Election Day 2012 Winners

Election Day 2012 Winners November 7, 2012

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

The Obama coalition

“The 2008 Obama coalition wasn’t a fluke; it was the country we are becoming.”

“While President Obama was wooing minority voters, Republicans were doing everything they can, on both symbolic and substantive grounds, to drive them away.”

President Barack Obama stands with Prof. Elizabeth Warren in June. Warren, who frightens all the right people, was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. (Boston Globe photo)

The sick; the uninsured; those with chronic and pre-existing health problems

“The most concrete thing that strikes me about this public verdict is that Health Care Reform, Obamacare, a system of near universal coverage that will provide a framework for future reform, is here for good.”

“President Obama’s reelection means that his signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, will fully come into effect.”

The 47 percent

“There is and will be a role for government in safety nets, market failure, social insurance, financial oversight. … We’re In This Together beat You’re On Your Own  — and that is a very good thing.”

We rejected a singular focus on cutting help for the poor to boost the incomes of the wealthy. We rejected a cynical brand of power that holds hostage the economic fate of millions for short-term political gain. And we rejected the politics of fear that would have us discriminate against minorities of all kinds — women, Latinos, African-Americans, gays and lesbians, and that tiny minority whose voice is barely heard within our halls of power: the poor.”


As many as five new women senators are set to join the upper chamber – four of them Democrats in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Hawaii, with one new Republican woman senator from Nebraska.”

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg can safely retire, and if Scalia and Kennedy is forced out the Court could have a liberalish median vote for the first time  since 1969. At least, Roe v. Wade is safe. The judicial branch will, if at too slow a pace, become less dominated by neoconfederates.”

Marriage equality; LGBT rights

Minnesota and Washington … have joined Maryland and Maine in rejecting attempts by anti-gay activists to deny marriage equality to LGBT couples.”

“Voters in Maryland and Maine legalized same-sex marriage by popular vote Tuesday, the first time in U.S. history that gay marriage has been approved at the ballot box.”

Tammy Baldwin becomes the first open lesbian and openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate.”

The franchise; citizenship

Young People Fight Back Against Voter Suppression in Ohio

“From my little perspective here in northeast Ohio, Obama’s vaunted ground game appears legit.”

Immigration reform; DREAMers

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the election showed that Democrats are the party of diversity, and he plans to bring up an immigration reform bill next year.”

“The mood was celebratory Tuesday night at Arcos Restaurant in Fells Point, where the Dreamers — students brought to the United States illegally as children, who now want to pursue higher education here — won their battle for in-state tuition breaks at the state’s public colleges and universities.”

Nate Silver and arithmetic

“Like everyone who has ever played poker seriously knows, when the math disagrees with your gut, it’s because your gut is wrong.”


A step in the right direction … but there are many more steps to go”

Catholic laypeople; the nuns on the bus

All those letters that were written to them by all those bishops and they still voted for all the wrong sort of biblical values.”

The Catholic laity’s 77 million members — who represent the largest religious denomination in the U.S. — largely support civil marriage for gay partners.”


“Oh, dear Jesus, she’s going to cause so many people so much trouble down there.”

Harry Reid

“The Democratic-controlled Senate is likely to be considerably more liberal than the one it replaces.”

Climate science; clean energy

“Open and strong leadership from Obama on climate will be a political winner for those politicians who make this a top issue, as numerous polls this year have shown.”

Wind energy in the United States has grown by more than 18 times since 2000, although it still accounts for just 4 percent of total U.S. electrical-generation capacity.”


“Many [House] incumbents survived because of a redistricting process that left a record-low number of competitive seats, cloistering Republicans and Democrats together into geographically odd — but politically homogenous — districts.”


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  • AnonymousSam

    RE Bill O’Reilly on minority voters: I listen to sentiments like this and it really does underscore just how mainstream racism is becoming again (if it ever truly wasn’t, even for a short time). How logical it is to him!  How easily the words flow from his mouth, without a second thought to consider how they might sound to anyone else. This rich white man says, without a hint of conscience, “These greedy minorities just want stuff that they think they’re entitled to demand from us whites, the true persecuted minority in this country.”

    How a person who has never had to face serious opposition in his life can think that no one deserves anything remotely like what he has, and who thinks his life is far harder than anyone else’s, is completely incomprehensible to me. It’s either a comforting lie in the face of sharing privileges (even by a miniscule amount) or it’s a lie in hopes of rallying others to extreme actions.

    Either one just feels evil to me.

  • Morilore
  • Ursula L

    An odd thought on Romney’s 47% 

    The battle call of Occupy America was “We are the 99%”

    It is a powerful call.  In a  democracy, it is an utterly persuasive and controlling truth.   But it is abstract.

