Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Miscellaneous

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Miscellaneous
Because not everything always has a place to go.

This was at the beginning, during the primary. Yes we can.

Some of my favorite pictures from the election include this illustration, Obama doing pullups, and Obama as Superman. Here are a few cartoons of Obama doing the terrorist fist bump with the Lincoln Memorial (“Who better to juxtapose with the country’s first black president than the commander-in-chief who emancipated American slaves (even if Obama’s ancestors were not among them)?”), 35 awesome pictures from the election, a big (in a good way) round up of editorial cartoons and some more pics of Obama.

I hope he voted for himself.

5 Signs President-Elect Obama Is a Geek

1. Obama has pledged to create a cabinet-level Chief Technology Officer for the country.

Four years ago we were sorry everybody, now it’s Hello Everybody

An explanation of the above link:

Right after the 2004 election, a California college student started a website called sorryeverybody.com, “an apology to the world for the reelection of George W. Bush.” He invited Americans to submit photos with messages to the world, and thousands did. In one photo, a man holds up a handwritten note: “Sorry World (We Tried). — Half of America.” Another note reads, “I’m Sorry World, I Miss You So Much.” A third promises, “Dear World, It’ll Get Better.”

And

No, Obama won’t bring peace to Iraq and withdraw U.S. troops in his first month in office, or end Arab-Israeli tensions by March. He won’t miraculously persuade Iran to switch from nuclear technologies to solar energy, or persuade Osama bin Laden to give up terrorism and open up a chain of florist shops instead.

And also from52to48withlove

From 52 to 48, we can work it out. Together.

Though, what is 52-48? Wasn’t it 53-46?

This is a fawning Obama victory montage to the tune of Marvin Gaye’s epic National Anthem performance at an NBA all star game. Maybe shut your eyes and listen.

Election night sex.

Here’s a list of bad predictions made during the race. A bazillion of them. Though the predictions of Hilary being the candidate were not bad, Obama was just that good.

In this case conventional wisdom is not just wrong but comically so. [Fred] Thompson will win the Republican nomination for two reasons. First, he’s a very impressive candidate. Second, there’s no realistic alternative. He will win the general election for the same two reasons.

How Simon Cowell saved American democracy:

And as much as some might scoff at the deleterious effects of Idol on our culture, it has created a culture of voting among our young people. Where past generations of youth might have felt cynically about their ability to affect change, the millions of Idol voters can see the palpable impact of their vote — live in prime time and with Ryan Seacrest as their Walter Cronkite.

A white conservative from Charlotte canvases for Obama and learns something:

I am the dreaded swing voter. So you can imagine my surprise when my wife suggested we spend a Saturday morning canvassing for Obama. I have never canvassed for any candidate. But I did, of course, what most middle-aged married men do: what I was told.

36 Red and Blue Maps.

Barack Obama is a game-changer. The video game kind, not the kind that Nick Gillespie loathes so much.

What can we expect from Bush’s White House? There were stories about the transition from Clinton to Bush. “The vandalism included missing items like doorknobs, a presidential seal and ‘W’ keys from nearly 60 computer keyboards.” Or, well, maybe it didn’t.

Even baseball is going to be effected.

Some baseball agents already are thinking about trying to beat a possible tax increase for their well-paid clients under an Obama administration.

This could turn out to be a very busy last week of December or new contracts this offseason could have lower bonuses and higher per year salaries to cover the taxes. Though I think this effects agents way more than players who don’t typically receive very high signing bonuses.

Also, Poker Returns to the White House:

But it was already on the record that, after a cool reception from fellow legislators in 1997, when he first took his seat in the Illinois state senate, Obama won over colleagues of all parties with his charm and expertise at the green baize.

And three election recap videos from Daily Kos

Er, The Tonight Show

And CNN

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Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Miscellaneous

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Humor

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Humor
Just because there was a major election, people didn’t stop being funny, though an inordinate amount of them were concerned about the future of The Daily Show.

