Election Night 2012… results, interpretation, and celebration

    OK, I’ve got my beer and I’m in front of a television… let’s do this, America.

    8:13 I just talked with Growing Hope’s Amanda Edmonds. She heard from a friend of hers this morning that there was a handwritten sign telling voters at the Huron County Township Hall that state-issued voter ID was mandatory. Amanda called the Department of Justice hotline that I linked to last night, and told them the story. According to Amanda, they were very helpful. They got the state involved, and a call was placed to the local County Clerk’s office, instructing them that, in Michigan, a photo ID is not required… Democracy was saved… Good work, Amanda.

    8:19 “Virginia is for Haters.” With 20% of the vote in, CNN is saying, based previous voting patterns, Virginia will likely go to Romney. (He’s presently leading by 15%.) On a happier note, Richard “rape is something that God Intended” Mourdock appears to be down by 4% in the Indiana Senate race… My friend Patty just wrote in to say, “Apparently God intended Richard Mourdock to lose.” (UPDATE: It apparently wasn’t a good night for old male politicians who find it appropriate to make qualifying statements concerning rape. Todd “legitimate rape” Akin was also soundly defeated.)

    8:31 Obama, according to CNN, is up by 150,000 votes in Florida with over half the precincts reporting… Obama is also up by 18% in Ohio. Granted, it’s with only 20% of precincts reporting. (UPDATE: Obama, as we know now, won Ohio, and it looks as though he may have eked out a victory in Florida as well.)

    8:33 I like my friend Robert’s reality better than that being shared by CNN. According to Robert, Virginia isn’t lost. “Exit polls show Obama winning Virginia, Florida and Ohio. Also Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Iowa,” says Robert. “Things are surprisingly close in North Carolina. Obama is on course to win 332 to Romney’s 206 in electoral votes. Obama will get as many as 347 if he can get North Carolina, but it may take days to count or weeks to recount.” As we know, though, exit polls don’t always reflect the final result… Remember 2004? (UPDATE: As we know now, CNN was wrong when they said that Virginia would go for Romney, and Robert was right.)

    8:46 Speaking of Virginia, CMadler shares the following: Fivethirtyeight.com also suggests that VA may go for Obama. “Just more than three-quarters of the vote has been reported in Chesterfield County, VA, an important suburban and exurban region southwest of Richmond. In the tally so far, Mitt Romney leads President Obama 54 percent to 45 percent. If those percentages hold, Mr. Romney’s performance there would match almost exactly Senator John McCain’s margin of victory in Chesterfield County in 2008: 53 percent to 46 percent. Former President George W. Bush, however, when he carried the state in 2004, won Chesterfield County with 63 percent of the vote.”

    8:48 I guess that footage of the electronic voting machine in Pennsylvania that was flipping votes from Obama to Romney was real. It’s being reported that the machine has been removed from the polling place.

    9:01 CNN projects Michigan, New York and New Jersey for Obama… Not terribly surprising, all the southern states are going for the white guy, though.

    9:05 I’m watching at the Corner Brewery, but I think I’ll stop by Woodruff’s later. I just got word that they’ve switched the TV from The Jersey Shore to CNN. I think that speaks to the importance of this event.

    9:07 CNN projects that the Republicans will hold the House of Representatives. Not unexpected, but it still sucks.

    9:10 The Washington Post says that Stabenow has won Michigan, beating the detestable Pete Hoekstra.

    9:12 We’re looking at a mess in Florida. With over 70% of precincts reporting, we’re almost dead even. Romney, according to CNN, is up by a little over 1,000 votes.

    9:15 I hear that Elizabeth Warren has won!

    9:22 According to the Washington Post, only 11.5% of precincts are reporting in Massachusetts, so I’m not sure how people are calling Warren the winner…. I’ll keep looking into it… I’ll be totally happy if she wins.

    9:30 Romney is now up by only 636 votes in Florida. I’m afraid we may be headed for recount again. Fuck.

    9:32 Now Obama is up in Florida, according to CNN. Jesus. I can’t believe this is happening again.

    9:40 The AP has retracted their Warren call… I knew it was too good to be true… Keeping my fingers crossed.

    9:42 CNN gives Pennsylvania to Obama.

    9:43 Now MSNBC is callling it for Warren! If nothing else goes well tonight, at least I have this… Thank you, Massachusetts.

    9:51 Free Press headline: “All 5 proposals to amend constitution crushed; emergency manager in dead heat.” Apparently, Prop 2 wasn’t even close. “Proposal 2, which would enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution, headed for defeat, 61%-39%.” This sucks.

    9:58 Welcome back to Congress, Alan Grayson.

    10:01 Pete Larson just walked in. He wants me to tell you hello. MM.com regular Teacher Patti is here too. (She did not ask me to say hello.)

    http://networkedblogs.com/ErjxO

    10:04 CNN gives New Hampshire to Obama… In other news, Tammy Baldwin wins in Wisconsin, becoming the first openly gay Senator in the United States. (By my count, there have been 257 closeted ones.)

