Late Night Schadenfreude Open Thread

So this is about the best thing I’ve seen in a couple of days: White People Mourning Romney


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    Alison says:

    I was definitely getting some laughs from that earlier :)

    BTW, Axelrod didn’t have to shave his mustache off after the election, but it still might happen – he’s got a challenge going with MoJoe to try to raise a million bucks for epilepsy research, and if he hits the goal, bye bye soup strainer. Seems like a high amount to shoot for, but who knows :)

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    piratedan says:

    Over @ GOS Puerto Rico passed a motion that may set it on the path to statehood…..

    also too, the fainting couches are being manned because supposedly Boehner and McConnell were already asleep when the President attempted to contact them post Romney’s concession speech. So I’m sure we’re all gonna be fast friends again now that the election is over…..

    these guys certainly know how to redefine petty.

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    suzanne says:

    Perhaps I am a bad person, but watching their epic sad is still deeply amusing to me.
    I am getting gray hair and wrinkles, but on the inside, I am eleven.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @piratedan: Both sides!

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    Kremer says:

    I have no guilt enjoying this, because if Tumblr would have existed in 2004, we’d have seen pages and pages of “Dems Mourning Kerry Loss” pictures by a gloating Republican.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    Well, didn’t Romney get some votes from blacks, Latinos, and Asians, too? I’m sure there were a few faces of color with similar dismay and anguish. Is there a corresponding collection of photos marked White People Celebrating Obama? I thought the photos were entertaining, yes. And call me a concern troll, but the concept here makes me just a smidge uneasy.

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:
    Someday, they’ll unlock the Mysteries of the Hispanic mind and then we’ll be screwed, but until that time, we can watch with amazement the outreach project.

    As an aside, now that the chances that obamacare will be repealed are slim, shouldn’t he be moving to Costa Rica?

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    blingee says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): Ok, you are a concern troll. Wish granted.

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    I get a laugh out of the forecasts of national doom, but I can easily see my political allies pictured as just as sad. Making heroes and villians out of almost all politicians is silliness and will get you bad results. There is evil and then there is just plain stupid and wrong and they’re two different things.

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    jl says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    I have mixed feelings too. Some of those people are sadly deluded. I have a few of those types in my family. Very nice people, but totally deluded, terrible judges of another person’s character, sad cases.

    But some are just arrogant jackasses, some are bigots.

    This article from TPM about the Romney campaigns deluded over confidence in the last days of the campaign is interesting.

    TPM Editor’s Blog

    Below is the summary of the mistakes:

    ” 1. Misreading turn out and party ID. i.e. self-skewing (crazy). 2. Undecided voters and the incumbent rule. (Not totally crazy at all. Seemed no longer valid after 2004. And now seems clearly invalid.) 3. Independents. ”

    So, they ‘unskewed’ the polls, and that went well. They ignored recent evidence and told themselves undecideds would mainly break for the challenger. And finally, they did not understand that a lot of independents are really covert partisans who simply refuse to state their preferred party, and ignored evidence that a higher percentage of these people usually vote Republican than in the past.

    Marshall is a little skeptical of the story. But I have spent some time in a minor outpost of Mitt Romney money shuffling finance world, and having dealt with mini-Mitts, I am less skeptical.

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    Kremer says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    Well, didn’t Romney get some votes from blacks, Latinos, and Asians, too?

    Go ahead – I challenge you to find more than a couple non-white people in pictures of the crowds for Romney campaign speeches in the last several months.

    Can’t find many, can you?

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    jl says:

    @Or something like that.Suffern Ace:

    ” shouldn’t [Rush] be moving to Costa Rica? ”

    Some one needs to call in and ask him when he is moving.

    Countries I have heard for GOP refugee havens, Costa Rica, Canada, Australia, all have more socialized medical care systems that Obamacare.

    And, BTW, ‘Obamacare’ is OK now, right? Obama started using that name in the campaign.

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    amk says:

    Remember mittbot’s $75,000-per-person dinner fundraiser in Nantucket? Well, Obama won that county 63-36, as he did in 8 out 10 wealthiest counties. Karma, bitchez

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    shecky says:

    Oh, the fucking drama with these people! The next four years are going to be agonizing, end is nigh gloom as the rest of us just go about our everyday lives like normal.

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    Kremer says:

    @amk: Wasn’t for the voting support, only for the $$$$.

