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It's Official: Obama Wins

Update: 12:41 am: President Obama is leading in the popular vote by more than one two million votes. The best electoral college vote forecaster in my view: Nate Silver.

The biggest sign that Romney failed to make his case, even on the economy: More than 50% of voters polled said it's not Obama's fault, he inherited it from Bush.

Update: 11:30 pm: Obama got 71% of the nation's hispanic vote and 50% of Catholic voters.

Update 10:41 pm: Obama takes Virginia. Total: 303 electoral votes for Obama, 203 or 206 for Romney.

At 9:19 pm MT, CNN called the race for President Obama.[More...]

Update: 9:38 pm: Even Fox News agrees Obama has won. It also calls Ohio for Obama. Karl Rove looks apoplectic. He's disputing Ohio, spouting numbers. Memo to Karl: Obama wins without Ohio. (Added: Karl now retracts and blames his comments on the Secretary of State's website which he said wasn't showing all the votes>. The other Fox expert says Romney won't win Ohio. Karl is embarrassed. The anchor says, "Maybe we got you a slow computer back there. Shorter Version: Karl retracts.)

Colorado went for Obama, 51% to 47%. It also passed Amendment 64 -- 53% to 47%. Adult personal possession and use of marijuana will now be legal in Colorado. Sales will be regulated and taxed.

Some doctor on Fox just offered to write prescriptions for anyone upset about Romney. The host told him, "As a lawyer, I don't think that's a good idea." What hypocrites.

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    yay! (5.00 / 8) (#1)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:22:06 PM EST


    YAY again! (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by desertswine on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:27:21 PM EST
    Oh hooray for the good guy....!!! (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by athyrio on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:23:01 PM EST


    It's Now Really Official (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by RickyJim on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:27:16 PM EST
    Fox News has called the election for Obama.  Their headline is "Four More Years".

    Fox sez (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Democratic Cat on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:34:49 PM EST
    Romney camp won't concede yet.

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    But Rove and others are protesting (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:33:48 PM EST
    Fox's call, per Daily Kos Radio live.  

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    Wish they would get rid of the pundits (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:35:54 PM EST
    they are now all praising Obama's accomplishments during his first term. Where were they last week?

    Where were they? (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Anne on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:48:23 PM EST
    Trying to make a horse race out of it, as near as I can figure.

    The praise won't last - might not even make it to the end of the week.

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    Better than the alternative (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Dadler on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:48:58 PM EST
    So good for that. But I cannot hook into the delusion, I can't hoot and holler, the man we re-elected is a known commodity, and that commodity has shown no inclination to forcefully and courageously tackle the problems he was elected to take on. In fact, he has been pathologically incapable of it. So we are left with what? The continuing denial of a dying military empire.

    Congrats, O. For the next four years, just like the last, I expect nothing from you at all, so anything genuine is gravy.

    Bah humbug. Save it 'til tomorrow. (5.00 / 4) (#14)
    by oculus on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:55:49 PM EST
    Dadler's Right (5.00 / 1) (#47)
    by nomatter0nevermind on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 01:02:11 AM EST
    I voted for Obama yesterday, for the third time.

    I hope we get through another four years without a war with Iran, although Obama's official position on the matter hardly differs from Romney's.

    I appreciate that Obama has declared torture not to be official policy on his watch. By going no further, he has implicitly ratified the Republican claim that torture is just a partisan policy difference.

    Would it even have cost Obama politically to have kept his promise to leave medical marijuana alone?

    'Save it 'til tomorrow' reminds me of Chris Matthews saying Bush's Iraq policy shouldn't be criticized while the Iraqis were waving purple fingers, because it was 'his day'. Any day is the right day to tell hard truths.

    Speaking of Bush and Iraq, he at least went to Congress for his war. Obama, like Truman before him, seems to think UN blessing suffices.

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    Did you see what happened to Cenk's diary (5.00 / 1) (#51)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:36:11 AM EST
    Yesterday at DK?  Timing is everything....woo boy and sometimes it will beat you to death.

