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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:13 PM

This election feels different

This election feels different

by jasonb

In 2008 and during the Clinton years, the Presidential election felt like victory. We were elated. Absolutely elated. But this year I can't help but notice something else. This is different. In a word: change.

I saw the first gay Senator elected. I saw the Democrats push back against impossible odds in the Senate to actually gain two seats. And, make no mistake, we were led the whole way by a fantastic brigade of now women senators. Despite a discouraged electorate, high unemployment and conservative territory, they still grinded out the toughest of victories based on the now arrived demographic reality of the United States. Women, minorities, gay and white people and whoever else all under one growing and inclusive tent.

Where are the centrist corporate democrats? I see a professor and consumer advocate, and a guy with a scratchy voice from the rust belt. I see this friendly physics guy who always called me looking for a few bucks to run for Congress and willing to answer all my science questions got a congressional seat in Illinois. I see Alan Grayson is back and Allen West is gone. I see so much diversity and I see values. First time I've ever seen or felt that. We elected the people we wanted to elect. Elizabeth Warren is only a Senator because we insisted she become one. Review the history, nobody in Washington wanted her in Washington. President Obama's first election was historic. Nancy Pelosi's elevation to Speaker was historic. What's happening here, though, is hopefully the beginning of a new status quo. Thank you to everybody.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/07/1158627/-This-election-feels-different

Rachel's Reality-Check for Republicans
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/08/1158766/-Rachel-s-Reality-Check-for-Republicans

Maybe the best Rachel Maddow opening ever...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021761923

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ProSense Nov 2012 OP
SubgeniusHasSlack Nov 2012 #1
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #25
RoccoR5955 Nov 2012 #28
alcibiades_mystery Nov 2012 #2
ProSense Nov 2012 #6
NYC_SKP Nov 2012 #9
ProSense Nov 2012 #14
PA Democrat Nov 2012 #21
ProSense Nov 2012 #24
awoke_in_2003 Nov 2012 #41
ProSense Nov 2012 #42
RagAss Nov 2012 #3
awoke_in_2003 Nov 2012 #40
JaneyVee Nov 2012 #4
BlancheSplanchnik Nov 2012 #53
Champion Jack Nov 2012 #5
politicasista Nov 2012 #7
malaise Nov 2012 #8
ProSense Nov 2012 #20
malaise Nov 2012 #23
trailmonkee Nov 2012 #10
uponit7771 Nov 2012 #11
Cha Nov 2012 #12
ProSense Nov 2012 #15
Skittles Nov 2012 #13
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #26
forestpath Nov 2012 #16
Downwinder Nov 2012 #17
Dalai_1 Nov 2012 #18
davidn3600 Nov 2012 #19
Ikonoklast Nov 2012 #35
Honeycombe8 Nov 2012 #22
Skittles Nov 2012 #34
ananda Nov 2012 #36
Skittles Nov 2012 #38
bluestate10 Nov 2012 #27
ProSense Nov 2012 #30
BellaKos Nov 2012 #54
Iris Nov 2012 #29
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #31
ProSense Nov 2012 #43
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #45
argiel1234 Nov 2012 #32
fascisthunter Nov 2012 #33
Loudestlib Nov 2012 #37
theKed Nov 2012 #47
BumRushDaShow Nov 2012 #39
ProSense Nov 2012 #44
ProfessionalLeftist Nov 2012 #46
BlancheSplanchnik Nov 2012 #48
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2012 #49
Zorra Nov 2012 #50
Milliesmom Nov 2012 #51
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #52

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:16 PM

1. This was a referendum on what America is.

 

Light and compassion won.

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Response to SubgeniusHasSlack (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:14 PM

25. +1 nt

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Response to SubgeniusHasSlack (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:28 PM

28. +1^100! n.t.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:17 PM

2. You're BACK!!! Hurray!

Folks were getting worried, and so was I!

Welcome back!