The Onion, was, as always on fire. Starting with an oldie, but a goodie. From Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’ to Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job to Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress

Can ‘The Daily Show’ Survive the Barack Obama Presidency?

And if you’re an Obama fan — eager to give Barack the benefit of the doubt, and proud and excited about the change you’ve helped bring the nation — do you really want Jon Stewart sitting on the sidelines, taking potshots at your hero?

Ricky Gervais talking about the election.

Whatever will the comics mock? The end of the satirical industrial complex?

The chuckles produced during the George W. Bush era by a veritable legion of satirists and comedians, ranging from Fey to Jon Stewart to Chris Rock, have been particularly therapeutic. Unfunny times demand the tonic of humorous distraction.

President Pryor

I had to quote this entire entry. Go buy the book in exchange. Also noted here and here.

What An Amazing Accomplishment
It’s September 12, 2001. You’re sitting in front of a TV, watching footage of the World Trade Center collapse over and over and over again. All of a sudden, someone from seven years in the future walks out of a tiny temporal vortex, and tells you: George W. Bush is going to fuck this up so badly that in 2008, the United States of America will likely elect as president a black man whose middle name is Hussein and whose father was Muslim. Oh, and he also admits he’s used cocaine. I think it would have been easier to convince me of the reality of time travel. “No, no, I believe you really are from the future. But the other stuff, that’s CRAZY.”

Sarah Palin’s domain is available, though ironic now. www.sarahpalin.com

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Five Things White People Shouldn’t Do:

1. Don’t personally congratulate all your black friends.
2. Don’t declare that you ‘never thought you’d see the day.’
3. Don’t start crossing the street in order to walk next to a black person.
4. Don’t name drop ‘Dr. King.’
5. Don’t use the phrase ‘white people’ in any way that suggests it doesn’t include you.

Five Things Black People Shouldn’t Do

1. No Negro spirituals or quotes from Dr. King.
2. Don’t go up to every ‘redneck-y’ looking person and gloat.
3. Don’t corner your white coworkers to give them a tutorial on black culture.
4. Don’t go to your local DMV, post office or other government office and try to jump the line, talkin’ ’bout, ‘Barack’s got my back.’
5. Do not promise to name your first child after Barack Obama.

McCain on SNL a couple days before the election, which was weird, but funny. He had to have known at that point it was over.
http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/4917662e04aff681/4741e3c5156499a7/1898f090/-cpid/6eb0021511b32507

Keith Olbermann on: McCain on SNL, Palin ad libbing, McCain campaign commenting on Affleck as Olbermann. He’s a buffoon, but a funny buffoon.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27525426#27525426

Colbert and Stewart were newsmen for a night, but will the show go on?

The exit of the Bush administration, some have argued, will dwindle comedic fodder. But Tuesday night’s show ended with Stewart rallying his correspondents and Colbert that their jobs would continue.

Joe the Plumber got some from an SNL star. No, he didn’t.

Round up of issues facing comics.

Even the LOL cats got into it. Change. U can haz it.

http://www.theonion.com/content/themes/common/assets/videoplayer2/flvplayer.swf
What now?! What now?!

Here are some directions on how to prepare for your mind to be blown. A Safety Guide

If you’re like most people, you’re still in shock. THIS IS NOT THE SAME THING AS HAVING YOUR MIND BLOWN.

Why White Comics Don’t Get Barack:

But the inability of ‘Saturday Night Live’ to produce one hilarious sketch on the Obamas has little to do with the quality of comedic material Michelle or Barack offer. It has more to do with the fact that mainstream American comedy has been, for far too long, racially segregated and has relied on two formulas in dealing with black people: one is racial stereotyping and the second is black invisibility.

Why Black Comics Must Get Barack:

‘We comics unleash,’ he says. ‘There won’t be too many things left unsaid. If he messes up, we won’t leave any meat on the bone. Truthfully, for comics, it would have been better if [John] McCain won. The worst choice is always better for us.’