    10:10 OK, tomorrow, would anyone like to join me in calling local hate radio host Thayrone X while he’s behind the mic at WAAM, and console him? He’s on the air from 3:00 to 6:00, and his call-in number is (734) 822-1600. He’ll likely hang up on me, but I’d like to tell him that angry, old, white men will still play a vital role in our society, in spite of the rising tide of gay, Socialist, black, America-hating Muslims heading to Washington. (He was predicting a big Republican win tonight, as heroic American patriots marched into their polling places to “fire the creep.”) I’d also like to call Victoria “America just died” Jackson and Donald “the world is laughing at us” Trump, but I don’t have their numbers.

    10:30 59% of precincts reporting and Obama is up by 2% in Ohio…. Good work, Ohio!

    10:37 Brienne Willcock just told me that Kerry Bentivolio is beating Syed Taj 51% to 43%, but that’s only with 23% of precincts reporting. I know it’s an uphill battle, but I’m trying to stay positive.

    10:42 My friend Jeff Meyers just observed the following…. “Interesting that all the states where Romney once lived have gone to Obama.”

    10:48 Sherrod Brown keeps his Senate seat, representing Ohio… Looks like the far right PACS, like Crossroads GPS, blew that $31 million they spent against him.

    11:03 Good work, Wisconsin.

    11:04 Assuming Obama wins, as it looks now as though he will, we need to turn this whole thing around tomorrow, and start mobilizing to push Obama forward on issues like global warming, financial reform, and civil rights. Here, for those of you who don’t remember, is what Van Jones said on this subject at the Netroots Nation conference a few months ago.

    …We have to be smart, (Jones) says. We have to support Obama, but we also have to hold his feet to the fire. “We have to be as sophisticated at the machine we’re fighting.” It’s going to be hard, but we have to be twice as passionate as we were in 2008. We have to do two difficult things. We have to reelect the President, and we have to hold him accountable. You need two things to get real change, he says. You have to have a President willing to move, and you have to have a movement that’s willing to move him. We haven’t had both at the same time. Under Bush we had a movement, but he was unwilling to move. And, under Obama, until the Occupy movement came along, we weren’t pushing him. It was the Tea Party that was in the streets. We let them have almost three years. Thankfully, Occupy Wall Street came along and started changing that dynamic.

    We have to win two main battles. We have to stop the Tea Party in November, and we have to win the budget battle in December. That, he reminds us, is when the Bush tax cuts expire. That’s also when the Pell grant money runs out for poor kids seeking to go to college. All of the cans that we’ve been kicking down the road need to be addressed in December, and that’s when we’ll have our opportunity for change, assuming we’ve been able to keep Obama in the White House. Regular Americans, he says, have paid our share. It’s time for the rich to pay their share. No more “ham and egg” justice. Asking a chicken for an egg and a pig for his leg, he says, is not equivalent, and we need to keep pretending that it is.

    And, he says, we have no excuse this time around. It’s not like when we elected Bush. This time, we know for certain what their wrecking ball agenda is. They paint it red, white and blue, but we know what it is. They want to smash unions, eliminate public education, and roll back clear air and clean water legislation. And they have it in their sights. And, what’s more, they’ve shown a “brutal willingness” to destroy what our communities need to survive. At this point, Jones shares Grover Norquist’s comment about how he wants to shirk government down to the size that he can, “drown it in a bathtub.” We know it all now, and we have no excuse, according to Jones…

    11:13 Oregon apparently brings the President’s electoral vote count to 256. He just needs 14 more. Ohio could put him over the top.

    11:19 CNN calls the race for Obama! Four more years!

    11:24 Now that we’ve got the presidential election out of the way, I’m looking through the Washtenaw County results… Happily, it looks as though Gretchen Driskell has defeated Mark Ouimet in her bid to be State Representative, and Carol Kuhnke has defeated Jim Fink, becoming out newest Circuit Court Judge. It’s too early to know for sure, but I’m also hopeful that Connie Marie Kelley, Bridget M. McCormack and Shelia Johnson will succeed in their quest to join the Michigan Supreme Court. They won Washtenaw County handily, but I haven’t heard how they did elsewhere… All in all, I’d say there’s lots of good stuff to be thankful for tonight.

    11:33 It was close, but it looks like the Charter Revision proposal lost in Ypsi 50.87% to 49.13%… I guess that means, among other things, we don’t have a Mayor Pierce administration to look forward to.

    11:33 I’m kind of shocked that Prop 2 was so close in Washtenaw County. I would have thought that there would be more supporters, given how liberal we like to say that we are. 53.42% of voters in Washtenaw County were against it. I think that’s shameful.

    11:39 School consolidation in Ypsi passes with 69.75% support.

    11:40 It was close, but it looks like the proposal for the new downtown library in Ann Arbor failed.

    11:42 Why isn’t Romney conceding? Doesn’t he know that I need to get home and ransack the kitchen for my daughter’s Halloween candy?

