- Ole Miss students clash over Obama's reelection: In a heated exchange between supporters and opponents of President Obama that began at a freshman dorm at the University of Mississippi around midnight Tuesday, students engaged in a mini-riot that included racist epithets and "violent, politicized chants." Eventually the university police arrived to tell the crowd to disperse or be arrested. Some students claimed they were pepper-sprayed. No arrests or injuries were reported.
- Romney came in second in another contest, too:
The only presidential candidate to suffer a larger home state loss was the first-ever Republican nominee, John Frémont of California.Four Democrats and two Republicans has also lost their home states by double digits. Democrats: Alton Parker of New York in 1904; Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey in 1916; James Cox of Ohio in 1920; Adlai Stevenson of Illinois in 1956. Republicans: William Taft of Ohio in 1912; Herbert Hoover of Iowa in 1932. Progressive nominee Teddy Roosevelt of New York also lost by double digits in 1912.
Frémont received only 18.8 percent of the vote in California in 1856, good for a distant third place behind Democrat James Buchanan and third party candidate and former president Millard Fillmore.
- A determined voter you may have missed in Tuesday's hoopla: A Michigan voter stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating while he sat filling out a ballot. Alerted by the man's wife, a paramedic revived him. When he came to, he asked: "Did I vote?" His wife said that was the least of their concerns. He said his most important concerns were "That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote." He had.
- Conservatives vow to continue "war to save this nation."
- Gateway Pundit thinks the Nazi-Communists are in charge:
America was once the land of the free. Now we want to be told what to do. More government is good. We want stuff. On Tuesday America changed. But the fight is not over.
- Wrath of the math. The nerdiest election ever?
Everywhere you went, virtually or physically, the Obama and Romney campaigns followed you. Did you start noticing Romney ads popping up in your browser, even if you just went to his website briefly and had no intention of voting for him? That was because of browser tools the candidates used or built to harvest data. Campaigns and political strategy firms paid good money for your web usage data, filtered it through their predictions for associating your browser history with your political affiliation—NPR junkie? You lefty, you—filtered it again through publicly-available elections data and slipped in a candidate’s plea for $5.
- This is NOT hyperbole?
Tom Lea, a tall, suited Republican from Southern California, was standing near a table piled high with baked pretzels and mini-slices of cheese and mushroom pizza when the call was made. Lea was angry—at the voters who'd inexplicably handed President Obama a second term, at a Congress divided by gridlock, at the direction of the country as a whole.
"It doesn't get any more bleak than this," Lea told me. "This is not hyperbole: This country is done. The writing's on the wall. Dead."
- Karl Rove may have been the biggest loser but he won't have a hard time finding a job.
What went wrong? For Rove, just about everything. Throughout the entire campaign, the bitter division between the GOP establishment—Rove and his cronies—and the Tea Partiers severely limited his power. Rove’s inability to oust Missouri senatorial candidate Todd “illegitimate rape” Akin played a key role in allowing the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Mitt Romney’s attempts to straddle the two wings of the party reduced him to an etch-a-sketch candidate who did not have a clearly defined narrative. GOP efforts at voter suppression failed to subdue the growing Hispanic vote for the Democrats—a demographic time bomb that will only worsen for Republicans. And ultimately for Rove, running the party by remote control, playing pundit while he secretly pulled the strings, had its limits.
- Kagro in the Morning is back, with our first post-election show! Greg Dworkin joined us for the post-mortem on the "quants" versus the "guts." And we wrapped the show with a call from Steve Singiser, who brought us up to date on the Congressional races. In between, we got a little weedy on filibuster reform (which Sen. Reid is floating again), how it might work, what to look out for in the way of Republican mewling about it, and why it matters even if the House is staying Republican.
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