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Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Humor

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – The Media

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The Media
The media gets bored reporting just facts all the time and their favorite story is a story about themselves. From my perspective, most of the press around this election were built to create a horse race. First in the GOP primary, then in the Democratic primary, and then in the general. Oh well, can’t live with them…Can’t…. Right.

Campaign memories from Rolling Stone:

This is what qualifies as a tough question on the campaign trail. The press performance in this election year would ultimately prove to be the worst of all time by miles and miles. Example: After thousands of reporters sat around for months on end listening first to Hillary’s and then John McCain’s people blather on about Obama’s connection to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, it would take David Letterman — David Letterman! — to challenge either candidate on the matter. “Are they driving cross-country?” Letterman asked, after finally having gotten McCain to squirm about his own relationship with equivalent extremist G. Gordon Liddy.

And from GQ:

Objectivity is a fallacy. In campaign reporting more than any other kind of press coverage, reporters aren’t just covering a story, they’re a part of it—influencing outcomes, setting expectations, framing candidates—and despite what they tell themselves, it’s impossible to both be a part of the action and report on it objectively. In some cases, you genuinely like the candidate you’re covering and you root for him, because over the long haul you come to see him as a human being. For a long time, this was John McCain’s ace in the hole with the press, whom he referred to as “my base.”

The press should have wanted Biden because of how ‘unscripted’ he seems, but they trashed him for this unscriptedness. A case study in the absurd:

If anything, grateful reporters should have rewarded Biden’s wide-open style (not to mention his generous access), right? Wrong. Throughout the fall campaign, the press relentlessly painted Biden as a buffoon and a goof. Rather than reward Biden for being open and honest with voters, the press punished him for weeks on end.

I don’t know if we consider them the media, but The View was must watch TV. Before

It’s been quite a season for “TheView,” a show that went from yappy, irrelevant punch line to must-see TV (even if your “TV” happens to resemble a computer). As has been eloquently pointed out by my colleague Rebecca Traister, “These ladies are a regular ‘McNeil-Lehrer NewsHour’ for the late-morning set, with [Elisabeth] Hasselbeck as the benighted Republican bugaboo.” It’s been nothing less than thrilling to watch the electricity of their political arguments, which mirror the country’s water-cooler conversation without the smug and easy vilifying made possible by sharing a conversation with people who think exactly the same as you do.

And after.

[Elizabeth] was uncharacteristically gracious and respectful of Barack Obama.

Unfortunately, Ana Marie Cox (I don’t know why, but she annoys me) isn’t talking about herself in this list of things to retire:

Term: Maverick. I’ve forgotten what it means.

Both candidates were interviewed on Monday Night Football, the night before the election and faced softball questions. I’m not sure what the writer expected.

The questions Berman was shown asking the candidates during halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football fell short of being softballs — they were more like silly putty.

Obama vs The West Wing
http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/271557392

Howard Kurtz says that shows that have previously been fluffy have hit McCain harder than Obama (Letterman, The View). But Howard Kurtz is an idiot, and perhaps the softer shows were hitting McCain harder because the press wasn’t.

CNN debuted holograms for its coverage.

Anna Marie Cox interviews:
Obama’s Communications Director

This has been—filled with highs and, I could say any number, but I think, seeing Barack Obama last night in Virginia, the capital of the Old South, in front of nearly 100,000 people in one of his final campaign rallies, was sort of the great conclusion to everything we’ve done. One of the goals was to go where Democrats hadn’t gone before, to reach out to people that Democrats hadn’t reached out to before, and there we were actually having accomplished that fact, regardless of what the outcome is.

McCain Chief Strategist

Reached on a long-planned vacation outside the country, former McCain campaign chief strategist Steve Schmidt was in the middle of letting go.

And McCain Aide Mark Salter

I think the environment, the biggest challenge in the environment was the bailout… and the right track number, on top of a president with very low approval ratings and a shitty economy, that’s a pretty bad environment.

