My Conciliatory Message to Republicans on Obama Winning Reelection

[SL]: I don’t always watch Fox News. But when I do, it’s after MSNBC has called the tipping point state.

…[SL] Karl Rove is complaining that the election was prematurely called. Karl Rove. Swear to God.

200 comments on this post.
  1. Dr.KennethNoisewater:

    I would like to echo those sentiments.

  2. bob_is_boring:

    [SL]: I don’t always watch Fox News. But when I do, it’s after MSNBC has called the tipping point state.

    If only there was a pithy internet tradition-abbreviation wherein I could express my outright, verbally articulated laughter in three short letters.

  3. blonde lady on Fox News:

    but it is only because Obama unfairly attack Romney
    and bailed out the auto industry. Damn you Ohio.

  4. Uncle Ebeneezer:

    Woot! Woot!

  5. Corey:

    So, is it OK to criticize him now? Because fuck drones and fuck silence on climate change.

  6. Joshua:

    I know it’s not much for them in the grand scheme of things, but I am so glad that all these rich fucks burned ~$550 million and couldn’t get their man in office.

  7. LeeEsq:

    Hip, hip, hooray.

  8. norbizness:

    (GOP lies unconscious, twitching on the ground)

    Milhous: Hey, I think that they’re becoming a marginalized, regional party with no future demographic or electoral prospects.

    Nelson: I *said* “Ha-ha”

  9. Njorl:

    Mostly, I’m glad that all those pundits who took shots at Nate Silver have to retire now.

  10. Erik Loomis:

    One huge story is how Citizens United made no difference at all in the presidential election. Downballot I think it is very different. But the idea that the rich can buy elections through commercials seems wrong. I think that people just tune out after x number of ads.

  11. Uncle Ebeneezer:

    Imagine all the people crying in their pancakes…

  12. Manju:

    You should add another “Ha” for me. This Republican voted for Obama.

    Clearly I was induced to vote against my own interests by the Dems exploitation of social issues…like their criticism of various Repubican pro-rape positions.

    You really got me.

  13. SEK:

    I wonder what our overconfident trolls will make of this turn of events?

    That’s right, we’ll never see them again.

  14. parrot:

    silver!

  15. Malaclypse:

    I feel every bit as happy as I did when this happened.

  16. joe from Lowell:

    Throw all of the money they spend on Senate races, too. They thought they were buying a Republican Senate.

  17. Manju:

    I’m going to withhold judgement until UnSkewed Polls dot com weighs in.

  18. SEK:

    I have the sudden urge to collect all of his/her predictions and weave a tapestry of wrong out of them.

  19. props:

    state initiatives seem like the best bang for your plutocratic dollar

  20. Dr.KennethNoisewater:

    May I add a somber “suck my ass”?

  21. Barry Freed:

    Thank god. Though I suppose Obama is going to go celebrate with a couple of drone strikes.

  22. djw:

    30 million dollars of very rich people’s money dumped into the giant black hole that is Josh Mandel. Tell me again about how Rove is a genius?

  23. elm:

    Karl Rove refuses to accept that Ohio should have been called, even though Fox themselves have called it. Very entertaining to hear the rest of Fox News respond to him.

  24. Hogan:

    We got you so you don’t know what you’re doin.

  25. Malaclypse:

    He skimmed 10%.

  26. Warren Terra:

    Also legislators, school regulators, and especially judges, where state laws permit. One of the shocking lessons of watching Dubya and learning about his Texas was just how crazy his state supreme court had gotten.

  27. NBarnes:

    This is great news!

    For John McCain!

  28. Murc:

    So what’s everyone drinking?

    I’ve got some Waupoos here. It’s a Canadian hard cider, very good; crisp, with a strong but pleasing aftertaste. Can’t actually buy it down here, I brought it back from my last drip there.

    What all else is everyone throwing back?

  29. Warren Terra:

    tonight’s results will certainly have to affect their projections.

  30. bob_is_boring:

    Point.

  31. Malaclypse:

    Fox now saying the real message of the election is the need for Democrats to reach across the aisle.

    I’m thinking more along the lines of burning the Republican party to the ground, and salting the Old Confederacy with the ashes. I think I like my real message better.

  32. Erik Loomis:

    CNN is basically saying the same thing.

