Wednesday Open Thread | Cultural Music and Dance

Chinese water sleeve dance is supposed to imitate the movement of water.  In Chinese Opera the sleeves are often about the length (on both male and female charater roles) that Kiki has them on her costumes.  As a stand alone dance form the sleeves can be considerably longer (e.g. watch this video: ).

In Chinese Opera, each sleeve movement (as I’ve noted elsewhere, there are literally over a hundred specific hsiu (“sleeve movements”) described by A.C. Scott that are used in in any one particular style of Chinese Opera:….html ) has a specific meaning that contributes to the overall narrative (just as jeeb in Thai Classical Dance and hastamudra in Indian Classical Dance).

From the Exotic to the Erotic, from a Ho Down, to a Slow Down, from Hip Hop to the Lindy Hop, Twisting the night away, Hula, Bollywood to Hollywood, Samba, to a Tango 3 Chics will have you moving that body…. Join us as we travel around the world and savor the music and dances of our fellow citizens of the universe.

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  1. The Republican Party Is Completely Imploding

    Republicans went into Tuesday’s election fully confident that Mitt Romney would defeat Barack Obama

    In the three months leading up to the election — and even in the dark days of the “47 percent” video leak — virtually every Republican strategist and conservative politico I spoke to was certain that Romney would pull off a victory. Arguments to the contrary were resoundingly dismissed as “a lot of Nate Silver spin.”

    Instead, the GOP got totally routed Tuesday, losing the White House in an electoral college landslide and squandering what was once a prime opportunity to retake control of the Senate.

  2. ELECTION SPECIAL: Barack Obama Singing Can’t Touch This

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  4. Dick Morris Mitt Will Win in a Landslide with 325 Electoral Votes

  5. How Barack Obama won four more years

    Slate analysis: The President won re-election by becoming a street fighter. He also had a better team around him that ran a first-rate campaign.

    In the end, it wasn’t close. Barack Obama won re-election handily over Mitt Romney with 303 electoral votes (so far), well more than the 270 electoral votes needed. Of the nine battleground states that were up for grabs, Obama won seven of them, losing only North Carolina (Florida remains to be called). But while Obama won those states, he didn’t crush it; he won instead, a string of precise narrow victories. He didn’t win because his leadership during Hurricane Sandy blew all those swing votes his way (though it may have helped). The president won because he ran a permanent campaign, keeping his offices open in the battleground states from his 2008 campaign, tending his coalition assiduously, and because he relentlessly defined his opponent. His was the better campaign. The Democratic candidate of “hope and change” beat the big business Republican in the trenches, in one state after another.


    O’Reilly went on to predict that Romney would lose the election if he lost Ohio.

    “How do you think we got to that point?” host Megyn Kelly wondered.

    “Because it’s a changing country,” O’Reilly insisted. “The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff, they want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama.”

    “The white establishment is now the minority,” he added. “And the voters — many of them — feel that this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You’re going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama, overwhelming black vote for President Obama and women will probably break President Obama’s way.”

    “People feel that they are entitled to things. And which candidate between the two is going to give them things?”


    SMH at the astounding ignorance. I don’t think they’ll ever get it!

  7. Republican Reckoning Begins After Revealing Defeat

    BOSTON -– Republican Party leaders on Wednesday began picking up the pieces of their movement, trying to figure how to put them back together.

    The GOP was blindsided Tuesday, but also revealed. The Democrats’ ground organization was beyond anything they’d imagined, pulling in new voters with stunning effectiveness. It exposed a major weakness in the Republican approach to winning elections, practically and intellectually.

    “I don’t think anyone on our side understood or comprehended how good their turnout was going to be,” said Henry Barbour, a Republican committee man from Mississippi. “The Democrats do voter registration like a factory, like a business, and Republicans tend to leave it to the blue hairs.”

    But President Barack Obama’s triumphant get-out-the-vote program also pulled back the curtain on the GOP’s looming demographic demise. The exposure was so severe that there will be few inside the party who can deny the need to work toward immigration reform, as well the need to make a broader effort to communicate to parts of the electorate that the party has not tried to in the past.

  8. Ametia says:

    Nina Taylor will be on Ed Show tonight. Comingup soon.

  9. Ametia says:

    November 7, 2012, 2:05 PM
    Obama’s win forces Walker’s hand on health care

    MADISON, Wis. — President Barack Obama’s re-election is forcing the hand of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who had stopped all efforts to implement the federal health care reform law in the hopes that Republicans would take over in Washington.

    Obama’s victory coupled with Democrats’ keeping control of the Senate assures that the Affordable Health Care Act will continue to go into effect. Walker’s administration and Republican leaders in the state Legislature are now scrambling to figure out their next move.

    Wisconsin faces a Nov. 16 deadline to inform the Obama administration whether the state will implement an online health care marketplace, or exchange, or let the federal government do it. Each state’s exchange must be operational in 2014 under the health care law.

    Walker told reporters Wednesday in Milwaukee that he will be meeting with state officials this week to discuss the next steps. He downplayed the urgency of the situation, saying no matter what the state does, the federal government won’t review it for months. Walker has said he doesn’t think it would be a problem for the state to get an extension.

    “Even after notifying them, we have until next fall to make modifications as we see fit,” Walker said. “We haven’t made a decision yet.”

    Walker said the choice for his administration was whether to accept an exchange run by the federal government, set up its own or pursue a combination.

    “The question, from our standpoint, is what option is best for the taxpayers of Wisconsin,” Walker said.

  10. rikyrah says:

    A new, more progressive Senate

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Nov 7, 2012 8:59 AM EST

    When Republican strategists come up with a game plan for the 2014 midterms, I suspect page one will include a rather straightforward piece of advice: “Let’s not talk about rape this year.”

    As thing stand this morning, Senate Democrats have a 52-seat majority. If Maine’s Angus King (I) caucuses with Dems — and efforts are already well underway to make that happen — that becomes a 53-seat majority. If Montana’s Jon Tester and North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp hang on to win their races — and both are ahead in unofficial vote counts — then the new Senate will have a 55-seat Democratic majority, and Dems will have earned a net gain of two seats for the cycle.

