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Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately President of the United States. Again. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math. And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And evolution is a thing. And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us. And nobody is taking away anyone’s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as Communism.

Listen: last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for very obvious reasons. But it was also, possibly, a good night for this country as a whole. Because in this country we have a two party system, in government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate between those possible solutions. And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition between good ideas, from both sides, about real problems in the real country should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if only one side is really working on the hard stuff.

And if the Republican Party, and the conservative movement, and the conservative media is stuck in a vacuum sealed, door locked, spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good, and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived, as a nation, of the constructive debate between competing, feasible ideas about real problems.

- Rachel Maddow | November 7, 2012

America is different now, more so with every election cycle. Ronald Reagan won his mandate in an America in which 89 percent of the voters were white. That number is down to 72 percent and falling. Fifty thousand new Latino citizens achieve the voting age every month. America will soon belong to the men and women — white and black and Latino and Asian, Christian and Jew and Muslim and atheist, gay and straight — who can comfortably walk into a room and accept with real comfort the sensation that they are in a world of certain difference, that there are no real majorities, only pluralities and coalitions.

- David Simon (via theatlantic)

(via theatlantic)

… while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American nation and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.

- Barack Obama

(Source: mar-see-ah, via think4yourself)

Extremely disappointed in the returns for the California ballot measures. We love our pornographic actors but hate our schools and our inmates.

pantslessprogressive:

Chrysler Gives Workers Day Off To Vote | TPM

pantslessprogressive:

Chrysler Gives Workers Day Off To Vote | TPM

Tumblr is exciting on the eve of the election

It feels like everyone’s waiting for a surprise party to start.

Fired up?! Ready to go!
—Barack Obama, November 5, 2012, final rally in Des Moines, Iowa

Fired up?! Ready to go!

—Barack Obama, November 5, 2012, final rally in Des Moines, Iowa

The single most powerful force in this democracy is you.
—Barack Obama, November 5, 2012, final rally in Des Moines, Iowa

The single most powerful force in this democracy is you.

—Barack Obama, November 5, 2012, final rally in Des Moines, Iowa

I’ll work with anyone of any party to move this country forward.
—Barack Obama, November 5, 2012, final rally in Des Moines, Iowa

I’ll work with anyone of any party to move this country forward.

—Barack Obama, November 5, 2012, final rally in Des Moines, Iowa

theatlantic:

The Best Photos of the Entire Presidential Campaign

Presidential campaigns are about policies, interest groups, slogans, personalities  and, to the chagrin of very serious people, images. But there were some amazing photos taken during the 2012 election — candidates campaigning in tough conditions from fried food fests to pouring rain, of funny faces, of candidate confrontations, and of devoted spouses. 

[Images: White House, Reuters, AP, Getty]

b3nfriend:

Get voting, folks.

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"You have a lot of chicken here in Frankenmuth. Oh yeah, chicken and, you know, noodles. It’s good German food right here. What a wonderful place…This is so much fun. It’s so much fun running for president… To all be together on a morning like this and to be in the bright sunshine and in a beautiful place and to be running for president with your help."

"This is not about me. You’re not here because I’m some spectacular speaker, you all know that. You’re not here because the Republican Party is the answer to all things, you know better than that. You know, instead, that this is America. And America is the answer to all good things."

- Mitt Romney