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Wow:

Voters re-elect President Barack Obama.

Marriage equality sweeps in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

And we seem to have more women in the U.S. Senate than ever before. Sen. Warren. Sen. Baldwin.

Wow.

(Image swiped from Advocate.com.)

  • Hilary

    Hilary here

    I’m from MN.  I can’t believe it  – both marriage and voter ID voted down.  Sorry about still keeping Bachmann – but she now has to live with the knowledge that her state on POPULAR VOTE voted down two big amendments that were big for her.

    My temple worked so hard to defeat both amendments.  We worked so hard – i still can’t beleive it.  This wasn’t won on a technicality of leaving an oval blank ment a no vote, but by an actual popluar majority

    Hilary

  • Hilary

    And thank you beyond anything I can dream of to all the straight voters who voted for marraige equality. 

    Thank You

    Hilary

  • LoneWolf343

    More openly gay Senators than ever before, too.

    Also, LEGAL POT, wooooo!

  • The_L1985

    YES YES YES

    I have faith in the American people again.

  • Victor Savard

    Congratulation to Mr Obama and his team and as a Canadian “I” better just leave “IT” at that until I start a new blog sometimes next year!

    I hear ya folks! You’re your own worst enemy Victor!

    Really?

    Peace

  • JustoneK

    Don’t jinx it.
    I’m allowing myself a bit of relief atm.  :)  If Rmoney won, it would really feel like everything’s too far gone.

  • redcrow

    Congradulations!

  • http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1 Coleslaw
  • RickRS

    I’m realistic, the GOP House is not going to change their tune:  blocking any progress by the Presidient is still the order of the day.  Tea Partiers will scream even louder.

    But now the Affordable Health Act is going to stick.  And thanks to the Republicans, they’ve get Obama’s name a firm place in history;  a hundred years from now it may still be “ObamaCare”.

    Women have a larger say in government, with more women Senators than ever b efore.

    And America is showing signs of real movement away from a homopohic bias in government policy.

    So I’m hopefully that “the best is yet to come/”

  • AnonaMiss

    Honestly, I’m a little suspicious. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pleased as punch that marriage equality went through in all four locations it was on the ballot, and I’m relieved that Obama’s remaining our president, and I’m fretful that the legislature will continue its obstructionism without a filibuster-proof majority in the senate/with a Republican majority in the House, but

    The fact that all of the swing states that have returned results swung Obama… well, I hope our side didn’t stoop to anything illegal. 

  • esmerelda_ogg

    Hope you’re right about “the best”, Rick. What worries me is that we still have a catastrophically divided Congress, with one side almost certainly determined to reject any sort of compromises that could start solving problems. (“Bipartisanship” never meant “do it our way or we’ll hold the country hostage until you give in”.)

    I’m hoping that Obama will stay in touch with the inner bulldog who turned up for the second debate with Romney, and force a few issues until the tea party either backs down or unmasks their indifference to the good of their country. We’ll see.

    But at least, by a hair-thin popular margin as I write, the country has backed trying to make things better.

  • Paul Durant

    This is the difference between democrats and republicans. Democrats can’t believe they won without cheating, Republicans can’t believe they lost without cheating.

    The trait of self-doubt always goes to those who need it least.

  • Carstonio

    Carstonio’s vent of the day – why do people even listen to this hateful asshole?

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/11/liveblog-election-night/58761/#bill

    Bill O’Reilly says another reason Romney might lose Ohio, and thus
    the election is that “50 percent of the people… want stuff.” They
    think Obama will give them free stuff. Latinos, blacks, women, they all
    want stuff. Obama would have never been reelected by the old
    establishment. He explicitly makes it a racial thing: “Obama wins because it’s not a traditional America anymore. The white establishment is the minority. People want things.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/ericrboersma Eric Boersma

    The swing states that went Blue, basically all went blue at the margin that the polls were showing they were going to go leading into the election. Nate Silver and Princeton Election Consortium basically all had every state falling exactly as it did fall, and almost all to nearly the exact popular vote margin in each of those states, as well. To suggest that Democrats cheated at this point is to suggest that the pollsters were all terribly wrong, and then that Democrats cheated in such a way to make the actual outcome appear to be exactly the same as what the pollsters were predicting to begin with. 