One of the more enjoyable videos of the election was watching fake pundit Joe the Plumber getting mauled by Rick Sanchez.

The traditional media, wasn’t interested in reporting news they were interested in creating a horserace.

I think there was media bias in favor of Hillary Clinton, and here’s why. It was virtually mathematically impossible for her to be nominated from late March on, and the media continued to pretend that there was an active campaign. And the reason is it serves the interests of the media to have the campaign go on longer.

“Obama bits and loose ends”

The press had details on how clueless Palin was (whether it was true or infighting), but didn’t report it until after the election… Why?

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Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – The Media

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Money and Business

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Money and Business
The world economy and the US economy, specifically, are in a tough place right now. Obama certainly has his work cut out for him. How will he do?

The New Yorker is optimistic.

In fact, I think it’s possible that an Obama election could have a longer-term impact in boosting global markets’ confidence in the U.S., even if it’s also possible that American investors would be happier with McCain.

I would have expected this would happen, too, and I think an Obama administration will eventually right the economy, but at least in the two days following the election, the rally had been, well, a negative rally.

The Daily Beast tells us why Obama is good for stocks.

But back to the matter at hand: what does Obama’s win portend for the market? We live in interesting times, so it’s unlikely the averages really count this time around, but an average is an average, so we might as well take a look. And the news is good: in post-election years, the market tends to rise 6.2 percent if a Democrat has won the election, and just 4.0 percent if a Republican has won. Something to be thankful for.

Speaking of money, Obama raised so much of it during the election that campaign employees got a bonus. The campaign let them keep the laptops and cell phones they used during the campaign, paid their health insurance until the end of the year and gave them a month’s worth of severance pay.

This unprecedented munificence (for a political campaign) was likely made possible by the astounding amount of money Mr Obama raised in the home stretch of the campaign. (And it stands in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign, which ended up millions of dollars in debt.) No doubt the president-elect’s actions will rub some donors the wrong way—especially those who responded to the campaign’s pleas for cash the weekend before the election—but others may find it a clever move.

So how much DID he raise and spend? About $639 million and $594 million respectively:

Even without corporate cash, the Obama fundraising machine has been a force. Nearly half of the record $639 million that his campaign raised during the primaries and general election came in the form of donations of $200 or less. As of mid-October, the Obama campaign had spent about $594 million.

This could be where we’re headed because Obama has talked about letting Bush’s tax cuts expire. But I don’t think so.

Experts on economic development have long noted what they sometimes call the “oil curse.” Countries with huge oil reserves become economically wealthy but democratically impoverished, because the government can fund itself without taxing the middle class. As a result, the middle class demands less accountability from government because, heck, they didn’t pay for it. (No taxation, no representation.) In the process, the people become subjects rather than citizens.

How the better half watches the election and why they think Obama is screwed. It’s the economy, stupid.

For the Republicans in the suite, resignation had taken root weeks, if not months, earlier, and had grown into a kind of worldly indifference, grounded in the half-sincere belief that our new President, be it Obama or McCain, would be no match for the havoc in the financial markets and the spiraling economic mess.

What does Obama mean to Marketing?

Here’s a look at the worst-case scenario for marketers under Obama. The caveat: It is unlikely that all of these things will happen; the Iraq war and healthcare are higher priorities for the new president. But these are the issues that will likely be debated over the next few years.

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Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Money and Business

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Race

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Race
It was odd throughout the election that Obama being black wasn’t a major focal point, but maybe that’s cynical of me. There were flare ups here and there when a stereotype would become part of the conversation, but for the most part, the GOP focused on the false attack that Obama is a Muslim, though… That shouldn’t disqualify a candidate either. In any case, while race wasn’t keyed on by the media during the campaign, it became a focus on Election Day after it became clear Obama was going to win.