    11:44 How much do you want to bet that Obama takes the stage in traditional Kenyan dress, flanked by Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, and announces, after quoting Saul Alinsky, that gun collection will begin tomorrow, and that all Christians will be sent to work camps, where they’ll be building solar powered abortion equipment?

    12:15 Oh, and it feels really good going to sleep knowing that our country isn’t the laughing stock of the free world… Good work, America.

    12:35 Can’t stay up any later, waiting for Romney’s concession speech.

    6:04 Early-morning update of the Tea Party’s Congressional crazy quotient… All in all, I’d say it’s a wash. Michele “crazy eyes” Bachmann will be returning to represent the people of Minnesota, and she’ll have Kerry “the angry Santa Claus impersonator” Bentivolio at her side, but it looks as though Allen West and Joe Walsh won’t be there to assist them in their nonsense, having been shown the door by the voters of Florida and Illinois respectively. And, on the positive side, we’ll now have Alan Grayson back in the House to keep them in check.

    7:20 One closing thought before moving on… Is tomorrow too soon to start a formal investigation into Romney’s non-payment of taxes?

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      126 Comments

      1. catholics@hate.mormo
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

        It’s over.

      2. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

        Exit polls show Obama winning Virginia, Florida and Ohio. Also Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin, New hampshire and Iowa. Things are surprisingly close in North carolina. Obama is on course to win 332 to Romney’s 206 in electoral votes. Obama will get as many as 347 if he can get North carolina, but it may take days to count or weeks to recount.

      3. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

        What is your e-mail address mark?

      4. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        No, Obama is going to take Virginia.

      5. Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

        Fivethirtyeight.com also suggests that VA may go for Obama.

        “Just more than three-quarters of the vote has been reported in Chesterfield County, Va., an important suburban and exurban region southwest of Richmond. In the tally so far, Mitt Romney leads President Obama 54 percent to 45 percent. If those percentages hold, Mr. Romney’s performance there would match almost exactly Senator John McCain’s margin of victory in Chesterfield County in 2008: 53 percent to 46 percent. Former President George W. Bush, however, when he carried the state in 2004, won Chesterfield County with 63 percent of the vote.”

      6. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

        CNN knows Obama’s won Virginia. They’re playing it for the voters in western states. They’re doing the Obama campaign a favor by pretending Romney may win it.

      7. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

        Yes, all the indicators in Virginia show Romney doing about the same now as McCain did. And Obama is doing as well or better than he did in 2008. He has Virginia. Believe me. these people on the networks want ratings and are doing favors by playing as if it were otherwise.

        Ohio is Obama’s pretty easily also.

      8. Bob
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

        Sad that prop 2 is going to lose. Amazing that people so stupidly vote against their own interests.

      9. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

        I was hoping EOS would contribute his brilliant insight.

      10. JC
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

        Bob, where are you getting your Proposal 2 info?

      11. Bob
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

        Just the Mich radio updates. Looks like all props but 1 are going down hard.

      12. Bob Krzewinski
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

        M-Live is showing Matty’s bridge issue going down the tubes for him by almost 2-1.

      13. JC
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

        But only 5% of precincts have reported–?

      14. Bob
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

        I think it is all based on exit polling which seems to be amazingly accurate in general.

        Corner Brewery swipe would be appropriate here, if I even cared anymore.

      15. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

        Pennsylvania was an easy win for Obama.

      16. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

        Stabinow won easily.

      17. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I predicted the MA Senate seat would be Democratic. I thought Scott Brown might even switch parties to stay in. Nobody who knows anything about demographics and statistics would have given Brown (or any other Republican) any chance of holding that seat in a regular general election.

      18. Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

        ABC is reporting Obama up by about 300 votes in Florida. Either way, it’s looking not only too close to call now, but possibly headed for a recount.

      19. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

        I predicted it in 2010. That’s how easy a call that was to make.

      20. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

        It’s funny, I’m watching all the networks and they are all pretending not to know Obama has won Virginia and Ohio. If this were happening in 1996 or earlier, they would have already called both of them, and probably Florida too.

      21. Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

        So far, everything seems to be matching the pre-election projections, which point to a solid win for Obama, at least in the Electoral College, with a win margin somewhere in the vicinity of 70 to 100+ electors.

      22. tom
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

        What about Taj, Mi-11?

      23. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

        I need to show you what real exit polling is, and who’s doing it, Mark. Warren has won that MA Senate seat. The exit polls show an easy win for Warren.

      24. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

        It’s way more difficult to get real exit polls for races like Taj’s. No genuine firms pay any attention to it. With that race you’d have to make precinct comparisons to previous years yourself.

      25. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

        Don’t worry about it, Mark. There will be no recount. I promise. Obama will win it, and Romney will not contest it, because Ohio and Virginia seal it anyway.

      26. Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

        No word on Taj yet. I’m hoping to hear something soon… It’s a longshot, but I have faith.

