS

    I am (also) trying to appeal to Republicans for bipartisanship.

    I guess my purpose in linking to the video was to show that there are some among the (traditionally) Republican (i.e., evangelicals like the bishop in the video) that are willing to put aside differences and have that conversation. That we should not give up hope that we can have civil discourse. I sincerely believe that everyday folks *don’t* actually subscribe to the severe tribalism we see in their representatives (political or religious)… but instead fall somewhere in the middle and could be desperate to find something in common with the “other side.”
    I think if we Democrats share opinions like those in the video, we can reach out more effectively to the other side (we show them we can speak their language; that we have common things to care about). If we give up, despite being “bitten for our trouble” in the past, then is what we become any less tribal and bitter? 

  • Tricksterson

    Should have kept the receipt.

  • then is what we become any less tribal and bitter?

    Maybe not, but at this point we have a reasonable demand for conservatives to make the first genuine overtures rather than progressives. If someone abuses, insults, and opposes me again and again in every little thing I do, I have no obligation to associate with them at all even if they come forward to apologize first, and certainly not before they do so. Otherwise I’m just opening myself up to even more abuse. And then I most certainly will get blamed for “asking for it.”

    That’s the current GOP mentality, to give someone hell and then claim it’s the other person’s fault, in everything from politics to violent crime. We see it again and again. Acting to reconcile and appease an abuser doesn’t stop an abusive relationship, it just means they get the idea they can get away with it without consequence because they aren’t facing any consequences. If they have to be shut out to get it through their heads that their conduct isn’t helpful or wanted, then so be it.

  • Actually, let me revise a point. Yes, we WILL be less tribal and bitter even by shutting the GOP out of politics for a while because we’re not trying to make them second-class citizens while doing so. The GOP establishment is trying to deny rights to all kinds of people in the name of power and maintaining privilege, using tactics and rhetoric that lead to actual pain and suffering in the lives of those they are targeting. Meanwhile, progressive partisanship amounts to ignoring conservative attempts to push their petty (and not so petty) tyrannies over everyone else, and is equivalent to telling someone, “We’re not going to stand for you being a major asshole to everyone else anymore.”

    Tribalism involves attacking people for simply being something else, trying to deny them the same rights others enjoy as a matter of course, and trying to deny other people their humanity. I’m not going after the current Republican party for who they are, but what they do, which is take actions to directly harm others who aren’t sufficiently Like Them. There’s a difference between tribalism and policing your own, and much as I hate to claim the association, within the society of the United States they are definitely my own.

  • Liralen

    Thanks for posting the link. 

    I may be way off base here, as a relatively new convert to Christianity, and hence ignorant of Protestant classifications, but I view Lutherans as progressive, and hence don’t see the video as the far right right appealing to the left, but rather, the reverse.

  • Baby_Raptor

    The US that lives in your head, yeah. Not the one out here in reality. 

  • Baby_Raptor

    There is nothing at all ugly about celebrating the fighting off of the disaster that would have been Republicans winning. There’s nothing evil about celebrating that hey, my rights to bodily autonomy are (somewhat) safe for the next four years. Nor is it evil to celebrate the loss of the side that wants me dead for not being straight.

    And people who refuse to treat others as human do not deserve respect. We don’t need to be treating douchebags with humility. They need a good smacking until they come around, or to be ignored. The time for civility and grace for these assholes is LONG over.

  • Lori

    Holy shit. I can’t believe someone did that. I fully acknowledge that I’m not entirely rational on this issue, but geez. That? What they did? That’s a serious thing. You don’t do that because you’re butthurt that your guy lost an election. What is wrong with people?

  • I think it just goes to prove that some right-wingers have so internalized the abstraction of the American flag as a fetish or an idol that they don’t understand that their almost literal worship of the flag profanes it more than some random person burning it in protest.

  • Lori


    then is what we become any less tribal and bitter? 

    We’ve got a long way to go before we’re even in the same general neighborhood of tribalism occupied by folks on the Right.

    Express your hatred, shame, and outright disgust with anyone you know who voted DemocratHowever,
    for me, I’m choosing another rather unique path; a personal boycott, if
    you will. Starting early this morning, I am going to un-friend every
    single individual on Facebook who voted for Obama, or I even suspect may
    have Democrat leanings. I will do the same in person. All family and
    friends, even close family and friends, who I know to be Democrats are
    hereby dead to me. I vow never to speak to them again for the rest of
    my life, or have any communications with them. They are in short, the
    enemies of liberty. They deserve nothing less than hatred and utter

    I strongly urge all other libertarians to do the same. Are you married
    to someone who voted for Obama, have a girlfriend who voted ‘O’.
    Divorce them. Break up with them without haste. Vow not to attend
    family functions, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas for example, if there
    will be any family members in attendance who are Democrats.

    Do you work for someone who voted for Obama? Quit your job. Co-workers
    who voted for Obama. Simply don’t talk to them in the workplace, unless
    your boss instructs you too for work-related only purposes. Have
    clients who voted Democrat? Call them up this morning and tell them to
    take their business elsewhere’s.

    Have a neighbor who votes for Obama? You could take a crap on their
    lawn. Then again, probably not a good idea since it would be technically
    illegal to do this. But you could have your dog take care of business.
    Not your fault if he just happens to choose that particular spot.

    And start your boycott of your Democrat friends and family today. Like
    this morning. First thing you can do, very easy, is to un-friend all
    Democrats from your Facebook account.