  33. elm:

    Oh, jeez, Fox News decides that they should interview their “Decision Desk” because Rove is angry. Well and good. But the Desk is down the hall, and the male anchor says that he needs to “escort” the female down the stairs so she doesn’t fall.

  34. Malaclypse:

    Ipswich Ale 5-Mile IPA – all ingredients harvested within 5 miles of my local brewery.

  35. Barry Freed:

    What is good in life?

  36. Scott Lemieux:

    The 18-year-old Jefferson’s Farley bought for a wedding gift. My better half has some Finger Lakes Distilling Maple Liqueur.

  37. SEK:

    Here’s what commenters are saying at conservative websites:

    Rent out your house or put it on a contract with a buyer if you don’t get a buyer right away and get out of dodge. You can barter for the goats or for a hired man until you get the kids trained to care for them. Same with chickens.

    Goats are the answer. Also:

    This is the first time that I am truly scared and thinking like a Prepper. No other election before this one caused me to think in terms of food storage and fuel and ammo. I cannot be crazy.

    Yes, you can.

    This is crazy. I honestly don’t see what we are missing here. Obama has a horrible record, a continuing series of scandals, and lackluster debate performances. We had a solid set of candidates, a campaign running on the issues, and an energized base. What are are we missing?

    Only everything. But thank you for playing.

    I’m left with a conundrum. What the hell are we supposed to do now? Obama’s going to claim a divine mandate to whatever he wants. How the hell are we going to stop this bastard from doing whatever he wants? Also, I hope nothing good ever happens to the Obama voters. Nothing good at all.

    Who’s a sore loser? Who is? Who is?

  38. elm:

    Courvoisier VSOP. The Frenchiness is my special “Ha ha!” to the Republicans.

  39. dougR:

    Yeah, the thing I was REALLY concerned about was Republican voter intimidation efforts–which got lots of play going into Nov 6, but on the actual day, a nothingburger. (Election thugs have to be trained, housed, fed and transported, and someone has to pay for it!) But I surfed the usual-suspect lefty blogs for reports of any real R-thug presence at polling places, and pretty much didn’t find it. Makes me wonder if the vast tidal waves of Republican cash this election season encouraged stupid, nonproductive expenditure at many levels–it would thrill me no end to find out that all the right-wing crackpot money was basically lit on fire and had negligible effect overall.

  40. Malaclypse:

    This proves we are a center-right nation, or some such horseshit.

  41. Hogan:

    Bulleit Rye and Lagunitas IPA, for complicated reasons. Cheers.

  42. Uncle Ebeneezer:

    Twice jealous. Nursing a head cold so I can’t drink, and they don’t sell Ipswich Ale out here in SoCal. Have a drink for me.

  43. dougR:

    As did Norah O’Donnell, moments after NBC called it for Obama–gosh, it’s now more important than ever for everyone in Washington to work together to do something about the terrible fiscal cliff!!! EEEk!!!! (My contempt for these fatuous assholes knows no bounds.)

  44. Bill Murray:

    BiB?

  45. Mike Piotrowski:

    Blantons, neat.

  46. Bill Murray:

    well it’s not like the Dems didn’t spend a crap load of money too

  47. Murc:

    God dammit Scott, two posts in and you win the thread. Give everyone else a chance.

    And really, the jewel in Finger Lakes Distilling crown is their Seneca Gin. It’s perfect for martinis; the secret is you leave out the olive, because the gin itself does all the work for you.

  48. Bill Murray:

    Sarah Palin the new favorite for 2016

  49. Hogan:

    Oh yes you are! Oh yes you are!

  50. Warren Terra:

    Well, the dress code for female presenters on Fox News is not exactly practical. Maybe her heels are especially vertiginous?

  51. Bill Murray:

    Purging is at last at hand. Day of Doom is here. All that is evil, all their allies; your parents, your leaders, those who would call themselves your judges; those who have lied and corrupted the Earth, they shall all be cleansed.

  52. SEK:

    Goldstein’s Twitter account is worth reading tonight. Especially when he gets all tough and threatens the people who unfollow him.

  53. Scott Lemieux:

    Makes a great G&T too. And a Mackenzie Rye manhattan, outstanding.

  54. Warren Terra:

    Like chickens can be trained to care for goats.

