This morning, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore wrote a joyful blogpost this morning celebrating President Obama’s victory. In his post, he thanked a number of people who helped make the president’s re-election possible, especially “Mother Nature.” “You, Mother Nature, with all your horrific damage, death and destruction you caused last week, you became, ironically, the undoing of a Party that didn’t believe in you or your climate changing powers,” Moore wrote, referring to Hurricane Sandy that hit the East Coast before the election.
Rush Limbaugh said on Wednesday one of the main reasons President Barack Obama won reelection was because voters viewed him as “Santa Claus.” “Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus. It is practically impossible to beat Santa Claus. People are not going to vote against Santa Claus, especially if the alternative is being your own Santa Claus,” Limbaugh said on his radio program Wednesday, according to a show transcript.Limbaugh said that while GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney might
Barack Obama’s best friend’s wife, Beyonce, posted a photo of a handwritten note to her Tumblr account after the president’s re-election victory Tuesday night. The photo appears to have been removed from her Tumblr account, but because nothing ever disappears from the Internet we can see that the note reads: Take That Mitches.
KOGELO, Kenya — Waving her walking cane and smiling broadly, the step-grandmother of Barack Obama celebrated Wednesday as this tiny Western Kenyan village danced and rejoiced after the United States president won four more years in the White House. Kogelo, a dirt-road town where children play soccer in bare feet, was the home of Barack Obama's father, and claims several relatives of the president among its population. The family matriarch is Sarah Obama, who was married to the president's late grandfather. "Take the great job that people have given to you and lead them well," Sarah Obama advised her relative
President Barack Obama returned to Washington facing an expected battle with Republicans over the nation's 'fiscal cliff', as stock markets on Wall Street tumbled on Wednesday. The president faces an urgent challenge to prevent the gridlock that scarred his first term as fears grew that politicians will fail to cut a deal to stop the economy falling over a 'fiscal cliff'. More than $600bn (£380bn) of tax rises and cuts in government spending are due in early January. Failure to avoid the cliff will plunge the world's largest economy back into a slump and disrupt the global economy's still
Todd Akin on Wednesday called his defeat in the Missouri Senate race to Sen. Claire McCaskill a “real skunking.” Akin spoke about his failed bid with Mike Huckabee, the Republican’s highest-profile defender, on the former Arkansas governor’s radio show. Huckabee introduced Akin to his listeners by saying there was “maybe no greater disappointment personally” on Tuesday than Akin’s loss. Akin called Tuesday a “very, very hard, hard day and hard night.” “I always told people, ‘I don’t trust those polls,’ and the polls said it was supposedly very close or within a few points, and we finished
Californians approved a measure Tuesday that raises taxes on the wealthy and hikes the state sales tax. It is expected to bring in $6 billion a year, on average, over five years. Proposition 30, which Governor Jerry Brown has lobbied heavily for, captured 54% of the vote. Its approval prevents massive budget cuts to the state's public schools and universities. Brown built the tax hike into his budget so its passage was critical. Among the hardest hit by the Great Recession, California has had to slash billions of dollars from its budget in recent years
Laura Ingraham joined America Live Wednesday to reflect on Mitt Romney’s loss in the 2012 presidential election and what it should signal to Republicans. Ingraham acknowledged that the president ran a terrific campaign and in the end, people just couldn’t connect to Mitt Romney. According to Ingraham, people “didn’t really know, in the end, what [Romney] stood for.” She continued, “He talked about things like 12 million new jobs and [how] we’re going to free up the energy sector, but it wasn’t enough for people to sink their teeth into.” She argued that Romney avoided pressing
LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO - Energy producers braced for tighter regulation in President Barack Obama's second term, with coal companies expecting more emissions restrictions and drillers anticipating less access to federal land even as his platform promotes energy independence. (Snip) Analysts at ClearView Energy Partners in Washington expect Obama to "continue prosecuting energy policy through regulation and administrative action, with only the courts as a check on that agenda." The National Mining Association criticizes Obama for not living up to a 2008 promise to develop clean coal technology, arguing that his policies "virtually preclude" the construction
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh offered a dire prognosis for the Republican party following last night’s defeat of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Limbaugh said that it is difficult for any candidate to run a successful campaign against “Santa Claus.” He went on to say that his last thought as he went to bed on election night was the Republican party had “lost the country.” Limbaugh said that he thought Romney and his family would have been great for the nation, but his recipe for a turnaround – hard work – is no longer accepted by
Boeing Co. announced a major restructuring of its defense division on Wednesday that will cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels, close facilities in California and consolidate several business units to cut costs. The company told employees about the changes on Wednesday, in a memo obtained by Reuters and confirmed by Boeing. Boeing, the Pentagon's second-largest supplier, said the changes were the latest step in an affordability drive that has already reduced the company's costs by $2.2 billion since 2010, according to the memo. The measures come as U.S. weapons makers are under pressure to cut
Diane Sawyer was definitely probably drunk tonight during ABC's election coverage. Would you agree? Not convinced yet? She slurred every other word, rambled about the lack of music, and asked a correspondent if the exclamation point in the Obama slogan represented the direction he truly wanted to go with his presidency. What more proof do you need? But of course it was already true according to Twitter: (Snip) And from our own Caity Weaver: "IT'S LIKE SHE TOOK AN AMBIEN AND WASHED IT DOWN WITH PINOT." Wouldn't be the first time.
WASHINGTON — Islamists in the Middle East are speaking out following President Barack Obama’s re-election Tuesday night. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood feels that the only foreign policy change Obama can bring is by “accepting the will of the Arab people.” “We must rely on ourselves and on our resources and build our country,” Issam Al-Aryan, a top Muslim Brotherhood official, said, according to The Times of Israel. “In the absence of direct American influence, Egypt can affect and lead the process of building a democratic and constitutional regime that will become a dream for African and the southern hemisphere.”
