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November 07, 2012

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Becky

Love you guys! Political Science? Really? That just warms my heart as a PoliSci major myself. ;-)
P.s. I' m tired and headachy too but (most) everyone I talked to today at work is thrilled- ha!

Jocelyn

Sounds like you earned today's headache with good, old-fashioned fun and family/friends joining together in the amazing modern community that is social media (+ face-to-face).

I'm so glad that young woman realized that her body and rights to it take precedence over any previous allegiances. Her thoughtful vote casting is exactly why the Republicans need to be very, very afraid.

suburbancorrespondent

I'm really tired of the Far Right thinking that they own religion and patriotism and family values. We need to take that back.

Smalltown Me

A liberal atheist pro-choice feminist democrat signing in here. Also married almost 30 years, with strong family values, and living the golden rule.

marty

Election 2012 made my whole YEAR! And this liberal, agnostic, pro-choice democrat is proud to have raised 2 wonderful sons with my husband of 43 years, both of whom cherish their families and are generous, loving and caring members of society.
Oh, and I love, love, love the pictures from election night of the two crowds--the beautiful diversity of the people for Pres Obama and the universally white crowd attending Gov Romney's fete. That should be a wake-up call to the GOP to re-think their place in the 21st century.

Brightside-Susan

I am with you and Suburban Correspondent said it perfectly.

Karen (formerly kcinnova)

There is no doubt the Republican party needs to wake up or become obsolete. Marginalizing people is no way to treat others or lead our country.
This politically moderate (no party affiliation) Christian votes her conscience.

Green Girl in Wisconsin

My husband was surrounded by angry people yesterday, too. Which was weird, since all my people were really happy.
The writing is on the wall for the GOP, but their main players seem in DEEP denial, which won't help them in the long haul.
It runs deeper than reproductive rights here, it's also about the environment, foreign policy, fair tax burdens and access to health care.

Abby

Who says all the "seniors" vote Republican? There were lots of high-fives here at my retirement building. Methinks the Republicans need to come into the twentieth century--the twenty-first would be better, but the twentieth will do. Women no longer vote the way their husbands tell us to!

Hear us roar!!

Maggie

As the apparent token Republican reading this blog I will say yesterday was a day of great sorrow for me. As a woman I too am greatly troubled by the Republican's alienation of women and wish for change on these issues. However I am more troubled by the redistribution of wealth,the highest sales tax in the country, new higher property taxes and a truly frighting mayor.

Most of all I hope those of you celebrating will accept that this was by no means a mandate,there isn't a massive change in thinking going on. Literally half the country voted the other way. We need to govern with this reality in mind and not go forward pushing one agenda when the country is clearly so divided.

lanes

Love it! I am also still exhausted, because I am on the East Coast and stayed up for the whole speech.

magpie

Love.

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if you don't even think she's capable of making decisions about her own body.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen

Can we also please talk about all the women, Republican and Democratic, who were elected to office on Tuesday? We are 50%+ of the country and wholly under represented in Congress. It's a good start but we have a long way to go.

Aunt Snow

My 85 year old mother, who's been a Republican all her life, confided in me that she voted a straight Democratic ticket this year.

It IS about the women's issues. And it's not as many Republicans think, we want to get "free" contraception. It's that we understand that our preventive reproductive health care should be just as valued and important to health care policy as male reproductive health care. It's also that we want to be the ones who decide what happens to our bodies - some of us may indeed feel that a child of rape is a gift from God, but that's OUR call to make. I may choose not to use contraception if I believe it's wrong. But I'll fight for my co-workers's right to decide to use it herself, instead of letting the Boss decide.


And the fact that the Republicans held women in such contempt, called us sluts when we wanted to have our own agency over our bodies and felt that we were not to be trusted with our own decisions, when Mitt Romney promised us his employment policy for us would make it easier for us to provide the services he thought we should be providing - THAT's what turned women away from Republicans.

Korinthia

The pendulum will swing again so I'm enjoying this moment while it lasts! Nice post.

Navhelowife

It was interesting to me to read the numbers about it. I don't live in a swing state...I live in a state described as "too small to be a republic, too big to be an insane asylum" so I'm surrounded by people who hold opposite views on many things form me...but the numbers are interesting. A democratic candidate has won the popular vote in the last few elections - even when Bush won that one time, he actually lost the popular vote.
And statistically, it was a larger margin than when Bush actually won the popular vote. So, really, a good many people thought that keeping the current President was a good idea. Now, it is up to ALL of our elected officials, dem, rep, ind, and otherwise, to (paraphrasing the President) worry more about OUR well being and jobs than their own.
If the Republicans want to win, they have got to stop listening to the far right, and acknowledge that America is a nation that includes all kinds of people - and if you are elected, you are to serve ALL of them. Not saying Dems are perfect...but they don't seem so intent on alienating so many other groups. Oh, and they need to remember that whole church state thing - when you don't have that separation, it's bad for the gov't and bad for the church. For people who advocate smaller gov't, they sure want that gov't to be all up in my business an awful lot.
And the Jon Stewart show after the election? HYSTERICAL.

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