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    freelancer says:


    It was the help.

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    Hal says:

    Wow. I am loving this way too much. I almost feel guilty. All I can say is; welcome to 2004 Republicans! Though this is much worse with the Internet today compared to back then.

    Plus, love the woman who says she’s moving to Australia because their Prime Minister is a Christian Male. He is actually a she, and atheist, and living with her un-married partner.

    Also nice to know Janine Turner is a big an asshole as Patricia Heaton and cuckoo Victoria Jackson.

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    jl says:


    Yahoo ‘Election Control Room’ has a map where you can look up your county.

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    Kremer says:

    I hope to read about some of the more ignorant people trying to emigrate to Canada or Australia, and getting a rather rude awakening to reality in those countries.

    (probably wishful thinking, but…)

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    the Conster says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    These pics are payback for that sow with the stupid hat and purple band aid on her face from the 2004 Republican convention. I hope she’s in one of those pics somewhere.

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @freelancer: Yep. If you live amongst em, you know damn well they shouldn’t be in charge of anything.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    The concept is that Romney’s campaign was primarily supported by white people who were uncomfortable with a black man as president.

    It’s not a comforting concept, but I haven’t seen a whole lot of evidence that it’s untrue, particularly given the race-baiting that the Romney campaign engaged in.

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    Ruckus says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):
    If these people are so concerned for the welfare of the country why did they vote for someone with all the skill and grace of a great steaming pile of dog shit? Feel uneasy for them? The racists, the selfish, the evangelicals, the stupid, those with all of these wonderful traits, and more? Feel uneasy for them?
    You must be kidding. It’s not that they have made themselves mockable, they have demanded it.
    For 8 years we were a not so funny laughing stock to the rest of the world and then we did something great and wonderful. Barely but managed it. And then nearly half of us tried desperately to become an even worse caricature than those horrible eight years. Mock them, hell we should shine million watt lights on them so that we know what stupid, racist, selfish, evangelical, evil looks like.

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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    I hit the motherlode of schadenfreude today at HillBuzz. Watching Kevin Dujan’s completely unfounded confidence turn to ashes in his mouth was the best thing I’ve read this year. He spent 12 hours watching MSNBC so that, after Romney won, he would have a document of how the “Ministry of Truth” tried to throw the election for Obama. I’d excerpt some … excerpts but it’s all too good. His first post from election day was titled “The Media Won’t Admit the Magical Black Man Failed — but voters have no trouble at all firing Barack Obama” and it only gets better from there.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Kremer: I’m not trying to argue that “a bunch of non-whites voted for Romney”. I heard on NPR that Romney got about 20% of the Latino vote, and maybe 15% of the Asian vote and 5% of the black vote, so out of the millions of people from these groups who voted, there would be sad faces, I am sure.

    I’m thrilled Obama won; I’m damn near as happy that Romney lost. I just am not sure that pointing and laughing at “all the moronic white people” is a good thing.

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    jl says:


    Try this link, you want to clip on ‘the map’ button to avoid an uninteresting state by state slide show

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    Kremer says:

    @Hal: That person got a rude awakening from AUS twitter posts, and she quickly deleted her account. (Gawker or Jezebel has the details)

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @jl: In fact the President started using early on, he said something to the effect: Obamacare, I like that, Obama cares.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @jl: I read a blog post from a Republican about the disastrous ORCA project from Willard’s campaign. It was essentially a .pdf file that people had to print the night before the election. The associated website was crashing throughout the day, and no one in the campaign was returning the panicked phone calls from people in the field.

    They were amateurs.

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    amk says:

    If you look at the donors to both the camps, the PBO supporters put their money where their mouth is and raised millions for him, while the wingnutz let their sugar daddies bankroll mittbot. So who are the real moochers and freeloaders ?

    And when it came to the real hard work on the ground, it’s not even worth comparing. Yet the wingnutz whine incessantly about hard work, taking responsibility, blah, blah. Fucking hypocrites.

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    Kremer says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): Didn’t mean to be snarking at your opinion. At least this site isn’t giving comments, only documenting reactions.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Mnemosyne: Good point. Maybe then the collection of photos should have been called “Racists Mourn Obama Win”. I could totally have fun with that. We’d likely all note (at least subconsciously) that all the faces were white and draw our own conclusions. I’m good with that.

