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Unclear on the Concept (Alabama Electoral Vote Edition)

Via the AP:  9 somber Alabama Republicans cast Electoral College votes for Romney Electoral College member Terry Lathan of Mobile said the ceremony was bittersweet. "I’m proud of our state," she said. "I think we got it right. I’m sad for our country." Another member, state Senate Republican Leader Jabo Waggoner of Vestavia Hills, said, […]

The Election Wasn’t As Close As We First Thought

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With the votes now finally nearly completely counted, it turns out that President Obama’s victory wasn’t as close as it seemed on Election Night: On election night, President Obama’s victory margin seemed fairly narrow – just slightly more than 2 percentage points. White House aides anxiously waited to see if Obama would surpass the 2.46-percentage-point […]

Romney Sticks Media With Inflated Bill

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Mitt Romney’s campaign is wildly overcharging the media for the privilege over covering them.

House And Senate Incumbent Re-Election Rates Top 90%

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If you’re a Member of Congress, the odds are pretty good that you’re going to stay one.

Mitt Romney Goes To The Fights


The post-campaign Mitt Romney is living an interesting life: For sheer happy weirdness, nothing quite rivals the surreal encounters that occur at a major boxing match. Saturday night, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, as Manny Pacquiao readied himself in a dressing room for his fourth mega-fight with legendary Mexican foe Juan […]

Obama And Romney Raised Over $2 Billion


The 2012 Presidential election hit a milestone: The most expensive election in the history of expensive elections passed a major milestone Thursday evening: the cost of the election was revealed to be more than $2 billion dollars. Campaign finance forms released Thursday evening showed the combined fundraising of the Romney and Obama campaigns brought the election over the top […]

Worst Political Pundits Of 2012


Pundittracker is taking votes for the worst pundit of the 2012 election cycle. There were so many to choose from but they’ve narrowed it down to three candidates.

Fox News Benches Dick Morris And Karl Rove


It looks like there’s been a little post-election reshuffling going on at Fox News: The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well. Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a canny marketer and protector of his network’s brand, has been taking steps since November to reposition Fox […]

Poll: 49% Of Republicans Believe Election Was Stolen


Republicans don’t seem to be handling Mitt Romney’s election loss well: PPP’s first post election national poll finds that Republicans are taking the results pretty hard…and also declining in numbers. 49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the […]

Romney And Obama To Meet For Lunch On Thursday


Oh to be a fly on the wall for this meeting: WASHINGTON — Defeated Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have lunch with President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow, the administration announced Wednesday. The meeting, in the Private Dining Room on the Residence level of the Executive Mansion, will be closed to reporters […]

Romney’s Final Share Of The Vote? 47%


Sometimes, you just have to appreciate the irony: Call it irony or call it coincidence: Mitt Romney’s share of the popular vote in the 2012 presidential race is very likely to be 47 percent. Romney’s campaign, of course, was doomed in large part by comments made on a hidden camera in which he suggested that 47 percent […]

Dianne Feinstein Sets Record With 7.3 Million Votes


California Senator Dianne Feinstein had no serious opposition in her bid for re-election, which is perhaps why she managed to do something that no other Senator has ever done: Dianne Feinstein is the most popular senator in U.S. history. If you measure by votes won, that is. The latest, semi-official tally from the California secretary of state […]

“Is our Pundits Learning?” Minisode


Jonathan Chait breaks down John Podhoretz, so I don’t have to:   Commentary Editor John Podhoretz Has Awkward Postelection Epiphany.

Joe Scarborough Answers the “Is our Pundits Learning?” Challenge


Seems that the answer continues to be “no.”

Jesse Jackson Jr Resigns From Congress

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Jesse Jackson Jr. hasn’t been present on Capitol Hill since June, he’s been hospitalized for severe depression, he’s been under a criminal investigation relating to both illegal use of campaign funds and his involvement in the scandal that brought down former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Despite all of this, he managed to be overwhelmingly re-elected […]

Pat Robertson: I ‘Misinterpreted’ What God Told Me About The Election


Pat Robertson says that he got his signals crossed when he thought God had told him Mitt Romney would win the election: Maybe he was just messing with you for giggles, Pat.

