Early Morning Open Thread: Raise Your (Juice) Glass!


SENATOR Elizabeth Warren!

“It was exactly fifty years ago tonight that Ted Kennedy was first elected to the U.S. Senate… “
Is Nate Silver A Witch? (Probably!)

Professor Krugman takes a victory lap:

… For a long time, right-wingers — and some pundits — have peddled the notion that the “real America”, all that really counted, was the land of non-urban white people, to which both parties must abase themselves. Meanwhile, the actual electorate was getting racially and ethnically diverse, and increasingly tolerant too. The 2008 Obama coalition wasn’t a fluke; it was the country we are becoming.

And sure enough that more diverse and, if you ask me, better nation just won big….

At the moment, the NYTimes has temporarily suspended its paywall. If you want some schadenfreude with your morning coffee, here’s Timothy Egan on the “Revenge of the Polling Nerds“:

In the last days of the election, Peggy Noonan had a “feel” that things were moving Mitt Romney’s way. George Will was more cerebral: his brain told him it would be Romney in a rout. And Michael Barone, who used to have a good divining rod to go along with an encyclopedic knowledge for all numbers political, also predicted a Romney landslide.

What they had in common, aside from putting up a brick Tuesday that completely missed the electoral net, was a last-hurrah push for the old-fashioned prediction by gut…

People who are surprised by the election – and Sarah Palin looked like she was close to tears as the obvious became obvious even to those who live in the Fox bubble – were probably listening to people who are paid to fantasize….

And Salon thoughtfully scoured Twitter to collect “The 20 Biggest Sore Losers of Election Night“, from all the predictable suspects. “We also don’t know 4 sure that the public is as pathetically wrongheaded as it appears. It really could be they rely on a corrupt media” — that’s media person David “Everything I Have, I Owe to My Brother’s Audience” Limbaugh. Actually, it’s only 19 losers — one particularly egregious blowhard stole the top two slots…

92 replies
  1. 1
    Hal says:

    Just glanced at Peggy Noonan’s twitter from nov 5th…

    While everyone is looking at the polls and the storm, Romney’s slipping into the presidency.

    and my fave;

    I suspect both Romney and Obama have a sense of what’s coming, and it’s part of why Romney looks so peaceful and Obama so roiled.

    So when is Nooner’s going to admit she was a total idiot.

  2. 2
    Warren Terra says:

    Black. Jimmy. Carter. My. Ample. Posterior.

    Oh, and Anne: I know you read him regularly, so have already seen it – but Charlie Pierce’s last post of the night is pure poetry.

  3. 3
    PeakVT says:

    20). The good news is the promise of continued massive unemployment among young people. — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 7, 2012

    I’m really tempted to deploy the c-word here.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    And Michael Barone, who used to have a good divining rod

    Sadly, electile dysfunction claims yet another victim. Will nobody think of the pundits?

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    Narcissus says:

    I’m not going to gloat over Romney voters but I’m definitely going to enjoy watching the Village squirm for a few days.

    Also I think the Right is now going to regret branding healthcare reform Obamacare.

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    JGabriel says:

    FYI, Y’All: NYT Video Interview With Nate Silver

    I don’t how long this will continue, but NYT is offering free access to its election coverage:

    To Our Readers
    The Times is providing free unlimited access to election coverage on nytimes.com and its mobile apps.


  7. 7
    Liquid says:

    To the Media: Gee, that’s a nice narrative you’ve got there. Shame if something were to happen to it.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Hal: two minutes after she admits that babbling about angels transmorgifying themselves into dolphins was a psychotic break, or at least a spasm of drunken, onanistic self-indulgence that erupted in her brain (“brain”?) while she had an almost-empty bottle of Bailey’s in one hand and Ronald Reagan’s shoe in the other.

    Also, too, this nugget from 2004

    I do not know what the Democratic Party spent, in toto, on the 2004 election, but what they seem to have gotten for it is Barack Obama. Let us savor.

  9. 9
    Napoleon says:

    Jill Stein got 1% here in Ohio – Un-Fucking-Believable.

    But at least BO won and we picked up seats in the senate. Ya-hoo

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    jgaugust says:

    Looks like Dems also will pick up 3-5 house seats, multiple state legislatures, 2/3 of both houses in CA (GOP now irrelevant), gay marriage on the right path, marijuana legalization a true possibility, and a clearly energized young electorate.