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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Yeah that was guy posting at Ace of Bacon and Playdoh about the shambolic GOTV effort. Romney’s ORCA was a dead shark.

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    Kremer says:

    @Hill Dweller:
    The GOP ORCA fiasco is the top link at

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): I would read this as a warning. Don’t become emotionally attached to a politician, and if you are, watch results at home.

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    Rainey Day says:

    Being called a moocher or less of an American or a thousand other things prompts one to gloat a little, yes?

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    Kane says:

    The best website ever!

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    Mandalay says:

    Sorry to be a party pooper, but this news kills the schadenfreude a bit:

    McAuliffe confirms he’ll run for governor in 2013


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    jl says:

    I was surprised how well Obama did in the middle of the Central Valley CA, which where I grew up. Obama won Merced, San Joaquin and Yolo Counties. Almost won Stanislaus.

    Obam won Solano and Sacramento, but those probably don’t count, being partly SF Bay Area and state gummint, respectively.

    Fresno, sadly was Romney by 4 points. Getting down south around Bakersfield, almost as red as Oklahoma, as were the Sierra foothills.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Ruckus: No, Ruckus, I don’t feel sympathy for the fools in the photos. (Although I think in another collection I saw there were a few photos of very young children who look to be ten years away from voting — I DO feel sorry for those kids being brought up by such foolish, uninformed parents).

    I’d have probably just titled the piece “Knuckleheads Mourn Obama Victory”.

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    jl says:

    @MikeJ: Thanks. Google is much quicker. But I think Yahoo graphics easier to read.

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    jl says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: I didn’t know Obama went for ‘Obamcare’ early in the campaign.

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    Kremer says:


    McAuliffe confirms he’ll run for governor in 2013

    Any D that can challenge Ken Cuccinelli is a plus.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Or something like that.Suffern Ace: The stunned faces of the Fox bobbleheads were especially entertaining to behold. Watching these public figures (along with Victoria “Did We Ever Really Think She Had Talent?” Jackson, Ted Nugent, Donald Trump, et al) looking so perplexed and pissed off — that was some good stuff!

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    Kremer says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):
    The almost desperate spins Faux was attempting Wed. and Thurs. was pretty entertaining.

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    jl says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    Yeah, I can get more into Late Night Schadenfreude with pics of those bigshot folks.

    I have to find the clip of Rove freaking out on Fox and hectoring Maiden Meghan into schlepping back to the Fox News election quants and watch it a few times and laugh.

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    srv says:

    One more FB drama with a crazy uncle or something, and I’M GOING TO UNFRIEND ALL OF THEM AND THEY WILL BE DEAD TO ME.

    Am starting to feel bad though, after years of trolling Pat Lang on crypto War of Northern Agression shit, he basically called all the white crackers racists today.

    Small steps.

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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    Some pure HillBuzz junk: “{Liberals} believe in Nate Silver the way toddlers believe in Santa Claus…only I guarantee you that November 6th isn’t going to be like Christmas morning for these people. Nate Silver’s predictions are bunk and everyone on the Left who clung to them to hold their mental health together the last few months are going to turn on him in an instant when Mitt Romney wins the election in a landslide.”

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @jl: I’m sorry to be Bogarting the thread a bit, but I want to try to respond to the thoughtful responses I’ve received to my observation. Thanks for the link — it was interesting. Thankfully, I’ve not had much exposure to the mini-Mitts you encountered in finance. Like you, I too had a family members who were very Republican. It didn’t show (as near as I could see) in their daily dealings with fellow human beings. They worked hard, laughed, were often kind and generous; they were also pretty naive or deluded. They bought into the patriotic brand of snake oil the Repubs have so effectively bottled and marketed.

