Some links for post-election reflections

the Obamas

  • A detailed anatomy of Obama’s presidential win at the BBC news site – breakdowns by gender, age, income, ethnicity, religion and empathy.
  • The GOP’s Rape Apologist Caucus Did Not Fare Well Tonight” – at The Atlantic Wire.
  • The Gay Election” by Richard Socarides at HuffingtonPost
    We won our first marriage equality ballot initiatives — in fact, we won all four of them (in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington). We elected our first openly gay or lesbian member of the U.S. Senate, a club historically restricted unlike any other in Washington. We added new openly gay members of the House of Representatives.
  • Passage of Prop 30 hailed by [California] educators” – at the L.A.Times
    “California’s community college system will restore thousands of classes, somewhat easing a huge backlog of students unable to complete their degrees. Cal State students can look forward to modest tuition refunds. And annual tuition spikes at the University of California are on hold for now. ”
  • Colorlines’ columnist Akiba Solomon on “Five Race and Gender Justice Lessons Learned from This MarathonElection Cycle
    “The truth is, reproductive health rights and access are inherently raced and transcend gender because they affect a disproportionate number of people (not just girls and women) of color….”
  • David Simon, “Barack Obama and the Death of Normal
    “…this may be the last election in which anyone but a fool tries to play — on a national level, at least — the cards of racial exclusion, of immigrant fear, of the patronization of women and hegemony over their bodies, of self-righteous discrimination against homosexuals….”
  • Bill O’Reilly (Fox News) laments the loss of white privilege.
    “It’s not a traditional America anymore.  And there are fifty percent of the voting public who want things….they want stuff….the white establishment is now the minority…”
  • A Census breakdown of who the voters are, and aren’t, by gender, age, education, and “hispanic origin.” Latina/os were significantly less likely to vote than white or black people (2010 data)

Rachel Maddow sums up the elections:

And President Obama thanks campaign workers

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