    Romney’s talk of the 47% was much more concrete.  He was an actual presidential candidate, writing off nearly half the population in his own voice and by his own choice.

    But we have to be careful about focusing on the 47%  Because 47% is still a minority.  

    And if Romney’s arrogance and prejudice can redefine us from 99% to 47%, he will have won, by taking the interests of an absolute majority and redefining it as a minority.  

  • veejayem

    Congratulations to you all. America has a decent man as President.

  • Dantesque17

    I’ll bet the mood is heavily somber at Chik-Fil-A today.

  • Münchner Kindl

    This rich white man says, without a hint of conscience, “These greedy minorities just want stuff that they think they’re entitled to demand from us whites, the true persecuted minority in this country.”

    Actually, to me, it’s simply a bold-faced lie from complete disassociation/ lack of recognition: he’s for the Republicans and Romney who promised TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH = giving stuff (money) to the rich.

    The whole economic mess comes from rich white people becoming greedy beyond measure. Massive downsizing of companies because the only number that counts is the quarterly report to the stock exchange, the only value is the stock and the only people that matter are the CEO’s juggling their private stock shares while talking about the shareholder. The consumer, enviroment or even the long-term prospects of the company that will go under from lack of investment, R&D etc. don’t matter because even the law says only shareholders matter. And those CEOs are rich white men.

    Or the whole Bain capital thing of taking working companies apart to make a quick buck even if it means putting thousands of people out of work – that’s one white guy (Romney) wanting stuff by breaking other’s people’s things.

  • Jessica_R

    Yeah the GOP, I think in order to keep a leash on the religious right, had to pretend that woman controlling their reproductive choices *is* an economic issue, and a rather big one. 

  • 47% is still a huge chunk of the population and it’s absolutely criminal that Romney was able to baldly talk of his electorate as though he could say anything he wanted about them, no matter how contemptuous, because it didn’t matter because LOOK TAX CUT! and LOOK! SIEGE MENTALITY!

    By rights the Repubs should have been stomped absolutely flat this election, given how openly contemptuous they now are of the people who vote for them if they’re not making fat stacks of cash.

  • To be fair, it is an economic issue.  Contraception and abortion both cost less than a pregnancy followed by a new mother and child (contraception, of course, being the most cost-effective).  And a woman who’s able to plan when and whether she’ll have children will have better choices for education and career, plus more disposable income.

    The problem, of course, is that the GOP has been arguing that reproductive freedom is bad for the economy.

  • Magic_Cracker

    The problem, of course, is that the GOP has been arguing that reproductive freedom is bad for the economy.

    And when one points out that this isn’t true — quite the opposite in fact when in comes to the microeconomy that is a woman — they turn around and say, “You greedy greed heads! There’s more important things than money!”

  • Jessica_R

    My bad! That should totally read “isn’t”, fixed it now. But yeah, it’s not that they don’t understand that women who control their bodies contribute more to the economy, it’s they don’t like that women who control their bodies contribute more to the economy. 

  • You forgot weed. Or, more generally, opponents of the drug war.

  • MaryKaye

    Someone here said, and I am beginning to fear it’s true, that the problem is that improving the US economy and making a better country for everyone doesn’t improve the state of the privileged *relative to everyone else*.  It’s easier for them to feel better-off by pushing others down than by everyone moving up.

    It’s similar to the arguments against marriage equality here in Washington State.  The only way that your marriage can damage my marriage is if part of what I gain from being married is feeling *superior to you.*  This comes home to me because my own marriage is interracial.  How can my being married hurt someone else?  Because it implicitly says that non-white men like my husband have the same right to marry a white woman that a white man does, and that erodes the white man’s privilege.   Similarly, gay people being able to marry means that’s one more arena in which straight people no longer have special privileges.

    I am so proud to be in Washington State right now, assuming the result holds (I think it will, but it’s scary not to be sure).  And a wee bit pissed that Maryland counted earlier so gets to claim that it was the first!

    (Also, for me the high part of last night was someone–I should have gotten her name–tweeting to the effect of “Women’s bodies have a special way of rejecting Akin.”  Oh my gosh, that guy needed to lose–and he did.)

  • Kadh2000

    Our democratic congressman lost the election thanks to gerrymandering in PA.  

  • Kadh2000

    er Democrat congressman

  • 47 % isn’t a majority – but unless the other 53% are a unity it’s almost certainly a plurality

  • Jessica_R

    And  a unicorn chaser as I head out the door, http://polyhymnia.tumblr.com/post/35222951419/and-this-photo-wins-everything-today

  • RickRS

    You were ok the first time; it’s the Democratic Party that your congressman belonged to, so he’s a Democrat that served as a Democratic Congressman.