  55. Dr.KennethNoisewater:

    Who needs wine when you’ve got whine?

  56. SEK:

    After they unfollow him, so they never see the Big Man’s Big Threatening Words.

  57. Pee Cee:

    So, is it wrong of me to enjoy the collective freak out of all those wingnuts on Facebook that just happened to go to the same high school as I did?

    Because if that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right…

  58. Reilly:

    Karl Rove’s on Fox claiming that Ohio may not go to Obama. He’s got his own math. And Romney’s people are not conceding Ohio, no doubt having been in communication with Rove.

  59. somethingblue:

    Fox now saying the real message of the election is the need for Democrats to reach across the aisle.

    Which Democrat will be the first to agree, and on which Sunday morning talk show?

    I’m going to go with Tim Kaine on Meet The Press.

  60. Pee Cee:

    To crush the Republicans, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the wingnuts.

  61. Stan Gable:

    WRONG!!! – Conan, what is best in life?

  62. Rhino:

    2005 vosne romanee, and toting with a slightly elderly colston and bassett Stilton. Oh and I have a still pic of Grayson smirking on the iMac.

    Life is good.

  63. Morbo:

    I am looking forward to lots of schadenfreude tomorrow. Our house district is still too close to call, but fingers crossed on that one.

  64. Murc:

    I’m having some trouble finding clear reporting on it, but various people are telling me that a slim majority of Puerto Ricans voted to reject their current status quo with the US, and that an overwhelming majority are saying that if the status quo does change, it should be in favor of statehood.

    Nothing is certain, of course, but the Union might be expanding for the first time in over fifty years.

    Unless I’m wrong on this. Having trouble running down hard numbers.

  65. Major Kong:

    To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, to hear the lamentations of their women.

    *Note – Conan was actually quoting Genghis Khan

  66. Nathan of Perth:

    Coca-cola cause its 1pm and a bit early to sneak a Toohey’s out of the work fridge.

  67. Barry Freed:

    Is he threatening to slap them with his dick?

  68. Brien Jackson:

    Fuck and Yes.

  69. sparks:

    So, no real cockslapping, just cockwhiffing.

  70. Barry Freed:

    Please SEK, more like this. I’ve got to get my gloat on.

  71. Malaclypse:

    Done and done. And I do mean done.

  72. Hogan:

    Thing is, I don’t feel like “WE’VE WON!!” as much as JG et al. feel like “WE’VE LOST!!”, and JG et al. will never believe or understand why that is.

  73. sparks:

    One of my closest friends from college is now a full on headsplitting screeching wingnut. She hasn’t even managed a muted sob. Just silence.

  74. Murc:

    Coca-cola is Australian slang for… what now?

    Some sort of hard liquor you distill out of rocks and kangaroo livers?

  75. Brien Jackson:

    Yuengling. Lots and lots of Yuengling.

  76. SEK:

    OK:

    Romney and the GOP didn’t get Obama re-elected, our corrupt populace did.

    Like astronauts who lose muscle and bone mass when they spend too much time in null gravity, we’ve had it too good since the end of WWII, and it’s ruined us. Beginning with the Boomers, we’ve been so damned spoiled that it’s rotted our souls. Why vote for the Accountants In The Green Visors when you can vote for NEVERLAND!

    We’re getting exactly what we deserve. We let the Left lie their heads off for 40 years, and we’ve ignored them while they insinuated themselves into the educational, cultural, and political seats of power.

    It’s not just that the press lies to us, it’s that we as a populace don’t insist that they tell the truth. It’s not just that the government has gone way beyond the Constitution’s limits, it’s that we haven’t penalized politicians for doing so.

    And it’s not just that the Left’s wicked premises about language and history and humanity have poisoned our collective memory and discourse, it’s that we seem to like it—or at least we’re so inured to it that we don’t care. Something funny is trending on Twitter. Gotta go!

    We’re a frivolous, shallow, amoral, unserious, spoiled rotten people. Had Romney won, we’d just turn over and go back to sleep while he forestalled the inevitable (or didn’t).

    Mr. Franklin, ours is the generation that failed to keep the Republic.

    May the next one come during my lifetime.

  77. Erik Loomis:

    I’d love to bring Puerto Rican statehood in front of a Republican House. No racism in that debate, none at all.

