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  1. macavitykitsune
    macavitykitsune December 18, 2012 at 11:09 am |

    FUCK YEAH INTERNET. That is all.

    (And word to pretty much everything you said!)

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  3. rain
    rain December 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm |

    I loved reading this post. Thank you, Echo Zen.

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  5. karak
    karak December 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm |

    I read a fascinating theory that the GOP deliberately allowed a bunch of ass-clowns to run in the races and shoot off their mouths. The “real” Conservatives, the ones who really care about fiscal policy and the like, knew the likelihood of winning this election was low, and they wanted their people winning seats in 2 years and 4 years, when the presidential office is really up for grabs.

    All the ridiculous characters for the presidential election, all the terrible quotes–they were leaving some people they couldn’t get rid of out to twist in the wind so they could really push an actually palatable agenda in a good year. They were also testing the waters to see if they really could win on birth control and the like, and since they were pretty emphatically told “NO”, the real party is going to back off on that.

    I think 2016 is going to be a hell of an election, and with any luck this election cycle had really tolled the death knell for the power of tea party. I could be all wrong, but I still hope.

    1. rain
      rain December 19, 2012 at 11:07 am |

      The “real” Conservatives, the ones who really care about fiscal policy and the like . . .

      The funny thing is, the bit about Conservatives / Republicans being good fiscal managers is a myth.

    2. Past my expiration date
      Past my expiration date December 19, 2012 at 11:42 am |

      I read a fascinating theory that the GOP deliberately allowed a bunch of ass-clowns to run in the races and shoot off their mouths. The “real” Conservatives, the ones who really care about fiscal policy and the like, knew the likelihood of winning this election was low, and they wanted their people winning seats in 2 years and 4 years, when the presidential office is really up for grabs.

      Gee, I bet all of those Republican super PACS are wishing that the behind-the-scenes “‘real’ Conservative” puppet-masters had let them in on the secret before they spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the election. Romney doesn’t seem to have been let in on the secret either.

      OR MAYBE THAT’S JUST WHAT THEY WANT US TO THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
    The Kittehs' Unpaid Help December 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm |

    Brilliant post. Cheers and high fives from Oz! I was so relieved by that election result.

  7. FYouMudFlaps
    FYouMudFlaps December 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm |

    Good stuff, and am still buzzed over 2012′s results, but thought this post would never end.

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  9. Foxy
    Foxy December 19, 2012 at 5:55 am |

    Unbelievable post.The only reason obama won was due to change in demographics.If hispanic population remained same as that in 2000 romney would have won on a land slide

    1. EG
      EG December 19, 2012 at 11:30 am |

      Yes, yes. If only the world was exactly the way it was 12 years ago, things would be different. But it’s not, is it?

      1. macavitykitsune
        macavitykitsune December 19, 2012 at 11:32 am |

        I know, right?

        Foxy really is a professional sad-haver.

        1. Foxy
          Foxy December 20, 2012 at 8:09 am |

          For some reason you have been posting negative remarks about me since day one

        2. EG
          EG December 20, 2012 at 9:47 am |

          Let me clear that up for you. It’s because you’re very annoying: you have only one thing to say and you keep on repeating it as though nobody has heard it before.

          Oh, OK. Two things to say.

    2. Caperton
      Caperton December 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | *

      Yeah, how much does it suck that all those brown people’s votes were counted, right? Just because they’re, like, citizens with as much right to a voice in the governing of our country as any others, or whatever. I hate it when a group of citizens is outvoted by a different group of equally valid citizens.

      1. Foxy
        Foxy December 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm |

        Why such an angry response.Isnt there good reason for republicans to worry about hispanic immigration

        1. macavitykitsune
          macavitykitsune December 19, 2012 at 11:46 pm |

          Yes. Clearly the LATINOS ARE MUTATING! AND THEY’RE HEATING UP THE PLANET!!!!

          I love Dara O’Briain so much…

        2. EG
          EG December 20, 2012 at 9:48 am |

          That’s not anger. That’s eye-rolling.

  10. Jurupa
    Jurupa December 19, 2012 at 6:25 am |

    Women gain, men lost, health care wise that is.

    1. macavitykitsune
      macavitykitsune December 19, 2012 at 11:14 am |

      Oh for fuck’s sake. Equality isn’t a loss. Get your head out of your ass.

    2. hellkell
      hellkell December 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm |

      Are you fucking kidding me? Citation needed for this assdata.

    3. Aoife
      Aoife December 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm |

      Men lost.. what exactly?

  11. Angie unduplicated
    Angie unduplicated December 19, 2012 at 7:49 am |

    Echo Zen, that is one beautiful post.
    I love the fact that women knocked the huge funding of the Mormon and Catholic Churches out of the ballpark. What part of “Contraception prevents abortions” do the wingnuts find incomprehensile?
    The Philippines just passed a contraceptive bill which had the well-funded opposition of the Catholics. The irony is that one-third of Philippine pregnancies end in abortions, mostly illegal and dangerous. I suspect that, like the old Southern coalition of Baptists and bootleggers which kept counties from alcohol sales, the abortionists and the church leaders may have a similar under-the-table agreement which funnels donations to the church as hush money.

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  13. DSJ
    DSJ December 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm |

    Obama could make this perfect by having at least one woman in one of the top four cabinet positions (Secretary of State, Defense, Treasury, Chief of Staff) as he did in his first term.

  14. Stella
    Stella December 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm |

    Were the polls really that divided along gender lines?

    1. Foxy
      Foxy December 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm |

      No not really.55% women voted for obama.53% of men voted for romney

      1. tomek
        tomek December 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm |

        this is such like, the head, i have success, the underside, you have failure.