    Earlier in the year, this was simply inconceivable. Democrats had 23 seats to defend, many in reliably-red states, while Republicans had only 10. Karl Rove and others had raised truckloads full of cash to crush Democratic candidates, and buy the chamber for the GOP.

    And yet, it now appears Democrats will have expanded their majority in 2012. Indeed, it is now the fourth consecutive cycle in which voters have elected a Democratically-controlled Senate, despite all the cyclical and institutional reasons this seemed impossible.

    And how did this happen? A variety of factors, of course, led to state-by-state victories, but the role of rape rhetoric no doubt played a meaningful part.

    In Missouri, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) handpicked right-wing Rep. Todd Akin (R) as her preferred challenger, assuming he’d be the easiest Republican to defeat, and she was right — he sealed his fate with the legendary “forcible rape” comments. The year’s most vulnerable Democratic incumbent ended up winning by 16 points.

    Similarly, in Indiana, Sen. Dick Lugar was defeated in a Republican primary by Richard Mourdock, whose campaign went into a tailspin when he said rape pregnancies are “something that God intended to happen.” Sen.-elect Joe Donnelly (D) won by six, even as other Republicans cruised in the state.

    It may seem hyperbolic, but the truth is, we’ll have a more Democratic Senate because the GOP’s far-right base elected unhinged and unelectable conservatives who said ridiculous things about rape.

    But we can take this one step further when looking at the larger Senate membership.


    The New York Times’ David Firestone raised a point that’s slowly been making the rounds.

    It’s rarely wise to make upbeat predictions about a group of lawmakers as reliably disappointing as the United States Senate. But with President Obama winning re-election and Democrats having a strong night in several states, this is not an impossible political fantasy:

    The Democratic-controlled Senate is likely to be considerably more liberal than the one it replaces. Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Angus King of Maine (nominally an independent) replace Republicans. Tim Kaine of Virginia is more liberal than Jim Webb, the Democrat who retired, just as Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Chris Murphy of Connecticut are more liberal than Herb Kohl and Joe Lieberman. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will be one of the strongest voices in support of Mr. Obama’s policies, and may even push the president leftward.

    The obvious response to this — a 55-seat majority is irrelevant if Republicans demand a 60-vote supermajority for literally every bill of consequence — is certainly true. But the likelihood of filibuster reform is real, and with Democrats expanding their majority, the party has a new motivation to help repair the dysfunctional chamber.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Rove has some explaining to do
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Nov 7, 2012 11:29 AM EST

    I imagine there are some fascinating behind-the-scenes conversations taking place in the political world this morning, but the chats I’d especially like to hear are the ones between the most generous Republican donors and the party officials who didn’t deliver.

    Precise estimates vary, but by all accounts, Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, for example, invested tens of millions of dollars in the 2012 cycle, including writing several large checks to Rove’s Crossroads attack operation. Rove effectively told Adelson and other hyper-wealthy donors, “Give me your money and I’ll deliver the election results you want.”

    The checks came. The victories didn’t.

    With Republicans already in control of the House, Crossroads, Restore Our Future, and related groups seemed to think it was simply a matter of finances — if they could raise the necessary resources, they could “carpetbomb” Democratic candidates, win the Senate, and take the White House. Democrats wouldn’t know what hit them.

    It wasn’t a bad theory; it just failed miserably. President Obama appears to have ended up with 332 electoral votes, and the Democratic majority in the Senate got bigger, not smaller. When Rove’s phone rings today, and angry billionaires want to know what kind of return on investment they received, I honestly have no idea what he can say to justify such widespread failures

  12. rikyrah says:

    The unintended consequences of obstructionism
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Nov 7, 2012 12:00 PM EST

    Watching Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) earn a big win last night, I couldn’t help but think about the way in which Senate Republicans were indirectly responsible for the outcome.

    You’ll recall that it was Warren’s consumer-advocacy work that led President Obama and congressional Democrats to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. GOP policymakers fought the agency’s existence, but they also drew a line in the sand: under no circumstances would Warren be allowed to head the CFPB.

    As a result, Obama asked Warren to help structure the agency; Richard Cordray got to work looking out for consumers; and Democrats approached Warren with an idea: “You know, there’s this Senate race coming up in Massachusetts….”

    Sen. Scott Brown (R) looked to be in a fairly strong position, but Warren beat him with relative ease yesterday, ending up with an eight-point edge with nearly all the precincts reporting.

    If Senate Republicans had allowed Warren to receive a simple, up-or-down vote, she very likely would have spent 2012 at the CFPB, instead of on the campaign trail, and Democrats may have struggled to find a candidate who could have dispatched Brown so easily.

    But the GOP’s obstructionist instincts stopped the party from thinking ahead. They’ll be reminded of the misstep every day for the next six years.

  13. rikyrah says:

    You probably once contemplated voting for Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, or Rick Santorum precisely because Romney was a flip-flopper who invented Obamacare…So how can you be surprised that other Americans never warmed to him as a choice for president?”

    By Kent Jones

    Wed Nov 7, 2012 12:25 PM EST

    -The American Conservative, trying to make sense of it all. Also?

    Romney’s “47 percent” remarks also demonstrated that he has no natural feeling of solidarity for “working Joes.”

    When Mike Huckabee said Mitt looked like the guy that fired you, you nodded in agreement.

    Please remember, in 2008 Barack Hussein Obama absolutely trounced Republicans in Virginia. Virginia! The Old Dominion that is littered with landmarks dedicated to Robert E. Lee voted for the first black president overwhelmingly. You have been saying that Obama was going to change America. It turns out that America had changed already. That’s why you got Barack Obama in the first place.

    About 16.8 million Americans turned 18 between the last election and this one. So, yes, Democratic enthusiasm may be dampened, but demographic changes make it easier for Democrats to turn out the same number of voters year after year.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Tester, Heitkamp push Senate Dems to 55
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Nov 7, 2012 2:07 PM EST.