    What. A. Fucking. Night.

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    JGabriel says:


    I’m not going to gloat over Romney voters …

    That’s okay, I’ll gloat enough for both of us.


  12. 12
    Xenos says:

    So, should Kerry take over the State Department, who should Patrick choose as the replacement to 2014? Brown will be right back in it, I’m sure. Is there another professor out there who could give him a spanking?

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    Central Planning says:

    I liked this comment from Sam Wang last night on his site at 11:39PM as the Obama victory was becoming clear to the people at Fox:

    Karl Rove being thrown under the bus by Megyn Kelly. He’s still doing his sums, arguing a Romney victory in Ohio is possible. Wow. Just wow. (1) Anger, (2) Denial, (3) Bargaining…holy Kuebler-Ross.

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    JGabriel says:


    Even with Mr. Obama pulling off a new sweep of the highly contested battlegrounds from Nevada to New Hampshire, the result in each of the states was very narrow.

    This is what happens when you’re the anti-science party: you lose the expertise of people who understand basic math.


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    JGabriel says:

    Videos: Karl Rove’s Fox News Meltdown Over Ohio

    1: KR Arguing With Chris Wallace
    2: Making Megyn Kelly Trek Across The Studio To Confirm The Ohio Call


  16. 16
    JGabriel says:

    I am probably enjoying this far too much.


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    Enhanced Voting techniques says:

    @PeakVT: I personally use the world lowlife scum.

    It does fell like this election is a turning point. Not just Obama won but teh Gay menace can get elected to the Senate and demon weed be legalized. And I suspect some conservative minds have been forced to deal with reality over this gut verses the numbers thing in the polling.

    So I am going to ask my conservtard cowokers which FEMA camp has the best Madras to hear Charle’s Darwin’s Das Kaptial read in it’s original Arabic.

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    amk says:

    Speaking of tweets, most RT’ed tweet evah.

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    General Stuck says:

    Obama and his team quietly built an electoral machine for the mother of all ground games. It was that and the many foot soldiers who pounded that ground who deserve the credit here, many of them regulars on this blog — and I salute you for your service in the long march.

    I will take a short break, then be back to run my mouth another 4 years. Allah willing.

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    amk says:

    @Narcissus: I am gloating over a majority buncha racists.

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    JGabriel says:

    Remember this, from ~35 hours ago?

    Michael Walsh @ NRO:

    Crush Them
    Conservatives have a rare opportunity tomorrow to do something they signally failed to do in the landslide elections of 1972 and 1984: finish the job.

    I wonder when Michael Walsh will admit that, instead, it was the Conservative’s agenda that got crushed and refudiated in last night’s election?

    I’m not holding my breath.

    But I am enjoying the Greek tragedy of their hubris and downfall.


  22. 22
    Raven says:

    Big party on Mornin Joe!

  23. 23
    magurakurin says:

    @JGabriel: As the good people here have already taught me, the NYT always has free access. Just delete everything in the URL from the ? on.

  24. 24
    magurakurin says:

    Black Presidents, Gay Lady Senators, Legal Pot?

    America! Fuck Yeah!

    An awesome morning is waiting to dawn.

    And the best thing is that those nasty trolls won’t ever come back.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Hal: So when is Nooner’s going to admit she was a total idiot.

    I’ll take never for two thousand Alex.

    Blissfully unselfaware I believe is the kind term – in severe danger of death by methane poisoning

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    hep kitty says:

    Stumbled downstairs this morning knowing nothing. I turned on CSPAN, still knowing nothing since half the country could go down in flames and you’d still have the calm-voiced commentator explaining the unfortunate events. But I couldn’t handle a barking Morning Ho this morning

    They were talking about the House races and then the Ohio number popped up and instantaneously, I cried.

    Congratulations to us all.

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    Xenos says:

    @Central Planning: Rove has now made an awful lot of profit by wasting a huge chunk of cash put in his trust by some very powerful, quite vindictive people. He got 20% kickbacks commissions on all those last-minute, high-priced, mostly innefective TV commercials, right?

