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Tuesday was election day. This is schadenfreude Saturday.

  • The slow descent into madness that was the election night Twitter stream of Dick Morris. Here's the bitter end:
    If we lose NH, Col, Iowa, and Nevada, we lose even if we carry Ohio and Fla

    we really could win Fla, Ohio, NC, Va, and Col and win the ellection

    watch Colorado. If we win Fla and Ohio and Va it will come down to Colorado

    Florida just closed to a 18,000 Obama lead It had been 50,000. Looks better

    Ohio closed well from a big marfgin in early voting to a 2 pt obama lead with still 1/3 left to count. good sign

    It may all come down to Col

    dont give up!

    That was at about 10:45. He went silent after that. How surprising.
  • Last night in the State of Washington, Republican Rob McKenna conceded the Governor's race to his Democratic opponent, Congressman Jay Inslee:
    Campaign manager Randy Pepple told reporters Friday night that McKenna called Democrat Jay Inslee to congratulate him. Inslee had steadily held a 51 percent advantage in the race as ballots were counted this week.

    The decision brings to end one of the most watched, most expensive gubernatorial races in the country. The two candidates and outside political groups raised and spent some $40 million in the race.

    Washington is fortunate to have avoided a Scott Walker clone masquerading as a moderate in the Governor's mansion in Olympia.
  • You know by now that Mitt Romney was 'shellshocked' about his shellacking at the hands of President Obama, but here's a particular nugget:
    Their emotion was visible on their faces when they walked on stage after Romney finished his remarks, which Romney had hastily composed, knowing he had to say something.

    Both wives looked stricken, and Ryan himself seemed grim. They all were thrust on that stage without understanding what had just happened.

    Romney was so confident he was going to win that he didn't even prepare a concession speech. You know what that invokes...the wrath from high atop the thing.
  • We keep on talking about the impending civil war in the conservative movement, but maybe a loss to a black incumbent president whom they viewed as weak and easy to beat will shake them up. Problem? They can't try to moderate and make inroads among women, youth and minorities without alienating their base.
  • And by that, I mean the base that gets riled up by racist and sexist attacks like these that we saw during the 2012 election cycle.

  • So what's the dyed-in-the-wool conservative reaction to all this? The same answer they had for marriage equality, when they tried to drive a wedge on the issue between African Americans and the Democratic base. Except now, it's about inciting black-on-brown racial hatred:

    Over 70 percent of black voters believe that immigration is too high. Conservatives already need to learn to speak to urban voters; why not start with the most-churched members of the city? Just like your core of Midwestern working-class whites, they believe themselves to be part of an American core that is destabilized by mass immigration. It is time to reach out to them, to assure them that you will make immigration work for all Americans, that the interests of America’s oldest minority will not be lost in the America to come. That seems like the natural task of a conservative to me.
    So, conservatives are currently theorizing that the best way to win over minorities isn't to stop hating them. Instead it's to get one minority to join with white people in hating other minorities. Lovely!
  • The Romney campaign's most massive failure? Project ORCA. I can't even quote from this. You'll just have to read it.
  • From Slate, a series of Drudge Report headlines throughout election night as it became increasingly clear that the President had earned a second term. If facts are inconvenient, just don't report them.
  • This is why Republicans want to suppress the votes of women and minorities.
  • A map of a sampling of geocoded racist hate tweets in response to Obama's reelection. One guess as to the states where the highest concentrations could be found.
  • And to conclude...Rachel Maddow's righteous rant about the fact-free conservative bubble.

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  •  Breaking on Petraeus - another woman (7+ / 0-)

    which is how the FBI first got brought in to investigate.  In this post I take you to the breaking story from the Washington Post.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:01:35 PM PST

    •  It's not clear if the other woman (5+ / 0-)
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      ConfusedSkyes, drmah, OnlyWords, native, BYw

      was also having an affair with him. For all we know it was his wife and she feared Broadwell. In any case, I think the one known affair is more than enough to ruin his reputation when you consider the recklessness with which he conducted it.

      Plus, I never bought into that whole The Man Called Petraeus hype.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:08:41 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Saturday Morning reflection on reflection & living (1+ / 0-)
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    Benjaminwise

    I do a certain amount of musing and reflection in this piece

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:02:53 PM PST

  •  How would the GOP act if they won? (3+ / 0-)

    I was pondering that question this morning, and I decided that they would be working to shape the media narrative that any obstruction of their agenda was a violation of the people's will.

