Posts filed under ‘2012 Election’
We’re all familiar with the standard old red and blue election map, like this one from the 2012 presidential election:
Of course all states don’t have the same number of people in them so it’s kind of misleading not to differentiate between say, Wyoming — population 582,658 — and New York state — population 19,651,127. The map tells us that one voted Republican and one voted Democratic but that’s about it.
I like this kind of map much better — it’s based on population:
And here’s what the map would look like if both population and party votes were incorporated into one:
You’d never know from the map at the top, for example, that in 2012 there were a whole bunch of Democratic votes in the Arkansas/Louisiana/Georgia area of the country.
Remember that we’ve-got-to-reinvent-ourselves post-12012 election evaluation GOP Chairman Reince Priebus was screaming about early last year?
“The way we communicate our principles isn’t resonating widely enough,” he said. “Focus groups described our party as ‘narrow-minded,’ ‘out of touch,’ and ‘stuffy old men.’ The perception that we’re the party of the rich continues to grow.”
The party will make a concerted effort to elevate more women, Priebus said. He suggested that some “biologically stupid” remarks by Republican candidates turned off women voters. Female surrogates should be elevated, the report says, and women must be promoted within the RNC and included in messaging discussions ” to represent some of the unique concerns that female voters may have.”
And remember how the party ignored that report?
Well, it might be payback time, at least in Georgia:
Democrat Michelle Nunn has a sizeable lead over Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, a new poll found, thanks in large part to a huge gender gap.
Nunn has 47 percent in the new WSB-TV Channel 2/Landmark Communications poll, while Perdue has 40 percent. The big reason: The gender gap.
“There’s a widening or stagnant gender gap. Mr. Perdue does not seem to be moving or closing his number,” said Channel 2 analyst Bill Crane in a story posted on the WSB site. “He’s about 20 points behind Michelle Nunn in females.
Sorry, I know it’s tacky but I can’t help it: Hahahahahahahah!
The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.
Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure. But it dismayed environmentalists and people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism.
The cannons create noise pollution in waters shared by whales, dolphins and turtles, sending sound waves many times louder than a jet engine reverberating through the deep every ten seconds for weeks at a time. Arguing that endangered species could be harmed was the environmental groups’ best hope for extending a decades-old ban against drilling off the U.S. Atlantic coast.
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management acknowledged that thousands of sea creatures will be harmed even as it approved opening the outer continental shelf from Delaware to Florida to exploration.
We’ve all heard it: Unions donate as much money to political campaigns as wealthy donors like the Koch brothers. The Kochs donate to Republicans and unions donate to Democrats so it all works out in the end, right?
No, because that’s not true:
A larger version of this graph and more here.
This spate of retirements (and who knows how many more there are to come in the next, well, hours) goes to show that Democrats have completely given up on retaking the House in this election or any election in the near future. And that’s perfectly rational, because they’re not going to!
In 2012, Democrats won a handsome victory of all votes cast for House members, on the tails of a reelected Democrat president, and still only managed to pick up a handful of seats—nowhere near what they needed to regain the majority. In 2014, by comparison, Democrats are expected to suck. And Republicans have drawn the map in their favor.
For Democrats to regain a majority, they basically need a good state-level election in a Census year by which they can redraw the map to something a little more in their favor…
But surely powerful figures in the minority can “get things done,” even little things, by working with the majority, right? Ha no. The most “action” that House Democrats have seen since they’ve been in the majority has been in helping to bail out John Boehner on things like debt ceiling hikes or funding agreements. There’s really no point to being even a veteran in the House minority at all anymore if there’s no chairmanship on the horizon. House Republicans will not bring up any bill of yours, because why would they? They’re trending more conservative, and House Democrats, at least rhetorically, are trending more liberal. Even if you’re a powerful member of the House minority, like [Jim] Moran [D-VA – 12 terms] or [George] Miller [D-CA – 20 terms], the best you can do is sit quietly during a hearing as a ranking member while the clown chairman berates some mid-level bureaucrat about creeping communism.
One of the images that is seared in my brain is that of President-elect Barack Obama walking up the stairs of conservative columnist George Will’s Georgetown D.C. brownstone in January, 2009 — after he was elected president but before he was sworn in — “to dine with a host of right-wing luminaries.”
At the time I thought wow, this is not good. Obama won by a huge margin but the first group he courted were wingers? He didn’t meet with those who made his win happen?
Fast forward to 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Obama and his White House staff continued to freak the f**k out about what Republicans wouldl think or say about them and voila, we have the mess that is the Obamacare rollout.
Obama and his BFFs weren’t puffed up and proud about what they were doing; confident that it was right and good. They were cowed and intimidated and scared about what Republicans would think or say: HealthCare.gov: How Political Fear Was Pitted Against Technical Needs.
Just think: One man’s insecurities can change the direction of a country (or a world for that matter). What we needed in Obama, imho, was a strong man who called out the Republicans as the paper tigers that they are, but no. He doesn’t have it in him.
One of the most dangerous things happening in the United States today is the right’s willingness to disavow facts and to make up their own, as in this quote from Newt Gingrich in this article published today at CNN.com: Republicans: Don’t Cave on Shutdown:
The left has sold itself on a false history of the 2012 election. According to the left, Obama won the election…
Wow. And I mean WOW. Really? Is the right questioning the election results now?
The president nationally won 65.9 million votes — or 51.1 percent — against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who took 60.9 million votes and 47.2 percent of the total cast, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
So Democrats supposedly stole or altered five million votes?
Newt is recklessly trying to stoke his base but again, this is so dangerous. What it makes for is nobody trusting anybody or anyone or anything, facts, processes and institutions be damned.
In the long run, chaos will result.