    Following up on an earlier item, the two unresolved U.S. Senate races have been called, both in Democrats’ favor.

    This was true in Montana..

    U.S. Sen. Jon Tester prevailed Wednesday in a tight re-election battle, beating back nearly two years of attacks for his support of some Obama administration policies to hand Republican U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg his first election loss since 1996. […]

    “I have been waiting a long time to say this. It is over,” Tester told supporters early Wednesday.

    …and in North Dakota.

    Republican Rick Berg concedes US Senate race in North Dakota to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

    Heitkamp’s red-state victory is especially impressive, given that it came on the same day as North Dakota voters supported Mitt Romney by 20 points, and supported a Republican governor by 29 points. The former state attorney general proved to be one of 2012’s most impressive candidates.

    Meanwhile, National Journal reports that Maine’s Sen.-elect, Angus King (I), appears “likely to announce within weeks that he will caucus will Senate Democrats,” which has been widely expected. If accurate, King would be the 55th member of the Senate Democratic caucus and give the party a net gain of two seats in this campaign cycle.

    Finally, consider this jaw-dropper: in a year that was supposed to be awful for Senate Dems, zero Democratic incumbents lost this year. Literally, none.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Sad Conservatives Should Buck Up

    by BooMan
    Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:13:05 PM EST

    You have David Gelernter at the National Review saying that Democrats “reject the American republic of God-fearing individuals in favor of the European ideal,” and basically calling for civil war. You have Bill O’Reilly saying “it’s not a traditional America anymore…the white establishment is now the minority.” It isn’t hard to find more examples, but you get the idea. The Republicans have not had time to prepare for this defeat and a lot of them have gotten pretty high on their own supply of bullshit.

    But some of what they’re decrying is real. Team Obama demonstrated last night that their coalition is durable. The Democrats have a majority that can win the Electoral College for years to come, and their advantage is only going to grow as the electorate gets younger and more diverse. Losing will have consequences for the Republicans. The makeup of the federal courts will continue to trend away from them and their opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade was stripped away from them a moment before they reached the finish line. Despite the reluctance of the House of Representatives, ObamaCare will be fully phased in and become a permanent structure of our economy. Millions will get subsidies to help pay for health care, creating a new coalition of “dependents” who will not give a fair hearing to any Tea Partier who wants to take away their benefits. This group will include masses of the white working poor who the Republicans rely upon to vote for them out of fear and anger and racial solidarity and religious conviction. And, in any case, the new generation isn’t sold on the Culture War. They helped elect a lesbian to the Senate last night and to legalize gay marriage in Maine and Maryland. They decriminalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Republicans who defined themselves as culture warriors lost their contests last night in Indiana and Missouri, and in lower profile races across the country.

    If there was a demographic lesson last night it was that the Republicans cannot remain a party of white people that is implacably opposed to Latino immigration reform. They managed to polarize the white vote sufficiently to give themselves a chance and to roll up big margins in white areas sufficient to hold the House of Representatives, but at what cost? They lost Florida and Virginia and Colorado and Nevada precisely because they alienated Latinos. And how well would it all have worked if the president were not black. In 2016, the GOP will almost definitely face a white presidential candidate.

    This all adds up to create a panicked and existential sense of loss for conservatives, as if something has been lost that can never be retrieved. Whether it is their sense that America is going to become more like Europe or that whites will no longer have a privileged place in our culture or that people are going to turn away from traditional values or just that the GOP is going to have to become less conservative to compete, Republicans are feeling very down at the moment.

    And they are about to have a wedge smashed into their party over the fiscal cliff. Perhaps their worst curse was to retain power in the House of Representatives because they now will have to find a way to fund the government and they can’t do that and keep their pledges to Grover Norquist to never raise taxes.

    Still, they shouldn’t feel so depressed. The Democrats are about to feel the same wedge since the president can’t avoid a Grand Bargain that will infuriate his progressive base. Our failure to retake the House has assured that. And, the truth is, Obama was never a radical and he didn’t propose anything that would change this country in any kind of fundamental way. The GOP kept telling people that until they believed it themselves. Most of the changes that concern the conservatives were coming whether or not the Democrats controlled the White House. Obama just sped things up.

    Finally, conservatives should look on the bright side. They didn’t like Mitt Romney anyway. No one does.

  16. rikyrah says:

    87% of registered voters voted in Milwaukee

    By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    The Milwaukee Election Commission reports that 288,549 voters cast their ballots on Tuesday in the election, which turns out to be a 87% turnout rate among registered voters.

    By comparison, 275,042 people voted four years ago, for a 80.3% turnout rate among registered voters. In 2004, 277,535 voters cast their ballots, good for a 69.9% turnout rate among registered voters.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Domenico Montanaro‏@DomenicoNBC
    Obama wound up winning Virginia by 110,000 votes.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Political Animal


    November 07, 2012 4:33 PM
    The GOP’s Secret Plan to Make Me Worry Unnecessarily

    By Paul Glastris

    Kevin Drum writes that he’s “unaccountably exhausted” by the election, even though he didn’t much doubt the outcome so didn’t feel let down and, living in California, didn’t even have to stay up that late last night to see the results. He thinks maybe his tiredness comes from being “loathe to face up to the next four years, which promises to be an awful lot like the past two” but he isn’t sure.

    I too am having trouble making sense of how I feel about this election. It’s not exactly triumph, or even relief, since I’ve been reasonably sure for months that Obama would win. What I think I’m feeling is a more akin to irritation. Partly it’s the sense that, like millions of other Americans, I’ve given more than a year of intense attention to an electoral contest that has turned out to have altered neither the balance of power in Washington nor the minds of those whose side lost, which means that despite a sound ass-whooping, the Republicans are unlikely to change their behavior.