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    freelancer says:

    @Johnny Coelacanth:

    Wow. Just wow. Deliberate misrepresentation of everything said that wasn’t part of the bubble seems to be his M.O. Forgive the length of the quote, but the liveblog has to be sampled to be believed:

    Rachel Maddow is hosting this thing and I never realized she look so much like Matthew Perry from Friends. I almost thought it was him.
    Steve Schmidt — who looks like a discarded Cabbage Patch Kid — says that they should have picked Rob Portman as a running mate.
    Some other fat person said that they should have sent Paul Ryan to Wisconsin and had him win his state.
    Al Sharpton says that black are angry and are going to vote more than ever for Obama because they see that Romney is evil!
    GEESH…this is all so nuts.
    It’s the opposite of reality.
    Everyone on this stage is mentally illl.
    Do you know the movie Child’s Play? With the Chucky doll that came to life?
    Steve Schmidt looks like a Cabbage Patch doll come to life. He really does.
    547pm CST — this is nonscientific, but every Democrat out there speaking tonight looks like they are going to throw up too. A lot of people are emailing in saying that Bill Richardson looks green.
    How many ways can I describe these people looking sick?
    Some obnoxious guy that looks like Tim Russert’s son Luke but it’s not is talking. He’s a snarky and obnoxious guy. The Left probably loves him.
    602pm CST Okay, Chris Matthews look like death right now. Earlier he opted not to guess who would win.
    Rachel Maddow looks like she has no idea what’s even happening. Matthews is white and pale and sweating.
    635pm CST Al Sharpton is so stupid. He keeps saying that nobody liked Paul Ryan.
    Ohio will come down to my home county.
    So Clevelanders will decide this.
    Clevelanders are actually a lot like me.
    If you like that, then Cleveland is a paradise you need to discover!
    Abbey on the ground in Cleveland says that the local news looks sick on tee-vee. They are upset. They want Obama to win, so them being upset is a good thing.
    650pm CST — Romney wins Georgia. NOTE: Nate Silver said Obama would win Georgia.
    732pm CST – I know that Mitt Romney wrote no concession speech but Obama did. I know that Democrats look like they are going to throw up and Republicans are being calm.
    821pm CST — Stephanie Cutte in Obama headquarters is talking. They show the campaign office behind her. They don’t look excited or happy…they look terrified.
    Don’t believe the bluster on tee-vee…look at their faces. No smiles….they are staring at screens and are shaking.
    942pm CST — Arizona goes Romney. Nate Silver said that would be an Obama pickup.
    1014pm CST — Barack Obama has won Ohio, and with it reelection.
    This is stunning. Absolutely stunning.

    Classy, delusional wingnut, that one.

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    Radio One says:

    knowing Ryan Murphy, the main villain in American Horror Story Season 2 isn’t going to be the nazi war criminal harboring cannibal mutants outside his insane asylum, or a psychotic nun who killed a woman in a hit and run and has fantasies of fucking priests. Instead, the villain is the male lead in Zachary Quinto, who is way worse than I expected

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    Kane says:

    Nothing like the fresh scent of karma.

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    David Koch says:

    I watched Fox the week leading up to the election and they were pumping Romney will win in a landslide every hour.

    I mean, they weren’t even saying it could be close. It was full metal propaganda.

    The night before the election they did a segment on who Romney should appoint to his cabinet.

    It was really evil the way they led people on.

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    Ruckus says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):
    I may have come on a little strong and I do get your point, be the better person, but that’s pretty hard to do when that many people are actively trying to screw you with your pants on. Especially when there is nothing but downside for them as well. Look at them, they act like they just found out the person they have been faithful to has given them an STD.
    Yeah the kids I feel sorry for. I wonder if they will learn as they get older.

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    Mandalay says:


    Any D that can challenge Ken Cuccinelli is a plus

    Well I suppose McAuliffe would be the lesser of two evils, but I just wish there was a better alternative.

    I expect many Republicans feel the same way about Cuccinelli.

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    Hal says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    I’m thrilled Obama won; I’m damn near as happy that Romney lost. I just am not sure that pointing and laughing at “all the moronic white people” is a good thing.

    I might feel more sympathetic if so many comments I read didn’t mention welfare, moochers and foodstamps. I think there is a very large section of Republican supporters who do not like Obama because he is black. Whatever else they may say is the reason they voted for Romney, Race is one of their major issues.

    One woman on that tumblr site said she was going to use unemployment to buy a BMW, and foodstamps to buy 20 cases of caviar. If you are so stupid that you think unemployment is the equivalent of winning the lotto and foodstamps are basically and bottomless well of money to eat anything you want, you deserve to be mocked mercilessly.

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    jl says:

    @David Koch:

    I don’t think the Romentum Fox News propaganda was leading their audience on, it was their effort at GOTV for the base.

    Given their superannuated demographic, they should have had local affiliates give out numbers for rides to the polls, too. They could have claimed that was a nonpartisan public service.

