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I woke up this morning, as I always do, to the 6:00 am news squib from NPR News that is played on the classical music station here in Washington, DC.  I normally have a hard time focusing on the first news (I'm not much of a morning person, and even less so after staying up past 1:00 am last night), but one of the first things said by the newscaster caught my attention, and not in a good way.

The NPR commentator said (and I paraphrase):

"The result of the election is that Nothing's changed.

Are you flippin' kidding me?

Everything has changed.

Nothing's changed when this President, demagoged beyond all repair as some sort of hateful "Other," managed to prevail?

Nothing's changed when we re-elect our first African-American president in a country still deeply charged with more-overt-than-ever racism?

Nothing's changed when the corrosive effects of millions and millions of dollars of dark money couldn't buy this election?

Nothing's changed when the palpable demographic shift in this country demonstrates that pandering exclusively to a white majority (of which at least some measure of the Republican half is xenophobic) will not get you elected on a national basis?

Nothing's changed when the Democratic Party, against all odds, not only held their Senate Majority, but most likely increased it (and definitely traded up in terms of better, more Progressive, Senators)?

Nothing's changed when the Tea Party cost the Republicans at least two Senate seats, and perhaps the Presidency iteself?

Nothing's changed when the country started to say "enough is enough" in the war on women?

Nothing's changed when the Republican message of marital hate and exclusivity was repudiated by state electorates?

"Nothing's changed" has to be the most facile, flacid excuse for political commentary out there this morning.  Sure, I'm well aware that President Obama will still have to deal with a Republican House of Representatives who will do everything in its power to deny him any legislative victories.  I'm also aware that there is still an obstructionist minority in the US Senate, who will abuse the filibuster more in the President's second term than in the first.

But, "nothing's changed?"  Like this election didn't even matter?  Like no message was sent by the American people, that they don't accept the snake oil that the Republicans are selling?  Like the historic reelection of Barack Obama was just a big nothing?

Please.  Everything has changed.

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  •  You need learn to open your mind (1+ / 0-)
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    FischFry
    Nothing's changed when we re-elect our first African-American president in a country still deeply charged with more-overt-than-ever racism?
    Nothing's changed when the palpable demographic shift in this country demonstrates that pandering exclusively to a white, xeonphobic majority will not get you elected on a national basis?
    I'm just estimating here, but 40+ million white people voted for Obama last night.

    You assuming that right wingers speak for white people is as bigoted as the attitudes you profess to hate.

    Don't get in the habit of alienating people, because you mistake them for your strawmen.

    •  Wrong (3+ / 0-)
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      cfk, Batya the Toon, luckylizard

      You are incorrectly assuming that I am suggesting that "right wingers speak for white people."  I am not suggesting that at all.  I'm saying that it is my belief that racism is still alive and well in this country.  I'd also go on to say that the vast majority of racists do in fact vote Republican, and voted against the President.  I'd venture to say that's a demonstrable fact, not my opinion.

      As for my second point, the Republicans themselves have openly stated that they need "more angry white men" in order to get elected (see e.g. Lindsey Graham).  There are dozens of articles that talk about how Romney's strategy was to get a historic percentage of the white vote.  And, there are charts (including a good one on the front page of Daily Kos right now) that show that Romney did best among white voters.  I don't think it is bigoted to say that Romney and the Republicans' core constituency is white.

      Also, not that it really matters, but just to be clear, I'm one of the 40+ million white people, and one of the minority percentage of white males in this country, who proudly voted to reelect President Obama.  So yes, I'm well aware that there are plenty of white people who support the President, and I wasn't trying to suggest anything different.

    •  Read it again. (0+ / 0-)

      "pandering exclusively to a white, xeonphobic [sic] majority" / "speaking for all white people".

  •  My main concern is that.... (1+ / 0-)
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    liveatleeds

    We saw little change in the House. Everything you stated in your post is spot on, but the House stays the same. That dumb-fuck Bohner is still the Speaker and all those other tea bagging pricks are still there.

    Just think, with a super majority in Congress, it wouldn't matter who's in the W.H.

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:47:42 AM PST

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