    I decided to write a brief diary titled:

    How Would the GOP Act if They Won?

    I think we should work equally hard to shape the media narrative and make sure the "Fiscal Cliff" debate goes our way.

    Thoughts?

    ~ CapInsider.com ~ News, Analysis, and Discussion of California Politics!

    by Benjaminwise on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:03:34 PM PST

  •  thinking about financial issues for the nation... (0+ / 0-)

    is what I called this post from yesterday that perhaps might interest you?

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:04:05 PM PST

  •  The Gilded class has been playing different (1+ / 0-)
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    drmah

    classes of their lessers for years while robbing them blind.

    "Drudge: soundslike sludge, islike sewage."
    (-7.25, -6.72)

    by gougef on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:04:49 PM PST

  •  Ok, I have to be my typically master of the (10+ / 0-)

    blindingly obvious and tasteless self and say what has to be said.

    Paula Broadwell's affair with David Petraeus while reporting and writing a book on him as he served in the Army gives a whole new meaning to the word "embed".

    Pa-dum-bum.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:05:36 PM PST

  •  excellent analysis (1+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell
    A map of a sampling of geocoded racist hate tweets in response to Obama's reelection. One guess as to the states where the highest concentrations could be found.
    http://www.floatingsheep.org/...

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:08:58 PM PST

  •  Careful on the black-brown divide thing (1+ / 0-)
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    ConfusedSkyes

    that could actually work, it's been done with all of American immigrant groups by them becoming "white"

    •  I don't this particular strategy will work, though (2+ / 0-)
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      drmah, mdmslle

      Yeselson calls for Republicans to side with black voters against Latino voters -- and I don't see the current Republican party courting black voters, since many of their turnout strategies are based on dog whistles like welfare and food stamps. Simply put, their base would freak.

      From the voters' perspective, I do not see black voters as up for grabs, given that the Democrats just delivered the first black president. There is work to be done on unemployment, infrastructure, drug war, and civil liberties issues, to be sure -- but the Democrats are on the right side of all those subjects, while the Republicans are consistently in the wrong.

      More likely, Republicans try to peel off latino voters like Bush in 2004. Will it work? probably not, but its their best shot.

    •  it didn't work for NOM (2+ / 0-)
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      cocinero, mdmslle

      Their anti-marriage equality strategy was about co-opting the black church-goers.  Can we now say Republican party = Insanity, using the "doing the same thing over" definition?

    •  This is exactly the strategy they will go to next (0+ / 0-)

      I've already seen it suggested on the Free Republic. The Social Conservatives and the Libertarian/Corporatist wing of the party appear to be locked in a death spiral. Neither can do without the other.

      If they're unable to moderate themselves and win over members of our coalition with policy, they must divide our coalition.

      I have no idea how to defend against it, but I am convinced this is the short-term strategy because it's easier than all the others and it's been proven to be a historical winner.

      Stephanie Dray
      Author of Historical Fiction (Berkley Books)

      by stephdray on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:37:55 PM PST

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  •  Rachels reality rant (6+ / 0-)

    was the second best thing I saw on my teevee this week.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:12:08 PM PST

  •  Too good to be true - almost (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, msmacgyver
    You know what that invokes...the wrath from high atop the thing.
    I just love it!

    I doubt Mitt ever watched The West Wing.

    "Equal rights for gays." Yeah, it's just that simple.

    by planmeister on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:12:55 PM PST

  •  The election was called at 9:15 PM.... (2+ / 0-)
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    planmeister, concernedamerican

    ... in Worcester, VT when the vote tally was announced. I'm a ballot counter and I should not have been forced to go home and subject myself to 3 more hours of punditry and analysis. In the future, can't we just exit poll Worcester and say goodnight?

    Obama           416
    Romney.         111
    Other & blank.   24

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:13:00 PM PST

  •  Oldest minority? (11+ / 0-)
    America’s oldest minority
    The Republicans have often shown their historical ignorance--or, more often, a history based on pure fantasy--and this view shows that American Indians are totally invisible to them.

    We were here long before any other group. Our concerns are not the same as other minority groups and the legal issues facing us are very different. As long as we are ignored in the historical accounts of the Americas, we will continue to be ignored in the political present.