      27. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

        There wasn’t enough media coverage on what a nut Taj’s opponent is. I’m sorry, but it isn’t going to happen for Taj. They needed the media to cover it.

      28. Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

        Even if Florida does head to a recount, it will just be a question not of whether Obama wins the Electoral College, but of how big his margin is.

      29. anonymous
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

        Obama wins either 303 or 332 electoral votes, depending on the outcome in Florida.

      30. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

        This bullshit about Ohio and Virginia being too close to call is just PR. They all know from the exit polls that Obama has won those easily. And the exit polls for Florida show Obama winning there also, but I suspect those were manipulated for cover.

      31. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

        North Carolina looks less hopeful if you’re watching the tabulation, but the exit polls show it could go either way. If the Obama campaign can nab it, they should get to 347 electoral votes anonymous.

      32. John
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

        Great news – I can now build a bridge to Canada without prior approval. Awesome! I am also digging a tunnel to Mexico, too.

      33. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

        Warren won easily Mark. CNN called it also.

      34. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

        Again, I called the Massachusetts Senate race 2 and a half years ago.

      35. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

        Many things too be thankful for tonight, Mark! How much have you had to drink already?

      36. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

        Where’s EOS? I wanna get his analysis of the numbers.

      37. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        Here come Iowa and Nevada.

      38. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

        As I said at 4 hours ago, Obama won Florida, Ohio and Virginia. This bullshitting around is just for ratings and so that the west coast doesn’t think it’s over.

      39. Christine Moellering
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

        Where are you? At the Corner? Tell Peter and Patti I say hello. I bascially used your website as a voting guide. I am a sheep.

      40. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

        Democrats held their US Senate seats in Ohio and Missouri.

      41. Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

        See freep.com for projected results of the Michigan proposals. Apparently 5 out of 6 of the proposals look to be soundly defeated. The Emergency Manager Proposal too close to call. As a teacher, I’m pretty disappointed to hear that I won’t get getting collective bargaining rights. So long, career.

        http://www.freep.com/article/20121106/NEWS15/121106073/All-5-proposals-amend-constitution-crushed-emergency-manager-dead-heat

      42. Robert
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

        I’ll join you in calling in to that radio freak.

      43. Christine Moellering
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        PBS just said they are tied at 163 each…still waiting on so much so many

      44. Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

        Yes, Christine, I’m at the Corner. And I’m just on my second beer. I’ve been too busy typing.

      45. Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

        HEY EVERYBODY I have a fun idea! let’s all PISS OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES AWAY, YEAH?

      46. Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

        What’s that supposed to mean?

      47. anonymous
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

        Looks like Florida is going flOrida.

      48. anonymous
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

        yr friends an idiot utah goes romney

      49. Christine Moellering
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

        Your wife is a saint.

      50. Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

        Now I feel bad–HI EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

      51. anonymous
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

        motherfucker fink is losing

      52. anonymous
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

        it’s official: O wins.

      53. Andrew Jason Clock
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

        It’s basically neck and neck for the charter proposal, “Yes” is ahead by 4 votes. We retain our world wide title as the municipality most in favor of marijuana with a nearly 80% yes vote on lowest enforcement. No real indication how far along count is.

      54. Andrew Jason Clock
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

        Looks like the charter revision looses by 36 votes.

      55. Bob
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

        Those of you who are too snobby to have television are missing the best political theater ever. The Fox network is in full meltdown. They called the race and were interrupted by a sputtering Karl Rove who is contesting Ohio. They are walking around the set and walking backstage to consult management. Losing their shit. Awesome.

      56. Andrew Jason Clock
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

        I lied on the charter. They’re still counting. Right now it passes by 4 votes again. Marijuana super majority holding strong at 79%.

      57. Christine Moellering
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

        The networks are calling it but I don’t feel it’s over until the ugly white guy sings. Florida map is still gray on this map: http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/President/2012/

      58. Greg Pratt
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the coverage, Mark.
        couple of comments on the state/local results:
        1) are we sure all of the precincts for 52nd have reported back?
        2) McCormack is the only one of the MI SUP CRT candidates you list above ahead in the statewide reports.
        You can find statewide results here: http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/2012_election_results_get_live.html#incart_river

      59. Andrew Jason Clock
        Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

        Mark, according to ewashtenaw, you have those charter results reversed. It shows the charter passing by that same margin.

      60. Christine Moellering
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 12:10 am | Permalink

        Fox Channel 2 just conceded that Colorado went Obama. They called the election almost an hour ago now. Still no concession speech. I want to go to bed dammit.

      61. Greg Pratt
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 12:11 am | Permalink

        RE: Driskell
        From Annarbor.com
        “Update 11:50 p.m.: With 55.32 percent of the precincts reporting, Driskell has 50.77 percent of the vote and Ouimet has 48.91 percent of the vote.”

        http://www.annarbor.com/news/ouimet-driskell-52nd-district-house-race-results/

      62. Posted November 7, 2012 at 12:14 am | Permalink

        Good point about the Supreme Court race, Greg. I was caught up in the moment, and I apparently forgot that being ahead in Washtenaw County doesn’t necessarily mean that one is ahead across the state. I’ll edit that.