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    Kane says:

    I’m a bit concerned about their enthusiasm gap.

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    Carl Nyberg says:

    What has Obama done from a policy point of that is so offensive to them?

    It seems like Republicans got everything their way in the post-9/11 era, minus privatizing Social Security, and they simply got used to getting their way on everything and the media creating a context where Democrats rolled over on pretty much everything.

    Republicans thought this was the new normal and it was permanent.

    Their ideology is at a dead end. Their coalition is too small. Once the Dems take the U.S. House and hold it for an election cycle, the GOP will be almost irrelevant.

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    Mike G says:

    Fuck these people with a rusty chainsaw. I remember plenty of gloating in 2004 when the nation’s smug idiots sent the Chimp back for four more years of corruption, arrogance and disaster.

    Plus he’s been president already for four years, he’s a known quantity — it’s not like they’ve awoken to a nightmare where Malcolm X circa 1960 is suddenly taking over the White House.

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @David Koch: Yep. But they won’t suffer for it. They’ll continue to believe that losers like Pat Cadell and Dick Morris and the welfare office are where you find expressions of real democrats. There will be no consequences for this. Also let’s not forget that even outside that bubble, attacks against Silver’s polls were coming from such non fox folks as david brooks, Chris Cizilla, and Michael Gerson and Micky Kauss (I’m only including the latter as a smear).

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @Carl Nyberg: Its what he’s gonna do. He wants you to lose your job and put you on food stamps so you’ll be dependent like the people who vote for him.

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    I’m surprised at their surprise. Shellshocked? Really? You didn’t see this coming? At all?

    The description of the ORCA thing, and the fustercluck is all kinds of crazy. (I spent a little time doing GOTV calling using the Obama-campaign predictive dialer, and was frustrated with what amounted to minor usability issues. But compared to the description of ORCA fail whale, the predictive dialer tool was excellent.

    I like this roundup and analysis of ORCA and competence and management and all-hail-the-CEO by Allahpundit at Hotair:

    But that’s part of what makes this election result terrifying — the best manager in our presidential field got completely outmanaged.

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    blingee says:

    @Ruckus: The are not concerned about shit other than the fact a Black Democrat is still running things. It’s as simple as that. They don’t give a damn about Rmoney and his stupid policies. They just care that he is white and is a republican and kind of looks presidential. That’s it. Full stop!

    It is just a waste of your precisious time in this life to listen to their reasons because it’s all bullshit. They just pull stuff out of their ass. It’s all bullshit. They just don’t want a black democrat. That’s the ONLY reason.

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    LD50 says:

    the funniest part is watching the wingnuts try to think of a foreign country to emigrate to, while remaining completely ignorant about what the rest of the world thinks of them.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Yeah that link is one of my favorite things

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Carl Nyberg: He’s done nothing to them, Carl, but they somehow think he has. I teach in a couple of junior colleges, and every semester I hear from two or three of them how Obama is going to take away everyone’s guns, or ban prayer, or eliminate Christmas. The sad thing is, these people really seem to believe it! Ask for proof, and they’ll stare at you in confusion. Usually, they just end up stuttering something like, “Well, that’s what I heard.” They are, of course, parroting angry old Aunt Katie or Uncle Beavis.

    And, Ruckus (@ #56) and Hal (@ #58), I amright there with you laughing at these fools. Wouldn’t it be great if after four more years have gone by (and America has not become a smoking pile of ash), they’d stagger forth from their caves, blink in the sunlight, and maybe, just maybe, rethink their politics?

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    DaddyJ says:

    No, sorry. While it is gratifying to see the professional liars and bigots discomfited, I can’t celebrate the grief of the ordinary folks. They are as much the victims of the lies as the rest of us. The fact that they can be driven to such depths of despair and fear by the re-election of a middle-of-the road Democrat is just depressing.

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    Carl Nyberg says:

    Wingnuts emigrating to other countries should be a new reality TV show.

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    AA+ Bonds says:


    The funniest part is watching the wingnuts try to think of a foreign country to emigrate to

    It is like the argument that driving down health care costs through government will wreck health care quality by causing specialists to flee to places where they can make more money

    If there is a country where an American surgeon would want to live that doesn’t already have government health care, we would have to build a spaceship to get there

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    Carl Nyberg says:


    I can’t celebrate the grief of the ordinary folks. They are as much the victims of the lies as the rest of us.