  •  "Go, Go! Turn around three times (1+ / 0-)
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    venezia

    and spit!"

    West Wing Still Rocks.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:13:59 PM PST

  •  Cloud Atlas & Obama's acceptance speech (1+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle

    I compare themes from Cloud Atlas, a riveting progressive film, to Obama's acceptance speech in this post.

    If you love framing, George Lakoff, or connectedness, go see this movie for the reasons discussed here. Perfect weekend treat for the election-fried brain.

    What is a food system but a multitude of bites? Visit Cook for Good and vote with your fork!

    by Cook for Good on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:14:11 PM PST

  •  I unloaded a truck with a Gary Johnson sticker (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, drmah

    I work in a warehouse, and one of our vendors made a delivery in a truck with a Gary Johnson sticker on it.

    No, it wasn't delivering pot or firearms.

  •  mr morris (0+ / 0-)

    as they say in canada, have another donut.

  •  Tweets from Morris and RomneyDeathRally (0+ / 0-)

    added a very special aura to following the election where we were gathered. We were guffawing at Morris' swimming against history, and laughing out loud at the instant and mad creativity of the RomneyDeathRally tweets.

    Add actual results to that, and it was a perfect evening.

    "If you don't use your majorities, you lose your majorities."

    by SteinL on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:17:49 PM PST

  •  So... was there a SINGLE conservative pundit that (1+ / 0-)
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    jj32

    predicted a Romney landslide win and has turned around and admitted they were wrong? Like, really wrong? I can't find even one.

    Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

    by ConfusedSkyes on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:20:18 PM PST

  •  I don't *want* them to change a thing (2+ / 0-)
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    drmah, planmeister

    Please:  come to the conclusion that conservatism didn't fail the nation, the nation failed conservatism.

    You need to go further to the right.

    You need to be even more vocal about the need to stamp out gay marriage, abortion, contraception, etc.  Please, say more about how rape can really be a blessing.  Don't soften your positions on anything; your only recourse for relevancy is remove any of that "PC" rhetoric from your messaging:

    --You all "know" that blacks and latinos harm "traditional" neighborhoods; be honest!  Come out and say it loud and proud!

    --Continue to decry any and all programs for the "poor":  continue to push for the elimination of food stamp programs, affirmative action in the states, public assistance, welfare, etc.  Please continue to use the argument that this is for the good of the "poor", that it will ultimately make them stronger.

    --Do not stop introducing legislation to end Obamacare!  Do not take up any other legislation in the House until this moves forward!  It should be the only work the House focuses on!

    If you do all these things, I'm sure you'll be set up well for 2014.

    "When and if fascism comes to America...it will not even be called 'fascism'; it will be called, of course, 'Americanism'" --Professor Halford E. Luccock of Yale Divinity School; New York Times article from September 12, 1938, page 15

    by demongo on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:21:37 PM PST

  •  exactly. over 1100 word victory speech (1+ / 0-)
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    alrdouglas

    hubris meets cognitive dissonance

    Romney was so confident he was going to win that he didn't even prepare a concession speech. You know what that invokes...the wrath from high atop the thing.

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:26:04 PM PST

  •  Re: Rich Yeselson (0+ / 0-)

    I think Am Natives are, now, at any rate, the oldest minority.
    I might argue that Republicans, being the practical people they normally are, would side with the hispanics because of the vote strength. And, let's face it, the lighter the skin; the better they like it. Republicans are the 21st century Dixiecrats, after all.

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:26:40 PM PST

  •  Today is Freuday as in Schadenfreuday (2+ / 0-)
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    homo neurotic, dash888

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:28:47 PM PST

    •  I'm worried that I have schadenfreude poisoning. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm really concerned that I've taken in too much.  Yes, it's delicious, but I'm turly wondering if the uncontrolled fits of laughter will ever subside.

      "There's been a little complication with my complication"

      by dash888 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 01:48:27 PM PST

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  •  Schadenfreude Saturday eh? Yes indeed (2+ / 0-)
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    howabout, Pam from Calif

    this hubris has been building in me all week, culminating in me today laughing my ass off at crying Republicans. There's some folks out there trying to make me feel bad for this. To them I have to say, I just don't care! The GOP has been trying to denigrate us and humiliate us for years. A little payback for a week is the least they deserve for being such lying pricks.

