In the last election the forces of concentrated wealth and corporate power played the same old divide-and-conquer game they have been playing for decades, but this time it didn't work! They tried to divide us by race, religion, sex, sexual preference, class and every other wedge they could find, and it didn't work! The era of dividing the people for profit is over. more »
thenation.com — We are glad the 1 percent were rebuffed at the polls. We are glad the racist minority that still poisons this country’s politics failed to get their way. We are glad that progressive politics—small-dollar donors, early voting, an expanded and diverse electorate—made the difference. We are ready to help—or to push—President Obama to have a successful second term. Whatever intransigence he meets in Congress, there’s much that President Obama can do with his executive power—on immigration, as we’ve seen, on ratcheting down the drug war, and even on carbon emissions and climate. But we don’t need tweaks; we need deep structural change. It’s up to the organized people who defeated organized money at the polls in this election to make that happen.
prospect.org — The presidential election was a choice between two different governing philosophies. For all the petty disputes and endless coverage of gaffes, both candidates spent time making a case for their fundamental visions of government—what it should and shouldn't do, where its obligations are, how it relates to the citizenry, and what we have a right to expect from it. Obama talked repeatedly about how we're all in this together, the essence of progressive belief. And he won that argument. As the difference between 2008 and 2010 taught us, these victories can be short-lived. But for now, everyone should understand that the left made progress that went well beyond the White House.
krugman.blogs.nytimes.com — For a long time, right-wingers — and some pundits — have peddled the notion that the “real America”, all that really counted, was the land of non-urban white people, to which both parties must abase themselves. Meanwhile, the actual electorate was getting racially and ethnically diverse, and increasingly tolerant too. The 2008 Obama coalition wasn’t a fluke; it was the country we are becoming. And sure enough that more diverse and, if you ask me, better nation just won big. Notice too that to the extent that social issues played in this election, they played in favor of Democrats. Gods, guns, and gays didn’t swing voters into supporting corporate interests; instead, human dignity for women swung votes the other way. A huge night for truth, justice, and the real American way
buzzfeed.com — It was a historic night for supporters of marriage equality, where advocates are headed for success in four of four ballot measures. Marriage equality was approved by Maine and Maryland voters on Tuesday — the first and second states in the country to do so — the Portland Press-Herald and NBC, respectively, reported Tuesday night. Minnesota voters followed in a similar path, with the Associated Press reporting early Wednesday that the state rejected a constitutional ban on same-sex couples marrying there. A final vote on a referendum in Washington was headed toward approval with more than half of the ballots counted, and the campaign for the referendum's approval claiming victory on Wednesday afternoon. The vote in Maine came just three years after voters there rejected a referendum on marriage equality.
Washington, DC -- “The 2012 election is the first election in what is likely to be an era of growing class warfare,” said Robert Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future. “Middle class populism triumphed. more »
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mcclatchydc.com — It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that the latest polls show that a whopping 70 percent of Latino likely voters support President Barack Obama, while only 25 percent support Gov. Mitt Romney. There are 10 major reasons why it’s very hard for Hispanics to vote for Romney. Here they go, in no particular order.
salon.com — It’s definitely possible that Mitt Romney will be elected president on Tuesday. And there’s also a chance that Romney will fall short in the Electoral College but still receive more popular votes than Barack Obama, an officially meaningless achievement that would nonetheless let Republicans claim that Obama had been rejected by the majority of voters and had gained a second term only through a constitutional quirk. But another possibility has come into focus in the race’s closing days: a clean Obama victory, more thorough and sweeping than just about anyone expected.