    But I think another source of my irritaion is that, as I wrote earlier, the Republicans seemed overwhelmingly convinced that Romney was going to win, despite overwhelming evidence from the polls that such an outcome was extremely unlikely. For me and probably a lot of other people, this astonishing conviction among Republicans led me to carry around inside my head an extra measure of doubt about what the ultimate result would be. Maybe, I thought, conservatives have some pipeline of information I’m not aware of; maybe they’re attuned to some common-man groove I don’t feel.

    Well, it turns out they were just delusional. But their delusion led me to elevate my level of stress for months. Now that I know for sure that extra anxiety was unnecessary I’m kind of pissed. But maybe that was their devious plan all along. If so, well played!

  19. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 11:59 PM ET, 11/06/2012

    A big night for Democrats and liberals

    By Greg Sargent

    To appreciate the magnitude of the victory Barack Obama and Democrats won tonight, think back to what the political landscape looked like in the spring. The Supreme Court appeared ready to strike down Obamacare, the President’s signature domestic achievement. The recovery was stalling; Republicans were preparing to unleash $1 billion in super PAC ads; Obama’s reelection seemed perilous; and Dem control of the Senate was in doubt. It looked perfectly possible that the congressional GOP’s strategy of obstruction at every turn could be rewarded by voters, possibly with a return of one party rule to the GOP. The Obama experiment appeared headed for failure, and the prospects for the future of progressive reform were teetering on the brink.

    Instead, Obamacare survived. Obama has been reelected with a resounding victory in the electoral college (the popular vote is outstanding). Democrats have routed Republicans in the Senate races. A progressive champion has been sent to the Upper Chamber in the person of Elizabeth Warren. The first openly gay Senator — Tammy Baldwin, another solid liberal — joins her. The Dem majority will be more progressive and energetic. In Maryland, gay marriage has been ratified by popular vote for the first time.

    The story of this election will be all about demographics. As Chuck Todd noted earlier today, the fact that it remained unexpectedly close in GOP-leaning southern states shows that the GOP is not keeping pace with the changing face of America. Meanwhile, Obama’s support proved unexpectedly strong among workers in the industrial midwest, thanks partly to his willingness to pursue aggressive government action to save a major American industry. Obama’s team made the right bet on the true nature of the American electorate. Rather than reverting to the older, whiter, more male version Republicans had hoped for, it continues to be defined by what Ron Brownstein has called the “coalition of the ascendant” — minorities, young voters, and college educated whites, particularly women.

    Obamacare will survive. It will continue to be implemented, and provided that it works, it will grow in popularity as its benefits kick in. The health law will slowly get woven into the fabric of American life, just as the major progressive reforms of the 20th Century did over time.

    The economy is likely to continue to recover. If Mitt Romney had won, he and his ideas (tax cuts, deregulation, unshackling the free market) might have been associated with the recovery, leaving Keynesianism and stimulus spending thoroughly discredited. Instead, Obama and Democrats will hopefully gain more credit for the ongoing recovery, and perhaps the idea that government can act to fix the economy will get rehabilitated. Warren’s victory is important here, too: The most vocal advocate of progressive taxation in the country was sent to the Senate, at a time when the argument over whether to raise taxes on the rich to help fix our fiscal problems is about to climax.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Obamacare Lives

    Jonathan Cohn cheers the survival of Obama’s signature accomplishment:

    I’ve waited more than two years to write this sentence: The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. It survived the Supreme Court and now it has survived the threat of a unified Republican government determined to repeal it. Implementation of the law will present huge challenges, but, for the first time in a long while, the administration and its allies can focus on those challenges rather than on rearguard political fights to keep the program alive.

    Josh Marshall has the same thought:

    The most concrete thing that strikes me about this public verdict is that Health Care Reform, Obamacare, a system of near universal coverage that will provide a framework for future reform, is here for good. It withstood the challenge of the conservative judiciary. It survived a national referendum. As Bill Kristol wrote memorably back in late 1993, the reason conservatives fought this so hard is because they knew that once it was in place the public would never let it be taken away. And it won’t. It’s here for good. That alone would seal President Obama’s legacy.

  21. Meet The Nation’s Five Worst Election Officials

    Despite long lines, voter suppression laws and Republican efforts to discourage voting, President Obama won reelection last night. Many of these roadblocks to voting did not happen by accident. Meet five of the Republican state elections officials who spent this election cycle thwarting the franchise:

    •Jon Husted

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is the Katherine Harris of 2012. Few, if any officials in the country did more to skew a state’s vote to increase Mitt Romney’s chances of winning this election. Husted advocated firmly and repeatedly to cut early voting in Ohio, potentially disenfranchising thousands of voters who lack the job flexibility to vote on election day. He openly defied a court order requiring early voting hours to be restored, although he eventually backed down after a federal ordered him to attend a court hearing regarding this refusal to comply with the law. And he retaliated against his opponents by firing them. To top it off, Husted issued a last-minute directive that directly conflicts with Ohio law which could lead to thousands of provisional ballots being trashed.


    • Ametia says:

      Rev. Al was 100% correct. The first thing he said last night after the election was called for POTUS was VOTER SUPPRESSION/INTIMIDATION NEEDS TO BE SQUASHED


  22. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 11/07/2012

    How Obama defied political gravity

    By Greg Sargent

    As you regular readers know, I long believed that Obama would be able to win the presidential race if he fought Mitt Romney to a draw on the economy. If he could persuade voters that the recovery was destined to be long and grueling, whoever was in charge, and that Romney did not have the hidden prowess to unleash a quicker recovery he claimed to have, Romney’s built-in advantage on the issue would be neutralized, and the battle would be fought on turf more favorable to Obama.

    That’s pretty much what happened. Gary Langer reads the exit polls:

    Barack Obama neutralized Mitt Romney on the economy, beat him on empathy and again turned the curve of America’s demographic change to Democratic advantage, winning a second term despite an unemployment rate that posed a major threat to his re-election campaign.

