Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 7th from 16:50 to 16:56:
- Why Romney lost: He couldn’t separate himself from the Republican Party’s growing extremism. – Slate Magazine –
"He couldn’t separate himself from the Republican Party’s growing extremism."
- Gay marriage in Maryland and Maine: The inside strategy. – Slate Magazine –
"How same-sex marriage ballot initiatives turned around is all about the long game. The gay rights movement succeeded using one of the most sophisticated issue campaign operations ever deployed—and by making it stick with old-fashioned commitment, hard work, and face-to-face conversations."
- The Last Gay-Marriage Battle – The Daily Beast –
" Every gay marriage initiative on state ballots succeeded last night. David Sessions on why evangelicals are in for an even more diminished role in Republican politics. "
- The Real Real America – NYTimes.com –
"For a long time, right-wingers — and some pundits — have peddled the notion that the “real America”, all that really counted, was the land of non-urban white people, to which both parties must abase themselves. Meanwhile, the actual electorate was getting racially and ethnically diverse, and increasingly tolerant too. The 2008 Obama coalition wasn’t a fluke; it was the country we are becoming.
And sure enough that more diverse and, if you ask me, better nation just won big."
- 5 GOPers Booted for Their Idiotic Rape Comments | Alternet –
"Hopefully these Republicans learned an important lesson last night. "
- Conservatives stare into the abyss – Salon.com –
" In 2004, Democrats reacted to a wrenching loss by breaking out of their echo chamber. Will Republicans follow suit? "
- Daily Kos: Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington bring joy to supporters of marriage equality –
" Four states from coast to coast delivered a body slam to the advocates of bigotry Tuesday, legalizing marriage equality in two states, making it likely in third and, in a fourth, knocking down another attempt to make marriage a matter only between a man and a woman. "
- The GOP’s Year of Magical Thinking – In These Times –
"Now that the election charade is over, will the party accept reality?"
- The Republicans’ 1950s campaign – PostPartisan – The Washington Post –
"Republicans said in recent days that they sensed an electoral wave that would sweep the party to victory. But they were listening to each other, not to the rest of America. They didn’t hear the African Americans who make up 13 percent of the electorate or the Latinos who constitute 10 percent. They didn’t listen to women, who hold up half the sky. They ran a campaign that would have been perfectly appropriate for the 1950s, but that was an anachronism — and a failure — in 2012."
- Matt Miller: Obamacare is vindicated – The Washington Post –
"Obama is now certain to leave America a more decent society in ways that business will come to recognize are good for the economy as well. (The fact that Mitt Romney’s health reform inspired its design gives the achievement a kind of tacit bipartisan poetry as well.)
Not bad for a night’s work. All we need now is filibuster reform, and we might really be on to something."