    I’m sorry, but I’m reminded of seeing some sailors on a ship toss some toxic chemicals over the side of the ship in port. I mentioned to my buddy that they should be trained better. He said, “Carl, do you really think they don’t know they’re not supposed to do that?”

    The people who choose to watch Fox News have been exposed to the information that Fox News lies to them for the purpose of manipulating them.

    They have the facts, or enough to know their media outlets are lying. They have chosen to be lied to.

    And that kinda screws-up our government.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Carl Nyberg: I’m recycling a quip I made on a thread last night, but they could collectively trundle off to some godforsaken rock and name it Getoffmylawnia.

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    Carl Nyberg says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    Wouldn’t it be great if after four more years have gone by (and America has not become a smoking pile of ash), they’d stagger forth from their caves, blink in the sunlight, and maybe, just maybe, rethink their politics?

    Republicans have decided whom to blame. The details may change, but it’s the same basic constellation of people they’ve always blamed.

    Banks tank the home mortgage markets and these rubes can be sold a story of a silent conspiracy of poor Blacks and Latinos defrauding the banks.

    The fact that the money moved from homeowners to banks and the poor Blacks and Latinos lost their homes… it does not matter. The Wingnuts know whom to blame.

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    @Johnny Coelacanth:

    That was truly beautiful – watching his little gay wingnut brain break in real time.

    Hillbuzz is a sewer I have not visited before. Gems like this:

    Triple redundancy on accuracy with PHYSICAL PROPERTIES no more electronic counting, what bee ess…
    you have some calibrated plexiglass cylinders, clear, that exactly fit the size of a penny for president, nickel for governor, dime for senator, dime for congressperson…i.e. keep it cheap
    They are guarded by all comers. A voter puts in one coin in each appropriate cylinder for their vote.
    They also do a one-sided PAPER ballot with a MAGIC MARKER.
    They also dip their finger in indelible ink like in Iraq.
    They also get a photo of their ballot and inked finger which must be attached to an electronic ballot.
    OK they can also pour 5 cc of colored water into another cylinder per their candidate, so they cannot be mixed up.
    Then all of these are compared, they should reveal the SAME number.
    Of course with citizenship ID.
    In WA the absentee ballots are made from angel thin tissue paper ballots so that you can read the votes before opening or discarding the entire envelope, and I’m sure a lot of the non-Dem votes are pitched into the garbage.
    There is no way that this system cannot be improved, using common sense.
    YOU SHOULD REFUSE TO USE ELECTRONIC BALLOTING and pressure should be put on for physical count means.
    WE NEED MORE DINOS TO RUN FOR SECRETARY OF STATE. Hell they installed RINOs to ruin the election process, we can do the same.
    Look at Chris Christie’s ACTIONS, he installed a sharia judge, but then “talked tough” to Obama abuot governing from the outside, but then he blockaded Mitt during Sandy. CC is a RINO. We need a DINO brigade. They wear a suit and cut their hair, we need to grow our hair and sport lice body odor and poo on cop cars to blend in with them.
    Read more

    Just beautiful.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    I’m wondering if my thirst for images and tales of Republican suffering will ever be slaked.

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @Carl Nyberg: The question is how much are their media outlets lying? It s very possible that O’Reilly believes that there is a war on Christmas. And Rush might believe that the only reason someone might vote for Obama is to get free stuff. We like to think these rich buffoon are saavy and cynical. What if theyre just stupid and mean?

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    LD50 says:

    @AA+ Bonds: It’s a real dilemma — they want a country where everybody is white, speaks only English, loves guns and hates national health care. Doesn’t exist.

    But really, the fundamental problem is that wingnut culture teaches that you’re supposed to hate all foreign countries except Israel. Somehow I don’t see some hate-filled Southern Baptist from Oklahoma opting for that.

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    @Susan K of the tech support: Allahpundit’s article here is in the same vein and very worth reading. I think it’s amazing he caught the public’s view of the 2008 recession being unique last year(giving Obama breathing room on fixing it).

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @LD50: And they won’t be moving to Israel because in their fantasy world it’s the first country to get blown up in the end times.

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    Dr. Loveless says:

    As much as I’m enjoying the Schadenfreude, #natesilverfacts and #drunknatesilver are just as funny, if not more so.