      63. Meta
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

        Karl Rove, on Fox News, got pissed when they called Ohio for Obama, thus ending the race for President. Fox, always anxious to do the bidding of Mr. Rove, sent a crew, live, on the air, to interrogate the individuals on their team who had made the call. It makes for interesting viewing.

        http://gawker.com/5958373/watch-fox-news-chew-its-own-leg-off-in-a-fury-of-recrimination

      64. Greg Pratt
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 12:44 am | Permalink

        Meta that is quality infotainment programming. I just love watching pieces of shit like that piece of shit (to some, known as “turd blossom”) fall apart on live television. Here is his “retort” after the break: http://deadspin.com/5958372/karl-rove-in-denial-melts-down-on-fox-news-attempts-to-get-network-to-rescind-calling-election

      65. anonymous
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 12:54 am | Permalink

        The thought of Michele Bachmann and Kerry Bentivolio serving in Congress together makes me want to cry.

      66. Edward
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 6:51 am | Permalink

        I’m disappointed by the blow to collective bargaining rights (Proposition 2) and alternative energy (Proposition 3), but pleased that the Emergency Manager law was defeated, and that Matty Moroun’s bid to protect his bridge monopoly was shot down. I’ll be curious to see how the various factions respond today, and in the weeks to come. All in all, I’d say the results are positive.

      67. anonymous
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

        “Obama’s victory, at the cost of $2 billion, is about as inspiring as completing a game of Sudoku. Obama was propelled to his narrow electoral college victory by those that the Republicans almost ritually abused: women, blacks, gays and Hispanics. Ironically, these are people that the Obama administration has also ruthlessly strafed for four years. But Obama smiled as he cut the lower-classes adrift in the midsts of a cratering economy, while Romney expressed only contempt for them.” —Jeffrey St. Clair

      68. anonymous
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 7:16 am | Permalink

        Best post-election image I’ve seen thus far.

        http://imgur.com/ou0nE

      69. KKT
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 8:05 am | Permalink

        I like how Robert surfaces from his underground lair once a year. He’s like Santa Claus.

      70. Elviscostello
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 8:10 am | Permalink

        Mark, can’t wait to do some Thayrone ball-bustin today. Also, there are even greater nut-jobs on Saturday at 7:00 am on WaAM, two black conservatives, who are even more nuts than Thayrone, and you can call in and make them crazy as well!

      71. Elf
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

        I can’t believe Prop 2 didn’t do better in Washtenaw County. I would have thought that we were better than that.

      72. Oliva
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

        “The thought of Michele Bachmann and Kerry Bentivolio serving in Congress together makes me want to cry.”

        Truly creepy. I was so sure she would be trounced. And I held out hope that voters in that crazily gerrymandered district would see KB for what he has shown himself to be. (Will his brother get his money back?!)

        But a happier thing to picture: the super-dreary Mitch McConnell in the presence of one illustrious Elizabeth Warren. I wonder if he’ll just buckle (and go away) when faced with her fortitude and integrity.

      73. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

        I love that I have Psycho-Santa as my US Congressman for the next two years. This is going to be awesome!

        I feel bad for Dr. Taj, but I think it just means he can now essentially win in 2014 in a walk. He can also run for State Senate or Representative and be very formitable.

      74. Christine M.
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

        Yeah I crashed about the same time you did, it was crazy how long it took Mitt to concede. Thankfully I DVR’d it so I can watch later.

      75. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

        I love it even more that Democrats might hold on to US Senate seats in Montana and North Dakota where they were expected to be beat. And they won in Missouri and Indiana where Republicans should have had very easy wins but blew it by being morons and creeps.

      76. Meta
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

        It looks like Bridget M. McCormack won her bid for State Supreme Court. Sheila Johnson and Connie Marie Kelley, however, seem to have lost.

        http://www.freep.com/article/20121107/NEWS15/311070161/Republican-nominated-justices-led-their-races-maintain-control-Michigan-Supreme-Court

        http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/general/by_state/statewide/MI.html?SITE=MIDTFELN&SECTION=POLITICS

      77. Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

        A big fuck you to the Romney shirt graphic.

        Actually, two big fuck you’s.

      78. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

        Another fuck you! Your Islamist Extremist friend lost!

      79. EOS
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

        Trying to find something to be happy about this morning – it’s hard. I’m not a Republican. I consider myself a conservative and the Republican party abandoned us years ago. Had Romney won, he would have governed only slightly to the right of Obama. I already lost way back in the primaries.

        I’m glad the TV ads are over. A few percentage points difference in a couple of states and it could have been a different outcome. We are still a very divided country. Republicans have the House and the Governors – Democrats keep the Senate and Pres. It’s hard to find any middle ground.