Obama Campaign Saw Jon Huntsman As A Threat

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Republicans rejected him, but the Obama campaign viewed him as a threat: When Obama campaign aides surveyed the field of Republican presidential hopefuls early on, they saw a certain handsome Mormon candidate and thought he’d be trouble in a general election showdown. It wasn’t Mitt Romney. Jon Huntsman is the former Utah governor who took a moderate […]

Unskewed Polls Guy Now Claiming Election Was Stolen

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Dean “Unskewed Polls” Chambers is back, and he’s as deluded as ever.

Allen West Finally Concedes Loss Of Congressional Seat


After putting up a quixotic two week long fight that seemed doomed from the start, Congressman Allen West has conceded his loss in the race for Florida’s 18th Congressional District: Florida Rep. Allen West — the tea party pugilist and face of the class of House Republicans that stormed to power two years ago — conceded Tuesday […]

Study: Fox & MSNBC Became More Extreme As Campaign Ended


It shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that the two cable networks known principally for being propaganda mills became more extreme in the closing days of the Presidential campaign: Fox News and MSNBC became even more extreme in their coverage of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during the final days of the 2012 campaign, according […]

Rick Perry The Worst Candidate Of The 2012 Cycle?

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Was Rick Perry the worst candidate to run in the 2012 cycle? It certainly appears so.

After Recount, Allen West Still Losing


While the outcome of the race in Florida’s 18th Congressional District between incumbent Congressman Allen West and Democratic nominee Patrick Murphy has seemingly been assured for a week and a half now, West has not give up and instead has been pursuing a legal strategy that is clearly designed to try to bring the margin […]

Republicans Pile On Romney For “Gift” Remarks


Top Republicans on today’s morning news shows were unrelenting in their criticism of the man who, up until just 12 days ago, was the de facto leader of their party: If Mitt Romney has any friends left in the Republican Party, they’re in hiding. On the Sunday talk shows, senior Republicans, former Romney surrogates and […]

The Clinton-Bush-Obama Trifecta

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Are two-term Presidencies the new normal?

Libertarian Vote Cost GOP Nine Races?

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David Nir at Daily Kos found nine Congressional or Senate races where the amount of votes received by the Libertarian Party candidate exceeded the difference between the winning Democratic candidate and the Republican candidate: Nir comments: As we’ve perused last week’s election returns, we’d noticed a number of races where Libertarian candidates appear to have […]

The Incredible Shrinking Mitt Romney


Less than two weeks after he lost the election, the GOP is acting as if Mitt Romney never existed.

More Republicans Distance Themselves From Romney’s “Gift” Remarks


Republicans aren’t wasting any time distancing themselves from Mitt Romney’s statement to donors and supporters that President Obama won the election because of “gifts” he gave to particular voting blocs. First it was Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, now two more of Mitt Rommney’s most prominent surrogates are wasting no time in throwing their former nominee […]

Another Republican Demographic Problem: The Gay Vote


Republican opposition to same-sex marriage is costing it yet another demographic group.

Maine Republican Chairman Suspicious Of All Those Black People Who Voted


The Chairman of Maine’s Republican Party apparently thinks he’s uncovered voter fraud: Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster is once again alleging possible voting irregularities, this time claiming that groups of unknown black people showed up in some rural towns to vote on Election Day. Webster made the claim in a wide-ranging, post-election interview this […]

GOP Problems Go Far Beyond Hispanics


The GOP’s problems extend far beyond immigration.

Looks Like Romney Really Meant the 47% Remark


Believing the maker/taker dichotomy.

Bobby Jindal Rejects Romney’s Assertion That “Gifts” Won Obama The Election


Mitt Romney’s theory that the President won the election because he promised “gifts” to a wide variety of interests groups is being panned by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: LAS VEGAS — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal forcefully rejected Mitt Romney’s claim that he lost because of President Barack Obama’s “gifts” to minorities and young voters. Asked about the […]

Neither Mitt Romney Nor Paul Ryan Understand Why They Lost


Neither member of the Republican ticket seems to understand what really happened on Election Day.

