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The Politics of Realignment

Jerome Karabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Barack Obama's victory could well be the third realigning election in the past century -- one that will be seen by historians as the beginning of an emerging Democratic majority.

A Shout-Out for My Neighbor, Hillary

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

On election night as we proudly watched our new president-elect we wondered what Hillary felt as she watched in her Dutch Colonial down the road.

Obama and Kennedy -- The Men and The Myths

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Given a long life and a little luck Barack Obama promises to be a much better president than the Jack Kennedy I can recall.

The Tears Were Real; Palin Was A Pawn

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Rotondi

Maybe I'm just a sucker, or perhaps some misplaced machismo makes me want to defend damsels in distress. but watching Sarah Palin tear up, I actually felt a twinge of sympathy.

Newsflash: More Than 60% See President-Elect Obama As "Liberal"

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

The liberal boogeyman card could not be played, no matter how hard they tried. Perceived fear of liberals is far outweighed by the disgust of the actual damage conservatives have wrought.

Going Back to Grant Park

Harris Wofford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harris Wofford

At Martin Luther King's funeral in Atlanta, Bob Kennedy asked me to campaign for him in the California primary, and I took leave from the new College at Old Westbury to do so.

Tears For Obama?

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

Barack Obama and his family are now preparing to move into the White House - which was built with slave labor. That's progress, isn't it?

Final Poll of Cable Television News Viewers-- Comparison to Actual Results

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

In the final vote, cable news viewers favored Obama by 11%, he won by 6%. The previous week, we had him ahead by 6%, and would've been dead on, but last week's numbers jumped.

Dear President-Elect Obama, Could We Please Have a Ministry of Culture like Every Other Country in the World?

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivian Norris

We need to invest in multi-dimensional human beings. We need to show that the country cares about culture.

Obama's Election is the "Triumph of Hope"

Linda Kulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Kulman

With Obama as our president-elect, the country is, in essence, about to enter into its 44th marriage.

Bob Novak Just Doesn't Get It

Brian Normoyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Normoyle

The President-Elect flipped eight Bush states to the blue column and managed to get two states to elect a Democrat for President for the first time in nearly half a century.


Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


How Our Role as Obama Supporters Should Change: Less Emotion, More Responsibility

Fernanda Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernanda Diaz

We should no longer be adoring fans who are pledging our votes, but instead, the electorate who will hold Obama accountable for the promises he has made and the high standard he has set for himself.

A Moment Which Will Last a Lifetime

Tom D'Antoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom D'Antoni

From 11 p.m., when I heard Olbermann announce that Obama had won, until the middle of the afternoon today, I have been speechless. Me! I get paid for words.

A Long Road to Walk

Whitney Leigh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Whitney Leigh

Here in California, we appear to have passed Proposition 8

10 Things Obama Can Do ASAP

Randi Rhodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Rhodes

President Elect Obama (smiling broadly) should do ten things as soon as possible: 2. Speak publicly about his regulatory intentions for banks and send a transition team to Treasury.

The Other Side of Paradise, Part 2

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Talking about the election, the Staff Sergeant said to me, "If there is anything I take away from this, it is that change is fearful."

Community Organizer of the World

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

Obama stands today as the president-elect of the United States because of his credential as a community organizer. What a delicious irony.


Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

As a man whose very humanity is a complex blend of national and racial identity, Obama has the look of a person who transcends the old categories we must now discard.

Election NYC

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Sawyers

Instead of long lines and/or a "dark side," I met a handful of people who were excited and hopeful about a change in administration and international perception of the United States.

Supposedly Safe GOP House Seat in CA Too Close To Call

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Despite voting with George W. Bush 94.4% of the time, this fall Calvert distributed mailers without a single mention that he belonged to the Republican party, proclaiming himself "An Independent."

Can We Please Have A Pro-Choice, Pro-Environment Secretary of State?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The new Secretary of State will deal with whatever replaces the Kyoto agreement. Hagel has a 9% 2008 rating from the League of Conservation Voters. Lugar scores 18%. Are they really the best people for the job?

Obama Takes His Outside Game to the Inside

Margaret Carlson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margaret Carlson

For a day at least, let's stop and celebrate the improbable assumption of the highest office in the land by this outsider with no birthright, no connections, no mentors.

Obama's Grammatically Incorrect Election Victory

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

The past tense of "Yes, we can" is not "Yes, we did" but "Yes, we could." But that just sounds weird. The correct phrase should be "Yes, we were able to," but that just sounds too clunky and verbose.

A Landslide Victory for Obama In Antarctica

Todd Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Todd Carmichael

The main reason I voted for Obama is because of the effects of climate change I've witnessed first-hand here in Antarctica.