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Harry Reid: 'We Are Not Going To Mess With Social Security'

Source: Huffington Post

Top Democrats in the U.S. Senate are saying this week that they won't push changes to Social Security as part of a deal to reduce the federal budget deficit.

"We are not going to mess with Social Security," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters as he left a news conference Wednesday, according to Reuters.

During the conference, Reid invited Republicans to "dance" rather than fight over the so-called "fiscal cliff" -- the nickname given a looming expiration of tax cuts and spending cuts that will take effect at the end of the year.

"Everything doesn't have to be a fight -- that's the way it's been the last couple of years," Reid said. "So everyone should comprehend, especially my Senate friends, that legislation is the art of compromise and consensus building."

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/social-security-harry-reid_n_2093482.html

How to Repair the Voting System: Sec. Debra Bowen's Answer

So, what's the answer? It's actually remarkably simple:

Optical-scan paper ballots that can be filled out using an ordinary black pen. This makes fraud hard, is inexpensive, doesn’t require (limited-in-number) machines that then cause lines to grow long.

Mandatory random hand recount of 1% of ballots, followed by increasing fractions for close races.
Optionally, a limited number of electronic voting machines that print optical scan ballots for those who have bad eyesight.

Really, that's it. There are of course policy issues regarding early voting, and the like, but the actual machinery of the voting itself is straightforward, and we just need to apply the learned wisdom of Sec. Bowen and her team across the country.

much more (links):

Dammit when I buy an election, I expect it to be delivered!

Last Days Of Romneyland

"Outside Republicans and donors are another story. Some are angry over
what they felt was an overly rosy picture painted by the campaign, and
at what amounts to the loss of their investment."


Bennett: "Election Night" In America

and today's:

The kids will destroy the GOP

THU NOV 08, 2012 AT 09:52 AM PST
The kids will destroy the GOP
by kos

attribution: CNN

Out of all the data in the exit polls, nothing should scare Republicans more than the chart above.
President Barack Obama won the 18-29-year-old vote 60-37. He lost the 65 and older vote 56-44.

Guess who will be around longer?


ROVE-Spent More Than $200 Million-RESULT: NO Winning Candidates

Amazing Fact of the Day

The Sunlight Foundation finds Karl Rove's American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS spent more than $200 million on the elections but backed no winning candidates.

Total spent campaign 2012: $104,710,427

1.29% of $103,559,672 spent in the general election and ending in the desired result.

Supported 0 winning candidates ; 0.00% of money went to supporting winning candidates.

Opposed 2 losing candidates; 1.29% of money went to opposing losing candidates.

Total spent campaign 2012: $70,710,008

14.40% of $70,710,008 spent in the general election and ending in the desired result.
Supported 0 winning candidates ; 0.00% of money went to supporting winning candidates.
Opposed 7 losing candidates; 14.40% of money went to opposing losing candidates.


Karl Rove: Obama Was ‘Lucky’ That Hurricane Sandy Hit

Source: Think Progress

Karl Rove: Obama Was ‘Lucky’ That Hurricane Sandy Hit
By Aviva Shen on Nov 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday, GOP fundraiser and former strategist Karl Rove claims that Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the eastern seaboard a week before Election Day, was “lucky” for President Obama in his successful bid for reelection. The op-ed was published just a day after Rove disputed Fox News’ call for Obama’s win in Ohio and the election, sending the network into confusion on live TV. Despite his initial refusal to accept Obama’s reelection, Rove writes today that Obama won because of fundraising, negative campaigning, and a convenient break from Hurricane Sandy:

The president was also lucky. This time, the October surprise was not a dirty trick but an act of God. Hurricane Sandy interrupted Mr. Romney’s momentum and allowed Mr. Obama to look presidential and bipartisan.

The GOP candidate himself also apparently blames the storm for his loss. Mitt Romney reportedly told donors at a Wednesday breakfast that Hurricane Sandy hurt his momentum. MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews also credited the storm with “possibilities for good politics,” though he later apologized.