  •  Hahahahahahahahaha!!!! (2+ / 0-)
    The Romney campaign's most massive failure? Project ORCA. I can't even quote from this. You'll just have to read it.
    I actually feel a little sad for this Romney volunteer-wanna-be.  I know, it's weird, but still.  He wanted to be useful in this election, patriotic and all -- and Team Romney's colossal incompetence thwarted him.

    Yes!  You'll just have to read it.

    "Equal rights for gays." Yeah, it's just that simple.

    by planmeister on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:30:51 PM PST

    •  I was a poll watcher as well... (1+ / 0-)
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      concernedamerican

      And had 3 Rep. Watchers at my precinct during the day. They all had lists (short because they were in a big D precinct) and incessantly crossed off people.

      They complained that it took them 30 minutes to upload what they had to the system.

      That was 3:30 by the time they got through, probably way too late to get to everyone. They also had no idea how it would work and if they even had people at the other end to make the calls.

  •  So why isn't it a 'Landslide' for Obama, DICK? (2+ / 0-)
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    RainyDay, concernedamerican

    'Dick' Morris and many other R pundits were predicting a Rmoney 'landslide', where he would get over 300 EVs and over 50% of the vote. Which is fewer EVs than Obama received, and about the same popular vote %. So why isn't this a 'landslide' Obama victory?

    DON'T let them say that this was a 'close' election.

    You don't know me, but I'm your brother. I was raised here in this living Hell - you don't know my kind in your world, but fairly soon the time will tell.

    by Fordmandalay on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:31:43 PM PST

  •  After Scott Brown's 2010 win in MA (2+ / 0-)
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    RainyDay, alrdouglas

    It would have been easy to blame a bad candidate running a horrible campaign, a special election, and crappy Election Day weather. All were true, by the way, but to its credit, the Mass Democratic party looked inward and took stock of what they did wrong.

    The result? No on intra-party squabbling, yes on selection of a great candidate, no on a potentially harmful primary, yes on a statewide coordinated canvass operation, no on taking voters for granted, yes on a massive GOTV effort.

    Lesson? In order to regroup and recover, you have to stop blaming others and look at what your own party is doing wrong and fix that. Different case, since Mass Dems do have an overwhelming natural advantage, but 16 years of GOP governors didn't seem to drive that message home in Mass. Which all is a long way of saying that until the Republican establishment stops blaming others and looks at what went structurally and profoundly wrong, they're unlikely to be able to fix it.

  •  The last time WA elected an R gov is 1980 (1+ / 0-)
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    jj32

    Last time Oregon did btw, 1982.  The Pacific NW is solid blue.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:33:36 PM PST

  •  ORCA is creepy (0+ / 0-)

    They were literally tracking their voters.  Attempting to anyway.  I wonder if all those 30k people understand that.

  •  Project ORCA (2+ / 0-)
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    lynneinfla, concernedamerican

    Thanks. That was funny. My local OFA office was striking lists each night after 7:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Monday during GOTV based on information retrieved electronically from the auditor. It worked well. ORCA is just one more example of why the Romney team was not ready to be trusted with the government and Obama was.

  •  Pound sand, GOP/TPers.... :D n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of East Somalia!"

    by unclebucky on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:41:20 PM PST

  •  Telling Abbie Bronco Bamma won (1+ / 0-)
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    Telling Abbie the results of the election. Thank you all for such wonderful support! Abbie is a most amazing little girl--brilliant, gorgeous and hilarious. I am so proud of her, and cannot believe how privileged I am to have her as my daughter. This has been a fun ride, and we are amazed at all that has happened. I am very pleased knowing that Barack Obama will continue to lead our beautiful country, and look forward to the incredible future ahead of us!
    http://www.youtube.com/...

    Abbie's meltdown during the 2012 campaign

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:43:05 PM PST

  •  Lovely diary on Rec List (0+ / 0-)

    Hugs  by Magnifico

    Photobucket

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:47:18 PM PST

  •  Anyone know if vote count continues this weekend? (0+ / 0-)

    Just curious.  I'd like to see if Mitt can get down to 47%.