        1. Donna L
          Donna L December 20, 2012 at 9:52 am |

          There’s such an expression in Polish? In English, it’s usually phrased as “heads I win, tails you lose.”

        2. tomek
          tomek December 20, 2012 at 11:08 am |

          we have it not as expression like in english. but if you are flip coin, you can trick child and say it. it is like how foxy compare number of woman who vote obama with number of men who vote romney, so difference seem small. should compare instead number of woman who vote obama with number of men who vote obama. (or both with romney).

      2. Radiant Sophia
        Radiant Sophia December 20, 2012 at 9:53 am |

        Foxy is just really upset that women get to vote at all.

        1. Past my expiration date
          Past my expiration date December 20, 2012 at 9:59 am |

          Yes, the only reason Obama won was due to the changes in voting laws. If the voting laws had remained the same as in 1916, Romney would have won on a land slide.

        2. Foxy
          Foxy December 20, 2012 at 11:24 am |

          Are you serious.Dont misrepresent me

        3. Briznecko
          Briznecko December 20, 2012 at 11:47 am |

          Don’t forget brown people too. They give Foxy a sadface :(

      3. EG
        EG December 20, 2012 at 9:59 am |

        Divided enough for Obama to win.

      4. Esti
        Esti December 21, 2012 at 9:58 am |

        The 2012 election had the largest gender gap in history. Which is measured by looking at the difference in the number of women who voted for each candidate and the difference in the number of men who voted for each candidate. Your approach — comparing the number of women won by one candidate with the number of men won by the other — doesn’t make any sense.

  15. Foxy
    Foxy December 20, 2012 at 11:31 am |

    You dont get it.Republicans know that if they lose texas,its almost impossible to win the election.They are gonna fight hard to restrict immigration from mexico

    1. EG
      EG December 20, 2012 at 11:40 am |

      Republicans opposed to immigration from Mexico, you say? Shocking. I have never before known any such thing. Alert the media.

    2. Briznecko
      Briznecko December 20, 2012 at 11:49 am |

      In other shocking news, water is wet.

  16. Egalitarian
    Egalitarian December 20, 2012 at 11:54 am |

    It’s great that insurance companies are now required to cover a tubal ligation without a deductible or copay, but shouldn’t the same be true for vasectomies? Men who want vasectomies have to pay their deductible/copay (I know this because I might want to get a vasectomy, so I looked into my insurance policy). That doesn’t sound like equal treatment to me.

    1. EG
      EG December 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm |

      Yes, it should be the same for vasectomies. I suggest that men organize and agitate around this issue.

    2. Foxy
      Foxy December 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm |

      Why should insurance companies be forced.The interference of government raises costs and hurts every one

      1. EG
        EG December 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm |

        Why shouldn’t they be forced?

        The interference of government raises costs and hurts every one

        Except for everywhere that national healthcare has been implemented, of course.

      2. shfree
        shfree December 21, 2012 at 12:39 am |

        Yeah, because insurance companies aren’t known for arbitrarily raising rates or abruptly changing the terms of coverage. *eyeroll* If nothing else, I see your government interference as consistent coverage–you know what it pays for, and what it does not. It won’t depend on the whims and fancy of a profit-based institution.

  17. Nico
    Nico December 24, 2012 at 11:38 am |

    As a reproductive rights voter I felt visceral relief election night when early word came that Obama had won, falling back and fully breathing for the first time in months (during which I did GOTV work for OFA.) Still, maybe I’m just a glass half-full type, but I do not see the election results in nearly as victorious a light as Echo Zen. It was a good night, for sure, but also a lucky night, not as close as some predicted, but still closer than it should have been, especially given the alarming treatment of repro rights during the Republican primary season.

    Social media made a huge difference in getting out word and amping up outrage at just how far to the right the enemies of reproductive rights were — and still are — prepared to take this country. But we also just got lucky by the right so dramatically overplaying its hand.

    The unprecedented number of bills introduced post-2010 to restrict access to reproductive healthcare is not only a measure of the right’s determination to “shut that whole thing down” (to repurpose Todd Akin’s telling phrase), it also indicates the right’s reading of the social and political climate with respect to reproductive rights, modern sexuality, and female sexuality in particular. Such a reading, or misreading, can only happen in light of a failure of repro rights advocacy, and feminism generally, to prepare the ground on which such opportunistic battles are fought.

    That a “war on women” of such ferocity was launched in the first place, with a shock and awe that felt like a sneak attack, is as much a commentary on the disarray and political ineffectiveness of American feminism over the last decades as it is a sign of the determination of reproductive Luddites to undo the last century of women’s progress.

    As I see it, while we managed to escape catastrophe on election day, the situation was and is still too close for comfort. And I’m less interested in celebrating a narrow and still tenuous victory than in figuring out how to make attacks on basic reproductive rights and justice as politically toxic as attacks on, for example, gun rights. Or tax loopholes.

    The real scandal of the “war on women” is not that it was waged, but why — despite November’s lucky results — it’s been as successful as it has been.

    It’s good that the Democratic party got brave (desperate?) enough to include repro rights language in its platform. Now, how do we establish reproductive rights the “third rail” of American politics?

  18. born in east LA
    born in east LA December 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

    nico, i too feel like its dangerous to get too comfortable about our victory this election cycle—it felt truly surreal to hear the retro garbage spewed by the right—it was like the 80′s all over again, only worse, because this time around they seemed much more credible and threatening

    i was darkly amused by the statement that female patients directly affected by reproductive policies arent qualified to speak because they dont have the proper credentials—the proper credentials being a cock and balls, right?

    in conclusion– i’ll say that we can breathe easier for a minute, but the fight aint over

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