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:19 PM

6. Hey!

Yay!




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Response to ProSense (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:24 PM

9. We did a search earlier this week and found you hadn't posted since the 29th.

And it was scary!



Welcome back!!!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:32 PM

14. Lost power for eight days.

A day later, Internet/cable came back, but then went off again.

Back now, crossing my fingers.

Thanks for the welcome back.



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Response to ProSense (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:09 PM

21. Glad you are safe.

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Response to PA Democrat (Reply #21)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:12 PM

24. Thanks. n/t

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Response to ProSense (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:19 PM

41. I disagree with you sometimes...

But I hope your life gets back to normal soon

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #41)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:26 PM

42. Thanks. n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:17 PM

3. We crested the hill this time.

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Response to RagAss (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:17 PM

40. Man, I hope so...

I really hope the pendulum is swinging back the other way, because I really have felt that we had gone too far right.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:18 PM

4. This was way better than 2008. At least in terms of 'feeling'.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:33 PM

53. there's a sense of relief, of course; but something much deeper

Is going on. You can feel it when you're not feeling afraid.

Fundamental social revolution....actually, you could say fundamental human revolution. A large enough number of people --globally and all connected instantly through the innerto0bs-- EVOLVING and finally having to FIGHT for it.

BIG stuff here.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:19 PM

5. Good post

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:20 PM

7. Kick

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:23 PM

8. You're back!

How are you and yours following Sandy?

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Response to malaise (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:08 PM

20. It was a cold eight days.

We were fortunate. The coastal areas were devastated.

Glad to be back, thanks.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #20)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:11 PM

23. I watched a lot of it

and can't believe the devastation.
I can imagine that you were freezing. Glad you're recovering.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:25 PM

10. k&r

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:25 PM

11. It looks like the GOP has a REAL structural issue with minority voters and women...meaning dems

...only have to win 43% (IIRC) of the white vote (overall) to win national elections and we have a good GOTV structure in Ohio.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:28 PM

12. I was just thinking about you, you! Glad you're back ProSense..

did the super storm Sandy keep you off DU during our Election time?

Thanks for the OP, PS

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Response to Cha (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:33 PM

15. Thanks. n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:29 PM

13. it does INDEED

this is a repudiation of the 1% - NO, we are NOT looking for HANDOUT; we are looking for a LEVEL PLAYING FIELD.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:15 PM

26. +1 nt

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:36 PM

16. Great read. "We elected the people we wanted to elect." Sums it up!

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:40 PM

17. Feels a good bit like 1960.

The Repukes said they wanted to take us back.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:47 PM

18. Kick!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:07 PM

19. Change what? Nothing has changed.

Republicans control the House. So no matter what if anything wants to get through, they have to OK it. The reality is that America just re-elected the status quo. And we are a divided nation. Both parties still hate each other with a passion. After billions of dollars spent on this election, nothing changes. And I dont expect anything to change. We are a gridlocked country.

BUT, I think there was a clear loser Tuesday night. The Tea Party. I think they are finished. But the Republicans are not finished. I think the GOP will eventually move to a more libertarian stance and slowly drift away from religious conservatives. Their future nominees will look more like Gary Johnson and Jon Huntsman and not Romney or Gingrich or Santorum.

I fully expect Gov Susana Martinez to be the 2016 GOP VP nominee. I'll bet money on that.

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Response to davidn3600 (Reply #19)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:11 PM

35. There is a power struggle going on right now in the Republican leadership ranks in the House.

Boehner is desperately trying to get out in front of it to show that he is in charge, but it looks like he just may be failing.

More to come in the next few weeks.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:11 PM

22. Not here in Texas. :( nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #22)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:10 PM

34. try to look past the usual Texas bullshit, Honeycombe

the GOP is on the wrong side of history, and I believe this election was a tipping point - it will get around to Texas eventually

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Response to Skittles (Reply #34)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:13 PM

36. Not any time soon though..

.. sad to say.