  78. J.W. Hamner:

    Yay for The Maths defeating Peggy Noonan’s arbitrary sampling of lawn signs and psychic communion with an imaginary electorate!

  79. Stan Gable:

    I liked the direction Pee Cee took below: “To crush the wingnutes, see them driven before you and to hear the lamentations of Karl Rove.”

  80. Malaclypse:

    Why vote for the Accountants In The Green Visors when you can vote for NEVERLAND!

    Speaking as an accountant in a green visor, tax cuts for the wealthy are a shitty strategy for growth. If your mileage varies, that means your mileage is wrong.

  81. Rob:

    The chances Republicans would let Puerto Rico in are between zero and zilch. Unless you get a East and West Dakota thrown in as well.

  82. Malaclypse:

    God, if you let this happen, I will take back everything I’ve said about you over the years.

  83. Reilly:

    But the Desk is down the hall, and the male anchor says that he needs to “escort” the female down the stairs so she doesn’t fall.

    What? There’s a Fox anchor who isn’t balanced?

  84. shah8:

    I wonder which of my expensive teas I should drink…

  85. wjts:

    Victory Headwaters Pale Ale.

  86. Nathan Williams:

    Suntory Yamazaki 12-year .

  87. SEK:

    More?

    This nation is lost.Due to demographics and our persistent cultural changes, the GOP will never again win a national election. If we could not defeat Barack Obama in 2012, we will never win again. It is time to take stock of our personal survival, and direct attention to it, and it alone. Conservatism will live on,but will never triumph. Generationally, racially,and culturally, there exists a majority that embraces a philosophy where socialism and statism will thrive, where government dependency trumps freedom and the entreprenurial spirit, and where libertine cultural norms foster abortion, illegitimate births with consequential poverty,and gay marriage. God save America!

    Or:

    The GOP’s obsession with “centrism” will screw them forever. As the GOP inches closer and closer to the left, the message it gives the voter is that the left is desirable, as opposed to the right, which is something to be moved away from.

    Once you’ve successfully convinced the public that the ideology of the liberalism is something to be desired, they’re naturally going to sway toward the most consistent liberal. In this case, Obama.

    There are some very fertile fields out there, in which “centrists” like the GOP frolic with minorities who don’t want to open small businesses.

  88. spencer:

    Please oh please.

  89. timb:

    Lets hope the EPA fixes the latter in the next year

  90. brewmn:

    And NPR spent all evening making the point that Obama will win by a smaller margin than in 2008, so apparently his re-election is a complete repudiation of his entire first term, as well as his campaign platform in 2012.

  91. spencer:

    Applejack and ginger ale.

    What?

  92. brewmn:

    Try Claire McCaskill in her victory speech tonight.

  93. Malaclypse:

    Due to demographics and our persistent cultural changes, the GOP will never again win a national election.

    From his mouth to god’s ear.

  94. DrDick:

    My own sentiments are, “Suck. On. This!”

  95. DrDick:

    Seconded!

  96. Malaclypse:

    Every two to four years, we need to pick up some shitty political party and throw it up against a wall.

  97. Eli Rabett:

    Right now Harry Reid should be calling up Mitch McConnell and telling him, either you clear all the appointments hanging fire before Jan 1, or we kill the filibuster in the new Senate.

  98. DrDick:

    Their bitter tears are like the sweetest nectar to my lips, their lamentations like the chorus of angels.

  99. DrDick:

    Some Black Bush that I have been saving for a special occasion.

  100. DrDick:

    Well, they could reach across the aisle and beat the Goopers to a bloody pulp.

  101. Colin:

    Hah?

  102. Taj Mahalo:

    Veuve Clicquot Brut. Tasty.

  103. spencer:

    In what alternate universe is the GOP inching toward the left?

  104. Dave3544:

    Deschutes Jubelale.

  105. Colin:

    Thirded.

  106. Colin:

    My parents are in Ohio, and this was exactly what happened not just among them, but (as they tell it) among many of their friends of different partisan stripes. Everybody was sick of the ads, and just tuned them out and voted the same way they would have with or without ads. The PAC funding didn’t change a damn thing for presidential choices. It may matter in other types of races down the road, and I expect those funding PACs to try to make things more “assured” for their own interests in the future. But tonight….this is good news.

