An announcement- I will now be doing my primary personal blogging over at Wordpress, at this link.
At some point I'll redirect this site to there, and eventually host it on SteveSilver.net.
Thank you all for reading during the Movable Type years.
This has unquestionably been the most entertaining week in the history of conservative talk radio. And the most illuminating.
I heard Mark Levin say on the radio last night that if we give illegal immigrants amnesty, eventually they'll get citizenship and the vote. In "Lincoln," one of the Confederate politicians makes the exact same argument about slaves.
Really, more like Quote of the Year, by Rachel Maddow:
“Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately President of the United States. Again. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math. And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And evolution is a thing! And Benghazi was an attack ON us, it was not a scandal BY us. And nobody is taking away anyone’s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as Communism.
Well, that's just about the most perfect Election Day that I can imagine. Barack Obama was decisively re-elected, winning every swing state except North Carolina (and possibly Florida). Obama won by enough that none of the "he stole the election" arguments will hold any water.
Same-sex marriage was on the ballot in four states, and won in all four, and I'm immensely proud that the state of my birth, Minnesota, became the first in the nation to vote to reject a constitutional marriage amendment.
All three Republican Senate candidates who said disgraceful things about rape went down to defeat. And the Tea Party was exposed for what it's always been: Republican extremism by another name, whose primary effect on politics has been the nomination of a parade of clowns going down to easy defeat.
The pollsters and pundits I trust were right and the ones I distrust were wrong. And the racists, the reactionaries and the idiots who have spent the past four years frothing at the mouth over Barack Obama being president were handed a decisive verdict: You're wrong, you're from the past, and the America you long for is gone and never, ever coming back.
Here's my Philly Post column about the election, one that was really four years in the making.
One more thought: Barack Obama was president when both of my sons were born. He's probably the first famous person my older son ever recognized on TV, and my younger son was with me in the voting booth. That Obama will be president for four more years, and will almost certainly be the first president my children remember, is something of which I'm immensely grateful.