    Sure, it’s possible, but at this point it seems far more likely to be that the pollsters were actually just correct, and there wasn’t any hanky-panky.

  • Jim Roberts

    If you’ve been following 538 or any of the blogs monitoring state polling, the numbers we’re seeing out of the swing states are about what was expected. If anything, fewer votes for Obama than were projected, in some cases. This race was only ever really close on a national level.

  • JustoneK

    OH NOEZ, NOT WHITES IN THE MINORITY.

  • John Small Berries

    I’d be willing to bet that it’s closer to 100% of people who “want stuff”.

    It’s just the Right’s narrative that when rich people want stuff, and avail themselves of the opportunities the government provides, they’re “smart” – but when poor people want stuff, and avail themselves of the opportunities the government provides, they’re “parasites”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Николай-Крутиков/100002311958508 Николай Крутиков

    Unfortunately, Obama is not that different from Romney anyway. Even the Political Compass people noticed that:

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/uselection2012

  • Magic_Cracker

    At long last! But can this Irish-Italian American finally be considered not white again? It’ll speed up the process!

  • Ursula L

    The fact that all of the swing states that have returned results swung Obama… well, I hope our side didn’t stoop to anything illegal. 

    I’m sure they haven’t.

    The “swing” states have been polling strongly for Obama for the past week or two.  Nate Silver has been giving Obama a better than 60% chance in all of  them for over a week, and over 70% for the last few days.  The only “swing” state that was actually a tossup by Silver’s measure was Florida, which had moved from leaning towards Romney to being too close to call.  

    If you scroll down to the individual state-specific polls at Silver’s site, you’ll see that in the “swing” states that Obama won, the latest polls almost all had him ahead between 1% and 5%  Both a significant margin that late in the race and a consistent lead in all the different polls, whatever their methodology and sampling. 

    The media has largely been looking at the closer national numbers, and quoting them when talking about state-specific expectations in the declared “swing” states.  Also selectively quoting close polls, such as Rasmussen, which tends to favor Republicans, while ignoring those that were more clearly for Obama.

    A tight election makes for a more dramatic story, and better ratings.  

  • Ouri Maler

    Two things:
    First, the results from the swing states roughly matched predictions. Nothing suspicious about that.
    Second, NOT all swing states went to Obama. North Carolina narrowly went to Romney.

  • Eamon Knight

    Congrats to my American friends — particularly non-self-hating women, LGBTs, PoC, and just progressives in general — on having dodged a bullet, and maybe even made a little progress.

  • Fusina

    Upon reading the headline this morning, the one thing running through my head was the classic “The Yankees win the pennant! THE YANKEES WIN THE PENNANT!”

    Um. Just a lot happy that Maryland passed the two I most wanted to pass, marriage equality and dream act. YAY US! Cause we all win with these–the more kids getting good educations and decent jobs, the more taxes are collected to pay for more kids getting good educations and good jobs, and so on and so forth. Or so I see it. 

  • Ursula L

    Second, NOT all swing states went to Obama. North Carolina narrowly went to Romney.

    A good point.  And Silver had North Carolina leaning for Romney, projecting 50.6% of the votes for Romney and 48.9% for Obama, with Romney having a 74% chance of winning the state.  So no surprises even there.  

    The media was focused on the swing states that were leaning for Obama, because those were the ones that had to change for Romney to win. The close race in Florida and Romney leading in North Carolina were less interesting, because even if they changed to Obama, it wouldn’t change the outcome.

  • AnonaMiss

    Thanks for putting my mind at ease, guys. (Not sarcastic).

  • Chris

    This is the best election I can remember in a long time.  I was driving home from work at 11:30pm doing little fist pumps as they were projecting swing state after swing state to go blue. 

    Also, I wish Nate Silver would let me use the time machine that he clearly has.

  • esmerelda_ogg

     “People want things” – Yeesh. As if the “white establishment” – rich white men, amirite? – hasn’t always wanted money and power and the rest of the population to look down on.

