Post Election Night Comments

Had a great time doing the liveblogging last night.  Thanks for stopping by checking-it-out.  It’s something I’d love to do again in the future.  Since we won’t have an election for another two years, perhaps I’ll liveblog during some sporting events in the future.  I’m still hoping we’ll have a hockey season!!!!

I’ll have more reaction to last night’s election night in the next few days, but here are some preliminary conclusions.

First, in the state of Michigan, 2012 proves just how unpredictable and independent we can be.  True, Michigan went blue again for the presidential and senatorial elections, but Michiganders said no to any changes in the Constitution.  I supported some of the ballot initiatives, like the collective bargaining proposal, but I completely understand why voters rejected it.

What did surprise me was that Michiganders rejected Governor Snyder’s emergency manager law.  While not a constitutional change, Snyder suffered a stinging defeat at the hands of the voters.  We elect people for a reason.  The notion that unelected individuals (being paid with tax payer dollars, mind you) can make decisions about your town without any oversight is wrong.  Democracy ain’t pretty, but it’s still democracy.  Something tells me Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison would’ve voted against an emergency manager, too.

I’ve been hearing conservatives rationalizing last night’s results that nothing has really changed.  Obama is still the president, the GOP still has control of the U.S. House and Democrats have a majority in the Senate.  I think the point of this rationalization is to argue that Obama has no mandate.  Maybe that’s true, but it’s hard to argue that the 2012 election wasn’t a movement election.

True, the GOP still has control of the House, but they LOST seats.

Democrats gained seats in the Senate in a year they were supposed to lose seats.

Gay marriage initiatives passed in a number of states, and two states passed marijuana legalization.

And, President Obama becomes the first president since Reagan to win over 50% of the vote in both elections.  In an electorate as evenly divided as we are, a two-to-there percent victory is considered a blowout.

Finally, the Obama campaign, and the Democratic Party, prepared for the changing demographics in this country.  Obama garnered over 70% of the Hispanic vote, and won a substantial percentage of the women’s vote.

With the white vote expected to shrink in 2016, one has to wonder how the GOP will appeal to the changing demographics.  I have a feeling you won’t be hearing about “self-deportation” and barbed-wired fences for the next few years.

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