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    amk says:

    Pity batshit crazy bachman squeaked through by1%. Though MN house and senate flipped. So that’s a BFD.

  29. 29
    hep kitty says:

    Watching E Warrens acceptance speech – this is gonna be a weepy morning for me!

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    hep kitty says:

    I can’t wait to see the entitled Romneys’ reactions, that is the only thing that could possibly make this any sweeter. Then, watch them disappear forever.

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    Schlemizel says:


    You will have my company! I remember how the GOP gloated after Gore beat Boy Blunder only to have it stolen from the American people. I remember that over stuffed popinjay strutting around crowing about political capital after narrowly squeaking past Kerry. I remember the cheerleaders on TV and in the papers encouraging that sawed-off POS to rule as if he won a landslide after both those elections.

    I plan on feeding that crow to those fools now. Telling us to be “gracious winners” is the same as saying to compromise on those tire rims and anthrax they want us to eat.

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    Raven says:

    Halperin thinks Obama’s acceptance speech was the best speech of the campaign.

  33. 33
    Raven says:

    Mike Barnicle “The modern Republican Party believes that the talk radio audience is the country. It’s not, it’s not”.

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    amk says:

    Has anyone called the friggin’ FL yet ? Google map sez 100% counting is over with Obama leading by 0.5% and yet has not called it.

  35. 35
    Raven says:

    @amk: It don’t mean NUTHIN!

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    JGabriel says:

    Thanks, magurakurin. I already knew that, but it’s the thought that counts. (Not being snarky, I genuinely appreciate it.)


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    Schlemizel says:

    @Enhanced Voting techniques:

    I thought maybe 08 was high tide what with the election of an actual black man as President (from the Dems was just icing since I thought the first would have to be a Republican as they would not pull the race shit on one of their own). But it wasn’t.

    Yesterday though was even more different. Gay bashing and vote suppression lost. That feels a lot different. I like the feeling. Now if its not too late & we can get the DLC on board to act like Democrats we might – might – have a chance to save this country yet

  38. 38
    Geoduck says:


    Has anyone called the friggin’ FL yet ?

    Probably still people standing in line waiting to vote.

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    amk says:

    @amk: Also. Too. Patrick Murphy (50.4%) vs punk allen west (49.6%).

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    Schlemizel says:

    I put in fewer hours this campaign than I have in years. Just a few more than 100 hours. My heart wasn’t in it. I hope it was the big C and not old age because I really do want to maintain the passion for ground work that I didn’t have this time. It was a chore not a joy. Thanks to all of you who worked so much harder than that this year.

    I am very pleased though that one of my predictions was spot on. Our President would win without Florida and Ohio. I was not concerned about suppression there because I didn’t think he needed them and he didn’t.

    Very sad to see the morans of Sterns county returned Batshit to the House. We did take away the Republican Congressman from New Hampshire up in MN8 though so thats good.

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    JGabriel says:

    On Morning Joe, now that the Republicans have lost seats in the House, and the Senate, and failed to win the Presidency, Joey Scar is announcing a new era bipartisanship.

    Listen up, Conservatives. We won, you lost. Why the fuck should we reach out to you, after your years of obstruction, race-baiting, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, and class war?

    You want bipartisanship now? Then you fucking reach out to us.


  42. 42
    Chyron HR says:

    Yeahbut word on the street is Purple Strategies is going to release a batch of swing state SHOCK POLLS today showing Romney with HUGE LEADS!

    Also he’s up by two in the Gallup tracking poll (the CADILLAC of polls)!


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    jayackroyd says:

    Edsall inches close to just calling out the GOP consultant grift. Rove did just fine this cycle.

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    hilts says:

    My favorite sore loser comments

    Hugh Hewitt: “The president won re-election, but not a mandate. Not even close. This wasn’t 1984 much less 1964 or 1936… The rot of Obamacare will spread, and the regulatory maximalists will press forward with their ruinous agendas, and the House will not be in a position to stop the unelected rule-makers anymore than the president can force through his devastating tax agenda.”

    Matt Welch: “After four years of a crappy economy, bipartisan dissatisfaction with bailout economics, and populous revolts on the right and the left, we are seeing basically the exact same government we had on November 6th. The status quo, which has never been less popular, has just been ratified.”

