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For U.S. Chamber of Commerce, election was a money-loser

Source: Washington Post

The day after an election in which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent millions of dollarsbacking losing Republican candidates, executives began the brutal process of assessing what went wrong at the nationís leading business organization.

The Chamber spent nearly $24 million to defeat several high-profile Democratic Senate candidates, including Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio, former governor Timothy M. Kaine in Virginia and Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. But out of 15 Senate races where the business organization put down money, only two went the Chamberís way.

The results were not much better in the House, where the Chamber poured more than $7 million into 22 races, according to the CRP. The Chamberís candidates picked up only four wins.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/for-chamber-of-commerce-election-was-a-money-loser/2012/11/07/ce32327c-2920-11e2-96b6-8e6a7524553f_story.html

Michael Gerson: "The 2012 Obama coalition is not a fluke; it is a force."

Michael Gerson:

The 2012 election was a substantial victory not only for President Obama but also for liberalism. Obama built his campaign on abortion rights and higher taxes for the wealthy. He was rewarded by an electorate that was younger, more pro-choice and more racially diverse than in 2008. The Obama coalition is not a fluke; it is a force.


David Frum on Morning Joe: Republicans have been exploited and lied to by Right Wing Media

David Frum on Morning Joe: Republicans have been exploited and lied to by Right Wing Media
by SomewhatEsoteric


Republicans have been fleeced, exploited and lied to by a conservative entertainment complex...there are too many to name. Because the followers, the donors and the activists are so mistaken about the nature of the problems the country faces...just a simple question, and I went to Tea Party rallies and asked this question, have taxes gone up or down in recent years? They can't answer this question.

He continues, "The people who put the cement shoes on Romney's feet are now blaming him for sinking."


Letís Not Make a Deal - By PAUL KRUGMAN

So what should he do? Just say no, and go over the cliff if necessary.

Itís worth pointing out that the fiscal cliff isnít really a cliff. Itís not like the debt-ceiling confrontation, where terrible things might well have happened right away if the deadline had been missed. This time, nothing very bad will happen to the economy if agreement isnít reached until a few weeks or even a few months into 2013. So thereís time to bargain.


Meanwhile, the president is in a far stronger position than in previous confrontations. I donít place much stock in talk of ďmandates,Ē but Mr. Obama did win re-election with a populist campaign, so he can plausibly claim that Republicans are defying the will of the American people. And he just won his big election and is, therefore, far better placed than before to weather any political blowback from economic troubles ó especially when it would be so obvious that these troubles were being deliberately inflicted by the G.O.P. in a last-ditch attempt to defend the privileges of the 1 percent.

Most of all, standing up to hostage-taking is the right thing to do for the health of Americaís political system.

So stand your ground, Mr. President, and donít give in to threats. No deal is better than a bad deal.


Cuban-Americans Move Left

Source: Wall Street Journal

Cuban-Americans Move Left


MIAMIóLike many Cuban-Americans here, Mark Blanco says he grew up in a strictly Republican family that revered Ronald Reagan and reliably voted for GOP candidates every election.

So he says his grandfather fumed when Mr. Blanco told him he was casting a ballot for President Barack Obama on Election Day. "He was very heated and red in the face," said Mr. Blanco, 33 years old. "He thinks Obama is a socialist."

The president captured 48% of the Cuban-American vote in Floridaóa record high for a Democrat, according to an exit poll by Bendixen & Amandi International, Mr. Obama's Hispanic polling ...

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324073504578107412795405272.html

Michael Steele: Say what you want about our spending while running the RNC-at least we won elections

Michael Steele@Steele_Michael
Say what you want about our spending while running the RNC, at least we won elections. THATíS what I call an ROI. dailycaller.com/2012/11/08/rncÖ


America: Elect! The action-packed journey to US election day in graphic novel form

HERE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2012/nov/06/america-elect-graphic-novel

Boehner, McConnell refuse to take President's election-night call: The first lesson of the 2nd term

From the New York Times:

After his speech, Mr. Obama tried to call both Mr. Boehner and the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, but was told they were asleep.



Tearful President Obama: "I'm Really Proud of All of You."

Tearful President Obama: "I'm Really Proud of All of You."

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