    AFAICT that’s not a Poe. That guy is clearly a total asshole and more than a might unhinged, but he’s serious. Or was in the moment he wrote his screed. I suspect that he may change his mind when he finds that none of the people who are now “dead to him” care, or miss him in the slightest. I’ve got $5 that says at least one person does the happy dance upon finding out that he’s not coming to Thanksgiving this year.

    And no, that guy is not the only one. America’s hateful whackjobs, let Farley & Co show you them:


  • Tybult

    I woke up this morning and went about my usual routine, and at some point I realized that Obama was probably the President-elect. (I didn’t pay attention to the results the night before – I learned my lessons from 2000 and 2004.)

    I felt oddly disconnected from the campaign this time around. At most I felt a vague joy.

    The real treat, however, has been the wingnut tears. They are of an exceptional quality this year. I’ll have to keep a few bottles around in the cellar.

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     Screw unity and humility.  It’s time to drag the Ropublicans over to THE FACTS and rub their noses in it until they bleed.  I’m sick of them trying to run this country on delusions and misremembered Bible quotes.

  • Lliira

    Being angry that people are trying to take away my rights over my body, my ability to get health care, and my food isn’t “tribal and bitter”. It’s called self-defense. And no, there is no compromising with people who want me to be  a fetus-incubator and/or die. And no, I am never going to stop celebrating when they lose. Because I have this weird thing called caring about my own survival, maybe you’ve heard of it.

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     WOW.  That guy sounds like he’s one more lost election away from handing out the Flavor-Ade to the Faithful.

  • Lori

    Yeah. He’s pretty far gone, in a rather scary way. The “I’m movin’ to Canada” folks are hilarious. That guy, not so much.

  • SisterCoyote

     I don’t think I can adequately express my relief and gratefulness that, as it turns out, you can’t just buy elections.

    And it’s… worrisome, that there are people right now upset over that same fact.

  • Donald Trump would’ve been better off just being That 80s Mogul Who Everybody Remembers For His Floofy Hair.

    That Donald Trump thing? I heard he just tweeted that Karl Rove wasted $400 million.

    If that’s true – good God. :O

    Four. Hundred. Million. Dollars.

    That money didn’t even go to anything useful. It just went to buy slander by the trainload.

  • By the way, it’s only the day after the election and you’re telling us to stop celebrating. Do you go to honeymooners’ hotel rooms on the second night and force them to listen to a lecture about how they should think about something other than sex?

  • Liralen

    Excellent point.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Remind me what upside-down flag is supposed to stand for? Half-mast is somebody died, I know that. And is the wind catching it oddly, or is that a flag that somebody ought to have long since taken down, looked up and employed the proper procedure for a flag cremation, and replaced?

  • Matri


    Some infinitesimal part of me that still holds out hope for the human race desperately wants to believe that article is a poe.

    The cynical asshole in me wonders how he managed to avoid a 9-foot shiv in his ribs for this long.

  • It’s supposed to be a distress signal, IIRC. That’s why I commented “distressed, and dead/overdramatic”.

  • EllieMurasaki


  • That’s the same stuff Scientologists are told to do with anyone close to them who explicitly rejects Scientology. Divorce, cutting ties with family, etc.

    Are we allowed to call the right wing in the U.S. a cult now? Because that’s all cult stuff that guy’s saying there. 

    Break up with them without haste.

    And even in the darkest night, there’s a light. That sentence is hilarious, unless he means “torture them and yourself with a long, extended breakup”, which I wouldn’t put past him and yet is not what I think he means.

  • It depends on the Lutherans. There are progressive Lutherans, reactionary Lutherans, and all sorts of stuff in-between. The only commonality I know of among the many Lutherans I’ve known (I was raised Lutheran) is crippling guilt. :-D  Oh, also a high alcoholism rate, which is likely related to said crippling guilt.

  • Lori

    Yes, the flag is supposed to be flown upside down only to signal distress. And by distress they mean something more of the “our position is about to be over-run, please send Rangers” variety, or similar, not “I don’t like the way some political decision turned out”.

  • Lori


    And is the wind catching it oddly, or is that a flag that somebody ought
    to have long since taken down, looked up and employed the proper
    procedure for a flag cremation, and replaced?  

    It does appear that the guy is using a flag that is long past the point where flag etiquette mandates that it be properly disposed of. Mr Super Patriot probably doesn’t want to spend the money to get a new one.

    Note to anyone with a flag in need of proper disposal: If there’s an American Legion near you, you can take it to them and they’ll be happy to take care of it for you. They’ll also sell you a replacement if you’d like.

  • Lori

    The guy wants people to tell Dem clients to take there business “elsewhere’s”. A double screw up. I think it’s safe to say that he did not actually mean “without haste”.

  • Turcano


    cadillac insurance plans

    Man, I hope your insurance plan doesn’t get rear-ended, ’cause the bumper will fall right the fuck off.

  •  The BBC news is predicting a civil war in the Republican Party – which is interesting because when one party implodes in a two party system strange things happen.

  • Rhubarbarian82

    Krugman had a fascinating insight on his blog that basically casts Rove as running a giant direct mail marketing scam targeted towards millionaires and billionaires. It’s definitely worth a read. He spent a lot of money and has very little to show for it.

  • That… that is incredibly fascinating, and if it’s true about Rove, I almost want to applaud him for the sheer audacity and scale of it. Almost, because Rove is still a mendacious ass who has done a hideous amount of damage to this country over his career, even just to provide a thin veneer of legitimacy (so to speak…) over his grand scam.

  • reynard61

    “Donald Trump would’ve been better off just being That 80s Mogul Who Everybody Remembers For His Floofy Hair.”

    I’m waiting for the day when the mention of his name elicits the response “Donald Who?”