  • Isabel C.

    I am:

    1) Relieved to cautiously happy that Obama won and that we kept a majority in the Senate. Now just show some backbone, guys.

    2) Happy that we defeated the fuck out of the “God wants your uterus” camp. (Much as I have a soft spot for grandfatherly types, Mourdouche’s speech…yes, you’re being “attacked for your beliefs”, insofar as your “beliefs” are misogynist idiocy.) And that so many states are passing SSM into law. And that MA went with medical marijuana, even if we were dorks about right-to-die.

    3) Surprised nobody has made “O-face” jokes yet. Everyone in the country = classier than me, apparently.

    4) Sliiiiightly hung over. 

  • Jeff Weskamp

    I’m very pleased that Obama received more than 2.5 million votes than Romney (so far).  That’s a solid enough lead that we can safely say he won both the electoral college vote *and* the popular vote!

  • Lori

    I think one thing needs to be clarified for those who haven’t been following this election’s marriage equality votes closely. Three more states now have marriage equality—Maine, Maryland & Washington. This is the first time marriage equality has become law through popular vote rather than legislative action

    Minnesota did not vote on marriage equality and still doesn’t have it. As Hilary  said, what Minnesotans did was reject a proposed amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as one man, one woman. Minnesota is the first state to reject such a constitutional amendment that actually made it onto the ballot.

    For years now we’ve been hearing that people should be voting on the civil rights of their fellow citizens. Homophobes have been pushing the idea that it’s wrong for legislatures to do their jobs by ensuring equality before the law because they felt confident that they could always win in the voting booth. Last night they were proven wrong. I think in a few years we’ll look back on 11/6/12 as the day that the tide definitively turned in favor of marriage equality.

    Congratulations and a hearty thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make that happen. Savor your victories because they’re sweet and they will lead to more. And because they’re making the haters cry bitter tears of impotent rage.

  • Magic_Cracker

    Yeah, I thought greed is good, but I suppose that’s only if you’re an white, male rentier. File under: Morality, slave-master.

  • Lunch Meat

    It’s just the Right’s narrative that when rich people want stuff, and
    avail themselves of the opportunities the government provides, they’re
    “smart” – but when poor people want stuff, and avail themselves of the
    opportunities the government provides, they’re “parasites”.

    I, no joke, heard someone say that Obama’s $10 million means he doesn’t understand the average person, spends money wastefully and probably acquired it illegitimately, but Romney’s $250 million means he’s a good businessperson.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Isn’t that ten million nearly all because when Obama first hit the national stage we all bought books he wrote?

  • TheDarkArtist

    Honestly, last night was just a win for democracy in general. The EC worked in line with the popular vote. We learned that you can’t just buy an election with unlimited money and unlimited lies. Marijuana reform in two states. Marriage equality in four states.

    I really love my country, even when it’s citizens vote for terrible people. But, last night really made me proud, because I think that it proved just how much better America is now than it was even during the 1990′s.

    I’m sure that, probably starting today, it’ll be back to the same partisan anger, bickering, and stupidity. But, I think that’s good, too. I’m especially proud of our country today. And especially worried about where the GOP goes from here, to tell you the truth.

  • Vermic

    My conspiracy-theorist coworker is deliciously silent this morning.

    It’s a good day in so many ways.

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    The fact that all of the swing states that have returned results swung Obama… well, I hope our side didn’t stoop to anything illegal.

    Maybe I’m misremembering after a long night, but I seem to remember the North Carolina results coming in pretty early.  And, as I recall, that seemed to be the swingiest of the swing states.  Many of the others had reliable (if small) Obama leads for ages.

  • connorboone

    Washington state (where I live) brings me a bit more joy than California (where I used to live) on the equal marriage front – not only has marriage been approved by popular vote, but that vote was affirming what the legislature passed a year or so ago.

    That means there is pretty much no path for challenge in the courts.