  107. SEK:

    Even more?

    I voted for the Colorado pot initiative. I don’t care if Maine wants gay marriage. That’s their right to decide.

    But don’t give me your talk of positive freedoms when Michelle Obama is writing kids’ lunch menus and buying a big soda is outlawed.

    When it all comes crashing down, you’ll just blame it on the capitalists anyway. So just take take take while you can and pretend you’re enlightened. You aren’t. You’re a subject.

    If you didn’t guess that was Jeff, you’ve wasted less of your life than I have.

  108. SEK:

    Will do on the morrow. Have a concession speech to watch now.

  109. Taj Mahalo:

    Only if Harry Reid is planning to screw McConnell and get rid of the filibuster anyhow.

  110. Murc:

    Can he deliver on that?

    I dislike much about Reid, but one of his more endearing qualities is that he doesn’t write checks his ass can’t cash. Unless he has 51 firm votes on that, I can’t see him making the threat.

  111. SEK:

    Help a brother out, though: list all the names s/he’s posted under. Otherwise I’m going to have to slog aimlessly through thousands upon thousands of comments.

  112. jamie_2002:

    Glenlivet Nadurra

    Sweet as a Romney concession, strong as an Obama acceptance

  113. Nathan of Perth:

    Brew made from iron ore fines and sheep gizzards if you must know.

  114. Scott Lemieux:

    Ah, the nectar of the Irish.

  115. Holden Pattern:

    Rove is not a genius, and anyone who ever said he was is a fool. He’s a sociopath who is able to exploit the giant, grift-laden machine that is movement conservative politics.

  116. Holden Pattern:

    However, you can’t say that Tim Kaine represents the Dem leadership… except for those years he ran the DNC.

  117. Walt:

    Let me be the first to say “Bookmark it, libtards!”

  118. Nathan of Perth:

    Best wishes to all of you who will be victory dancing into work tomorrow.

  119. Both Sides Do It:

    ohmygod it’s happening, the worst fever dreams from the conservative swamp are coming true:

    there are VUVUZELAS at Obama’s campaign headquarters

    America truly is a changed nation, forever

    they tried to warn us but we didn’t listen

    why oh why didn’t we listen

  120. DocAmazing:

    St. George’s Absinthe with a tiny bit of water to make it cloudy. If I’m gonna be disillusioned, they’re going to have been interesting illusions.

  121. Bill Murray:

    she made up for it with extra fairness

  122. CD:

    Can we just get on with the gay sharia now?

  123. wengler:

    Somewhat related, Brown Shugah by Lagunitas.

    It packs a punch at 9.9.

  124. Calle 13:

    Mitt Romney drogadicto con cara de idiota
    Ganarme esos Grammy’s fue como venirme en tu boca
    Eres corrupto tú lo sabes yo no me chupo el dedo
    Tienes cara de narcotraficante con miedo

  125. Scott Lemieux:

    Frankly, I think Victoria Jackson has him beat.

  126. Jameson Quinn:

    This will be better than when I win the prediction contest.

  127. rea:

    “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women-haters…”

  128. John:

    Only 10%?

  129. Jeremy:

    Whine is too sweet for my taste.

  130. DocAmazing:

    Neverland was already sold to pay Michael Jackson’s debts, anyway.

  131. Jeremy:

    Early Grey tea, seeing as it’s 4pm in Tokyo. I’ll be having whatever goes well with oysters.

  132. Warren Terra:

    You can maybe accelerate things by searching for mentions of pancakes and other delicious breakfast foodstuffs.

  133. Corey:

    You can find results on this page if you read Spanish.

    Looks like you’re right – most voted against the status quo (“¿De acuerdo con mantener la condición política territorial actual?”) and then of those voters, most voted for statehood (“Opciones de estatus/Estadiad”).

    The resolution isn’t binding on the US government obviously, but it will presumably trigger the introduction of a bill to admit PR as the 51st state.

  134. Nik:

    Harpoon of all types. Granted, I’m working the night shift there, so have access to the tanks.

  135. Walt:

    Obama should have gone all-in and had them play “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” in the background.

  136. James E. Powell:

    I believe he could convince a sufficient number of Democratic senators to act as if they are about to get rid of the filibuster.