    Ronald Radosh: “It is essential that conservative intellectuals do not abandon the effort to change the culture, and to, in Gramscian terms (as the late Gene Genovese often put it), wage a war of position on the cultural front and to do all possible to challenge the ascension of a failed intellectual liberal ideology, whether it be in the form of Progressivism, liberalism or socialism. Whether it is called “the blue model” as Walter Russell Mead calls is, or something else, the intellectual fight against its assertions must begin with all the strength we can muster.”

    Ron Fournier: “Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public. If the president begins his second term under any delusion that voters rubber-stamped his agenda on Tuesday night, he is doomed to fail.”

    Joel B. Pollak “Our fault, as a nation, was to forget the lessons of our own success. Having triumphed in a global, decades-long struggle against collectivism and totalitarianism, we refused to celebrate that victory, failing for twenty years to teach its lessons to the next generation. And as Andrew Breitbart often reminded us, the most important battles must be cultural ones, because culture and media inevitably shape the political choices we make together.That war must begin anew. And it begins now.”

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    Warren Terra says:

    I haven’t looked into it, but the TV news I had on until it signed off said many hours ago that the Miami-Dade vote counters were calling it a night and would resume in the morning. Obviously, that’s not consistent with your claim that FL is 100% reporting, but that’s what they reported.

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    Comrade Nimrod Humperdink says:

    @Schlemizel: Amen… I will not have the rules of civic decorum dictated to me by the same people that have been calling me a traitor for over a decade (the only reason it’s not longer is I’m in my early 30s) and barking in ignorant resentment as loudly as their spiteful lungs could manage. Fuck them. Most of them will be materially better off under Democratic policies anyway. Let them suffer. I was crushed by the ’04 results, and I wasn’t alone. Let them suffer in the wilderness for a while. It’s the only way the right will either find their way back to national relevance, or collapse into a regional party with something else coming up in their place. My bet would be on the former, but it’s gonna take a while.

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    Bruce S says:


    “So when is Nooner’s going to admit she was a total idiot?”

    A decade ago? And that would have been a bit late.

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    jayackroyd says:

    @JGabriel: Because Tom Brokaw said so, last night? Because David Gregory is gonna say so again on Sunday? Or, FTM, Jon Stewart.

    This is just the beginning. The dominant theme is gonna be the need to compromise and get this country moving again. Which means make concessions to the House that truly represents this center right nation.

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    Valdivia says:

    quick question: If Kerry gets to be Sec of State, how does Mass appoint a replacement for him? Will we have asshole Brown vying for that seat again???

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    Narcissus says:

    Any word from Limbaugh yet?

    It’d be kind of cool if he just keeled over

    One of the youtube commentators said when Megyn Kelly was walking through the studio it was like something out of professional wrestling. And it totally is.

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    Central Planning says:

    @amk: There’s a reason FL is the wang of the US.

  52. 52
    amk says:

    Fucking bbc has two conservatives, one from moonie times no less, the morning after. Both morons still parroting failed talking points. Uugghh.

  53. 53
    Comrade Nimrod Humperdink says:

    @jayackroyd: Bernie Sanders could win 49 states with a bunch of Greens in Congress and you’d still hear that from some of those dinosaurs. DC is a company town. That company is lobbying: for finance, for defense, for energy, etc. The political press will reflect the people they cover.

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    Napoleon says:


    Where did you get that quote from Fournier? I want to bookmark it since if anyone ever was operating under the delusion that he is anything but a right wing mole in the MSM that quote should disabuse them of the idea.

  55. 55
    Valdivia says:

    Last night Ben Smith and Roger Simon had tweets about how this is the most sweeping win since Reagan. Ha ha ha!

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    R-Jud says:

    @amk: I had their feed on while waiting for the President’s speech last night, and their pundits were nattering about what the markets would do the next day, “because this President has not been good to Wall Street”.

    Jesus Christ, Auntie.

  57. 57
    amk says:

    from ewickkk’s blog, a reality denying rant hot tears.

    Nate Silver knows the Electorate better than I do, and that sort of world isn’t the sort of world I feel comfortable living with.

