What a fine end to a tough campaign. I think that oration may find its way into the history books.
Good night, everyone.
Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States of America.
“The test of perfecting our Union moves forward.”
“We are an American family and we rise or fall together, as one nation.”
“We have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.”
[Says we have to fix the voting system.
Praises Romney campaign workers.
Gets the crowd to cheer for Romney.
Says he looks forward to working with Romney.]
This is very, very good.
Big boost for Biden.
Effusive praise for the campaign team and volunteers. Is he going to try to keep the army together, as he should have done after the 2008 campaign? It could give him leverage in Congress, and maybe change the map for 2014.
Praise for politics: people around the world are fighting for the chance to argue about things that matter.
Debt, inequality, global warming in the same sentence.
Recognizing common goals won’t do the detailed work of compromise, but “that common bond is where we must begin.”
Like the last rally in Des Moines, this is the 2008 Obama back again. Hope he stays around.
“The role of citizens in our democracy does not end with your vote.”
“This country has more wealth than any nation but that’s not makes us rich.”
This is more like an inaugural address than it is like a victory speech.
It’s as if the end of his last campaign has liberated Obama.
Final riff on “the United States of America,” taking himself back to his keynote of 2004.
Salon has an astounding collection of sore-loser tweets.
Sample, from Neil Boortz:
WI? PA? That’s it folks. TV off. Moochers, trial lawyers, union goons — they win the day. Sorry, but that’s the pathetic truth.
NBC says Obama won women by 12 points, lost men by 7. Women vote more than men do, so that suggests a net margin of 2.5-3 points, just as Nate Silver called it. I confess to being a tad disappointed: the project of holding Romney to 47% seems out of reach. But I’m strong; I can deal with disappointment.
Romney finally appears.
Well, he’s smiling, and being reasonably gracious.
Giving more or less his victory speech.
He promises to pray for Obama: no offer to work with him.
Governor Loser is finally going to concede. He’s already phoned the President to congratulate him.
NBC says Dems leading Senate races in N.Dak., Montana, and Nevada. Amazing!
Could Mitt Romney possibly be more classless? Apparently even Fox News is hammering him.
Jerry Brown says he thinks Prop 30 is going to pass in California. But that’s a torniquet, not a transfusion.
Andrew Sullivan reports that gay marriage has carried in Maryland and Maine, after a long series of popular-vote losses. The arc of history …
Larry Sabato calls VA for Obama. Florida looks good, with Obama leading and nothing but a bunch of Miami-Dade left to count. CO called for Obama. Nevada looking good. So he keeps everything from 2008 but North Carolina, Indiana, and Missouri.
Matt O’Brien @obsoletedogma is on fire:
The McGovern coalition just called. It’s a majority now.
Jeff Flake wins the Arizona Senate race. Apparently his campaign was making robo-calls sending Democratic voters to the wrong polling places. It would be nice to have a new Attorney General who decided to make a Federal criminal case out of cheating people out of their votes.
Colorado and Washington marijuana legalization propositions passed. Oregon never had a real shot.
Slate has asked me for 800 well-chosen words on the topic, to appear tomorrow.
Romney flack officially denies that Ohio is out of reach, even after Fox News called it for Ohio.
That campaign is dying as it lived: in defiance of consensus reality.
Still delusional after all these years. NBC reports from Romney HQ that the crowd there is in denial about the Ohio outcome.
And will someone retire Ron Fournier? He belongs on Newsmax, not at the AP?
Not a sweep of contested Senate races. Kerrey went down in Nebraska.
First tweet from the re-elected President:
We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. -bo
The auto bailout did it.
Mercifully, NBC finally called Ohio, and the election for Obama.
If you gave of your time, if you gave of your money, be proud of yourself.
Greg Sargent: A lot of super PAC money just swirled down the drain.
Cutting through the network flannelmouth, looks as if Romney gets North Carolina and Virginia and Obama gets Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and Colorado.
Three toss-up Senate races left: Montana, Nevada, and Arizona.
Romney’s margins in Appalachian Ohio behind McCain’s margins there.
Tammy Duckworth kicking Joe Walsh’s butt. Not at all a good night for the House overall, but that’s a highly gratifying win.
Axelrod smiling, pointing out that his data beat Republican fantasies.
Axelrod also reporting that Obama’s share of the urban vote in Ohio is up while his share of the rural vote is down. But urban turnout is up, while rural turnout is down.
Missouri Senate called. Todd Akin also a rape victim. So far, every iffy Senate race has gone our way, with VA still open but looking good.
Will there be consequences for any of the fools and tools who predicted a Romney landslide?
No. Why do you ask?
Baldwin beats Thompson in WI. Good night so far for the Senate.
NBC gives Obama “leads” in Iowa and Nevada as soon as the polls close.
Medical marijuana – on a very loose system – carries in Massachusetts.
No word yet on Arkansas (also medical) or Colorado-Oregon-Washington (full legalization).
NH called for Obama. He might actually reassemble his 2008 map, minus Indiana, Missouri, and
(probably) North Carolina.
Weigel reports the big demographic story: huge black turnout in Ohio. Big Puerto Rican vote may put Florida in the Obama column.
That National Capitalist Christian White People’s Party strategy isn’t looking so good. Huckabee quoted as saying GOP needs to do better with people of color. Duhhhhh … really?
NBC calls the MA Senate race. Scott Brown got scalped.
NBC calls Indiana for Donnelly. Richard Mourdock got raped.
With 81% of the Florida vote in, the candidates are 631 votes apart.
People still in line to vote in four Democratic-leaning counties.
NBC calls Wisconsin for Obama.
Reality (or arbitrage) finally intrudes: Romney down to 10% on Intrade.
Here’s the whole campaign in a sentence. Romney told reporters he’d written a victory speech but no concession speech. Not sure whether that would be more appalling if trueor if false.
CBS calls PA for Obama. So much for that head-fake. Also reports that WI and OH are leaning to Obama. That would be the ball game.
Local TV just called the VA Fifth Congressional District for the Republican. Too bad. Retired Gen. John Douglass, the Dem candidate, is a class act.
VA still too close to call on the Presidential side, but Kaine’s vote is running about four points ahead of Obama’s. So Kaine seems fairly secure.
In parts of VA, where polls close at 7pm, the lines won’t clear until 11pm. A credit to the voters, but a disgrace to the state.
Nate Silver reports that Romney’s margin in Chesterfield County, VA is closer to McCain’s margin in 2008 than to Bush’s in 2004.
No call yet on NC. A good sign.
Ezra Klein points out the high partisan stakes tonight: the winning party gets to take credit for a strong recovery. Of course, that means the House Republicans have an even stronger incentive to try to tank it.
How hard would it be, when reporting partial results, to report the results the same precincts four years ago? Any VA pol looking at the VA results so far can probably tell you who won the state. But instead we get vague vaporing about “the rural vote” and “Fairfax County.” Bleh.
Here at UVa with a bunch of brilliant MPP students. I’ve made them promise to share their insights with me so I can share them with the RBC.
Just checked Betfair. Romney is now 15:2 (12% chance of winning). On Intrade, he’s still trading at 30%. Why is there never an arbitrageur around when you really need one?
Exit polls from Ohio show Obama keeping Romney’s margin among the white working class down to points. Auto bailout very popular, and those who support it voted Obama 75-25.
NBC just called CT for Chris Murphy.