Nate Silver, numbers man extraordinaire, is about to make a motza. If he hasn’t already. Predicting 50 out of 50 states is one better than he did in 2008 and a phenomenal job of accurate mathematics and unbiased fact-seeking.
I think the scariest thing in the lead-up to the US election for me was the incredible closeness the mainstream media kept predicting. I fell for it, I admit it. I let the MSM convince me that there actually were enough stupid, prejudiced, bigoted, outright crazy Americans voting for Mitt Romney to actually make the result doubtful.
I should have listened to Nate.
In the words of Rachel Maddow, Wednesday’s result was an out and out shellacking of Republican interests.
I’ve always said that opposition to President Obama was all about his skin colour. Clearly, the fact that a black man was sitting in the White House drove the far-right edges of American society absolutely bat-shit crazy. But they knew they couldn’t outright say that, so they came up with the Kenyan/Muslim/communist alternatives that they could at least say out loud on the radio.
One of the most irritating thing for me during the campaign was Mitt Romney’s total lack of respect for the President. He might as well have inserted the words ‘uppity nigger’ into every second sentence of his stump speech, because just his tone when talking about the highest office in the land made it clear that’s what he meant.
Everything about the hatred of President Obama on the right is about race. It’s that simple.
If it wasn’t then there’s no way any sane person could see Obamacare, for example, as anything but a compromise position that was biased more to Republican arguments than Democrat.
Socialised medicine, my arse.
I am very thankful that President Obama gets another term. Romney would have been the death of reproductive rights, gay rights, universal healthcare, an equitable taxation system, improved education, banking reform and economic recovery.
Unless, of course, Mr Romney was planning on taking one route to get himself elected and then swinging back to a moderate Republican position once he was President.
Didn’t work Mitt. You’re now a footnote at the bottom of history’s page. A bit like John McCain, only less cranky. And a lot richer.