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Obama Wins

The Winners and Losers of Campaign '08

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Winners: The Davids - Axelrod and Plouffe: they spearheaded a near flawless campaign. Katie Couric: her multi-part interview with Sarah Palin was the turning point in how the country saw Palin -- and by extension John McCain. And she did it in a way that left no room for accusations of being unfair or playing "Gotcha!" Michelle Obama: smarts, grace, style, charm, and a serious "good mommy" vibe -- she's got the whole package. Losers: Joe Lieberman: failed to deliver Democrats, independents, or Jews. And on the way to losing his committee chairmanships. Liddy Dole: her "Godless" ad will be taught in What Not To Do poli sci classes for a century. Joe the Plumber: the clock just hit 15 minutes, and the wakeup call will not be pleasant.

Barack Obama and the World's Highest Hopes

Bill Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Cusack

I feel as if America just took a shower. This country has never felt so clean and fresh and reinvigorated.

Whoops: NONE of Top Campaign Bloggers at Newspapers Predicted Obama Win

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Just for fun, one year ago this week, my magazine E&P decided to have some fun and ask top campaign bloggers at the leading newspapers to forecast what was likely to happen in 2008.

Congratulations From a Conservative

Douglas MacKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas MacKinnon

While it may anger some of my fellow conservatives, I want President-elect Obama to succeed. More than that, I need him to succeed. Rhetoric is easy but results are hard and often fleeting.

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.

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?

Barack Obama and My Kids

Julie Menin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Menin

Without first acquiring a track record of reaching across the aisle, one of the greatest opportunities to create a modern "New Deal" to help Americans across the country will be lost.

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.

What We Won on Election Day

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Obama ran a campaign of high integrity, focusing on issues that really mattered, showing he could lead the whole country forward -- not pandering, but speaking to our higher selves.

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.

Bringing the Stories Together

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

In the euphoria the Election night victory, I watched our Wesleyan students celebrating the victory of a man whom they had embraced and in whom they had invested their hopes.

Yes Business Can

Howard Schultz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Schultz

In tough times like these, many believe that investments in people and training can wait; that corporate social responsibility can be put on the back burner. I believe passionately that this is precisely what American business leaders should not be doing today.

Kennedy, King and Now Obama

Peter J Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter J Burns

At Grant Park Obama reminded us of both Martin Luther King, Jr., and John F. Kennedy. I saw Dr. King's Dream come true on that stage. And Kennedy's vision was apparent in Obama's challenge to us. Kennedy and King never promised us a hand out. They promised us a fair shake.

Israelis Unsure What Obama Means For Their Destiny

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karin Kloosterman

Maybe Obama will be good for the slumping US and world economy, but most Israelis are suspicious about his lack of experience.

Letters to President Obama from Fourth Graders in Harlem

Lauren Rubinfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lauren Rubinfeld

Dear President Obama, My name is Shareef and I am writing to you to say congratulations on being the first black President. Your wife must be very proud of you.

Meet the New Christian Right

Bruce Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

Despite talks of its death following the election, within the last two decades the American Christian right has vectored outwards to become a truly global mass membership movement.

Praise God?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Obama's election does not wipe out the vicious racism of centuries, and Prop 8 shows that there is still work to be done confronting the discrimination of Gay and Lesbian people.

Why Some Americans Don't Have Reason to Celebrate

Shaun Jacob Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shaun Jacob Halper

Sorry to be the buzz-kill at the liberal victory-party, but this election has been a historic nightmare for millions of gay Americans.

Dealing with Racism in the Age of Obama

Howard Winant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Winant

Obama's win hardly puts an end to this system of racism, but it's still momentous, because it shows us a way forward, a way to reduce if not eliminate racial injustice and inequality.

Getting to Work

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Bonifer

Throughout the campaign, this idea of getting down to work told us what kind of person we'd be getting as President.

On Obama, Race and the End of the Southern Strategy

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Following the Iowa caucuses, I came away believing then, as I do now, that Obama's powerful voice that emerged that night had the potential to have a profound impact on America.

Tears For Country

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

On Monday afternoon a day before the election, after placing Obama-Biden signs on doors in Northeast Philadelphia for nine hours, I sat down on a stranger's stoop, by myself, and cried.

How to Come Down From Euphoria

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

President-Elect Obama is clearly a very smart guy and a very good politician. Unlike the last Dem with those credentials, he's also exceedingly disciplined. Those qualities will come up against a couple of very major problems.

McCain, Palin, And Supporters React (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Anya Strzemien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Of course, not everyone was happy about Tuesday night's outcome. As election results rolled in and McCain conceded in Phoenix and Obama gave his victo...