        There’s no mandate for Obama and he has no experience in reaching across the aisle. At least for the first time in 10 years, he won’t be campaigning. He’s got 4 years to learn how to govern. He’ll need a balanced budget in January and won’t get any cooperation on raising the ceiling again. The stocks are tanking this morning and I’m hoping it’s not a free fall.

        They still haven’t finalized the count in Florida, far from Robert’s prediction of having that race called by 9P. I did call the 11th District race, but even NPR did as well.

        I’m pretty tired of this blog. Tired of the abuse a person takes for merely expressing a different viewpoint. Tired of having to sift through the vile and disgusting comments. Think that I might have contributed to drawing more people to this site and wish I hadn’t. I’m outta here. Going to the bunker to wait for Armageddon.

      80. anonymous
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

        “There’s no mandate for Obama.”

        That’s the funniest thing I’ve read today.

        Thanks, EOS. You never fail to disappoint.

      81. anonymous
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

        It looks like we now have an Evil Robert. It’s like when Captain Kirk had to fight himself.

      82. Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

        EOS, the problem isn’t that your point of view is different. The problem is that you live in a fantasy world.

        That being said, your post has me laughing hysterically.

      83. Elliot Timmons
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

        What Romney shirt graphic, Pete?

      84. Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

        That Taj lost is pretty disappointing. I was really hoping he’d win because he was a great candidate.

        I also looked forward to seeing EOS’ head explode.

      85. Alice Krum
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

        It’s also worth mentioning that Troy got rid of their bigoted Mayor.

      86. Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

        Elliot,

        Somebody posted a graphic of naked African kids dancing with the headline “Romney shirts get here on Sunday!”

        Is certainly true that many of those shirts will end up in Africa, but its a senseless joke.

      87. anonymous
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        Pete, if you mean the image I posted this morning, I’m sorry. I didn’t see it as offensive. It’s just a fact that, when these things go badly for one side, their “victory” shirts get shipped off to Africa, where no one here at home will see them. It happens every Super Bowl, and it happens in politics. Somewhere, at this very minute, there’s a plane on it’s way into the Congo, full of “Romney Wins!” shirts.

      88. anonymous
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

        When Bush won reelection by a smaller margin, all anyone could talk about was his “mandate.” That, I guess, was different, though.

        Bush in 2004 won with 286 electoral votes
        Obama in 2012 won with 303 electoral votes

        Why, EOS, was one a mandate and not the other?

      89. Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

        Ok, I’m sure you didn’t mean it as offensive. I’m willing to take the tone of your response as genuine.

        I just don’t think that poor kids in Africa need to be part of our political humor.

      90. Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

        Because Obama is a black Democrat.

        That makes it all different.

        I loved these discussions about “bi partisanship” from the Republicans last night. Wo are they kidding?

        That was Obamas biggest mistake from day one.

      91. anonymous
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

        “Islamist Extremist” who supports freedom of choice and gay rights, I might add.

      92. Eel
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

        Does anyone else want to see Donald Trump and Victoria Jackson fuck?

      93. anonymous
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

        Maybe I can redeem myself with this election day photo, Pete.

        http://i.imgur.com/DB7vV.jpg

      94. Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:09 am | Permalink

        Female Captain America in UGG boots?

        I bet this kid’s been waiting for months to be able to strut into the polling place with this on.

        Yes, that’s pretty redeeming.

      95. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

        Mark, I’ll give you favorite charity $100 if you’ll give me the IP of that guy who just posted that racist comment above in the name “Robert”.

        Oh, and John Tester has been officially projected as retaining his US Senate seat from Montana.

      96. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

        EOS, I didn’t say the idiot mainstream media would call Florida by 9pm. I said the election would be called by 9pm. And actually, I told you Obama won Ohio, Virginia and Florida before 8pm. If you actually followed real sources of news you would have known that. You said you believed things would drag on for weeks. You really don’t have any idea what you’re talking about, and that prediction of yours was just more proof of it.

        Obama won Florida. I said that at about 7:30pm yesterday, which is when the Obama and Romney campaigns knew it. CNN and Fox are doing bullshit PR for all you yahoos who don’t know you need to seek sources of news to actually know what is happening. You can’t just sit there waiting to be fed. You of all people here should know that.

      97. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        EOS, I am amazed at how difficult it seems for you to simply understand what other people are saying. It seems like there is so much internal stuff swirling around in your head, you just can’t help but project it into things other people say to you. You must have many misunderstandings in your life. You need to try to listen to what people are actually saying and not project so much of your perceptions into what you perceive them to be saying.

      98. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

        For that asshole supporter of Psycho-Santa who posted in the name ‘Robert’ earlier…

        You’ll be hearing from me, because I’m going to get in real close to my new U.S. Representative and having a lot of fun with it. I’ll see you there.

      99. Christine M.
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

        Someone just posted on the Ypsi are discussion FB page that the city charter was lost by only 13 votes! WOW makes me glad I voted.

      100. Posted November 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

        EOS — Actually, I’ve argued with you, but never gone in for name-calling. I’m too old to find much fun in it. The reaction you got here wasn’t because you expressed a different viewpoint, but because you expressed bigotry against gays and Muslims. I don’t think you understand that many people find hate speech “vile and disgusting.”