I don’t think I understood this article, because the way I read it, it was making some really stupid points. Maybe it’s just me, though. Shelby Steele:

Obama is what I have called a “bargainer” — a black who says to whites, “I will never presume that you are racist if you will not hold my race against me.” Whites become enthralled with bargainers out of gratitude for the presumption of innocence they offer. Bargainers relieve their anxiety about being white and, for this gift of trust, bargainers are often rewarded with a kind of halo.

The people who voted against Obama didn’t do it because of race, they did it because of class. Bernard Avishai:

Racism, it is true, did not confound the choice, as some predicted it would. But racism has not confounded mainstream admiration for The Cosby Show or Oprah or Tiger Woods–and hasn’t for some time. Most of the 46% who voted for John McCain feel deeply anxious about a world in transition, where erudition, open-mindedness and intellectual discipline matter more and more, and their own sheer willingness to labor hard matters less and less. I bet they are more skittish about Obama’s supremely elegant mind, his worldliness, than his dark skin; more drawn to the repudiation of ‘elitism’ than to the rejection of ‘welfare.’

The Washington Post:

Tears flowed, not only for Obama’s historic achievement, but because many were happily discovering that perhaps they had underestimated possibility in America.

I think the Wall Street Journal might be getting ahead of itself. This election has moved us forward, not canceled racism out altogether, idiots. And about that special obligation…

While Mr. Obama lost among white voters, as most modern Democrats do, his success is due in part to the fact that he also muted any politics of racial grievance. We have had in recent years two black Secretaries of State, black CEOs of our largest corporations, black Governors and Generals — and now we will have a President. One promise of his victory is that perhaps we can put to rest the myth of racism as a barrier to achievement in this splendid country. Mr. Obama has a special obligation to help do so.

Long look at race in the race by David Remnick in the New Yorker.

And yet Obama embarked on a long, exhausting quest for the Democratic nomination, determined to avoid making race a singular theme of his day-to-day campaigning. His issues were Iraq, the economy, health care, the environment—issues with no identity attached.

Black friends of Obama might rise with him, ‘In Tandem With New President‘:

They believe that their proximity to the president-elect will burnish their reputations, much in the way that white elites always have leveraged connections in business and politics

Obama, opening doors:

But I think we can assume that from now on there won’t be any perceived disadvantage to candidates of Italian, French, Asian, or other previous genealogies not previously seen in the White House. For that, congratulations to Barack Obama.

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Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Race

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Expectations and Advice

Expectations and Advice
A new president can’t come into office without enormous expectations about how things will change and there will always be plenty of people to give advice.
Some of those who would give advice are Concern Trolls, though, and should be ignored.

Advice on who not to appoint to the cabinet:

State Department. Do not appoint Bill Richardson
Also, do not appoint John Kerry.
Also, do not appoint Anthony Lake.
Supreme Court. Do not appoint Hillary Clinton.
Treasury Department. Do not appoint former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Lawrence Summers.
Energy Department. Do not appoint Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Environmental Protection Agency or Interior Department. Do not hire Robert Kennedy Jr. H
Defense Department. Do not reappoint Robert Gates.
Attorney General. Do not appoint Jamie Gorelick.
Vice President. Not Joe Biden.

On not being too liberal:

Obama will need to bear all of this in mind in the years ahead as he comes under pressure from some factions of the Democratic Party hoping to translate his mandate into a Rooseveltian expansion of government. Such an expansion would severely undermine America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace, and the impressive coalition that he has put together would not last his administration.

On refocusing the Pentagon

Mr. Obama inherits a terrible legacy. The nation is embroiled in two wars — one of necessity in Afghanistan and one of folly in Iraq. Mr. Obama’s challenge will be to manage an orderly withdrawal from Iraq without igniting new conflicts so the Pentagon can focus its resources on the real front in the war on terror, Afghanistan.

Will it end in tears?