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    Would you have a link (none / 0) (#53)
    by MO Blue on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:04:32 AM EST
    to that diary? You have sparked my interest and I was unable to find it on DK. Rarely go there anymore and no longer know my way around the site.

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    Right here (none / 0) (#54)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:11:50 AM EST
    In all of its ugliness :). I keep him on my feed.  The comments are where things get ugly.

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    Your link is to TB article. (none / 0) (#55)
    by oculus on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:19:41 AM EST
    Sorry (5.00 / 1) (#56)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:47:42 AM EST
    Trying again....this iPad is foreign to me

    here

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    Shoot out at high noon. (none / 0) (#57)
    by oculus on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:09:19 AM EST
    Cenk v. Laurence Lewis.  

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    virginia looking blue. (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by CST on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:01:22 PM EST
    Where's jbdinc?

    I should feel like a terrible person for that, but it felt so good....

    So... (5.00 / 4) (#17)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:11:52 PM EST
    pulling 1% in Colorado.  Pot is out polling re-elected President Obama (Gary Johnson pulling 1%, so as I said, no effect).  Joe Coors get creamed.  Dems take back control of the State legislature.  Denver votes to fund education.

    All in all, a pretty good birthday present.      

    Happy Birthday! (none / 0) (#31)
    by shoephone on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:45:56 PM EST
    You've got an hour and fifteen minutes left of it!

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    Maryland votes for same-sex marriage (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Democratic Cat on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:20:15 PM EST
    Such a great night.

    maine too (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by CST on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:31:35 PM EST
    Even more than four years ago, (none / 0) (#26)
    by Democratic Cat on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:33:41 PM EST
    I feel like the country is turning in a good direction.

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    Marijuana legalization is also winning in WA. (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by caseyOR on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:41:29 PM EST
    So, if you are in WA you can marry your same-sex partner and offer your guest doobies at the open bar at the reception. :-)

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    That is so great. I think it's winning in WA, too. (none / 0) (#22)
    by caseyOR on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:25:00 PM EST
    I don't know how same-sex marriage is going in Minnesota.

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    Same sex marriage winning in WA (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by shoephone on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:01:32 AM EST
    by 52%

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    Minnesota Marriage (none / 0) (#38)
    by nomatter0nevermind on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:53:34 PM EST

    Andrew Sullivan said the anti-equality amendment in Minnesota was up 4 points at 11:59 CST. He didn't cite a source.

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    As encouraging as anything else (none / 0) (#41)
    by lilburro on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:58:47 PM EST
    demographics wise.  Times they are a changing!

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    McConnell promises to make Obama (5.00 / 3) (#19)
    by observed on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:22:14 PM EST
    a 2 term president.

    Why Romney is not conceding yet: (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by caseyOR on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:24:07 PM EST
    I think Romney intends to hold off on conceding until it is so late that most people go to bed and, thus, miss Obama's victory speech.  Yes, I do think Romney is that kind of guy, a not very nice guy.

    Maybe Romney... (none / 0) (#25)
    by desertswine on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:31:56 PM EST
    is waiting for the "fix" to come in.

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    Obama needs to claim victory and make (none / 0) (#27)
    by Angel on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:35:29 PM EST
    Willard concede.

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    Romney is on his way from the hotel to (none / 0) (#35)
    by caseyOR on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:50:36 PM EST
    wherever it is his supporters had gathered. NBC is reporting that Romney will appear alone, no family members will be on the stage with him.

    I understand not having all the grandchildren there, but I will be surprised if Ann and the five sons are not with Mitt, especially if Ann.

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    they all came out (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by Amiss on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:06:49 AM EST
    After the speech was over. Thank goodness I don't have to look at that fake smile ever again.

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    @ 12:55 he (none / 0) (#37)
    by Amiss on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:52:41 PM EST
    is scheduled to speak and supposedly has called Obama.