2012 County-By-County Map Weighted By Population


A pointillist look at the 2012 election results, which does a fairer job of illustrating where, how many, and how people voted in the election

Maine’s Angus King To Caucus With Democrats


To the general surprise of nobody,  Maine’s Independent Senator-Elect Angus King has decided to caucus with the Democratic Party:  (CNN) - Maine’s independent senator-elect announced Wednesday he would caucus with Democrats, giving the party a ten-vote advantage over Republicans in the upper chamber. Angus King made the announcement Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol, where he and […]

A Simple Counter to the Argument that Romney wasn’t “Conservative Enough”


There has been, and will continue to be, much said regarding the notion that if only Romney were a “true conservative” that he would have won. May I note that the point at which Romney seemed to start making a race out of the contest was after the first debate, during which time he seemed […]

Republicans Could Have Done A Lot Worse Than Mitt Romney


Mitt Romney wasn’t a perfect candidate, but he was much better than most of the 2012 Republican field.

Woman Runs Over Husband With Jeep Because Obama Won


Some people aren’t taking the election results as well as others: GILBERT, AZ – A Mesa woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly chased her husband around a Gilbert parking lot in an SUV during an argument over the presidential election. The woman finally ran over her husband, leaving him with critical injuries. According to a Gilbert […]

Some Respond To Election Results By Advocating Secession


Some people on the right apparently want to return to this map.

Romney Got No Votes In 59 Philadelphia Precincts?


According to preliminary results, Mitt Romney got absolutely no votes in 59 of Philadelphia’s most heavily African-American precincts: It’s one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch. These […]

Barone not Learning


Barone tells some tales to make himself feel better.

Lines of the Week (“What a Difference an Election Makes” Edition)


"It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires. It really won’t, I don’t think. I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer."—Bill Kristol "Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and half […]

2012 Pollster Rankings: Rasmussen And Gallup Among The Least Accurate


There are some expected and unexpected results in Nate Silver’s review of pollster accuracy in 2012.

Allen West Has Lost, But Still Refuses To Concede


As I noted after the election, it was apparent after the vote was counted that Florida Congressman Allen West, who has nothing but an embarrassment from the moment he arrived on Capitol Hill, had lost his bid for re-election to Patrick Murphy after what had been one of the most toughly fought, expensive, Congressional elections in recent […]

Political Geography


Quite fascinating:  How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline.

What do I Mean by “Benghazi Conspiracy Theories”?


An attempt to lay down some basic groundwork for discussing this story.

Scott Rasmussen Tries To Explain Why His 2012 Polling Was So Bad


Rassmussen Reports was among the least accurate pollsters of the 2012 Election Cycle, tying for 24th with Gallup out of 26 pollsters ranked in one post-election study. The main reason for this, of course, is the fact that Rasmussen went into his polls with a pre-conceived notion of what the electorate was supposed to look like and, […]

Charles Darwin Gets 4,000 Write-In Votes Against Anti-Evolution Congressman

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Georgia Congressman Paul Broun was quoted back in October as saying that evolution and The Big Bang Theory “come from the pits of hell,” so it’s appropriate that the father of  Evolutionary Theory made an appearance the the returns against him on Election Day: A long-dead, 19th century British naturalist received nearly 4,000 votes against incumbent Georgia congressman […]

What Do Benghazi Conspiracy Theories and the Romney Electoral College Landslide Have in Common?


Answer:  they have both been the hallmarks of particular news and commentary outlets.  The same commentators who earnestly felt in their guts that the polling was all wrong and that Romney was going to win 300 or more electoral votes are also the ones who are convinced that Benghazi represents some sort of massive cover-up […]

Unfortunately For the GOP, Democrats Have An Electoral College Advantage


The Democratic Party appears to have a lock on a substantial part of the Electoral College. That poses a problem for Republicans.

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