HotAir Daily Express 11/07/2012

Well, at least election night was fun for Chinese microbloggers
11/7/2012 10:01:22 AM  Erika Johnsen
Fear not, friends — I bring you what I hope will be a small, cheering bit of perspective on this gloomy morning (it’s fittingly gray just outside of DC, anyway). If you were like me last night, in the immediate moment when you realized that

Obama’s reelection means that his will be a consequential presidency
11/7/2012 9:21:26 AM  Erika Johnsen
I’m still collecting my thoughts on what we saw happen last night, and probably will be for awhile yet — in the coming days, there will be tons of analysis and data-crunching and commentary that we’ll all be trying to decipher. But, in

The status-quo endorsement?
11/7/2012 8:41:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
In my previous post, I offered some thoughts about the wrong assumptions conservatives (like myself) made about the electorate and the lessons of 2008 and 2010. What message does 2012 give us?  Other than the fact of realignment, it’s almost

A few thoughts on the end of the campaign — and the beginning of a big challenge
11/7/2012 8:01:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
In the final couple of weeks of the presidential campaign, we had a big debate over the nature of the American electorate, played out through polling criticism on both sides of the political divide. This came down to fundamental assumptions about which

Video: Romney concession speech
11/7/2012 1:40:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
We heard it as we were going off the air on the Hugh Hewitt Show marathon — a classy end to a disappointing evening.   Mitt Romney graciously conceded defeat to Barack Obama in the presidential election after nearly two years of campaigning,

10 pm: Iowa, Nevada, & the West
11/6/2012 9:31:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
If you’ve gotten this far without either popping champagne corks or cerebral arteries, the toughest of the two major swing states are next up for us.  Iowa has been too close to call through a number of polls, but Nevada’s been leaning toward

9 pm: Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota Update: Denver Post calls CO for O
11/6/2012 8:32:58 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
According to Allahpundit’s electoral math made easy, we’ve got two deciders and two longshots. Colorado is undoubtedly the most likely to fall in Mitt Romney’s column. Republicans won early voting— a change from 2008 when the Obama

8 pm: Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire
11/6/2012 7:31:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
Of the eighteen states with polling stations closing within the 8 — 8:59 PM Eastern window, the three we’re concerned about, of course, are Florida (29), Pennsylvania (20), and New Hampshire (4). As Allahpundit summed up in his handy-dandy

7 p.m.: Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina
11/6/2012 6:16:55 PM  Allahpundit
Free advice, take it or leave it: Don’t start obsessing about Ohio until we have a better sense of what’s happening in Virginia. Everyone’s going to go crazy when the OH early voting totals are revealed sometime after 7:30, as

The War on Bacon
11/6/2012 6:01:47 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Kelly Maher of Revealing Politics and I are doing a little talk show for 30-45 minutes, here, at 6:15 p.m. every day. We named it The War on Bacon. We figure, since the government is after trans fats, big sodas, salt, and most other sinfully delicious

Bellwether travels: Will the rural vote help win Ohio for Mitt?
11/6/2012 5:41:18 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Bowling Green, a town of 30,000, was carved out of the mucky wetlands they call the Great Black Swamp— a remnant of an ancient glacier that made the shores of Lake Eerie one of the best places to get a wagon wheel stuck in the 1800s. A nearby oil

Reminder: We’ll be hitting the debt ceiling before the end of 2012
11/6/2012 5:01:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
The clock is ticking and the results are going to start trickling in soon, but I can’t just sit here twiddling my thumbs for another hour, so here’s a friendly last-minute reminder for you if you’re in the same boat. Regardless of

How we’re going to blog the election tonight; Update: Live coverage begins!
11/6/2012 4:21:04 PM  Allahpundit
There’s only so much order you can impose on the chaos created by a magnitude 10.0 newsquake but between the four of us we’re going to try. Here’s a quick and dirty guide to our plan so that you know what to expect tonight. The easiest

Dean: Obama can’t lose Ohio — unless it’s because of voter suppression, of course
11/6/2012 3:41:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
On MSNBC this morning, former governor of Vermont and DNC chairman Howard Dean affirmed his belief that, when it comes to Obama in Ohio, there’s simply no way the man could lose given the state of the [early] vote and the polls — which seems

Videos: Say, why is Joe Biden back in Ohio?
11/6/2012 3:01:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
Does David Axelrod check in with his own campaign?  When told of news that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would campaign in Ohio today rather than retire to hotel rooms for Election Day, Axelrod told a Colorado news station that it showed a lack of confidence

An election-day lesson in free-market economics
11/6/2012 2:21:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
It was a glorious, sky-blue day when I went to vote earlier today in Northern Virginia, and while there was a forty-ish-minute wait at my polling location, everyone was chatting and cheerful and there was a very good community vibe going on. Standing in

The Ed Morrissey Show, Live from Hugh Hewitt Studios!
11/6/2012 1:55:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 3 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss all of the latest election news live from the Hughniverse, joined by Duane Patterson! The

A note on exit polls before the deluge
11/6/2012 1:41:28 PM  Ed Morrissey
Election Day has arrived, and all of the seriousness and silliness that goes with it.  We’ll bring you updates during the day on the front page and in our Green Room, and later this evening we’ll have open threads for each time zone and poll

Election day: The journey, the turnaround, the moment
11/6/2012 1:06:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
I realize it may be a little late for things like this, but as we all anxiously (not that “anxiously” even begins to cover the range of my distraught emotions right now) await the results that will start rolling in and taking shape later in

When Hope and Change became Spite and Revenge
11/6/2012 12:31:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
Four years ago, this nation elected a candidate with no executive, military, or diplomatic experience — and only a half-term in the US Senate — as President of the United States.  Barack Obama ran as the candidate of “Hope and

Open thread: How was your voting experience?
11/6/2012 12:01:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’m currently in Southern California, and cast my absentee ballot before I left Minnesota. My voting experience was pretty pleasant; the only voting official was the First Mate, but she did insist that I clean my office as a prerequisite for

Video: The obligatory “what the heck is wrong with Philly” post
11/6/2012 11:21:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
I’m getting a lot of e-mail about a Fox and Friends video that looks like deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra might have said.  In 2008, two members of the New Black Panther Party showed up to a Philadelphia voting station with a nightstick and

Final Politico/GWU Battleground poll shows Romney up 15 with independents
11/6/2012 10:41:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Going into the final stretch of Election Day, we’ll see at least a couple of pollsters giving us their final look at the electorate.  Politico leads with its Battleground poll result showing a dead heat at 47% nationally,  with Barack Obama up six