    A subject for discuss in the next couple of weeks: what are the acceptable compromises between keeping it or getting rid of it altogether. Are there any?

  137. Erik Loomis:

    Good choice.

  138. Erik Loomis:

    She does win the night for greatest Twitter feed.

  139. LosGatosCA:

    Plus the 10% to the Caymans and the other 10% that went to the Swiss account, plus the 10% that went to Sally Ball’s brother.

  140. potstill:

    only the Prods

  141. LosGatosCA:

    That’s definitely genius, in a sociopathic way, of course.

  142. sign me up:

    That first one sounds pretty good if we can do something about that consequential poverty.

  143. club:

    Someone needs to bludgeon Friedman and Charlie Rose and his booker. What a pathetic cast of know nothings clinging to centrist delusions.

  144. SEK:

    I have mentioned, recently I think, that I’m sometimes I God damned moron, haven’t I?

  145. SEK:

    Um, wow. Just … wow.

  146. Tom Renbarger:

    Romney’s epidermis is definitely showing.

  147. synykyl:

    Tears. Sweet, sweet, tears.

  148. herr doktor bimler:

    Romney used the same words in his gracious concession speech. Also, JERB CREATERS.

  149. Nik:

    Which, I should add, means I have unlimited access to all the beer I can drink, and I’m less than half a mile where Mitt Romney is currently not drinking away his sorrows (at the Boston Convention Center) because his religion doesn’t allow him to drink alcohol.

    Wow, sometimes the Lord really does bless brewers.

  150. Ben F:

    Suprise surprise, Jenbob hasn’t decided to show up!

  151. zolltan:

    Elysian Night Owl! Whoo!

  152. The Dark Avenger:

    I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.

    John Stuart Mill

  153. The Dark Avenger:

    You can’t withhold that which doesn’t exist in the first place, Manju.

  154. herr doktor bimler:

    That’s Irn-Bru, Jimmy.

  155. Grant:

    or pandas not to become homicidal in restaurants.

  156. joel hanes:

    mentioned climate change in acceptance speech +2

    also mentioned deficit reduction -1

    and bipartisanship -1

    but is not Romney nor Republican +1000

  157. joel hanes:

    I love that so-yellow-it’s-orange label stuff, but had none on hand.

    I uncorked the domestic methode champenoise blanc de noirs that a friend gave me for Christmas — the occasion seemed auspicious.

  158. Bruce Baugh:

    I do think there’s a lot to be said for Rick Perlstein’s recent argument that a lot of the lack of expected/foreseeable impact is due to money being hoovered away by grifters. Zealots who are a bit less into mooching on the side can still get a lot done with their money, it’s just that they’re kind of marginal at the movement’s higher levels.

  159. bradP:

    I noticed several graphics last night that said Obama vastly outspent Romney on campaign ads.

  160. bradP:

    But apparently that was just campaign spending not including outside spending, which was heavily Romney.

    I think the final split was somewhere around 60-40 Romney.

  161. Marek:

    Do you need an intern?

  162. Malaclypse:

    Okay, those wingnut tears are rancid. I shall not drink them.

  163. chris:

    And/or walruses.

  164. chris:

    The weird thing is, half of that rant is half true, except that the party identifiers are 180 degrees reversed. One party lying its head off, the press not calling them on it, the people not calling the press on it, voting for fantasy in preference to reality, one party insinuating itself into the channels of power and constructing an alternate reality…

    Maybe it’s an expression of cognitive dissonance, the subconscious realization that the right has been running on fantasy and lies since they turned their back on the Eisenhower wing of the party?

  165. Eli Rabett:

    The threat is worth the popcorn

  166. Cody:

    Yes, I expect their formal resignations on my desk by this afternoon.

    They shall not be seen on my internets again!

  167. Cody:

    Joe Donnelly pulled out a win for a Senate seat here in Indiana too. Glad about that, sad to see how thin the margin is. Apparently like 45% of Hoosiers think rape is cool.

    I told my wife I didn’t want to live in Indiana anymore, damn.

  168. bradP:

    Well we did just elect a center-right candidate over a slightly more right of center candidate.

  169. Corey:

    Mentioning something in your acceptance speech is the very definition of cheap talk.

  170. Malaclypse:

    Alternatively, we rather consistently elected the left-most viable candidate.