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    Schlemizel says:


    Oh hell no! this really is good news for that bloated child molester. The hardest work Lamebrain had to do was in the early aughts because the full power of the Federal govt wsa in the hands of the GOP. It left him in the position ultimately of pretending the GOP really isn’t a true Scotsman and that hurt them at the polls.

    He now can find any little thing to blow up into a catastrophe and blame the librules & Obambi

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    hep kitty says:

    Holy crap, suddenly I have the urge, for the first time in my life, to troll the right wing blogs!

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    JGabriel says:


    One of the youtube commentators said when Megyn Kelly was walking through the studio it was like something out of professional wrestling.

    I thought it was more like something out of a Colbert or Letterman sketch.


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    Alex S. says:

    @Chyron HR:

    Oh God…. please make it stop…

    It’s very disheartening to me how the House could stay so republican, even though the Dems won the popular vote and 1-2 seats in the Senate. Stupid redistricting. The Reps pushed history back a few years. But of course, they already pushed it as far as they could, seeing how close some of the new maps are to being unconstitutional. However, some kind of immigration reform is probably inevitable in the next four years. The Reps need it.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    Why am I imagining Chris Christie imagining gathering those 19 twitfucks around a table?

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    Tom says:

    I am so happy and tired this morning!
    Time to repeal the 22nd amendment!

  64. 64
    Alex S. says:

    I am giddy that the useless pundit class had a kick in the balls. What does Joe Scarborough say?.

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    gene108 says:

    Does anybody know, if Democrats picked up seats in the House?

    I skimmed CNN and USA Today and couldn’t find any exact number, just some qualitative analysis of various House races.

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    piratedan says:

    Tweety was tempted into going off again on messaging from Obama’s speech on Morning Ho but resisted the bait (wonders never cease)

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    Brachiator says:


    I’m not going to gloat over Romney voters …

    I will. Just a little bit.

    What a morning. What a great morning.


    The dominant theme is gonna be the need to compromise and get this country moving again. Which means make concessions to the House that truly represents this center right nation.

    Compromise is often necessary. The question is, are the Republicans going to be more reasonable?

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    piratedan says:

    @gene108: i think it’s small small, only +2 or +3 in the house. A miscalculation from the DNC imho, they did great at the Senate level (courtesy the R slate of candidates) but needed to push the angle that without a Dem Congress we could see 2 more years of gridlock unless you believe that the R’s will suddenly be reachable….

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    amk says:

    frank rich tweet

    Brilliant polling analysts like @MichaelBarone and @JayCostTWS now join Dick “Landslide” Morris in discredited hacks’ hall of fame.

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    JPL says:

    A local Atlanta news station interviewed a mini Ann Romney shocked by Obama’s victory because he just doesn’t share Americans values. She didn’t use the words you people though.

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    Warren Terra says:

    RE the House, the Republicans pulled off some masterful redistrictings. Thus: Obama won OH and PA handily, but will get something like 1/4 to 1/3 (too lazy to check) of their Representatives.

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    amk says:

    FL difference about 45 K for Obama. gary johnson about 43 K. Karma bitchez.

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    gene108 says:


    I’m just hoping Obamacare becomes popular enough that it can bury Republicans, who voted against it.

    I’m not holding my breath, but I think that’s what it’s going to take to get back the House.

    The problem is the 2010 class of right-wing nut jobs didn’t vote for or against the actual bill, though they attempted to repeal it 30+ times.

    Also, too I fully expect Republicans to run on the basis that Obamacare was a Republican idea via the Heritage Foundation, in 1993, if Obamacare becomes popular in 2014 and 2016 and the media totally buying into this line of reasoning, despite all the votes against it.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @hep kitty: Don’t do it!! Not worth your sanity. Next thing you know, you’ll be infected by their craziness and bring it back here.

    Talking about craziness, where is Political Observer, by the way?

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    Suffern ACE says:

    The real loser is Buddy Roemer. This election was his for the taking, but the chinese overlords who run our country didn’t want him, ensuring that republicans went into this election with their fourth beat choice.

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    sparrow says:

    Red state posters surprisingly sober minded this morning ( well, many of them). However a few nut jobs are agitating for Benghazi impeachment already… I give it 20 days or so.

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    danielx says:


    Compromise is often necessary. The question is, are the Republicans going to be more reasonable?

    No. This has been another edition of Simple Answers To Simple Questions.