  • RickRS

    [i](Also, for me the high part of last night was someone–I should have gotten her name–tweeting to the effect of “Women’s bodies have a special way of rejecting Akin.” Oh my gosh, that guy needed to lose–and he did.)[i]

    I saw that one in the Facebook’s Binder Full of Women yesterday.  No telling if that was same person, or a recycle of the original.

    There’s another burn on the GOP and the number of candidates that appear ok with rape (and where did I see it?):

    tweeter1:  The rape guy lost

    tweeter2:  Which one?

    When a party coughs up not one but several that can’t understand rape and the how it degrades women, its got a serious problem.

  • Alethea

    My district in Oklahoma just elected the state’s first openly gay woman legislator (we already elected and re-elected the state’s first openly gay State Representative and later State Senator). I was so proud to vote for her. I even got to meet her once and she was just lovely and gracious.

    Take THAT, Sally Kern!!!

  • Alethea

    Correction: I meant we’d already elected our first openly gay MALE State Rep/State Sen. Sorry. Guess I’m just too excited about Oklahoma’s legislature gaining +1 for women and +1 for LGBT in representation.

  • Ken

    You forgot ecumenicalism. Dozens of conservative religious organizations and leaders – Catholic and Protestant alike – have repudiated the idea that Mormonism is a cult, and accepted the LDS as a Christian church.

    (Anyone want to start a pool on how long that will last?)

  • BaseDeltaZero

    Does the new Marijuana law apply to production/sale as well, or just use?  Will it actually mean anything in light of federal drug laws?

  • Becca Stareyes

     If I recall correctly, both Colorado and Washington require, as part of the text of the proposition, that the state legislatures pass laws setting up the licensing for sale and distribution by the end of 2013.  In addition, Colorado (I think) allows for growing your own and part of the law makes it legal to grow up to six marijuana plants. 

    The problem is, as I understand it, the federal government has, in the past, threatened legal action against state employees regulating the sale/distribution of medical marijuana under laws against drug dealing, so it depends a lot on whether the Department of Justice feels like opposing the enterprise or not.

  • Tricksterson

    IIRC Obama has said that the Justice Department would no longer pursue people selling medicinal marijuana so his re-election is a good thing in that direction too.

  • P J Evans

     Yes, he said that last time, too. And his DOJ has still been going after growers and distributors who have followed all the local laws and ordinances that allow them to exist.

  • It probably doesn’t help that Canada’s mini-Shrub (aka Stephen Harper) has been ramming through law-and-order legislation which effectively tries the American approach to crime, particularly drug crime.

  • GDwarf

    Harper so desperately wants to be George Bush. It’s ridiculous. He’s getting private-run super-prisons set up and everything. He’s also got us signing a one-sided trade agreement with China, and keeps saying how the Canadian housing bubble is *completely different* from the US one so we don’t need regulations.

    The good news is that the courts have been striking down most of his minimum-sentencing laws…At which point he started yelling about activist judges.

    I just don’t understand how people voted for him. He’s petty, ignorant, and is incapable of seeing consequences that are more than a week away.

  • It’s times like that that I keep thinking “If only the NDP had just won ten more frickin’ seats.”

  • Lori

    We do actually have a few good ideas, so there’s really no reason to borrow our lousy ones. Especially not the ones that are so bad even we’re getting sick of them, for example the Drug War.

  • Oh yeah. Even a political hack who got in some hot water is metaphorically staring in disbelief and saying “We can’t do this.”

  • EllieMurasaki

    tweeter1:  The rape guy lost

    tweeter2:  Which one?

    ALL the rape guys lost. Except Ryan kept his House seat. Consolation prize for losing the vice presidency, I suppose, and also he’s been in that seat for ages (and district map sight unseen, I bet it’s gerrymandered in his favor) and this was his narrowest margin of victory ever.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Oh. Huh.

  • Turcano

     I was kind of hoping that Romney would win 47% of the popular vote just for irony’s sake.

  • reynard61

    “Oh, dear Jesus, she’s going to cause so many people so much trouble down there.”

    Boy howdy I hope so!

  • Election Day Winners:

    Wall Street. It’d win if Romney was elected, too. It always wins.

    Hey Fred: I enjoy your deconstructions of fundamentalism, please don’t change your blog into a shill for imperialistic wolf-in-sheep-clothing Democratic party. There’re other places on the Internet for that. 

  • I suspect when Tim Geithner gets replaced we may see more of a bulldog policing of Wall Street.

  • Tricksterson

    What was the final popular vote tally?

  • EllieMurasaki

    Wiki says 50.5% to 48.0%. Nobody’s updated it to account for Florida, though, it says Obama got 25 states and DC and Romney got 24.

  • “Kash Heed” really does sound like a particularly crip strain of bud. 

  • Dude. I was drinking tea and nearly sporfled it all over the monitor! X-D