    And if you think Mittens is only slightly more right of center, you really have not been paying attention.

  171. Malaclypse:

    Sweet, sweet wingnut tears. Please go on.

  172. Cody:

    Indeed. Now Obama has a clear mandate to do whatever Republicans want him too.

    Funny how that works.

  173. NonyNony:

    Hm. I’m wondering if the Republicans would actually go for that – admit Puerto Rico as a state, but take an existing Republican stronghold and cut it in half, making it two states.

    Probably wouldn’t work in this day and age. And we don’t have any other outstanding territories that would lean Republican these days either.

  174. NonyNony:

    Not act – could he convince 51 senators to actually vote against the filibuster if McConnell calls him on it?

    As I’ve watched him over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that Harry Reid is not a poker player. He doesn’t bluff. He feints, but he doesn’t bluff. If he gives McConnell an ultimatum like that it means he’s ready to pull the trigger.

  175. Cody:

    The Trump’s twitter feed was rockin’ too!

    Side Note: If any of these Conservatives need help moving out of the country, just leave me a message here. I’ll be happy to enable your departure. You can go to a conservative wonderland like Somalia or Egypt.

  176. Cody:

    Not Государственный гимн СССР? (Anthem of the USSR)

  177. mds:

    Black Bush

    That’s mizner’s choice as well, I suspect.

  178. mds:

    Diet tonic water last night before bed, and a mug of coffee with a Morning Thunder(TM) black tea / mate blend this morning. Right now, the entire world is vibrating slightly, and it’s awesome.

  179. dsn:

    A good bourbon I picked up at the duty free.

  180. Scott Lemieux:

    Excellent.

  181. Pee Cee:

    Give it time. A few of the wingnuts on my Facebook feed are now talking about not paying Federal taxes anymore.

    Let’s see how well that works out for them …

  182. JKTHs:

    Dick Morris is probably so ashamed right now, he’ll never write again.

  183. JKTHs:

    Shorter CNN: “Look at all those (rural unpopulated) red counties! No mandate! No mandate!”

  184. Lee:

    Can’t we reach across the aisle to punch the Republicans in the face?

  185. JKTHs:

    Wouldn’t that make them the 47%?

  186. Lee:

    I actually think that the Republican platform is in favor of Puerto Rican statehood. At least thats what I read on plainblog about politics.

    This doesn’t prevent GOP racisim in the statehood debates though.

  187. Lee:

    Where is Ghengis Khan when you need him?

  188. DrDick:

    As an agnostic, I could give a shit about your sectarian quibbles. It simply tastes better.

  189. PSP:

    The horror of horrors was the Fox commentators, after throwing Romney under the bus for running a bad campaign, playing up Jeb Bush.

  190. Anonymous:

    Atheist gay sharia.

  191. Lyanna:

    Let’s have a whip-round and buy their tickets for them, shall we?

  192. Lyanna:

    I just looked up the Twitter feed of an old acquaintance who is a rabid wingnut (her twitter is full of articles about how letting women have contraception is anti-feminist and such like).

    Out of sheer schadenfreude. And she’s all depressed. MAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA.

    I don’t want to be right either. This is earned gloating.

  193. Anna in PDX:

    Good for you Manju!

  194. Dark Helmet:

    “In the Good vs. Evil battle…today…Evil won.”

    Evil will always triumph because good is dumb

  195. Oregon Beer Snob:

    Goats are the answer.

    Mickey Kaus would like to subscribe to this person’s newsletter.

  196. Oregon Beer Snob:

    Started with a nice home brewed brown ale, then martinis (some random not-very-good-gin, unfortunately) and finished up with a Ninkasi Maiden The Shade.

    I should have skipped the gin — thankfully wingnut tears are a good hangover cure.

  197. BertieW:

    I agree. It’s not like anyone in their right mind actually expects Obama to work together with Romney. Who the fuck’s Romney that he should expect to have a voice in how our country’s governed? Short of the voice we all get, obviously, on the voting booth.

  198. BertieW:

    No question about it, special interest money purchased the charter initiatives in Washington and Georgia. In Washington alone, the charter opponents were outspent 15-1.

  199. BertieW:

    After the election was called, he didn’t tweet for like 12 straight hours! I was all ready to declare us free of him..but no..like a diseased phoenix, up he rose again.

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