How ’bout a winners and losers (update- I added an epic fail category for the losers who went above and beyond the call of duty) thread for the election that we can add to as needed. I will start:
Howard Dean- The 50 State plan worked. Indiana, for goodness sakes.
Plouffe and Axelrod- Best campaign of my lifetime.
MLK- His dream was realized.
Reggie Love- A name many of you will get to know more in the future. The guy behind the scenes who helped keep Obama as cool and as calm as he is.
Homophobes- The gay marriage props and amendments everywhere are a disgrace. Grow up, you wankers.
The Clintons- Say what you want about them, they came through for Obama. The PUMA’s were a joke, and that is, in large part, due to the aggressive campaigning of Hillary to get her supporters to head to Obama.
Collaborative Democracy in the Modern Era- Every future campaign will steal the ideas implemented in the 2008, from the fund-raising to the social networking and everything in between.
The Obama Kids- They get their doggie! I don’t have any kids, and in general don’t like them, but I have to admit that every time I see the O kids, I smile. They are just too damned adorable. I would bet any amount of money they get a scruffy looking mutt and name it something silly, because that is just how those kids are.
The country- We have an adult. Finally. I will not agree with everything he does, but at least he speaks in full sentences and is competent.
Our international reputation- ’nuff said.
Daniel Larison, Jed Lewison, Al Giordano, and the folks at 538– Hands down, for me, these were the go-to blogs. For those of you who do not work or have not ever worked with stats, I do not think you can downplay the impact 538 will have on future election forecasting. Nate Silver and company were amazing.
Chuck Todd- Bar none, the best political go-to guy out there. I hope he gets MTP.
Karl Rove- Permanent Republican Majority. Heh.
McCain-Feingold- Not only did McCain take it in the pants last night, so did his signature issue. Public financing is forever dead.
The country- we had a chance to throw out William Jefferson, Jack Murtha, Michelle Bachman and Ted Stevens, and seem to have failed.
Right Wing Radio- Hannity and Limbaugh and others who viewed themselves as kingmakers are irrelevant right now.
George Bush- This repudiation of George Bush is more severe than his low approval ratings, because this election, unlike approval ratings, actually matters.
Joe the Plumber- Is now a running joke.
Sarah Palin- She is done. She has been proven to be toxic in regards to independents and moderates, and will never recover. Additionally, over the next few weeks, more stories like this, in which we learn her 150k spending spree was actually WORSE than initially reported, will begin to trickle out. I am salivating at the prospect of all the insider stories leaking out in which we learn just how stupid this woman is.
The Republican party as a whole- This once proud party has now collapsed and is little more than the new Confederacy. This is a regional party, and will be so for a long time, as only the real lunatic fringe is left in leadership.
Larry Johnson and the PUMA’s- Go crawl back in your holes, you miserable wretches.
Joe Lieberman- He is just worthless, now. Had the Democrats won 59 seats, he would have still been relevant, but as we stand now, the Republicans do not want him, the Democrats have no use for him and strip him of his chairmanship. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Right-wing blogs- To say they ate their seed corn is to wildly underestimate the damage they have done to their online presence, because if you just ate your seed corn, there would at least be a short-term benefit. More accurately, they chewed up their seed corn, spit it out, stomped on it, defecated on it, then grabbed it and smeared it on their chests to form the words “WHITEY TAPE.” These idiots spent the last six months chasing the whitey tape, questioning his patriotism, calling Obama a Muslim, panty-sniffing for an Obama affair, calling Obama a terrorist and socialist and you name it, and the country shrugged. Any future Republican campaign will need to rely on the “intellectual” arguments of thoroughly discredited propaganda organs like the Weekly Standard and the NRO, and we now have six months worth of their stupidity on file to throw in their faces and discredit them in the future. I am dying for the next time Andy McCarthy or one of these losers is brought on a cable show to advance a Republican position. Just dying. Good luck with the “next right,” folks.