November 18, 2012 |
We in the blue states hear from the talking heads on Fox News and MSNBC that many of you in the red states are so distressed about the outcome of the elections that you would like to secede from the Union. Now, it seems that at least six of you - Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina - have submitted enough signatures (25,000) on petitions to the White House website to merit a formal response, with more petitions on the way. We wish you the best of luck with this.
November 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama was quiet Wednesday, uttering no public words for the first time in many weeks. Instead he spent the day with staffers and family, making a leisurely trip back to the White House after celebrating his reelection with thousands of supporters Tuesday night in his hometown of Chicago. On his way out of town, the president paid a visit to the Obama for America headquarters, where volunteers and staff greeted him with a standing ovation and climbed on top of desks to see the man they helped keep in office.
November 8, 2012 |
For viewers with a taste for schadenfreude, Fox News was the only place to be on election night. From Karl Rove's refusal to believe the network's own projection that Mitt Romney had lost Ohio , to Bill O'Reilly's assertion that the “white establishment is now the minority,” to Sarah Palin's enormous new Joan Collins hairdo, there was a panicked and slightly unhinged quality to the evening's proceedings. Not surprisingly, Jon Stewart had a field day with the material on Wednesday's “Daily Show.” He was especially delighted by the fact that it was left to co-anchor Megyn Kelly to force Rove to face the music, via a long walk through the bowels of the Fox News offices and a meeting with their in-house nerds.
October 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Supporters who want to spend election night with President Obama can earn a ticket with a chore: two days of door-knocking to help turn out the vote in neighboring Wisconsin. Locking down Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes is an important part of Obama's path to victory, but it won't come easy. Both he and Republican Mitt Romney have their eyes on the state, home of Romney running mate Paul D. Ryan. But the tickets-for-chores scheme has worked for the Obama campaign before, putting more than 6,000 volunteers to work in the days before the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
November 15, 2012 |
It's a small matter, I know, compared with the historic issues now obsessing the commentariat, such as the fiscal cliff and how many mistresses and admirers David H. Petraeus could keep in the air simultaneously. But before we say goodbye to Campaign 2012, I would just like to point out that the entire drama of a close election, as played out in the media on election night, is basically fake. Like broadcasters presenting baseball games in the early days of radio, the television networks know who's going to win the game and more or less how it's going to play out, inning by inning.
November 8, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Right after the television networks projected that he had won reelection, the first thing President Obama did was thank supporters - not with a statement to the media or in an email, but in a tweet. "We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you," Obama messaged his nearly 23 million followers on Twitter. In fewer than 140 characters, Obama showed just how profoundly the digital revolution had transformed the 2012 presidential election.