    Deeply vulnerable on an economy that 77 percent of voters said is still in bad shape, Obama gave Romney just a single point in trust to handle it, 49-48 percent — far short of the real advantage Romney wanted, and needed, on the crux issue of the campaign…

    As negatively as the economy was rated, more voters said it’s getting better than getting worse, 39 vs. 30 percent….

    Remarkably, three years and ten months into Obama’s presidency, his predecessor still takes the chief blame for nation’s main headache. Voters by a substantial 53-38 percent blamed Bush over Obama for the country’s current economic problems

  23. rikyrah says:

    Political Animal


    November 07, 2012 9:40 AM

    By Ed Kilgore

    It looks like the House will wind up with a net gain of four seats by Democrats, though thirteen seats have not yet formally been called. Allen West seems to have lost by a margin sufficient for his opponent, Democrat Patrick Murphy, to avoid an automatic runoff. West’s fellow crazy-person, Michelle Bachmann, seems to have won by an eyelash. Utah Democrat Jim Matheson bucked a huge Romney tide and the growing celebrity of his opponent, Mia Love, to win another term. In California, with returns still coming in, three Republican incumbent House members (Dan Lungren, Mary Bono Mack, and Brian Bilbray) are all trailing.

    At the presidential level, what can I say? Obama’s popular vote margin has grown to 2.7 million, and he’s right at the level where he may become the first Democratic presidential candidate since FDR to win a majority of the popular vote twice. Florida still hasn’t been officially called, but still looks likely to fall to Obama, but he’s over 300 in the electoral college anyway.

  24. rikyrah says:

    The Sasha And Malia Obama Aging Timeline

    Watch them grow up before your eyes.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 11/07/2012

    No, Obama’s victory was not ‘small’

    By Greg Sargent

    I continue to be puzzled by suggestions that Campaign 2012 — and with it, the significance of Obama’s victory — were somehow “small.” And I’m glad to see there’s some pushback on this idea. Here’s E.J. Dionne:

    Many have argued that the president ran a “small” and “negative” campaign, and he was certainly not shy about going after Romney. But this misses the extent to which Obama made specific commitments and repeatedly cast the election as a choice between two different philosophical directions.

    He was not vague about what he meant. Obama campaigned explicitly on higher taxes for the wealthy as part of a balanced budget deal. He stoutly defended the federal government’s interventions to bring the economy back from the brink — and especially his rescue of the auto companies.

    The president also called for higher levels of government spending for job training and education, particularly community colleges. And he spoke repeatedly against turning Medicare into a voucher program and sending Medicaid to the states. The voters who reelected the president knew what they were voting for. They also knew what they were voting against.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 11/07/2012

    Why having a more liberal Senate will matter

    By Greg Sargent

    With the magnitude of yesterday’s victory in the presidential race beginning to sink in, it’s worth pausing to note what a huge deal it is that Democrats, unexpectedly, gained seats in the Senate — and even more to the point, that the influx of new arrivals means a more liberal and energetic Democratic caucus.

    This could matter when it comes to some of the most important battles set to unfold in Congress: Over tax hikes on the rich; entitlements; and perhaps even immigration reform.

    With the news breaking just now that independent Angus King of Maine is likely to caucus with Dems, that means the party has expanded its majority to at least 55 seats. But as David Dayen notes, yesterday’s Senate victories were not just partisan; they were ideological:

    Elizabeth Warren and Joe Donnelly and Angus King picked up seats, and all of them are to the left of what is currently in that seat on most issues, to varying degrees (obviously Warren is significantly more liberal, while the other two more in the sense that they don’t have the pressures of voting with an obstructionist minority). But there’s more. Chris Murphy is well to the left of Joe Lieberman, enough that you could call that a pickup in itself. Tammy Baldwin is way to the left of Herb Kohl. Martin Heinrich is probably a little to the left of Jeff Bingaman. Heidi Heitkamp is probably a wash with Kent Conrad. And a number of the incumbents are free to vote a bit differently given that they won’t be up for re-election for 6 years.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 11/07/2012
    Demographics as political destiny

    By Greg Sargent

    Peter Beinart, reflecting on the spectacular electoral success of Obama’s bet on America’s changing demographics, makes a bold prediction:

    Four years ago, it looked possible that Barack Obama’s election heralded a new era of Democratic dominance. Now it looks almost certain….the face of America changed, and only one party changed with it….From the beginning, Obama has said he wants to be a transformational figure, a president who reshapes American politics for decades, another Reagan or FDR. He may just have achieved that Tuesday night.

    Along these lines, Pew Research has released its analysis of the the exit poll numbers. It is striking:

    Nationally, nonwhite voters made up 28% of all voters, up from 26% in 2008. Obama won 80% of these voters, the same as four years ago.

    Obama’s support from nonwhites was a critical factor in battleground states, especially Ohio and Florida. In Ohio, blacks were 15% of the electorate, up from 11% in 2008. In Florida, Hispanics were 17% of the electorate, a slight increase from 14% in 2008. While minority compositional gains were not huge, they offset a strong tilt against Obama among white voters. Nationally, Romney won the white vote, 59% to 39%.

    Romney won nearly six out of every 10 white voters, and still lost. The key point here is that the GOP explicitly bet on a reversal of demographic trends. The case for a Romney victory always rested on the hope that the electorate would be whiter and older than it was in 2008. The opposite happened — the election seemed to confirm that these trends will continue marching inexorably forward.

  28. rikyrah says:

    The American President

    The president’s oration was almost a summation of his core belief: that against the odds, human beings can actually better ourselves, morally, ethically, materially, and we can do so more powerfully together than alone, and that nowhere exemplifies that endeavor more than America. It was Lincolnian in its cadences, and in some ways, was the final, impassioned, heart-felt rebuke to all those, including his opponent, who tried to portray him as somehow un-American. How deeply that must have cut. How emphatically did he rebut the charge.

    What he reminded me of was how deeply American he actually is – how this country’s experiment truly is in diversity as well as democracy. And his diversity is not some cringe-worthy 1990s variety. It is about being both white and black, both mid-Western and Hawaiian, both proudly American and yet also attuned to the opinion of mankind.