  • Wednesday

    @ AnonaMiss,

    People have already addressed the statistics, but I’d also like to point out that Ohio had a Republican Sec of State who had been flagrantly trying to disadvantage voters in democrat-leaning districts, not to mention the sketchy last-minute secret application of tabulation machine software patches. This has brought a lot of scrutiny to voting in Ohio, which would have made it more risky for anyone on any side to monkey with the results there. Husted’s hanky-panky opened up a clear path for challenging a hypothetical Romney win in Ohio via litigation… and also managed to seriously piss off much of the federal judiciary in the region.

    So there’s the cynical view on why we shouldn’t worry about our side having done anything illegal in Ohio. :)

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    This is the difference between democrats and republicans. Democrats can’t believe they won without cheating, Republicans can’t believe they lost without cheating.

    The trait of self-doubt always goes to those who need it least.

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity?

  • Diez

    A sigh of relief heard ’round the world.

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    This was supposed to be my first comment.  Not sure how I forgot about it.

    Sorry about still keeping Bachmann

    Damn, I thought she lost.

    We need to do something about the House two years from now.  Wish we’d done something about it yesterday.  Progress was made, but not enough.

  • LL

    Yes, it’s very nice that Obama won, but he still has to deal with Congress. And it’s full of idiots, still, Bachmann among them. That’s kind of mind-boggling, that 50% of voters in Minnesota actually thinks Michelle Bachmann should be in Congress. And while it’s nice to see that Missouri is not quite unhinged enough to put Akin in the Senate, 40% of the voters there still supported him. 

    Just sayin’. All of our problems are still here. And the group of people being expected to help solve them does not fill me with confidence. If they were all like Obama, maybe, but they’re not. A lot of them are like Bachmann and Akin. And  get used to hearing the name Ted Cruz (and probably ridiculing most of the things that come out of his mouth), he’s one of our U.S. senators now. He won by a 15% margin. He vows to oppose Obama on virtually everything, so we have that to look forward to.

  • connorboone

    50% of voters in Michelle Bachman’s congressional district, you mean.  Not 50% of voters in Minnesota.

  • GyroNinja

    A few months from now I’ll go back to being a disillusioned leftist complaining about drone strikes and indefinite detention, but for now I’m really happy that we won’t have to deal with a Romney Presidency.

    Plus, as a Marylander I’m really proud of my state for being one of the first to vote in Gay Marriage.

    (And yeah, it seems like Bachmann managed to hold on by a thin margin, but we can’t get EVERYTHING we want. At least Akin, Mourdock, and West all lost.)

  • AnonaMiss

    How many Marylanders do we have in here, anyway? I just moved out here at the end of August and am surprised to suddenly notice so many.

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    All of our problems are still here.

    That was the frustrating thing all along.  Unless the house changed hands (it didn’t) and the filibusters stopped in the Senate (remains to be seen) the presidential race was a choice between more of the same gridlock as the last two years (Obama) and fucking catastrophe (Romney) not a hard choice to make, but not one that fills you with joy either.

  • LL

    Sure, point taken. Sorry about that error.

    But still, 50% of the people who could have voted for her did so even after all the moronic things she’s said. 

  • Alicia

    I’d like o think that this defeat, especially of Akin and Mourdock and the failures to ban same-sex marriage, would prompt the GOP to move to the center on at least some of the social issues. Unfortunately, I suspect that they’ll probably double down. They will attribute Romney’s defeat to the fact that he wasn’t radical enough, that he didn’t kowtow to the far-right in his party enough, and resolve to double down for midterms. 

    I mean, I hope not, but I don’t know.

  • LL

    I will say this: Maybe some of these results will convince the Republican powers that be that fucking crazy, anti-white, anti-woman, anti-gay isn’t the way to win elections and they will start marginalizing the people they shouldn’t have let in all along. Maybe the assholes like Akin will fade into obscurity as they deserve to. Maybe. Not soon enough for me, though. 

  • LL

    Sorry, another thing: this highlights the importance of off-year elections. Governorships and state legislatures are the ones who most directly affect your lives. If you only vote every 4 years, you’re part of the problem. You’re part of the reason why Congress is full of people who hate Obama. 


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