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Response to ananda (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:14 PM

38. naw, but they feel very much more out of touch

I've been having a GRAND time tormenting them today

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:27 PM

27. Welcome back. I got hit by the storm, but I lucked out compared to people in your area.

Excellent post. I feel the change too. Something significant happened. Asians voted more heavily for President Obama than Hispanics, 73% to 69%. People of color other than Blacks and Hispanics got elected to the Senate and House. We gave the nation the first Hindu Congresswomen and when a race is settled in California, we could add a Hindu Congressman. In California, a medical doctor and son of migrant laborers is poised to become a US Congressman. In my state of Massachusetts, we elected Elizabeth Warren and sent a young Kennedy to the US House. When I looked at the crowd at the Obama victory rally, I saw the beautiful faces of the new winning american election coalition. We must keep the pressure on by electing more idealistic and practical people during the upcoming midterm. We can relax for a few months, but we must get back to work for the 2014 midterm, retake the House and increase our hold on the Senate.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:37 PM

30. Glad to hear. I too feel lucky.

Listening to the description of the devastation was more horrifying than my own personal experience.

Truly heartbreaking stuff.

Thanks for the welcome back.

Love your comment.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #27)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:35 AM

54. +1

But we just gotta get rid of the Right Wing propaganda machine 'cause that's where the hate is comin' from.
But how?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:32 PM

29. The American people not only REFUSED to go backward, they took some giant steps forward.

That's big.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:40 PM

31. Welcome back

We were worried sick about you and yours.

Thought you should know.

There is a thread somewhere with that, will see if I can find it, but no promises.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #31)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:27 PM

43. Thanks.

Someone provided a link to the thread so I posted a note there.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #43)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:39 PM

45. Good, because I could not find it

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:46 PM

32. 55 senators

 

Obama and a demoralized repuke house


push and fight to the left

fuck repukes

kick

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:10 PM

33. America is farther to the left than the Mainstream Media wants to admit

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:13 PM

37. Let's make sure we turn out the vote for 2014.

I'm tired of two steps forward and three steps back.

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Response to Loudestlib (Reply #37)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:47 PM

47. No three steps back this time

Just another, big, roundhouse kick forward in 2014!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:16 PM

39. K&R and welcome back!



I lost power for just a day but glad that you made it okay without power for the past week. Hope everyone else can get back up as soon as possible!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #39)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:31 PM

44. It was unusual.

The entire area, several towns, without power, but one block still lit up.

There were areas not directly hit by flooding that were still out of power a day or two after we got it back.

Glad to hear you made it through. Returning to normal feels good.

Thanks for the welcome back.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:44 PM

46. NOW everyone understands why the ONE word Obama's campaign was built on was....

F O R W A R D

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:50 PM

48. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who can feel that!

sure couldn't put it into words though. This is suuuuuuch a good article.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:56 PM

49. DC always acts like Republicans rule but on rare occasions Democrats slip in for a bit.




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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:59 PM

50. "What's happening here, though, is hopefully the beginning of a new status quo."

This.

This.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:00 PM

51. Speaker Boehner address

We have to show President Obama we have his back. Everyone should flood John Boehner's office with email to tell him to make a deal by raising taxes on the people earning over $250,000. Not to repeal Healthcare and to really work with President Obama,otherwise we will vote him out.
The speaker would have been voted out except for the jerrymandering done in Pennsylvania. The Dems actually did win the house back Tuesday night if the Republicans would not have done that.
We must write to Boehner and tell him to work for the good of the Nation and not his party!






http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:17 PM

52. Do Not Make me tear up again!

I am so VERY proud of my country right now!
We are all still recovering from the Bushco years. We have licked our wounds.
We now are standing stronger than ever! As one! We cannot ever let that go. The President has our back. However we cannot let his back go uncovered. We are the People of The United States... together we stand.... divided we will fall!

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