CHICAGO – President Obama spent time overnight and into the day here Wednesday calling congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to discuss his legislative agenda for the rest of 2012. Obama spoke to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to talk about how both parties can unite in the coming weeks to find bipartisan compromises on key issues. The White House said in its readout that Obama expressed a desire to find solutions to
In 2008, minority voters turned out in record numbers, propelling Barack Obama to the White House. Similar results fueled his second-term victory on Tuesday. A 2-percentage-point increase in nonwhite votes—to 28 percent—sealed Obama's reelection, and data seem to indicate minority influence at the polls has grown stronger in the past four years. Obama managed to win again, despite securing only 39 percent of white voters--who still represent the nation's largest voting bloc at 72 percent. Poll after poll indicated the issue atop all voters mind this election season was the still-weak economy, a color-blind issue affecting nearly everyone.
Centreville, Ala. - Even a dead Republican beat a Democrat in the GOP's sweep of Alabama. A Republican nominee who died almost month before Election Day beat the Democratic incumbent for a seat on the Bibb County Commission on Tuesday. Probate Judge Jerry Pow says Republican nominee Charles Beasley defeated Democrat Walter Sansing despite having died on Oct. 12. Beasley carried about 52 percent of the votes. Pow says some voters probably didn't know Beasley died before the election, but others did. The 77-year-old Beasley previously served one term, but the Democratic Sansing won four years ago.
First, congratulations to President Obama on his win. He ran a tough campaign and he has overseen arguably the best turnout operation a presidential race has ever seen. That said, this was a presidential election that the GOP should have won. Lousy job numbers, unpopular domestic policies, a faltering foreign policy — those are usually the things that enable challengers to unseat incumbents. Here are some reasons that Romney didn't prevail: 1. RomneyCare = ObamaCare. In 2006 Mitt Romney probably didn't know that the health care reform he signed as governor would serve as a model for national health care reform,
CHAPEL HILL - While the US government saw little change, North Carolina took a major shift to the right on Tuesday. WCHL legal and political expert Hampton Dellinger says the state is about to see its government shaped like never before. “The Republicans will now control solid majorities in both houses of the general assembly,” Dellinger says. “The governor’s mansion now (belongs) to Republican Pat McCrory; and (in) the judiciary (race), Paul Newby (eked) out a victory over Jimmy Ervin.” Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory defeated Lt. Governor Walter Dalton 55 to 43 to become
Wheaton, Ill. - Plenty of ink will be spilled chastising Republicans and the Mitt Romney campaign for their many missteps and missed opportunities. But they aren’t the only ones who were tone deaf in Election 2012. After the costliest campaign in American history, spending $1 billion to squeak out a win against a candidate more than half of the voters disliked, President Obama becomes the first president since 1832 to win a second term with a smaller percentage of votes than in his initial victory. Instead of running victory laps, Mr. Obama should go on a listening tour.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOP’s ability to filibuster bills. Speaking in the wake of Tuesday’s election, which boosted Senate Democrats’ numbers slightly, Mr. Reid said he won’t end filibusters altogether but that the rules need to change so that the minority party cannot use the legislative blocking tool as often. “I think that the rules have been abused and that we’re going to work to change them,” he told reporters. “Were not going to do away with the filibuster but we’re going to make the Senate
I liked Krauthammer’s response on Fox last night that this is not a time for retooling ideology massively. The GOP young guns are a better bunch than the weak field we had to pick from for 2012, from Cruz to Rubio to Ayotte to Cantor. They are diverse in the right way, but social, economic defense, and fiscal conservatives. Still they have a challenge — to keep their message consistent, avoid talk of truces on the issues, learn how to speak to and represent women, especially single women, rethink the foreign-policy rhetoric that implies the next war is
Defense: The fruit of unilateral disarmament, appeasement and promised "flexibility" patrols our East Coast near one of our largest ballistic missile submarine bases. Defense cuts and Russian subs — a double whammy. 'On June 1 or a bit later, we will resume constant patrolling of the world's oceans by strategic nuclear submarines," Russian Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said in February. Keeping that promise, a Russian Sierra-2 class nuclear attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of our East Coast on the eve of a U.S. presidential election in which defense spending and priorities were a key issue.
The call for Republicans to discard their opposition to immigration amnesty will grow deafening in the wake of President Obama’s victory. Hispanics supported Obama by a margin of nearly 75 percent to 25 percent, and may have provided important margins in some swing states. If only Republicans relented on their Neanderthal views regarding the immigration rule of law, the message will run, they would release the inner Republican waiting to emerge in the Hispanic population. If Republicans want to change their stance on immigration, they should do so on the merits, not out of a belief that only
MINNEAPOLIS — Once the election results are in, you might find yourself very happy or very disappointed, depending on the outcome. It may be difficult to mask how you are feeling when you are around your co-workers or people with whom you’d rather not talk politics. Dr. Linda Reiss, a psychologist in Minneapolis, said there will likely be some people who will experience a bit of post-election depression. In some cases, it extends beyond disappointment over the election results. Anger over a candidate or an issue winning or losing can subconsciously trigger
After Tuesday night’s re-election victory for President Barack Obama, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd predicted that one of the president’s agenda items — one promise he never managed to fulfill in his first term — would breeze into law. ”Immigration reform,” he said, will get “80 to 90 votes in the Senate.” Since the election night results showed Republicans unable to attract Latino voters, he said, “Republicans will run, not walk, in trying to support that now.” On the Wednesday broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker said Obama’s victory speech in Chicago pointed to