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I don't wish to rain on anyone's parade, especially now since we have so much to cheer about, bur let's look a couple of assumptions that seem to have become gospel throughout the web-o-sphere. Disclaimer: I am a Latino man of color. There are many reasons why Romney screwed the pooch, not the least of which was surrounding himself with a bunch of lying liars, people who have such a cynical view of the American electorate that they truly believe that any claptrap emanating from their candidate is going to be bought whole cloth by the public.

 For a number of people who receive the major part of their information from them Fox News and their counterparts on the AM radio dial, this holds true, since it has been shown that those folks are the lowest information voters perhaps on the planet.

On the left, their is much celebration at the near record turnout of Latino, African-American, Asian and women that showed up at the polls and took advantage of early and absentee voting. The ability to vote early  and far from one's precinct, no doubt added to the cushion that President Obama and his campaign needed to win this thing.

 Big money made its' presence known throughout the election season, and we should be thankful that we dodged a bullet in the presidential and senate races, but its presence was felt in many of the state and local races.While we can be proud that the first openly gay woman was elected to the U.S. Senate, and New Hampshire has the only Democratic Governor who is a women.

 We can hoot and holler about the turnout of the non-traditional voter, or paraphrasing O'Reilly on his show, the non-white, non old white guy vote, but we must not be lulled by this fact. The right-wing shriek machine is already spinning their ass-kicking; Rove is quoted on Fox, that Obama won because he somehow suppressed by pointing out the flaws in his candidate. All that set aside, I believe that the singular reason that the President won this time around is the same reason he won the first time, and that reason is the message.

 The people are changing, their brothers, sisters, and their friends are gay, so they view homophobia as directly attacking the people they love and care for. Their friends are Dreamers, with whom they have shared their classrooms, an attack on them is an attack on their friends. Some of their very good friends are non-white, and they see attacks on them as attacks on their friends and lovers. And finally, they too may have had to collect unemployment, been on food stamps, are upside down on their mortgages, and are working two, sometimes three jobs to put food on the table.

 They also realized that with a Republican Administration, the health care maze would be that much harder to navigate. So, yes, the turnout by the so-called non-traditional voter may have been outstanding, it was the message that made that turnout possible. It behooves the Democratic Party to realize that not only must they continue to register new voters and get voters out to vote, it is too important a point to is the Message, that affected the the election this time around. Now we must turn that message into a reality, not only on the Federal level, but at the state and local levels where big money has the largest influence

 There are thirty Republican Governors going into 2013, the largest number ever, they are in a position to apply brakes to any progressive gains made in this election, that is the next front.

 So let's get ready for the next round...!

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    An undecided voter is one who is too involved chasing unicorns and ignores the starving realities that abound among us...

    by rpinero on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:29:31 PM PST

  •  Thom Hartmann agrees 100% w/you (3+ / 0-)
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    dickensgirl, a gilas girl, zett

    I also agree with you.

    The message and the values revealed by that message, was the most important thing.

    It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. ~~Joseph Stalin

    by SeaTurtle on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:58:13 PM PST

  •  Not only 30 Governors (0+ / 0-)

    We needed to gain 25 in the House to have a majority, we got 4...?

    Between gerrymandered districts and American Cross Roads the GOP defended their House Majority with some ease.

    Heres an example, North Carolina has 13 house seats, 9 GOP, 4 Dem. Dems got 51% of the vote.

    AS this diary points out, not all is bright and shiny.


    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:08:03 PM PST

  •  Community Spotlight this diary (0+ / 0-)

    That's my opinion.

  •  OH WOE!!! Let it rest for a week, can't you? (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats are not happy until they have found the one thing that off in the distance will make them miserable. What you say is probably true but why now? What is the freaking point? Do you really think people are going to leap up and start working for governors races tomorrow?

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:07:27 PM PST

    •  At the end of any battle, it is foolish to not (1+ / 0-)
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      to take stock and review what worked, what didn't work, and the lessons derived from that review. The right wing is doing just that; and it is beyond hubris to not do the same. I repeat, the state and local elections are where we need to focus our energies. Big money can subvert local and state elections with greater ease than those at the Federal level. This is the time to start working towards winning 2014...

      An undecided voter is one who is too involved chasing unicorns and ignores the starving realities that abound among us...

      by rpinero on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:03:14 PM PST

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  •  Hate Radio can spin this all they want. (0+ / 0-)

    They're just preaching to a shrinking white choir.  They're on the wrong side of history, working in the wrong century.  Let them rant.  They are powerless.

    •  I believe that is the very reason why we lost 2010 (1+ / 0-)
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      Don't thing for a minute that we have the reach that right-wing radio has; don't get lost in the victory "bubble."

      An undecided voter is one who is too involved chasing unicorns and ignores the starving realities that abound among us...

      by rpinero on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:07:21 PM PST

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      •  If this election proved anything (0+ / 0-)

        it proved that Hate Radio's audience is shrinking right along with the TeaPublicon party.  Let them rant.  They spent four years 24/7 nonstop hating on Obama and the Libruls and all they got for all that effort and all that money tossed against Obama was a turd blossom.  Pay them no mind.  They are powerless.  And so is their audience.  That was and is the lesson of 2012.  And Rush knows it.  When some wingnut asshat hits you with their total lack of knowledge about much of anything hit them back with, "sorry, man, but you're on the wrong side of history, living in the wrong century.  When you want to play in this one let me know."  Otherwise, SYFPH.  Pay them no mind.  They don't deserve any.  2012 wasn't and isn't 2010.  And, if Obama and the Dems had stood up to these Teabagger asshats in 2010 we'd still have the majority!  Would never have lost it.
        I told the 'bagger asshats on my local yokel webboard here in NY-21 that once voters got a whiff of what the 'baggers were shoveling after their 2010 Blowout that voters would reject them in droves in 2012.
        We did.
        And, we would have regained The House if not for gerrymandering the districts!
        All we need to do is stand up to these asshats.  Simple as that.  Pay them no bleeping mind.  They don't deserve any.  Hate Radio is all they got, and that's disappearing right before their eyes.  That's right, Rush!  You're toast, too.

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