    Countdown to Republican base and Fox News raving that they would have won with a true conservative and that the way to win is to double down on teh crazy:


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    I didn’t know how tense I was about this election until today. Yes, a lot of other things cleared up for me this week, but I truly feel like a weight has fallen from my shoulders and I am finally at rest.

    I wish to give props to the folks who claimed the racists and the fundies would crawl over broken glass to vote the black man out of the presidency. You were right. Despite Romney having no ground game and being inspiring as a dead fish, we only won because we were even more pissed than them and also turned out in droves.

    He showed up in a previous thread complaining about ‘queers’ and the US becoming Greece. Didn’t even troll, just whined in two posts and that was it.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Raven: Party on Morning Joe? What’s happening, is everyone lining up and whacking Joe with a stick until candy falls out of his ass?

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    RedKitten says:

    Watching Obama’s speech, and I’m delighted that the audience actually applauded Romney when Obama talked about how the Romney family has dedicated itself to public service, which deserves honour and applause. I have to wonder if the tables had turned, if the audience would have given any applause to Obama. My guess is no.

    And yeah, that bit about how he was so proud to watch the nation fall in love with Michelle? That brought tears to my eyes. FLOTUS has been so classy and awesome and patient in the face of extreme provocation. I don’t know how she does it.

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    Unsympathetic says:

    Didn’t the Democrats put up Warren as a foil for the Scott Brown seat because the national party didn’t want to implement the full CFPB? I wonder if there’s any regret at Democrat HQ regarding them not being able to muzzle her. How dare she speak what the citizens actually want, you know.

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    "Fair and Balanced" Dave says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    The real loser is Buddy Roemer.

    IMO, the real loser is the so-called “Tea Party”. For the second election in a row, the teabaggers lost big. From Josh Mandel in Ohio to the rape apologist twins in Indiana and Missouri.

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    xian says:

    @Warren Terra: I always wondered why he had to be the *black* Jimmy Carter? Why not northern Jimmy Carter? lawyer Jimmy Carter? Jimmy Carter who doesn’t pronounce nuclear nucular?

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    RedKitten says:

    Love Krugman’s take on it — I am so tired of that “real America” bullshit, as though the only Americans who actually count are the white, right-wing males, and the rest of the entire freaking country are just imposters who don’t really DESERVE the vote, because my goodness, look at what they do with it!

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    1badbaba3 says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Oh man, that’s gotta smart. Hindsight may be 20/20, but the interwebs Iz forever.


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    The Moar You Know says:

    Ben Domenech actually had it partially right. He was the only one of the twenty who seems to have figured out even a little bit of where they went so wrong.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    An advantage of nytimes.com suspending its paywall is that all of you can look at the Missouri Senate map. It is a beautiful sight. I count 35 counties for McCaskill including Greene County. That is Springfield, folks, and usually deep red.

    /All the simcha I had went to that race.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Victory is sweet. Wingnut tears are sweeter.

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    quick question: If Kerry gets to be Sec of State, how does Mass appoint a replacement for him? Will we have asshole Brown vying for that seat again???

    Before 2004, it was the Governor’s choice. But the MA General Court changed the law in 2004 in case of a Kerry victory, to prevent then-Gov Romney from choosing a Republican. So now they have to have a special election to fill a Senate seat.

    Ironically, this is how we ended up with Scott Brown in 2010 (Deval Patrick would have chosen a Dem). I suppose they could change the law back if they really wanted to, but I haven’t heard or read of any movement to do this.

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    Joel says:

    @jayackroyd: Frankly, I’d rather talk of bipartisanship than the right-wing Robespierre that we’d been hearing the last two years. Baby steps.

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    Ellyn says:

    Politics is really a long game, isn’t it. Scott Brown was just a place holder until a worthy replacement for Senator Kennedy came along. And although we didn’t take back the House this time. We will take it back. I haven’t seen the results for the CA congressional candidates I worked for (Hernandez, Bera, Ruiz) but I’m pretty sure that at least one of them won a seat in the House of Representatives. I want to gloat a little bit more before I check on my candidates, prop 30, prop 37, etc.

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    Neil says:

    Politics is too long a game for me. I can’t stand it. I get too bored, Ellyn!

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