    As for the next four years, there is time enough for that. But I stand by these words. And one felt something tectonic shift tonight. America crossed the Rubicon of every citizen’s access to healthcare, and re-elected a black president in a truly tough economic climate. The shift toward gay equality is now irreversible. The end of prohibition of marijuana is in sight. Women, in particular, moved this nation forward – pragmatically, provisionally, sensibly. They did so alongside the young whose dedication to voting was actually greater this time than in 2008, the Latino voters who have made the current GOP irrelevant, and African-Americans, who turned up in vast numbers, as in 2008, to put a period at the end of an important sentence.

    That sentence will never now be unwritten. By anyone.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Martin Bashir’s last segment today was on fire. He just let it rip about Willard and the GOP.

  30. Why Mitt Romney Lost: Winning Over The Angry White Male Was Not Enough

    What Mitt Romney discovered in this election is something that should be taped on the wall of every white presidential hopeful for years to come: If you cater to angry white men as the foundation of your campaign, you will lose.

    The reason can be explained with one word: Demographics. There simply are not enough white men left in America to win the big prize for a presidential candidate. In order to win the presidency, you must knit together a coalition of voters that look much more like the composition of the country than the voters who checked the square for Romney yesterday.

    This past May, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that for the first time there were more babies of color born over the past year than white babies. This means that over the next couple of decades, black, Latino and Asian Americans could form a governing coalition that could essentially rule the country.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Plouffe, Axelrod and Messina are the truth.

    The campaign opened field offices, began an extensive outreach effort in swing states and enriched a voter database with information unavailable in the last election.

    Some of that expensive new data included viewer habits, collected by cable companies, that provided clues to voter traits and preferences. In a race where middle-class female voters were courted by both camps, the Obama campaign advertised heavily on the CBS’s sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” according to a Yahoo analysis of Federal Elections Commission data. The campaign bought detailed voter updates, issued every two weeks.

    The tools allowed campaign officials to determine — on a house by house basis, rather than on a Zip-code-by-Zip-code basis – how people were likely to vote and whether they were likely to vote at all.

    Voters were given “support” scores and “turnout” scores to tell the campaign’s field offices who to go after and how. Field workers were outfitted with mobile applications to give an instant report on every doorstep chat.

    • Ametia says:

      It’s been an especially pleasing and a purely delightful honor to have worked as a volunteer with the Obama campaign. I loved how they texted and helped me make a plan for voting, and reminded me via text to vote. Nobody DOES IT BETTER!

  32. rikyrah says:

    Out of the mouth of babes…

    Josh Marshall ‏@joshtpm
    5 yr old son this morn to 4 yr old son: Good thing Obama won coz Romney was gonna get rid of PBSKids. For real.. #ididntspinit #honest

  33. rikyrah says:

    Obama will be the first Democrat to be re-elected with a majority of the popular vote since FDR.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Fox News Exit Poll: Obama wins Cuban-American vote in Florida (A first for a Democrat!) – Democratic Underground

  35. rikyrah says:

    Report: Romney Camp Called Fox News To Complain About Network’s Ohio Projection
    David Taintor – 1:19 PM EST, Wednesday November 7, 2012

    After Fox News called Ohio for President Obama, the conservative news network’s phone and inboxes lit up with angry messages from the Romney campaign, complaining that the projection was premature, New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reports:

    Instantly, Fox phones lit up with angry phone calls and e-mails from the Romney campaign, who believed that the call was premature, since tallies in several Republican-leaning Southern counties hadn’t been been fully tabulated. “The Romney people were totally screaming that we’re totally wrong,” one Fox source said. “To various people, they were saying, ‘your decision team is wrong.'” According to a Fox insider, Rove had been in contact with the Romney people all night. After the Ohio call, Rove — whose super-PAC had spent as much as $300 million on the election, to little avail — took their complaints public, conducting an on-air primer on Ohio’s electoral math in disputing the call.

  36. rikyrah says:

    Eighty-Eight Percent of Romney Voters Were White

    The GOP candidate’s race-based, monochromatic campaign made him a loser.

    In the end, the racial bubble of Mitt Romney’s campaign was a little too small. According to exit polls, he won 59 percent of the white vote, just short of his 60 percent target. But even a 60 percent showing with white voters wouldn’t have won him the popular vote.

    That’s because the GOP bubble remained as tight as ever: Only white people voted for Mitt

  37. rikyrah says:

    Nate Silver-Led Statistics Men Crush Pundits in Election

    Nate Silver was right. The Gallup Poll was wrong.

    Silver, the computer expert who gave Obama a 90 percent chance of winning re-election, predicted on his blog, FiveThirtyEight (for the number of seats in the Electoral College), that the president would receive 51 percent of the popular vote as he called each of the 50 states, including all nine battlegrounds.

    “Nate Silver, right,” said Bill Burton, who moved from the White House to the pro-Obama super-political action committee Priorities USA Action.

    Two university-based pollsters joined Silver in correctly predicting Obama’s win, and one of them will be dead-on about the electoral vote tally.

    Drew Linzer, an assistant professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta and a former pollster based in California, predicted yesterday morning on the website that Obama would end the race with 332 electoral votes and Romney 206.

    Of Silver, Linzer wrote in that post, “his most likely outcome is still Obama 332, followed by 303 and 347, just like me.” Linzer also wrote that his model for had been predicting since June the Obama win with 332 electoral votes.

    Sam Wang, a Princeton University professor of neuroscience, posted his final prediction — that Obama would likely receive 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 235 — on the school’s election blog at 2 p.m. yesterday. He reduced Obama’s total from 332 based on late polls yesterday.

  38. rikyrah says:

    Romney’s concession speech was not gracious

    Pundits rush to praise the GOP candidate, but his behavior was petulant and sullen
    By Mary Elizabeth Williams

    It is a venerable tradition in American politics that no matter how ugly a bloodbath the campaign that preceded it may have been, on election night, the defeated candidate steps up and gives an elegant concession speech, thanking his supporters and pledging his loyalty to the victor. In return, the winning side politely vows to reach across the aisle, and lauds the loser’s “graciousness,” thereby assuring that no one can accuse the victorious side of anything resembling gloating.