    Also too, #romneydeathrally. Comedy gold there.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I think that even liberals who understand that conservatives are out of touch with reality often do not grasp the details of how and why this has happened even when they are confronting conservative “theories” head on

    Understand that a top conservative “theory” on Benghazi in the week leading up to the election was this: a specific, named Navy officer (Gaouette) was removed from command of a specific, named carrier strike force (Stennis) because, with his ship sitting right off the coast of Libya when the attack began, he tried to send choppers to save the embassy against Obama’s express orders to let Americans die, and because he wouldn’t go along with Obama’s plan, Obama had him removed rather than save the ambassador – because Obama would do anything to capitulate to radical Islam

    But . . . not only had the Navy patiently explained to the press that the specifically named officer and carrier were in the Pacific during the attacks, oceans and continents away from Benghazi – there was also video on Facebook from their September 11th memorial service to prove it and it had been there the whole time

    Nevertheless, right up through election day, every right wing discussion site I visited was filled with military porn descriptions of the carrier strike force, and elaborate timelines for the events that never happened, that could not possibly have happened, aboard a ship that was never there, and repeated statements that the helicopters were exactly “sixteen air minutes” from Benghazi when the attacks occurred, and so on . . .

    As you can surmise from what you may have encountered in the media, this “theory” remains extremely convincing to a great many Republicans

    This is in part because, I kid you not, right-wing talk radio folks like Michael Savage and Ben Ferguson have recently ramped up their occasional argument that good conservatives never use Google or other search engines because they are owned by liberals and designed by liberals to spread misinformation

    Many liberals may believe they understand how vast the delusion is, simply because of the evident gulf between their understanding of reality and that of conservatives; liberals may not understand the intense and elaborate alternate reality that has been constructed and continues to be constructed to maintain that difference

    Right-wingers very much believe that they have the facts to back up their arguments

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @AA+ Bonds: So what’s Issa going to do at his hearings? Convict Susan rice for saying things she never said and court martial the navy admirals for keeping track of where ships are?

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    blingee says:

    @freelancer (iPhone): I would watch that! Then you can have celebrity idiots abroad. They can follow Trump and Chuck Norris around Vietnam or something.

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    Lancelot Link says:

    The funniest part is watching the wingnuts try to think of a foreign country to emigrate to

    How about Guyana? I can think of a very appropriate location there.
    They could call it “Galtstown”

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    @Joseph Nobles: Good stuff on the Great Recession. Decent analysis overall. Thanks for sending that along.

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    Narcissus says:

    @Johnny Coelacanth: Thanks for the heads up. I’m reading it now, and it’s pretty great.

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    GxB says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall:


    Simple? Oy Vey! Buddy, I’ve seen Michael Bay movies that were more realistic and had fewer continuity problems. That individual has to be pissed up, methed up, or the love child of “One L” Michele and Rube Goldberg (possibly all three.)

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall: Yes. Please cover yourself in lice and poo on cop cars. I fear your movement growing by leaps and bounds.

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    Calouste says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Of course there are a few well-paying positions out there for American surgeons serving Gulf sheiks or the Russian oligarchy or so. In all cases, they’d better be really, really good, because liabilty insurance is not going to save their ass if they botch an operation.

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    Peter Murphy says:

    @Carl Nyberg: Count Australia out. Even though there are now another 36 people who want to jump aboard, we want no part of that.

    As a friend said “We’ve got enough idiots of our own”. She has no problem with Americans – she’s married to one. But ignorant Teabaggers are another story.

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    fuckwit says:

    Couple things.

    First of all, they really ARE mourning. This is the unequivocal death of white supremacy at the national level. Demographics, motherfucker. No candidate will ever be able to win a national election with just the white male vote. Done, over, and RMoney was their last chance, and didn’t pull it off.

    Sorry folks, you now live in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-religion, multi-sexual-orientation nation, with both men AND women voting. Wow. Where ya been? Glad you decided to join us. It’s a big tent, come on in.

    So I can see why they’re sad. No more lording it over those “other” people. Now they are the “other” people, along with everyone else.

    Secondly, I think I’ve said this, but the shell-shock is similar to what happened when the failure of the Iraq war took them by surprise. Problem with Rethugs: THEY BELIEVE THEIR OWN BULLSHIT. That’s really it in a nutshell. They thought the Iraqis would greet us with flowers and joy, and they thought that us peons would eagerly cheer RMoney on to victory as our new corporate overlord. Could you imagine really believing that bullshit? And so it was quite a shock when it didn’t actually happen.

