Open Thread — November 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Fun links and Open Thread


This’ll never work…

I don’t generally do Open Threads because there is nothing lamer than an Open Thread with no comments. But, what the hell, I’m not afraid of lame. I embrace lame from time to time.

Here are a few links to get the conversation going:

  • Two different Republicans in two different states tried to test how easy it would be to commit voter fraud. Both are now in custody after they were arrested on charges of — you guessed it — voter fraud. It’s always Republicans, isn’t it? Whether it’s committing voter fraud or trying to enact laws to prevent this nearly non-existent (well, except for Republicans) crime, Republicans are the ones who are almost always involved.
  • Barack Obama is one of only four presidents to win 50% or more of the national popular vote twice. The other two are Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Reagan. I didn’t even realize ACORN existed back when Roosevelt was running for office.
  • In Ohio, Democrats got a majority of the popular vote. Despite this, thanks to gerrymandering by Republicans, Democrats hold only 4 out of 16 Congressional seats. We need a different system for redrawing Congressional districts every ten years, that much is clear.
  • Newt Gingrich, a man who gets to bloviate on television talk shows and news programs just about as much as he wants to, is “dumbfounded” that Mitt Romney lost, despite every reputable poll leading up to Election Day predicting it. Guess that means he’ll quit being asked onto Fox News, etc. Heh, heh. Just kidding.
  • Ann Coulter, poster child for people who say inflammatory things just to sell books, went to a debate on a college campus and proceeded to argue that women and students should not be allowed to vote. Her argument is that, if women and students hadn’t been allowed to vote, every Republican presidential candidate since 1950 (except Barry Goldwater) would have won. No. Seriously. That’s her argument.
  • In 59 of the voting divisions in Philadelphia, Mitt Romney got exactly zero votes. The tally in those 59 divisions was Obama 19,605, Romney zero. Ouch.
  • Grover Norquist the Irrelevant says that President Obama got elected because (a) he’s not Mitt Romney and (b) Mitt Romney is a “poopy head”. He actually used the phrase “poopy head” and, no, I’m not kidding.

Your turn. What are you reading and/or talking about?

  • Babs

    Not Ann Coulter, that’s for sure.

  • Didn’t know that about Obama being one of only four presidents to win over 50% twive. Interesting. (I’d probably be even more impressed if Reagan wasn’t one of them. . .)

    Both Ann Coulter’s and Grover Norquist’s remarks are even more astoundingly Kindergartenish than usual. I had to go and look at Coulter’s comment, just to be sure. Uh huh. Unbelievable.

    Over at dagblog, my second home, we have two posts that I found really interesting. The first one, from Articleman, shows that he bested Nate Silver in analyzing and forecasting the election results (He does, however, give credit to Silver for giving him something to start with.)

    The other one is from Michael Maiello, a liberal who writes for the Republican-leaning The Daily. He projects to 2016 to see how Obama’s second term turned out. Interesting reading:
    I like Open Threads, so in order to keep this one going I felt I had to comment. lol.

  • TeacherPatti

    The problem with Annie C and her ilk is that they think that *they* would still have special “rights” even if the rest of us girls lost our rights. I don’t think history bears that out, by the way, but no one ever said she had higher reasoning skills….

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Chris, I have most been focusing on all the uncounted ballots we still have in AZ after one week. We do not have the excuses of other states where people were in line for hours to vote. These were all early or provisional votes, many from minority precincts.

    People are very angry here but so far with every ballot counted it appears we are sending two more Dems to Congress plus there is still some small hope for our Senate race. They would like to grind us down but we will not be moved!

    Besides that I have been celebrating our good President’s win.


    As you can see I’m not a nice person or a gracious WINNER! ♥

    • Hah! Yes, I can see that : )

      Good luck with your recounts. We’re all pulling for you!

  • Scott Urbanowski

    “I didn’t even realize ACORN existed back when Roosevelt was running for office.” Oh, you betcha they did, Chris!

    See, FDR promised “A new deal for America and an oak tree in every yard.” So, to ensure that he would win, people registered their acorns to vote; those acorns did vote (for FDR, of course); and… voila!