  •  well ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... at least it's not just me

    This is schadenfreude Saturday.
    no one likes a gloater. i'm feeling some real shame here.

    that said, in light of the cover that's been provided in the very first line of the diary, i offer the following:

    behold! the photoblog that is white people mourning romney

    keep your eyes on the sky. put a dollar in the kitty. don't the moon look pretty. --becker&fagen

    by homo neurotic on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 01:00:19 PM PST

  •  Real business vs. speculation. (0+ / 0-)

    Past a certain level of prosperity, the money a business owner accumulates (not investing in the business, i.e.- new employees because there is no demand to warrant it) becomes a destructive tool. It becomes the means for speculation, which (thanks to deregulation) has become more lucrative than creating anything. It is lazy money.

    Speculators don't create jobs. It’s millions of middle class Americans with money in their pockets that creates jobs.  The actual business community, then, expands and makes money as middle men between workers and consumers.  If millions of consumers with money to spend put workers to work and at the same time make people richer, fine…but speculators becoming richer without putting more people to work is not OK.

    -- We are just regular people informed on issues

    by mike101 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 01:01:16 PM PST

  •  I am still amazed (0+ / 0-)

    That Obama could have lost Ohio, Virginia, AND Florida and still have been re-elected. He kicked major ass in the battleground states and it really wasnt even close.

    If Romney had won by any more than 300 EV, they would have all called it a landslide. But since Obama has only 332 EV and only ~52% of the popular vote, he clearly has no mandate. sigh

  •  Steps for the GOP to return to relevance (0+ / 0-)

    1. Tell the racists and misogynists in your base to pound sand.

    2. Take Evangelicals for granted, mostly. Return to previous stance on abortion permitting exceptions for rape. Come on. Seriously.

    3. Embrace your libertarian base by supporting marriage equality, marijuana decriminalization, contraception, immigration reform.

    There are millions of moderates that have bought the propaganda on "small government" for some reason, but will not tolerate a party that makes its bed with racists, homophobes, misogynists and retrograde religious bigots. But you know who those groups are going to vote for. Give your libertarians a candidate they can get excited about and let the rest hold their noses and vote for him or her.

    Why do I want to see this happen? Because then the Democrats might actually need progressives again. They'll especially need Labor to shore up their support if fiscal conservative / social moderates go to the GOP. This moves our whole political framework left.

  •  More and better democrats - Sandy refugees (0+ / 0-)

    There are 3 Republican House seats in southern New York, in areas that were devastated by storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. Do we have any progressive candidates to put against these guys next cycle?

    NY-03 Peter King (R) (Long Island, including south shore)
    NY-09 Bob Turner (R) (Includes the whole Rockaway Peninsula)
    NY-13 Michael Grimm (R) (Staten Island + part of Brooklyn water front)

    There are a whole lot of progressive democrats in the Occupy Sandy Relief effort, who may not call themselves progressive democrats (YET!).

    They are serving people whose lives have just been shattered. When they recover from this storm disaster, we  can't let them learn that government's slow response here means that government should be small enough to drown in a bathtub.

    Red Cross sends a truckload of blankets to Occupy Sandy – NYTimes

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Occupy Sandy Relief started their main hub in the Rockaways with a solar powered generator from Greenpeace.  Before long, the National Guard was relying on OccupySandy to distribute food and water.  The slow motion Red Cross sent a truckload of blankets on Thursday night, 10 full days after the storm. Occupy Sandy's direct action, with their motto of "Solidarity, Not Charity" and their ability to organize boots on the ground, is breaking down walls that have been used to divide us. This is community organizing. It is apolitical and non-religious.

    When we support them now, they may join us later.

  •  Step 1. Admit you have a problem. (1+ / 0-)
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    little bobby tables

    Frum has a National Post article on his site telling the Republicans to follow the steps taken by the Conservative Party of Canada to successfully attract minority voters (Chinese, Sikhs, Filipinos, Jamaicans, etc.) . His advice is not wrong - it's just not appropriate. It's like Romney's advice: "Borrow $100,000 from your parents to invest in your new business" (It's my parents' fault I'm poor.)

    Until they burst the bubble and allow some facts into their weird world, they won't be able to move to Step 1 above. This ties back to Romney/Ryan being shell-shocked - they probably think everything's all right and just needs some minor adjustment for next time. (Good luck with that.)

