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Hope and change—that’s what the Republican presidential candidate promised voters in the Sunshine State on Monday morning. Mitt Romney said that if reelected, Barack Obama would “continue to crash small business” with oppressive taxes and argued to cheers that his campaign was gaining in momentum.
There are many reasons I hope Barack Obama wins on Tuesday. But here’s a less obvious one: the recriminations will be more interesting.If Obama loses, I suspect the dominant critique will be that he never said what he’d do in his second term, at least until it was too late.
It is a fact of any election: there must be a loser. On Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney woke up to the realization that he will not be spending the next four years in the Oval Office. Those plans for the transition? Throw them in the trash.
The fault lines in the 2012 election are the future versus the past—and not in an empty rhetorical “America is at a crossroads” sort of way. Something more fundamental and demographically measurable is at work. Consider this:President Obama’s largest margins of support come from voters under 30, women under 50, African-Americans, and Hispanics.
Mitt Romney made a dramatic move yesterday at the tail end of his presidential campaign, heading to a suburb outside Philadelphia in a late play for Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes. Only, things didn’t turn out exactly as expected, as they often don’t in the end game of a presidential campaign.
The shelves of America’s bookstores do not accurately represent the inner life of their customers. Where are the Tea Partiers dreaming of libertarian utopias? Whence the poets who howl for the rights of the unborn? The Mormon missionary comedies of manners? American literature seems to want for authors of a Republican slant.
Joe Walsh’s yelp—a noise he emits with startling regularity as he campaigns for reelection to the House of Representatives—is very nearly canine.“Whooo! Whooo! Whooo!” he yelps before administering a pep talk to volunteers outside his headquarters in Schaumburg, one of the Chicago suburbs where he’s waging his final, feral battle against Democrat Tammy Duckworth for Illinois’ 8th Congressional District, which will be decided Tuesday.
The pundits have spoken: it’s Obama. We still have to go through the ritual of holding the election on Tuesday, but the media’s forecasters have placed their bet, and the overwhelming consensus is that the president will win a second term.
Come election night, President Obama could be leading by a modest average of 1.3 percentage points, according to 12 new national polls released Sunday. Overall, the polls show that while Romney and Obama are too close to call nationally, state-by-state polls give Obama a clear lead in the Electoral College.
Forget all the polls. Ignore Nate Silver. Just trust the Redskins Rule: Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States. Since 1940, the Redskins Rule has correctly predicted the outcome of the presidential election 17 of 18 times.
With two days to go until the presidential election, officials are doing all they can to minimize the damage from Hurricane Sandy. In New Jersey and New York, organizers say there will not be major problems for voters in the areas hit hardest.
Fights over voting are getting an early start: Florida's Democratic Party filed a lawsuit early Sunday seeking to extend early voting in three counties, including Miami-Dade because extremely long lines kept voters away. “The extraordinarily long lines deterred or prevented voters from waiting to vote.
Axelrod: GOP ‘In Deep Trouble’On Fox News Sunday, a confident David Axelrod taunted the Romney-Ryan campaign, saying that with only two days left until the election, the GOP knows “that they’re in deep trouble.” Expounding on the ever-important state of Ohio, which many pundits say will determine the election, the Obama campaign’s senior strategist was confident the state would remain blue.
Ballot initiatives are direct democracy—the cutting edge of politics—but they don’t get the respect they deserve despite the huge consequences that can come from giving citizens the rebellious ability to do an end run around their slow-moving state legislatures.
“Smoke more, study less.”That, Democrat Maggie Hassan tells a room of about 80 University of New Hampshire college students, is what their Republican-led legislature would have them do if she loses her neck-and-neck governor’s race with Ovide Lamontagne, pointing to a recent $50 million cut in public funds to the university system—and a cigarette tax cut that cost the state $20 million in revenue.
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House, Senate Strike Budget Deal
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On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.
The Daily Beast’s map of the Electoral College results—updated live as they come in.
From Obama’s win to Akin’s defeat, Sullivan’s celebration to Rove’s meltdown, watch the most memorable moments.
Losing sucks—and healing is hard. Paul Begala offers advice to hurting Republicans.
Three of the most dramatic races ended in wins for Dems Elizabeth Warren and Maggie Hassan, and a loss for the GOP’s Linda McMahon.
It’s finally over! Mark McKinnon looks back on two years of big moments that changed the 2012 race.
Obama’s reelection is a victory for intelligence, reason—and, yes, hope.
As the candidates face off in the election, the books they’ve read recently and their professed favorites also go head to head. Who wins?