      101. Meta
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

        The best headline of the day is from Forbes: “Obama Victory Could Spell End Of Conservative Supreme Court”

        Let’s all pray together that Antonin Scalia retires.

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2012/11/07/obama-victory-could-spell-end-of-conservative-supreme-court/

      102. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

        I’m glad that EOS has decided to change his alias on this blog. I wanted to use “EOS” as my alias but he had already taken it.

        Well, CNN just called the North Dakota Senate seat for the Democrats as well. That’s nice.

        I’m gonna get behind this Psycho-Santa character. I believe in uniting after the election and working together. I’m going to start attending all his events to show my support.

      103. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

        Now that EOS is changing his alias here, I may have to go back to abusing Mark.

      104. Posted November 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

        I’m entertained that right wingers are going out of their way to say that stock are “tanking” today, trying to suggest that financial markets are panicking over an Obama re-election.

        This is just complete nonsense and indicative of their massively myopic worldview. There”s no evidence at all that markets are “tanking.” It’s a nice talking point, but a little blip one day does not a trend make.

      105. Posted November 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

        “Well, we really want to make money, cause that’s all we do, but you know, there’s a black Democrat in office, so maybe we’ll not do that anymore and just lose money for a while”

      106. Knox
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

        As for your question concerning whether it’s too early to go after Romney for non-payment of taxes, the answer is no. Obama should move immediately to close down off-shore loopholes as soon as possible, and prosecute those who do not come clean and make good on their obligations. We need clear rules that apply evenly to everyone. No more special treatment for the corporate class.

      107. Oliva
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

        The best headline of the day is from Forbes: “Obama Victory Could Spell End Of Conservative Supreme Court”

        That is a beauty. I also really like: “Obamacare Lives.” (From Daily Dish, so without quite the heft of Forbes but beautiful nonetheless. Now to refine the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act in the best possible ways . . .)

      108. Meta
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

        From CNN:

        A record number of women will represent their states in the new U.S. Senate, CNN projects.

        Democrat Heidi Heitkamp will win the Senate race in North Dakota, CNN projects, making a total of 20 women in the 100-seat chamber come January. She will be part of the 53-seat Democrat majority, with 45 Republicans and two independents.

        Elizabeth Warren will be the first woman senator to represent Massachusetts, and Mazie Hirono will be the first female U.S. senator from Hawaii and the first Asian-American woman in the Senate.

        Other women who won Tuesday night were Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Tammy Baldwin, who will represent Wisconsin.

      109. Posted November 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

        Oh, can I say that Victoria Jackson is a complete blithering idiot?

      110. Mr. X
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

        That’s the future of the Republican party that you’re talking about, Peter. The evolution from Lincoln to Jackson has been breathtaking.

      111. ypsijav
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

        So Robert nailed it on Virginia I guess. Was it just long lines when the polls closed in the DC area that caused the numbers for Fairfax and Prince William counties to come in so late? I was looking at the official numbers all evening and it was definitely clear that Obama would carry VA once those numbers came through. I was really amazed at all the bizarre distortions on the “news.”

      112. Jeff Irwin
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

        In the Michigan legislature, Democrats made significant gains across the state. We unseated four incumbents and picked up another Republican seat in the Thumb where the incumbent lost in the primary. Notably, one of those gains was here in Washtenaw County where Gretchen Driskell unseated Rep. Mark Ouimet in a hard-fought election.

        The bottom line is that we’ve gained 5 seats in the House of Representatives, leaving the Republicans with a 59-51 majority. That makes me happy because it means that I’ll have more colleagues that will stand with me in favor of education funding, environmental protection and equal rights.

        Hopefully this change will mean a more bi-partisan atmosphere in Lansing, with less time focused on social issues and more talk about how we make our communities attractive for current and future residents. That’s the kind of relentless positive action that’s been missing for the last two years.

      113. Jennifer
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

        I truly feel a little bad for EOS, and think I understand her (him? I’m so confused) a bit more now that he (she?) has left. If _these_ Republicans aren’t conservative enough, life must be a little lonely, and a lot confusing. It makes me think about the quip (and I forget now where I saw it), about the Republican rape guy having lost last night. Which one? you might ask—which should be a huge red flag of how crazy conservative the Republicans have become.

      114. Robert
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

        ypsijav, I think agreements were made to hold off on broadcasting the good news for Obama as long as they could. It was done so that states in the Central and Western Time Zones would see what appeared to be a close race, motivating them to get out to vote. Doing so certainly helped secure Nevada and Colorado, and likely helped motivate folks in Ohio and Florida to stay in the long voting lines.

        There were also another motivations which most people here would not likely believe or understand.

        On another note, I was told that exit polls showed a 49/49 split in North Carolina. It appears the exit poll was deliberately misrepresented or there was enough funny-business in NC to move the final tallies a few percentages. All the other exit polls were dead on, projecting final tallies to within a couple thousand votes, and in some states to within a few hundred.