    Sure enough, after Mitt Romney’s five-minute parting words Tuesday evening – which actually came in the early hours of Wednesday morning – the governor was perfunctorily summed up in the punditsphere by the adjective of choice: The “Today” show declared that Romney’s speech was a “short but gracious” end to his six-year quest for the White House. Our own Salon staff called it a “gracious” speech. Even BuzzFeed called it “gracious,” pointing out its most “conciliatory and statesmanlike moments.” New York magazine, meanwhile, said that Romney “concedes with class.” Now, it may seem nitpicky to mention this while the door is still hitting the guy’s ass on his way out, but are you kidding me?

    Take a journey back in time with me: The Associated Press, NBC and CNN called it for the incumbent president at around 11:15 p.m., filling exhausted voters on the still-battered East Coast with the naive hope that they could go to bed early. Instead, they, like the rest of the world, would have to wait nearly an hour and 45 minutes for the former governor to take the stage. Why? In part because even as Fox News analysts were admitting, “We’re actually quite comfortable with the call in Ohio,” and the Obama campaign had pulled the trigger on its record-breakingly forwarded victory tweet, the Romney campaign was still hanging on, perhaps, because as Daily Kos joked, they were waiting for their vote-flipping-machines results to kick in.

    Romney was also no doubt dragging his heels because, as he confidently told journalists earlier Tuesday, “I just finished writing a victory speech. It’s about 1,118 words.” He added, just to drive the point home, “I’ve only written one speech at this point.” Barack Obama, meanwhile, aware of how tight the race was right up to the end, had told reporters, “You always have two speeches prepared because you can’t take anything for granted.” So tell me, who in this scenario seems like the gracious man, and who seems like a hollow tower of hubris? I’m asking for a friend. And that friend is AMERICA.

    It’s true that when Romney took to the stage at last in Boston, right before 1 a.m., he didn’t kick over the podium, rip off his shirt and throw a chair into the audience. He didn’t spend the long minutes between victory being called for Obama and his acquiescence of the race hopping on a plane to Chicago so he could bum-rush the president’s victory speech. And he may not have spent that time holed up in a bunker with his advisers, making women cry.

    • Ametia says:

      We at 3 Chics Politico have followed Romney extensively. He’s a LYING Sac-o-shit, so that 5 min bit was just what we’d expect of the fretful, whiny, sore loser who dug in his heels, before conceeding to the more qualified, hardest working, intelligent leader will ever have in MY lifetime.

  39. Ametia says:

    Eighty-Eight Percent of Romney Voters Were White
    The GOP candidate’s race-based, monochromatic campaign made him a loser.
    By Tom Scocca|Posted Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at 2:31 PM ET


    The white establishment, undone by hordes of various-colored people who demand stuff. Even as he admitted the white bloc was too small to win, O’Reilly still saw the winning side as an undifferentiated counter-bloc, rather than a coalition of Americans.
    Obama won the Latino vote, 71 to 27. He also won the Asian vote, 73 to 26. Those voters all look the same to the losers. That’s why they’re the losers.

  40. President Obama will return to the white house at 5:20PM ET/4:20PM CT. Watch it LIVE.

  41. Ametia says:

    Election 2012: Myths, Lies, and Losers

    Barack Obama’s victory was more than a defeat of Mitt Romney. Obama also vanquished prejudice, winner-take-all economics, and attacks on the safety net. The winner is 21st-century America.

    by Robert Shrum | November 7, 2012 2:26 PM EST

    On Election Day, Barack Obama was home in Chicago on his way back to the White House—and the Romney campaign was R.I.P., lurching its last ditch way back to Pennsylvania and Ohio. As the results rolled in, the ballroom in Boston descended into despair and the crowd in McCormick Place roared as the states were called and reelection was secured. But something more happened yesterday than in most presidential contests. Myths were confounded, lies proved unavailing, and there were big losers beyond Mitt Romney.

    A few months ago, the conventional wisdom doomed Obama on the grounds that no incumbent in modern times had won with unemployment above 7.2 percent. In fact, voters thought the rate was 7.5 percent on Ronald Reagan’s triumphant morning in America. In addition, until Reagan, the benchmark would have been 5.6 points. What the Reagan experience suggests—and Obama’s success validates—is that the decisive factor is no fixed number, but the direction in which the economy is moving. And for this president, despite a GOP determined to block every measure for recovery, the economy picked up and unemployment more than ticked down in the final months of the campaign.

    Rad on here:

  42. Ametia says:

    We can’t believe what’s happening right now: Major news outlets are reporting that Joe Arpaio has been reelected to his sixth term as sheriff in Arizona. But the county recorder hasn’t even called the race yet.

    Arpaio is leading by a 90,000 margin yet it’s estimated there are over 300,000 ballots that haven’t been counted—and it’s likely most are from Latino neighborhoods!1 2
    Help us stop Arpaio from stealing the election. Tell the Maricopa County recorder’s office to fully monitor the counting of ballots to ensure that every vote counts.

  43. dannie22 says:

    hell everyone!! OHIO DID THE DAMN THANG!!! Shoutouts to all volunteers who helped make the re-election of President Obama possible. Special shoutout to the students of Southern U and Spelman College who came to Cleveland to help GOTV!! HBCU’s rule!!!!

  44. Ametia says:

    Netanyahu: Israel-US alliance ‘stronger than ever’
    By JPOST.COM STAFF11/07/2012 08:11

    Israeli officials weigh in on Obama’s election victory; Barak: Obama’s policy is based on support for Israeli security; Yacimovich, Gal-On congratulate president; Lapid, Molla slam PM for ruining relationship with US

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu congratulated US President Barack Obama on Wednesday for winning a second term and said the strategic alliance between their two countries was “stronger than ever.”