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    The repugnant heather Wilson... (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by desertswine on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:31:05 PM EST
    will lose in NM to progressive Martin Heinrich. Good riddance.

    Very cool. she is horrible. (none / 0) (#33)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:48:20 PM EST
    So, with Heinrich (none / 0) (#39)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:55:17 PM EST
    and very likely Heltkamp in N Dakota too...does that get us close to filibuster proof?

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    I see not. Oh well (none / 0) (#50)
    by ruffian on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:30:54 AM EST
    About the popular vote. (5.00 / 2) (#28)
    by caseyOR on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:37:43 PM EST
    Obama currently leads in the popular vote, but only by about 100,000 votes. The country really is polarized.

    I don't see any way for there to be any real bipartisan work done unless one side decides to sell-out its supporters. And, sadly, the side most likely to do that is the Democrats.

    So, rejoice tonight, but prepare to fight long and hard starting tomorrow to save SS and Medicare and so many other programs from the Grand Bargain.

    Bachman and West in virtual ties with (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by caseyOR on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:47:31 PM EST
    their respective opponents. The U.S. House of Representatives would be a much better place without Michelle Bachman and Allen West. If they both lose the collective IQ of the House rises at least 40 points.

    Please, please, please let them lose.

    I will add a please please please (none / 0) (#34)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:49:00 PM EST
    that's a lot of pleases...it has to happen

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    Yay! (5.00 / 2) (#46)
    by Thanin on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:24:27 AM EST
    Now, can we stop the civilian-murdering drone attacks?  Please?

    "I would like to note that Big Bird (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:35:24 PM EST
    has been saved."  Whose voice was that?

    One of my students writes (none / 0) (#9)
    by Towanda on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:40:43 PM EST
    to me that she -- like me -- has an African American man as president, an African American woman in the House, and a lesbian woman in the Senate.  "This is not my grandpa's Wisconsin anymore," she writes.

    Yep, some states have women as both of their Senators for decades now, and Wisconsin FINALLY sends a woman to the Senate for the first time.

    But heck, it's only been a dozen years since she became the first woman from Wisconsin in Congress at all.

    At this rate, Wisconsin will be entering the 21st century any day now.  You read it here first.  Watch for it.

    [edit:  D*mn, some are still calling the Baldwin race too close to call.  A lead of only a couple of thousand, with barely half of the state reporting.  D*mn.  Not going to bed yet.]

    Both WI and MA elected a woman as senator (none / 0) (#48)
    by caseyOR on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:50:42 AM EST
     for the first time yesterday.

    It seems so odd to me that these two states waited until 2012 to elect a woman to the U.S. Senate. I'd have thought they would have been trailblazers in this area. Oh well, better late than never.

    And The Dairy State gets a twofer because Tammy Baldwin is also the first out lesbian elected to the Senate.

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    Tammy is the first out gay ever (none / 0) (#59)
    by Towanda on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:37:20 AM EST
    newly elected to the Senate.  (Barney Frank came out only in his third term.)  I wonder how many ghosts in the Senate are celebrating, not having been able to come out in the centuries before now?

    Btw, re the backwardness of MA and WI when it comes to electing women, both have been the subject of many studies in women's studies that offer some answers that are intriguing, but not answers that would be welcome on this blog.

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    I would love to know the reasons it took (none / 0) (#63)
    by caseyOR on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:19:12 PM EST
    these two states so long to elect a woman. Since you are unsure of the reception you would get here, is there any way we can discuss it away from TL?

    I really am interested.

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    barney frank (none / 0) (#64)
    by CST on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:53:35 PM EST
    Wasn't a senator, he was a congressman.

    I was so happy about Warren, and the fact that she was the first female was icing on the cake.  The things I've heard from.supposedly liberal men...
    But women came out en masse for her this time.  We are strong enough politically to make our own changes.

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    It's not official.. (none / 0) (#10)
    by unitron on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:46:33 PM EST
    ...until the Electoral College says so.