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    odp says:

    Hilarious, that Twit(terer) who said she was moving to Australia because “their president is a Christian who supports what he says.” Someone should let her in on the fact that (a) they have a prime minister, not a president, (b) their prime minister is a woman, and ( c) she says she doesn’t believe in God.

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    Narcissus says:

    By the way Alex Wagner is hot

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    chopper says:

    @Or something like that.Suffern Ace:

    ah yes, the Hispanic mind. nature’s Rubix Cube.

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    Lurking Canadian says:

    @Susan K of the tech support: I too an surprised at their surprise. I can certainly understand that they ha to say they thought Romney would win. I can even understand they hoped Romney would win. I went in to the 2004 election hoping for a Kerry victory, even though the polls were grim, because maybe they undercounted cell-phone only homes and maybe there would be a turnout surprise and… Similarly, I went into Tuesday night worried that Romney might win, because maybe all their voter suppression shenanigans might work.

    But it seems that Romney’s people genuinely believed, not held out hope, that he was going to win. They thought he was a lock. All that Romentum garbage, all the crap about his 350 EV landslide wasn’t just pablum for the rubes who watch Glen Beck. They actually believed it and were shocked to be wrong. That’s just delusional.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): It doesn’t make me uneasy at all. Thank goodness that there are Blacks and Browns who voted this time around for President Obama, since he only got 39% of the White vote.

    And I’m having a great laugh at the tumblir. Almost as much of a laugh as I did for this meme:

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @freelancer: Goddamn that is impressive. I wonder how much glue he’s inhaled over his lifetime to get to his level of peak wingnut.

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    1badbaba3 says:

    @blingee: I see that Newticles still has the laser focus on the important things, book signings, and both kinds of jobs: blow (thanks Callista!), and hand (thanks suckers!). Wow, imagine being someone so out of it that the scams of Newt Gingrich still work on you. When the Reichwing complains about a stupid electorate, they say they are referring to us, but they know they’re really talking about the suckers who identify as Republicans.

    Morans and the morans who love them, tonight on Pox Snooze.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Lurking Canadian: That is also what struck me, that so many of the people in these photos look totally, utterly astonished. I felt a little guilty when I saw someone who was just sad — I’d be just as sad if my guy lost, I felt sympathy for them, and I didn’t want to gloat about their sorrow.

    But the surprised faces, the shocked ones, the gobsmacked ones, those I have to admit I feel some contempt for. The world is awash in more information than ever before, take advantage of it.

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    sherparick says:

    @Lancelot Link: I still think Somalia is ideal. No central Government, all authority and power private and patriarchial with a governing ideology of religious fanacticism. The Libertarian/Neo-Feudalist paradise.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    I still think Somalia is ideal. No central Government, all authority and power private and patriarchial with a governing ideology of religious fanacticism. The Libertarian/Neo-Feudalist paradise.

    @sherparick: Having just been there last year, I can tell you without reservation that you are full of shit regarding Somalia from one end to the other.

    First of all, de facto, Somalia is not one nation but two. Both of them at the moment have fully functional central governments. Puntland (northern Somalia) has been stable and peaceful for well over a decade. The days of the warlords running things are over except in the extreme southern part of the country, where they are still slowly but surely being driven out.

    Don’t joke about inflicting our political failures on them. They’ve been through twenty-plus years of utter hell and the ones I met are quite nice people.

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    LanceThruster says:


    I can just see the billboards…

    Go Galt offworld in Somalia now!

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    I just am not sure that pointing and laughing at “all the moronic white people” is a good thing.

    It’s not. It’s a GREAT THING.

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    LD50 says:

    @The Moar You Know:

    First of all, de facto, Somalia is not one nation but two.

    I thought it was three: Somalia, Somaliland, and Puntland. And that yes, the Mad Max stuff was mostly confined to Somalia.

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    Hugely says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): I disagree homeboy. “Those people” are way too invested in this election as if it were a football game. I will continue to laugh at them until they wake the fuck up and have a grown up conversation about policy, direction of the country, what is best for all of us, etc …

    in good faith… which seems to be sorely lacking in the republican party

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