US elections—aftermath

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Postby annielaurie » 14 Nov 2012, 11:41

Well Obama is smarter than people think, and I think he threw it on purpose too. It worked.

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Re: US elections—aftermath

Postby HBS Guy » 15 Nov 2012, 07:16

Guardian article showing how Repug extreme views cost them the election and may keep it out of power nationally.

The party of old, angry white males, too socially conservative to appeal to the young and the growing ethnic complexity that is the US:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/no ... servatives

This is the side of the Republican party that has dominated its internal politics for four years. It is a party that almost seems to exist in its own vacuum of rightwing thought. Infused with Tea Party radicals, it has backed hardline immigration laws in states such as Arizona that many Hispanics see as racist. It boasted two Senate candidates who made tone-deaf comments about rape that cost them otherwise easy victories. It is still male-dominated, yet finds time to take hardline ideological stances on female contraception and abortion. This is the party that appears implacably hostile to gay Americans even as last week four more states held ballots on gay marriage and all voted in favour. "Does social conservatism continue to be a albatross around the neck of the party?" said Professor Gerard Alexander of the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

But it is not just social issues. On economics the Republican party plays host to a powerful and vocal wing of libertarians who wish to slash and burn government spending. They cling to a conservative world view that has forced previously extreme stances – such as abolishing the federal Department of Education and returning the dollar to the gold standard – into the heart of Republican thought. Not even the vast amount of cash that Republican big money operators poured into the 2012 race was able to have a major impact. Of the top 10 Senate candidates that political guru Karl Rove's American Crossroads group spent the most on, just one resulted in a Democratic defeat. Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson backed eight candidates – including Romney – with around $60m over the whole election cycle. None of them won.
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Re: US elections—aftermath

Postby HBS Guy » 16 Nov 2012, 18:22

Message to Repugs:

You lost because your party has become demented.


http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/r ... m-14582852

Mentions a lot of the things me and Lefty have been banging on about: austerity (no tax increases,) war on womens’ bodies, neoconservatism etc. Read the article, not too long and entertainingly written (but serious nevertheless.)

(Will clip that for a long blog I want to do on neoconservatism (and, as sidenotes, the other crackpot things the neocons dragged in their wake.)
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Re: US elections—aftermath

Postby HBS Guy » 18 Nov 2012, 06:50

One of the keys to O’s victory is the excellent campaign software and the in–house engineers the Dems employed—they out campaigned the Repugs hugely in terms of donations, voter registration and turnout, targeted marketing and the like.

The Repugs’ Orca crashed on election day and thousands of R volunteers didn’t have a working system to work out who hadn’t voted yet to call them and get them to come vote.

Basically, like the Libs here, the Repugs had painted themselves out of the mainstream, had made themselves the Party for old angry white men. Good luck coming back from that, will take more than software.
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Re: US elections—aftermath

Postby HBS Guy » 18 Nov 2012, 07:23

Guess the Repugs have learned no lessons form their defeat:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/carney-re ... KBSGol5mc0
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Re: US elections—aftermath

Postby HBS Guy » 18 Nov 2012, 13:12

My stomach hurts from laughing!

The previous brain damaged POTUS, Pres Bush he, yes he did, oh boy he did! You know what that moron did?

Pres. Bush voted for Barak Obama by mistake!

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Oops, that came from a satirical website. But we all thought he would do that, didn’t we? :bgrin
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Re: US elections—aftermath

Postby HBS Guy » 18 Nov 2012, 18:49

Gays voted 80% for Obama:

Nate Silver’s research in the NY Times re Gay vote
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Perhaps it’s no suprise but Gays voted nearly 80% for Obama

One wonders why any Gay would vote for the Repubs with their bigoted/religious views on gay matters
Still the support would have been worth many millions of votes to Obama
The poll shows the Gay pop at 5%..and would have been inportant in many close state votes

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com


The Repugs have painted themselves into a corner.
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Re: US elections—aftermath

Postby HBS Guy » 22 Nov 2012, 17:09

This is sad. Gov Christie, NJ, a moderate Republican, worked hard for his state after Hurricane Sandy now faces the probability that his political career beyond NJ is over—all due to a tweet by that cunt, Rupert Murdoch. This is because he lauded Obama for his help with Hurricane Sandy.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/ ... -up-effort

The first few comments are good.
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Re: US elections—aftermath

Postby HBS Guy » 26 Nov 2012, 13:57

Murdoch the Libs’ and Repugs’ worst enemy?

GOP Doesn't Have A Mitt Romney Problem, It Has A Fox News Problem

And it's not just a Fox News problem. Republicans have an even more expansive right-wing media problem (television, radio, Internet, etc.), which now doubles as the face and voice of the GOP and which celebrates the kind of toxic "47 percent" and "gifts" rhetoric that's being condemned within the party. The far-right press is convinced Obama won re-election by "offering" voters a "check" in exchange for their support.

Republicans won't because they're intimidated by the right-wing media's power. That's why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie quickly got on the phone with Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch after Murdoch tweeted that Christie, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and his bipartisan appearances with Obama, needed to re-endorse Romney or "take the blame" for the president's re-election.

Murdoch: Jump! Republicans: How high?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-boeh ... _ref=media
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