    The famed conservative think-tanks are going to have to let some RINOs return in order to get to Step 1. (Good luck with that, too)

    •  and Frum has already been excommunicated (0+ / 0-)

      until and unless Republicans start allowing their leaders to disagree once in a while, there will never be any change. For a party that talks about self-reliance all the time, they sure do love central planning when it comes to putting a party together.

    •  David Frum forgets something (1+ / 0-)
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      Wisewood

      he's full of sh*t regarding politicians in Canada.

      There was a provincial election recently in Alberta, and the party that had been leading the polls (the Wildrose party, which was an offshoot of the federal Conservative party) blew that lead when they had bozo eruptions from some of their candidates.

      the Wildrose Party was doomed the moment it tread into social conservatism without assuring voters it had limits. Ms. Smith chose not to draw a “clear line in the sand” and instead espoused free speech and freedom of religion, refusing to condemn candidates for making bigoted and racially charged comments: One pastor wrote in his blog that gays would burn in a “lake of fire,” while another MLA-hopeful said he had an advantage as a white candidate in an ethnically diverse Calgary constituency.
      http://news.nationalpost.com/...

      Fun fact: David Frum's mom, Barbara, was on Canadian TV News for years as a conservative talking head before she passed away; she was a lot smarter than he is.

  •  Question for kossacks (0+ / 0-)

    OK, I can't figure out how the Hotlist feature works anymore. I took a break from Daily Kos for a couple years (I read all the time for my editing job, so I don't do much personal reading), but came back pre-election to get a good dose of reality and hope.

    There's still a Hotlist button next to the Recommend button, and I Hotlisted several diaries I wanted to save, but now I can't find my Hotlist anywhere. A search turned up the old instructions from a couple years ago, which said it was located in your Tools box in the right column, but I don't see the Tools box anymore either.

    How do I find my Hotlist?

    •  To get to your hotlist: (0+ / 0-)

      At the top of the page, just under the Daily Kos banner, click on My Page.
      On your page, click on the Following link (in the line that says My Diaries, My Stream, My Groups, Following, Comments, Messages, Profile).
      The link to your hotlisted diaries will be right under the Following link.

      The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

      by mayim on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:23:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks! (0+ / 0-)

        Found them! I'd clicked on Following earlier, but when I saw a message there saying "You have not yet added any favorites," I thought nothing was there. I didn't realize there was yet another tab I had to click on. Thanks for the help!

  •  Project ORCA: "Eastwooding" in Action! (0+ / 0-)
    Notice anything missing? My guess is the second "Chair (if allowed)" was supposed to be "poll watcher certificate" but they put chair twice. This was an instruction packet that went out to 30,000+ people. Did no one proof-read it?
    That party has a THING about chairs!
  •   Repubs Want To Suppress The Votes of White Women? (1+ / 0-)
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    DanceHallKing

    I doubt that! After all, 56% of White women voted for (R)money, after only 53% of White women voted for PaleInsanity in 2008.

    And it wasn't just in teh South. CA(49%), MD(52%), CO (53%), OH(53%), MI(53%), PA(54%), NJ(58%). These are the percentages of the White women vote that (R)money won in states Obama won. In the two Southern states Obama won, VA and FL, (R)money won (59%) and (58%), respectively, of the White woman vote. Excluding CA, that's a total of 129 Electoral College votes - more than enough to flip the election to (R)money.

    But White women are not the only group that the RepubliKlans improved their performance with: 51% of Whites 18-29 y.o. voted for (R)money. In 2008, 54% of them voted for Obama.

    As Obama won 60% of the 18 - 29 y.o. vote, and 55% of women, the difference b/t how Whites and non-Whites in these two groups vote should be obvious to even White Liberal/Progressives who still want to believe the RepubliKlans are a party that appeals to only Old Pale Southern Males.

    So, obviously, the Repubs would be unwise to suppress the vote of either White women or White youth. After losing the election though winning 59% of the White vote, Repubs will have to think twice about suppressing their base.

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

    by OnlyWords on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 01:37:17 PM PST

  •  What to do? (0+ / 0-)

    Not sure I can bring myself to turn on Fox News Sunday tomorrow, but am so curious as to what Twit Hume, Chris Walass, and Charles the Sourkraut will be wailing about.  Will Rove, Morris, Luntz and the oracles of public opinion be included or relegated to the "time out" room?
    OK--maybe I'll just wait to read about it in here!  