To say that now the hard part starts is a cliché, but it’s also true. Truer, in fact, in the case of Obama than for most new presidents. The troubles that await him are daunting and many, foreign and domestic. The expectations that have been heaped upon him are ludicrously weighty. It’s all too easy to spin scenarios in which Obama winds up humbled, broken, a failed one-term president, and trust me, there are already neurotic Democrats and vengeful Republicans churning up those dark and foreboding visions. But me, I’m thinking about a line I remember reading in 1992 — possibly crafted by the great Mike Kinsley, but I’m not sure — on the occasion of Bill Clinton’s election: “Of course it will all end in tears, but today it feels great.” I dunno about you, but for now I am content to go with that.

Three Predictions for Obama’s America:

1. America’s political and pundit class will go through a clinical bout of ideological amnesia.
2. The Culture Wars will be reignited.
3. Liberals and conservatives will continue to try and define everything in terms of right and left.

10 things that will never be the same.

1. Polling
2. Fundraising
3. Media
4. Announcing for Office
5. Advertising
6. Debates
7. Voter ID
8. Get-Out-the-Vote
9. Campaign Structures
10. Candidates

This Republican media consultant says Obama’s first order should be to take on Democrats, using a proposed pro-labor legislation as his example.

Gore this ugly ox and Obama will demonstrate he is truly his own man and capable of great things.

How things will change

Guns, God and gays will not disappear from our politics. But they are diminished as electoral weapons as the country confronts a new generation of disputes: global warming, mortgage meltdowns and the detention of terrorism suspects, to name a few.

Quickly there was a question as to whether Obama had earned a mandate (as Bush claimed in 2004 with a much slimmer victory), or if the country was really center-right and acting foolishly.
Mandate or no mandate?

This is why conservatives were so adamant about claiming a mandate in 1980 and in 2004 – they understood its critical connection to policy. This is also why Establishment voices are so adamant about downplaying a mandate today – because the empirical data from the election suggests that 2008 provided an overwhelmingly anti-Establishment mandate on everything from financial regulation, to trade, to health care to the Iraq War. If that mandate is permitted to be recognized, acknowledged and appreciated in the public debate, it might force significant policy change on those issues.

How Obama won? No idea, this is a center right country.

Senator Obama, who has the most liberal voting record of any current US senator, is well to the left, according to all polls, of most Americans. He is surging toward the unusual feat of being elected even though most of his countrymen are ideologically closer to his chief opponent.

Sarcastic response to the country being center right:

This, naturally, is very good news for the Republicans, according to many pundits. It proves once again that America remains a “center-right” nation.

“…This country is still very much a center-right country” and “…The public remains as skeptical about federal activism and social liberalism as they have been for years.”

But not everyone on, on the right or otherwise, contends that the nation is center right.

I think we are near a point at which America joins the rest of the west as a center-left society.

And

He’s carved out a mandate to take America at least some distance in a leftward direction, and he has left the conservative opposition demoralized, disorganized, and arguably self-destructing.

So is it a center-right country? Well, no.

They want some government action to solve some of these problems.

Nobody is sure what lies ahead.

Here we are– we, the people in Grant Park; we, the people of the United States; we, the people of the world. Here we are, and none of us– not even and especially the man on the stage, the man just elected to be the 44th president– can be sure of what lies ahead.

Obama might be afraid that he does not have the strength for the job:

But his manner before crowds and his face in photographs seem even farther out of reach than usual…On the night of his landslide victory over Hoover, in 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt had an intimate conversation with his son James,“You know…all my life I have been afraid of only one thing—fire. Tonight I think I’m afraid of something else. I’m just afraid that I may not have the strength to do this job…I am going to pray. I am going to pray that God will help me, that he will give me the strength and the guidance to do this job and to do it right. I hope that you will pray for me, too.”

And so it begins and begins.

One way to start changing things yourself? Apply for a job.

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Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Expectations and Advice

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Why McCain Lost

(The original post, with everything on one page was too long to load. Hopefully this will fix that.)