    “I will continue to work with President Obama to ensure the interests that are vital for the security of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu said in a short written statement after Obama gave his victory speech.

  45. Ametia says:

    Thank yous to:

    1. David Corn & Kevin Drum of Mother Jones- Big Up
    2. J.E. Carter- 47% video series that help to further expose Mittens Romney



    4. And last, but not least, THE OBAMA SUPPROTERS & VOTERS!

    • thorsaurus says:

      Ditto and double ditto on Cutter. She never backed down from calling a lie a lie. Pulled the sheep’s clothing right off that Bain wolf. And Rep. Nina Turner, that lady is solid. A rising star me thinks.

      And I would add one more little support group that I’m feeling really good for today, the First Lady and the two First Daughters. God knows what they have been through and still, they ignite those joyous smiles that could beat back hate itself. Love those ladies as well. I wish the best to all of them.

      PS to SG, pics were great.

  46. Why I Was Wrong

    I’ve got egg on my face. I predicted a Romney landslide and, instead, we ended up with an Obama squeaker.

    The key reason for my bum prediction is that I mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012 to “normal” levels. Didn’t happen. These high levels of minority and young voter participation are here to stay. And, with them, a permanent reshaping of our nation’s politics.

    In 2012, 13% of the vote was cast by blacks. In 04, it was 11%. This year, 10% was Latino. In ’04 it was 8%. This time, 19% was cast by voters under 30 years of age. In ’04 it was 17%. Taken together, these results swelled the ranks of Obama’s three-tiered base by five to six points, accounting fully for his victory.

    I derided the media polls for their assumption of what did, in fact happen: That blacks, Latinos, and young people would show up in the same numbers as they had in 2008. I was wrong. They did.

    But the more proximate cause of my error was that I did not take full account of the impact of hurricane Sandy and of Governor Chris Christie’s bipartisan march through New Jersey arm in arm with President Obama. Not to mention Christe’s fawning promotion of Obama’s presidential leadership.

    an Obama squeaker?


    The fool still don’t get it. The time has changed, ass clown Dick Morris! Open your stupid eyes!

  47. LOL 3Chics!

    President Obama went to Romney and Ryan’s home states and kicked their mofo ass! Just pummeled them in their OWN house!

    You say this cat Shaft is a bad muther…

  48. Obama’s victory is a harsh lesson for Republicans,0,2145466.story

    The people have spoken. President Obama has won a chance to move beyond the stunted progress of his first term and, perhaps, become a historic president. On the losing side, the Republican Party remains shut out of the White House and has blown a chance to take over the U.S. Senate, largely because it catered to the narrow concerns of tea party zealots and social conservatives who imagined themselves as the only authentic Americans but who are, in fact, way out of step with most of the people in this country.

    If Republicans fail to learn the lesson of this election they are fools. If they continue to let Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity set the angry, extreme tone for their philosophy; if they continue to let anti-science religious fundamentalists dictate their social agenda; and if they think Mitt Romney fell short because he was not conservative enough when, in fact, he only began to catch on with moderate voters when he suddenly veered from his self-proclaimed “severe conservatism” and transformed back into a Massachusetts moderate; then they are doomed to become a party of the past.


    Let the GOP fade away! The angry white people strategy won’t win anymore. Open your fking eyes! The game has changed!

  49. Haters

    Please go cry a river someplace else. As my friend KennyMack said, The GOP can’t win with just the angry bitter white people anymore. The game has changed. Adapt or fade away.

  50. Great Morning in America Ladies. Rikyrah; Ametia; Southern Girl 2,
    You and all of my friends have done a splendid job of carrying forth the fight.
    We have defeated the dreaded Hydra and it’s blood soaks the ground at our feet.
    With his loins girded and his sword at the ready; our great general; our political muse; our Greatest president; Barack Obama is preparing to lead us into the fray once again to strike the death blow to the unsavory remnants of the Republican Evil.
    We; the free people are awaiting his cue. It will come. We will go on to defeat the Dragon. We must bring it to it’s knees so it can never threaten our people again.
    We must bring about the solutions that will demonstrate that we have right and justice on our side.
    We will prevail.
    So let it be written. So let it be done!

  51. rikyrah says:

    Someone usually does a recap post of the front pages of news papers..

    if you come across that post going around the internets…please leave the link

  52. rikyrah says:

    Would love it if someone could find the clip of Rove having a tantrum last night over Ohio.


      • dannie22 says:

        Hey Karl Rove! Suck. On. It.

      • rikyrah says:

        This video is hilarious.

        Here’s the thing…

        When one is a grifter..

        and one has suckered rich folks out of over 300 million dollars and you don’t have shyt to show for it….

        you’d have a mini-meltdown too.

        remember, the grift can only continue if the marks believe they got something the first time.

      • rikyrah says:

        found this great comment from POU:


        What is really amazing to me is that all this time, I thought the Fox News/right wing bubble was built to put the scared, delusional, afraid of change white demographic inside. I didn’t think the bubble was created from the inside out. The creators of the bubble are trapped inside of it too. That wasn’t acting last night, Snarl Rove and Bill O’Lielly and Prick Morris were genuinely shocked. They had really dismissed the math and failed to realize that Plan B (just steal it) cannot work with the technology and speed of information that every person with a mobile phone has access too.

        I was stunned watching Rove last night because I just assumed he would actually KNOW the truth. I was totally mesmerized watching him because it hit me that he was inside the bubble looking out. I know the fools on Fox & Friends are dense, but a part of me thought it was acting..but they really believe what they say – they’re inside that bubble. Rupert Murdoch built a big ole media bubble of delusion and last night was like watching The Truman Show. Rove, who was supposed to be this evil genuis mastermind, was shown for what he is, a rambling ranting fictional character. He was never real. I cannot believe how the rest of us got duped into playing the townspeople in this bizarre script for that long.

        I know PBO said that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”..but nope, HE was the one we needed because I sincerely do not believe anyone else would have ever come along at just this right time to pop this bubble

  53. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, everyone :)

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