I stayed up until 1am central time watching the returns last night, and it was worth it! I think I was not alone in my fears for this one; despite being hopeful, it did seem that there were an awful lot of crazy people popping up on my facebook feed. As the returns went further into the night, however, my optimism increased. Claire McCaskill took down Todd Akin, Mourdock was beat out by Donnelly, and we got a whole slew of states legalizing gay marriage and marijuana. Even in Florida, voters made the right decision to vote against distribution of taxpayer money to religious institutions! FLORIDA!
This made Obama’s eventual win all the sweeter as it demonstrated the shifting attitudes of the American people away from the hateful and regressive policies that had been presented by Republicans over the last couple years. Of course, reason and compassion did not win by a landslide. In fact, President Obama barely eked out the winner in the popular vote. It does kind of dampen one’s optimism when you realize that nearly half of the country was willing to let an ordained Mormon Bishop with a credibility problem take up such a powerful position in American politics. That’s a topic for another post, though!
In keeping with it’s Poe’s Law-like command of the political landscape, Fox News inevitably ran this little gem of an opinion piece blaming the “liberal media” for Obama’s win. These assholes just can’t seem to let it go, and I’m sure we are all going to have to hear this repeated near-verbatim from their drone-like followers. Luckily, it seems that many normal people are just glad the election is over and are willing to concede that even if their candidate didn’t win, it’s time for these partisan shenanigans to end.
That being said, we’ll see what happens in Washington; the House is still Republican-controlled. Hopefully, though, they’ve learned their lesson and will finally start playing nice.
A while back, I found this amazing TL;DR (summary) of Mitt Romney’s tax “plan” on Reddit. Before anyone says anything, yes, this guy is obviously liberal, but that doesn’t make the facts of the proposal any less salient. Also, I realize that he has made some edits to the original post, so you may have to scroll down a bit to get to the actual summary. Anyway, for a comparison of the summary to the actual document, here is a link: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth
I thought that the idea of summarizing what is otherwise a ridiculously long and boring document into something more readable is a great way to help voters understand what exactly the candidates are promising. So, at the urging of one of my friends, I made my own TL;DR for the Obama budget plan. Here is the original document, and my summary is after the jump: Read More…
The New Civil Rights Movement today reported on some pretty hilarious comments that President Obama made while speaking at George Mason University in Virginia, where he coined the term “Romnesia” to describe Mitt Romney’s seeming inability to remember where he stands on the issues. They even have this fantastic graphic to go along with it from facebook. Reading over the President’s comments, though, I’ve got to wonder if the POTUS isn’t stealing a little from Jeff Foxworthy’s “You know you’re a redneck if…” schtick. Either way, I see this becoming a meme on the scale of Scumbag Rick Santorum.
It’s a nice change of pace from the sleepy Obama of the first presidential debate. Maybe he took a cue from Bill “sax-master” Clinton (aw yeah, almost got you there) on how to be the coolest president ever. Anyway, we now have this great word, Romnesia, and all its many implications. During the first debate, I coined the term “interromney’ given Mitt’s various interruptions and general dickishness to Jim Lehrer, and have been using it quite freely since then and especially during the second presidential debate where Romney attempted (but failed) to get the best of moderator Candy Crowley. Hopefully we get to see the stand-up comedian side of Obama again in the third and final debate, taking place next Monday, October 22.