Why McCain Lost
As I read often during the election (usually in reference to criticism of the McCain campaign), when you win, you have run a perfect campaign without any problems. When you lose, you have run the most disastrous political campaign of all time. It’s easy to pick at mistakes McCain made because they seemed to have such a huge effect. Conversely, it’s hard to find any mistakes Obama made, because he won despite them. How much this accounts for the reaction to McCain’s campaign is somewhat debatable, though, because there were a lot of times his campaign seemed completely unhinged. Here are some thoughts on how McCain lost and what now for the GOP.

The GOP was defeated soundly by the Democrats almost across the board. What should they do now? A discussion between Tucker Carlson, Ross Douthat, Douglas W. Kmiec, Jim Manzi, Kathleen Parker, and Christine Todd Whitman. Some of the ideas are better schools, better immigration responses, and a constitutional amendment dictating life begins at conception. And then the discussion devolves into Ross Douthat excoriating Doug Kmiec. Thus making clear the issues the GOP has going forward – their coalition is falling apart. Tucker Carlson says, “Once the party figures out what it’s for—or more precisely, against—it ought to stick to its story”. The problem with this line is that people are tired of being against things, they want to be FOR things. Kerry ran the Anybody But Bush campaign in 2004 and it failed to capture anyone’s imagination. Obama ran by telling people what he was for and got a response from everybody under 65.

Should the GOP ditch Palin or keep her?

In the last few days, I have seen remarks to the effect that “anti-Palin” conservatives are going to end up feeling foolish in the future for having doubted her qualifications, but with every passing day and each new revelation I am even more convinced that everyone who criticized her fairly on her record and statements will have no reason to feel that way.

RedState will attempt to destroy anyone who doesn’t support Sarah, and The American Conservative mocks them for it.

Is there a brain drain in the GOP?

On November 4, two thirds of voters under 30 voted for Obama. That’s the future. A large majority of voters with college educations voted for Obama. That represents the best informed segment of the electorate. So, how did everything go wrong for the Republicans?

Pat Buchanan doesn’t think Obama won so much as McCain lost, or something like that.

Though Buchanan wasn’t alone.

If, as Mark Steyn says, “Any shrill vicious ad hominem invective would be much better directed at each other. The Republicans lost this election,” then I am not sure why the congratulations to the Obama campaign.

They lost because they deserved it!

You have earned the time you will spend wandering in the wilderness. The land on the other side is not a promised land. It will have to be earned, too.

McCain lost because he wanted to, to punish the GOP and his father and grandfather.

In the 2000 primaries, McCain played victim to the savageries of his own party. George Bush’s camp orchestrated a fallacious push poll in South Carolina suggesting that McCain had fathered an illegitimate black child. In order to raise the level of debate, McCain pulled his negative ads, lost South Carolina, and ultimately the primary.

Or maybe he wasn’t conservative enough?

This disastrous defeat can and will be laid at the feet of the Big Government corporate Republicans, who abandoned the Reagan Coalition, massively expanded government, and ignored the needs and values of regular, grassroots Americans. They protected Wall Street and K Street and forgot about Main Street.

Or maybe he wanted to be a noble failure:

Of course, there is one way in which this makes sense. McCain, it’s always seemed to me, is at heart someone who loves the idea of what the Japanese call the “noble failure.” I don’t think his campaign was noble. But his farewell was.

George Will says there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Bad governance is good for turnout, a fact that should give pause to people who think high rates of voting are unambiguous indicators of civic health.

It wasn’t all bad for the GOP

Palin and Bill Kristol were how close?

As Kristol used column after column to boost Sarah Palin, suspicions built inside the campaign that Kristol and McCain staffers close to him had written off McCain and were now determined to salvage Palin as a vehicle for Republican politics in the future, possibly the Republican nomination in 2012.

What Palin should do next:

Still, as her former running mate would say, the fundamentals of Sarah Palin are strong. Her conservative detractors—Colin Powell, David Brooks, and Christopher Buckley among them—were put off not by her personality but rather her lack of knowledge about certain national and foreign-policy issues. Such deficiencies can be addressed easily. Meanwhile, to use another McCainism, Palin was a surge for the ticket. Rally attendance skyrocketed. Approval ratings went up. Palin’s convention speech attracted more viewers than Obama’s. “I’ll take it,” said McCain adviser Mark Salter, looking back.

