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It’s a bit shocking to hear one of the major players in the White House’s effort to curb gun violence encouraging his own wife to arm herself, but that’s our Joe. And, honestly, among all of the arguments for banning assault weapons, Vice President Biden’s advice to his wife, Jill, may be the most persuasive.
Phil Gingrey sympathized with Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. Read more inflammatory comments on rape.
In the weeks following the presidential election, a number of prominent conservatives, stunned by the scale of Mitt Romney’s loss, took to the cable-news circuit, offering heterodoxies and heresies designed to save a wounded party.
President Obama’s top reelection strategist conceded surprise Monday that Republican super PACS didn’t attack Obama far earlier, Mitt Romney didn’t invest much more in ground operations, and that the Republican nominee played narrowly to the party base in picking Rep.
So here is the Republican Party reinventing itself. The GOP majority in the Ohio legislature rushes to defund Planned Parenthood in its post-election session. The orange-tinted speaker of the House proposes to undo Obamacare through “oversight” in the name of “solving our debt and restoring prosperity.
Much has already been written about the influence of outside spending on this election cycle. One could make a compelling argument that in 2010 super PACs were undervalued, especially by Democrats. Conversely, one could argue that in 2012 the impact of these groups was overestimated, this time to the detriment of Republicans.
To paraphrase the traditional Passover formulation honored in Jewish homes: why was this election different from all other elections? What makes 2012 stand out in recent political history, either as a temporary anomaly or a significant, long-term shift in the electorate?The most striking change in the results this year involved a precipitous and alarming decline in voter participation, a drop-off that stemmed from a deliberate strategy by the Obama campaign and almost certainly provided the president with his margin of victory.
Remember 2008? The race when Tucker Carlson said he involuntarily crossed his legs whenever he caught sight of Hillary Clinton on television. When hecklers screamed “iron my shirt!” at her during a campaign stop. When her clothes and hairstyles were chronicled obsessively in the media.
I had the idea for FiveThirtyEight (which refers to the number of votes in the Electoral College) while waiting out a delayed flight at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in February 2008. For some reason—possibly the Cajun martinis had stirred something up—it suddenly seemed obvious that someone needed to build a website that predicted how well Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, then still in heated contention for the Democratic nomination, would fare against John McCain.
When Republican fundraisers solicited the party’s big donors on behalf of Mitt Romney this year, the centerpiece of the pitch was a state-of-the-art campaign to identify the party’s likely voters and make sure they came to the polls on Election Day.
Geographers have put together an unsettling interactive map of the racist states of America, tracking a slew of bigoted speech on Twitter following President Obama’s reelection. Hate speech and tweets calling the president a monkey came primarily from the Southeast, according to the map, and were heavily concentrated in Mississippi and Alabama.
Speculating on a team for President Obama’s second term is like working a jigsaw puzzle. Move Chief of Staff Jacob Lew to Treasury, which is widely anticipated, and you have to find the right person to fill Lew’s demanding job.
Over the next few weeks, Republicans will begin the painful self-examination that follows electoral defeat. That process is likely to reveal new schisms in the party on domestic issues like immigration and possibly even gay marriage.
When MSNBC announced a new show hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton more than a year ago, many weren’t sure what to expect from the controversial civil rights leader. The cable network was promptly criticized for not assigning the high-profile job to a seasoned African-American journalist, and others worried that Sharpton’s no-nonsense tone and strong racial views would be much too radical for mainstream news.
Liz and Dick. Romeo and Juliet. Celebrities and Obama.The love affair between the rich and famous and he of hope and change is as storied as any of the most famous romances. But while it’s en vogue for Hollywood to support and raise money for President Obama, only a brave few have set their endorsement to song.
Sen. Aide Arrested for Child Porn
By the U.S. Postal Inspection ServiceMore
Photog: I Took Obama Selfie Pic
“I captured the scene almost reflexively.”More
George H.W. Bush Joins Twitter
No tweets yet on his socks.More
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House, Senate Strike Budget Deal
Will cut $63 biliion from sequestration.More
McCain Hits Obama-Castro Handshake
Compares it to Chamberlain-Hitler.More
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?