        Noon exit polls nationwide showed Obama was already ahead everywhere he needed to be which was something of a suprise to a lot of people. It was clear Obama had won simply because Democratic turnout usually lags behind Republican turnout. So for Obama to be leading in noon exit polls pretty much meant he had it.

        Then as 7pm approached and trends showed Obama was going to win Virginia and Ohio, it was essentially over. Exit polls showed Obama won Florida also.

      115. Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

        While Pete, Mark & I were at the Corner we discussed that EOS could be there too. Or EOS could be Pete or me or Mark himself! Or you or you or you or YOU!!! It kind of ended like a Twilight Zone episode with us all shooting each other and the real EOS in a spaceship, laughing.

      116. Power Puff
        Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

        Mark,

        I like you and the work you do. I fell asleep, too, and when I woke, a few dreams were true.

        Love,

        Power Puff

      117. Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

        FYI… I called Thayrone this evening. It didn’t go as well as I would have liked, but I think I made my point… I’ll write about it soon.

      118. Elviscostello
        Posted November 8, 2012 at 7:28 am | Permalink

        Mark,
        What’s your take on Dr. Taj losing to “Crazy Kerry”, but Dave Curson winning? It’s sad, but I think it was purely the “Islamic threat” and Dr. taj’s difficulty with communication that cost the seat. I think if Curson had been the candidate for the two year term, we’d have a Dem pickup…
        This is no slam on Dr. Taj, a good man, just an election observation…

      119. Meta
        Posted November 8, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

        Phil Power on the possibility of “Right to Work” legislation now that Prop 2 has lost.

        Over-reaching is always worse than a sin; it’s an mistake. Despite lots of internal debate within the ranks of organized labor, United Auto Workers President Bob King decided to swing for the fences on Proposal 2. It turned out to be an expensive pop fly, and the pundits are now talking about a big loss for organized labor.

        And now, in return, some Republicans and parts of the business community will likely follow suit in over-reaching and go for passage of Right to Work legislation.

        “I think Right to Work is just a matter of time now,” said one business executive who has worked to support Snyder’s efforts to keep the Right to Work legislation off the governor’s desk.

        The business executive noted, however, there was a significant change attitude in Michigan c-suites this fall as labor pushed Proposal 2. “They are ticked they had to spend big money to fight Proposal 2,” the executive said, suggesting that, as a result, fewer execs will now stand in the way of conservative legislators’ push for Right to Work legislation.

        Such a move, though, would provoke a fight to the finish that could badly harm Michigan’s economic recovery.

        Right to Work will be the 800-pound elephant in the room for months. If the Legislature winds up passing RTW, Gov. Snyder will be in a box. He will be under tremendous pressure to sign the bill, but the cost – losing his distinctive and important image as a relatively nonpartisan moderate – will be enormous. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see “Right to Work Lite” – affecting public employees only, for example – getting popular in some Lansing circles.

        Read more:
        http://bridgemi.com/2012/11/lessons-for-the-day-voters-show-wisdom-snyder-gains/

      120. Observer
        Posted November 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

        Another big positive which no one has mentioned yet.

        “The biggest single donor in political history, the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, mingled with other Romney backers at a postelection breakfast, fresh off a large gamble gone bad. Of the eight candidates he supported with tens of millions of dollars in contributions to “super PACs,” none were victorious on Tuesday. ”

        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/us/politics/little-to-show-for-cash-flood-by-big-donors.html?ref=politics&_r=0

      121. Alesseta
        Posted November 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

        The old white guy never stood a chance.

        http://i.imgur.com/xZqJz.jpg

      122. Oliva
        Posted November 10, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

        Slowly but surely, the final tallies are coming in. As of today:

        Popular Vote
        OBAMA ROMNEY
        TOTAL 61,680,896 58,482,875
        PERCENT 50.5% 47.9%

        But give it a few more weeks, and I think Romney will end up at . . . 47%.
        Poetic justice . . .

      123. Knox
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

        Garry Willis has a devastating piece on Romney in the New York Review of Books.

        “What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it? His friends can only hope he is too morally obtuse to realize that crushing truth. Losing elections is one thing. But the greater loss, the real loss, is the loss of honor.”

        http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/nov/09/what-romney-lost/

      124. Obama
        Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

        EOS, it was recently brought to my attention that, after years of trying to educate the readers of this site, you’ve given up. Well, I had some free time on my hands, and thought that I should, as the President of this great nation, somehow mark the occasion. I hope you enjoy what I’ve come up with.

        http://i.imgur.com/yUNVY.gif

      125. Meta
        Posted December 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

        The battle over the future of the Republican party is heating up, with members of the Tea Party calling for the head of John Boehner, who they don’t think is extreme enough.

        http://www.politicususa.com/fireboehner-hashtag-trends-war-escalates-gop.html

      126. PGrord
        Posted December 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

        How does the old saying go.. Won the battle, but lost the war?

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