BasharOfTheAges wrote:The funny part ends up being, Obama now has the popular vote too, so all the bitching over it was for naught. All the people claiming Romney had it did so before counting CA... the state with the most people voting by a huge margin and the one that's heavily (D).
That's what the 'Two hours later...' part was.
It really is all about making up your own little world and getting pissed when reality comes a-knockin. It was never really as close as all the news reports made it seem. That was just a naritive to get out the vote and keep people glued to their TVs. And i'm pretty damn impressed at how many people showed up.
On the 'own little world' bent, the ghost won't subside so easily. Red-baiting and neo-McCarthyist whinging is now getting into full swing, I'm sure (more than it already was, anyway). I've already seen some of it on another forum I frequent.
I mourn more for the misuse of the word Progressive in these diatribes, though. Not just because it's treating it as being a bad thing, but because they get the actual definition of Progressivism so horrifically wrong. Center-left isn't socialist, and with the current trends it's barely Progressive beyond a couple of notable Congressmen (besides the part where Socialism and Progressivism are distinctly different ideologies anyway). Worse yet, they still seem to agree that Europe knows firsthand what socialism is, but conveniently ignore the part where Europeans laugh whenever right-wingers try to claim the Democrats are socialist.
Not to mention the part where this largely just reaffirmed the status quo - it wasn't a tremendous shift in power: a couple seats in the Senate went Democratic, and Obama won the popular vote by an ~700,000 point margin (and the electoral college handily), but the House is still in Republican control. So unless the Republican commentators on CNN were right and the Right fractures so badly it prevents itself
from gaining ground by slipping further into the extremes and suppressing its moderates, we're in pretty much the same position we were in the day before the election.