Not quite sure about that.

Did she help?

Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s running mate redefined how vice-presidential candidates influence a campaign. Unfortunately for McCain, the Alaska governor hurt his presidential bid more than she helped.

Palin is not sure she is going to run in 2012.

2012 sounds so far off that can’t even imagine what I’d be doing then.

Round up of the split minds in the GOP on Palin.

Not necessarily about why McCain lost, but how he played the game.

Obama and his supporters decried McCain’s tactics. Yet some of the strongest criticism came from people whom McCain revered or who had long revered him. And it was not merely about strategy—the backbiting that always consumes losing campaigns. It was about the very nature of John McCain. In their eyes, at least, their hero was losing not only an election but his reputation—or, as one prominent backer put it, “his soul.”

Survival guide for the “loyal opposition”:

(1) Oppose Obama, Not America
(2) No Chicken-Hawking
(3) Don’t Question The Verdict
(4) Don’t Blame The Voters
(5) Don’t Get Mad, Get Even
(6) We Play For 2010, Not 2012
(7) Prioritize
(8) Watch Your Budget
(9) Grow A Thick Hide and Get Your Taxes in Order
(10) Buy More Life Insurance
(11) Pray
(12) Get On Living

What should the foot soldiers do now? Take a breather for a second before getting out there.

So take today and rest. I can’t blame you. In the mean time I will stand watch on the front. I will fight the fight while you re-energize. I’ll still be here when you come back. And when you do come back, you can stand on either hand and continue to keep this bridge with me. I’ll rest when I’m dead. At RedState, we fight on.

This is funny.

Mr. Bush has endured relentless attacks from the left while facing abandonment from the right. This is the price Mr. Bush is paying for trying to work with both Democrats and Republicans. During his 2004 victory speech, the president reached out to voters who supported his opponent, John Kerry, and said, “Today, I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust.”

Though, it’s possible Bush didn’t work THAT hard to earn the support saying the very next day, “Let me put it to you this way. I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style.” I’d like to take this opportunity to suggest to the WSJ that the governing style detailed in this quotation earned him exactly what he got and more.

Paul Krugman responds to the idea that Bush was mistreated:

And attacks on Bush gave aid and comfort to his enemies — unlike the firehose of abuse that will be directed against President Obama, which will of course be an expression of true patriotism.

The last talking points memo sent out by McCain campaign blamed the political climate created by GWB and the economic crisis.

Pinning the GOP loss on the harsh environment and economic crisis…In the party-line version of history, it was the latter that ultimately dashed McCain’s White House hopes.

What Bush said about the election on Wednesday.

During this time of transition, I will keep the president-elect fully informed on important decisions.

And video of it.
http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1155201977

McCain’s concession was gracious. His supporters, not so much.

“In four years, you’re not going to recognize this country,” said John Torgan, 63, a retired military bombmaker. “I’ve spent half my life in the military. This is not good. (Obama) comes from the cesspool we call Chicago.”

Jonathan Martin’s take on the concession.

But after booing Obama’s name and offering a few jeers, the crowd came to recognize the history in the evening when McCain paid tribute to the nation’s first black president by recalling his own favorite commander-in-chief.

McCain’s concession was gracious and went a long way towards redeeming him in the eyes of many (including me) who thought his campaign was not up to the honorable standards he set for himself. I’ll always remember him silencing the crowd who began booing when he mentioned Obama’s name. TIME said:

The speech also evoked a constant theme of McCain’s life, his absolute conviction in his own personal fortune, a run of luck that allowed him to survive five and a half years of imprisonment in Vietnam, multiple cancer scares, and repeated brushes with death as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot. “I have always been a fortunate man,” he said.

Back to Original
Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Why McCain Lost