Eric M. Blake: I see these results with no small amount of disbelief. And yet… there they are. All I can say is this: I fear a great deal for the future of our nation. While the Republicans retain the House of Representatives, that will not be enough to, among other things, repeal Obamacare before it takes hold of a significant part of our economy. Such, I fear, is a major step on the path to socialism. Nonetheless, I cannot in good conscience break down and cry that all is lost. Something inside of me cries out that, despite everything, we WILL recover, somehow. Though we are sore wounded, we are not slain. We shall fight, and rise again.
Jason Lightner: It’s 2 A.M. and libs are still waving flags.
So Barack Obama retains the keys to the White House and Mitt Romney concedes gracefully. The announcements were polarizing in their respective arenas. Here’s what I saw tonight:
In the Obama Camp
Thousands of people still grateful that Bush and Cheney are out of the White House.
In the Romney Camp
Thousands of old white people still upset that a black man is in the White House.
In all seriousness, though, this is a good thing for America. As much as I despise Obama for his foreign policy, his stance on copyright and patents, and his various broken promises, the country hasn’t gone to Hell under him. Christian fundamentalists and extreme right-wing Republicans would have you believe otherwise, but they’d also have you believe that there’s a war on Christianity being waged by some socialist-muslim-antichrist – even though he himself identifies as a Christian.
Crazy bananas, I know.
Look, these past four years have been just fine to me as an American. Sure, gas is freakin’ expensive, and I’m paying through the nose for text messaging, but I’m doing just fine. The economy is slowly on its way up, we’re slowly rolling out civil rights to everyone (again), and we’re slowly improving healthcare. Not a whole lot has really changed except some of my groceries have gotten cheaper and I’m no longer married.
Jessica B.: At the end of the day, Hurricane Sandy may have changed the course of history, since major news networks had actual news to cover for 24-hour cycles, rather than just being forced to make up election headlines.
Obama gained some points by winning over East Coast leaders with his aggressive emergency response (A far cry from FEMA’s response to New Orleans), winning him praise from Republicans like NJ Governor Christie and NYC Mayor Bloomberg.
And despite his attempt to get involved, most people felt that Romney had no place in the emergency, since it wasn’t political grandstanding, it was an actual emergency.
At the end of the day, the event means that millions of voters on the east coast had no access to news, election commercials or campaigns for the days leading up to the election. They also had no power, gas, and were stuck at home. They were busy actually living and trying to get back to work.
James Maynard: The results of the presidential race between President Obama and Mitt Romney come as little surprise. Polls had shown the popular vote to be extremely close, which it was, and the Electoral College, after a brief challenge from Romney, started to fall in Obama’s direction once Ohio went into the blue camp. In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren took the Senate seat recently held by Republican Scott Brown. This was not surprising given the demographics of the Bay State, but it was surprising was that Warren barely won that race, with Brown nearly pulling off an upset.
Among the third-party Presidential candidates, the Libertarian Party broke a million votes in the presidential race for the first time ever with their candidate, Gary Johnson, earning 1.1% of the vote, or roughly 1.14 million votes. Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein was awarded fourth place with 0.3%, or just under 400,000 total votes.
The question of full legalization of marijuana was on the popular ballot in three states, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. Colorado voters were expected to approve the measure, which they did, and the voters of Oregon were expected to defeat the measure, and that also turned out to be the case. Washington residents were also expected to defeat the measure in their state, but they approved the question, fully legalizing cannabis in that state as well. Massachusetts voters added their voices to the question as well, legalizing medical marijuana there. How the newly-re-elected Obama administration responds to these measures is yet to be seen.
In another interesting sidelight story to the election, on Tuesday, New Hampshire became the first state in the union to elect an all-female Congressional delegation and Governor. All in all, this was an election when the smaller stories were the most interesting.
(White House photo)