    In the meantime, Romney's refusing to concede Ohio, and therefore the election, probably because they expect electronic voting machine shenanigans to pull it out for him.

    Even if Romney had won Ohio, that would not (none / 0) (#13)
    by caseyOR on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:49:40 PM EST
    put him over the top.

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    Yeah, but... (none / 0) (#21)
    by unitron on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:24:48 PM EST
    ...Romney has a secret plan to carry Hawaii.

    : - )

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    "This just in. Detroit is protesting (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:10:55 PM EST
    the World Series."  These radio guys are hilarious.  

    Hypocrites How? (none / 0) (#30)
    by nomatter0nevermind on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:44:14 PM EST
    Some doctor on Fox just offered to write prescriptions for anyone upset about Romney. The host told him, "As a lawyer, I don't think that's a good idea." What hypocrites.

    I see weak joking. I don't understand where you're getting hypocrisy.

    On a different subject, I don't blame Romney for not conceding. Networks have been wrong before.

    Oh, please. Even with Ohio and Florida he (none / 0) (#65)
    by Angel on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:41:59 PM EST
    had no path to victory and it was evident to everyone.  

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    With all the greatness tonight (none / 0) (#36)
    by CoralGables on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:50:42 PM EST
    the cherry on the cake could be Allen West losing his congressional seat in Florida.

    Baldwin, Duckworth, Warren, and Obama win.
    Akin, Mourdock, and West lose.

    And Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota sitting pretty?
    Bluebirds are singing all over the country tonight.

    Can't ask for much more than that. By god there is a god.

    A loss by Bachman is not too much to ask. (none / 0) (#40)
    by caseyOR on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:55:59 PM EST
     And a win by Heitkamp would be glorious.

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    1 AM (EST) Allen West losing by approx. (5.00 / 1) (#49)
    by caseyOR on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:59:37 AM EST
    2500 votes. Michelle Bachman winning by approx. 2500 votes.

    Since CNN shows that 100% of Florida's ballots have been counted, will the West-Murphy race go to a recount?

    In the Bachman-Graves race, 93% of the votes have been counted. So, there is still a chance that Jim Graves will win this outright.

    Please, please, please let West and Bachman lose.

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    Disposition Matrix (none / 0) (#44)
    by stonecutter on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:17:10 AM EST
    You voted for it - you own it!

    Ad 64 (none / 0) (#45)
    by stonecutter on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:18:45 AM EST
    Wow!  Make it work!

    This morning on 'Morning Joe' (none / 0) (#52)
    by jeffinalabama on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:41:22 AM EST
    Scarborough said that the GOP has to stop being "the party of stupid."

    I should have watched (none / 0) (#58)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:16:41 AM EST
    Just to make fun of Joe

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    To stop being "the party of stupid" (none / 0) (#60)
    by jondee on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:49:25 AM EST
    will require a radical overhaul of an overall vision on the Right congealed out of equal parts  nostalgia for the age of robber barons; lingering 1950s McCarthyite paranoia;  a never-healed vendetta toward the sixties sea change; unbending religious fundamentalism; anti-intellectualism, and militant tribal xenophobia.

    Though, regrettably, my sense is that Joe cynically meant by "stupid" the Right's strategic inability to fire the imaginations of his fellow countrymen and women while keeping the essential guiding vision in unaltered form      

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    I think their real vision is strictly (5.00 / 2) (#61)
    by ruffian on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 01:56:54 PM EST
    financial, as it always has been - low taxes, pro-big-business. The rest of it is just what they use to mobilize the zombie armies. Maybe in this election they have learned that Ralph Reed just can't turn them out in sufficient numbers no matter how much hate the gin up.

    But what else have they got?

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    financial.. (none / 0) (#62)
    by jondee on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:18:21 PM EST
    and screw other people, the rest of the biosphere, the air and water, the livable future itself..

    This is some sort of only-partially-acknowledged pathologic condition: "my estate" as a form of artificial immortality -- one big, Egyptian canopic jar that the Koch brothers of the world carry with them into the next life..

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