  •  A great comment from the comments section of (0+ / 0-)

    the "Romney Shellshocked" linked article:

    Shaw.Gynan says:
        Here are my two cents' worth. A lot of liberals have been referring to the world in which the so-called conservatives live as "the bubble". I originally thought that the right wing was intentionally making wildly optimistic projections on a Romney victory based on nothing more than a strategy of raising expectations in the hope that by doing so, they could move the election in their direction. Apparently, I was wrong. The right wing really thought they would win. Remember that famous line, that it was the economy, stupid? It was the economy, and the right wing ended up making this election about social issues. The right wing continues to pursue policies intended to marginalize and discriminate against homosexuals. The right wing was revealed to be consistently in favor of protecting the fetuses of rapists. These two positions were forwarded, ostensibly in the name of Jesus Christ and God. Evangelical Christians, as presented by the GOP, don't care about anything else. You can ask for a more religiously committed pair of groups than the African-American community and the Latinos, and look where they voted in this election! White Evangelical Christians are lamenting this loss. Well, you Evangelicals need to reorder your priorities and stop supporting a party that gives tax breaks to the fabulously wealth while cutting health care, food and housing for the poor, the indigent, the aged, the infirm. Review the Beatitudes of Jesus Christ, the sermon on the mount. Instead of imposing your beliefs on others through the Republican Party, dedicate yourselves to generosity, to charity. I especially feel no sympathy for the smug, holier-than-thou Paul Ryan, who declared rape to be a "method of conception". That it may be, but you so-called conservatives are out of your minds if you think that you can take over the country by forcing rape victims to have the babies of their rapists. What could possibly be "conservative" about supporting rapists?! Every single idiot who espoused that point of view was defeated (Joe Walsh, Troy Akins, Richard Mourdock, etc.), and that's because we who vote against those who espouse the rights of rapists' babies ARE conservative! No matter how much you may think you are on the high moral ground, you are in fact favoring rape. I understand that life conceived in such a way is innocent. I understand that. I get it. But what you don't get is that there is a woman involved, traumatized, violated, and she has a fundamental right to choose. Leave this issue alone and get back to the basics! Stop trying to deny basic rights to homosexuals! You conservatives just come off as a bunch of vicious, bigoted bullies. When you guys got back into office in 2010, what did you do? Try to solve the economic problems! NO! You went right after your pro-life platform, trying to nail down your dictatorial policies before you got thrown out for good. You've ruined the conservative brand by coming off as extremists. And the amazing thing is, to bring this diatribe to a close, is that you really fooled yourself into believing that you represented the body politic. This historic election should have burst your bubble, but I don't think it has, and probably this comment, one of over 4,000 on this page alone, won't make a difference either.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 02:00:39 PM PST

  •  Inciting black-on-brown racial hatred (1+ / 0-)
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    stephdray

    To this point, mentioned above, a couple of weeks ago, I saw a really gross ad with a black husband and wife in their kitchen talking about how awful it was that illegal immigrants were coming into the country and taking jobs away, when the unemployment rate was so high among blacks.  As a black woman, it made me immediately want to take a shower.  Just gross, disgusting, and obscenely transparent in what it was trying to accomplish.  I can't remember the PAC that sponsored the ad, but they should've saved their money.  That dog isn't gonna hunt with black folks, because we know exactly who's trying to gin up these kind of resentments and why.

  •  possible theme for Romney campaign? (0+ / 0-)

    She's Gone - Hall & Oates

    http://youtu.be/...

  •  Rob, The Walker Clone, McKenna (1+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis

    "Washington is fortunate to have avoided a Scott Walker clone masquerading as a moderate in the Governor's mansion in Olympia".

    I am so relieved that Inslee win the governor's race here in WA.  

    When McKenna ran for AG, he fooled a hell-of-a-lot of voters with his moderate charade.  Many of those voters were naive enough to think they were really voting for "the best man for the job" when they voted for the Robster.

    Once he was in office McKenna quickly dropped all pretense of moderation and pissed a lot of people off.  Perhaps his most egregious and unforgivable act was to unilaterally sign on to the health care lawsuit against the wishes of Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire and majority Democrats.

  •  Narwhal Pwns Orca (0+ / 0-)

    For a tech comparison of Orca with the Obama campaign's Narwhal, see http://news.cnet.com/....

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