Though Republicans believe the storm damaged Romney’s momentum, Sandy’s political impact may have had more to do with Obama’s rapid response to the storm, which 77 percent of Americans praised. Moreover, Romney’s alleged momentum was already slowing; his favorability ratings began gradually declining after his first debate against the president. In Sandy’s aftermath, Romney was widely criticized for an insensitive “storm relief” rally in Ohio, where his campaign staff staged donations and took photos of the candidate posing with canned goods.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/11/08/1162201/karl-rove-obama-was-lucky-that-hurricane-sandy-hit/

Hot Scoop: Even Mitt Couldn’t Stand Donald Trump

Hot Scoop: Even Mitt Couldn’t Stand Donald Trump
by Ben Jacobs
November 8th, 2012 | Pop Culture | Press & Politics | Reviews | Smartest Post

The first tell-all expose from the Romney campaign emerged yesterday. In it, McKay Coppins from Buzzfeed revealed that like most of America, Mitt Romney’s campaign finds Donald Trump irritating. According to Coppins:

Several of the campaign staffers in Boston had grown so sick of Trump’s demands that they refused to deal with him anymore.

The task of keeping him happy, then, fell mainly to campaign press secretary Andrea Saul, a natural schmoozer with a disarming Georgia accent and an inordinate tolerance for BS. Trump’s entourage called campaign headquarters constantly, eagerly passing along strategy ideas from their boss, and the calls were always patched through to Saul’s office. Her desk became littered with Trump aides’ business cards, and post-it notes reminding her to call them back. (Saul did not respond to BuzzFeed’s request for comment.)

The surprise of Coppins’ story is that this irritation didn’t erupt in the autumn, when Trump was loudly proclaiming his doubts about President Obama’s college records to anyone who would listen. This was before Trump even endorsed Romney at the beginning of February. By the general election, the situation, as Coppins described was:

But even after all the hassle, Romney was extremely reluctant to publicly cut ties with Trump. Some in the campaign worried it would draw unnecessary attention to an episode they’d rather be forgotten in the general election, while others thought Trump might turn his powers of provocation on Romney if they snubbed him — drawing the ire of that elusive “base.”

So Trump barreled along toward Election Day, ostensibly supporting Romney but ultimately unwilling to do what was necessary to get him elected (in this case, laying low and keeping his mouth shut). He used Romney’s candidacy as a vehicle to rail against the president he hated, and when he was feeling generous, he occasionally paid lip service to the Republican nominee.


KRUGMAN: A huge night for truth, justice, and the real American way.

November 7, 2012, 2:08 AM291 Comments
The Real Real America


Tomorrow — or I guess today — comes the cleanup; when thousands, perhaps millions, of right-wing heads explode, it makes quite a mess. Also, notice that the polls were right. I wonder if I can get invited when Nate Silver is sworn in as president?

OK, somewhat more seriously: one big thing that just happened was that the real America trumped the “real America”. And it’s also the election that lets us ask, finally, “Who cares what’s the matter with Kansas?”

For a long time, right-wingers — and some pundits — have peddled the notion that the “real America”, all that really counted, was the land of non-urban white people, to which both parties must abase themselves. Meanwhile, the actual electorate was getting racially and ethnically diverse, and increasingly tolerant too. The 2008 Obama coalition wasn’t a fluke; it was the country we are becoming.

And sure enough that more diverse and, if you ask me, better nation just won big.

Notice too that to the extent that social issues played in this election, they played in favor of Democrats. Gods, guns, and gays didn’t swing voters into supporting corporate interests; instead, human dignity for women swung votes the other way.

the rest:

"Rove has a lot of explaining to do …The billionaire donors I hear are livid"

"The billionaire donors I hear are livid," one Republican operative told The Huffington Post. "There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don't know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing."



Quote of the Day

"Rove spends more for Republican candidates than the NRSC and the NRCC. He's running things. Rove is definitely a problem."

-- GOP strategist Rick Tyler, quoted by BuzzFeed, on the power of Karl Rove in the Republican party.
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