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6:20 PM ET, November 7, 2012

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Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption  —  Dark thoughts on the meaning of a catastrophic election.  —  GAHANNA, Ohio — Late Tuesday night, the pundits on TV began jabbering incomprehensibly along the lines of, “What does it mean?”  —  The American people — or, at the very least …
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BuzzFeed:
Welcome To Liberal America  —  Barack Obama, gay marriage, weed, and a new focus on climate change.  This is the country, and the Republican Party has to adapt.  —  Image by John Gress / Reuters  —  President Barack Obama's sweeping victory in the 2012 election, his party's wide win in the Senate …
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Christie: Romney 'didn't get enough votes'  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a strong backer of Mitt Romney's presidential bid who raised eyebrows praising President Barack Obama's disaster response after Superstorm Sandy hit his state, said Wednesday he was “extraordinarily disappointed” …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Meaning of Yesterday's Defeat
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Conservative Media Lost to the MSM and Failed the Rank and File  —  Nate Silver was right.  His ideological antagonists were wrong.  And that's just the beginning of the right's self-created information disadvantage.  —  Before rank-and-file conservatives ask, “What went wrong?” …
New York Times:
Divided U.S. Gives Obama More Time  —  Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as a divided nation voted to give him more time.
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Yes, Obama Won a Mandate
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A big night for Democrats and liberals
Bloomberg:
Nate Silver-Led Statistics Men Crush Pundits in Election  —  Nate Silver was right.  The Gallup Poll was wrong.  —  Silver, the computer expert who gave Obama a 90 percent chance of winning re-election, predicted on his blog, FiveThirtyEight (for the number of seats in the Electoral College) …
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
I was wrong-where it counted … The results are in and I was wrong …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Obama's demographic edge
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOP's ability to filibuster bills.  —  Speaking in the wake of Tuesday's election, which boosted Senate Democrats' numbers slightly …
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Associated Press:
Puerto Rico Statehood Vote Wins Largest Share And Governor Luis Fortuno Concedes Defeat … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Latino Politics, Luis Fortuño, Puerto Rico Governor, Puerto Rico Status Vote, Hispanic Heritage, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Election Results 2012, Puerto Rico Statehood …
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BBC:
Puerto Rico wants to become the 51st state of the US
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Puerto Ricans favor statehood for first time
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Why Mitt Romney Lost: A Simple, Overriding Theory  —  If last night proved anything, it's that no serious political party in America can win an election by suppressing votes.  —  Philip Andrews/Reuters  —  Mitt Romney lost because he was too conservative.  Mitt Romney lost because he wasn't conservative enough.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Boehner opens door to ‘new revenue,’ to halt debt  —  Video: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) addressed the fiscal cliff and the national debt after President Obama's reelection.  Boehner said Republicans are willing to accept new revenue.  —  Republicans are “willing to accept new revenue” …
Kyle Leighton / Talking Points Memo:
Fordham Study: Public Policy Polling Deemed Most Accurate National Pollster In 2012  —  Fordham University has published a ranking of the most accurate pollsters of the 2012 in terms of national trends, and (both) top spots were held by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, the North Carolina-based firm.
Dick / DickMorris.com:
Why I Was Wrong  —  I've got egg on my face.  I predicted a Romney landslide and, instead, we ended up with an Obama squeaker.  —  The key reason for my bum prediction is that I mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012 to “normal” levels.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Hippies Wander Into the Lions' Den, Maul Lions  —  Let us review:  — The United States of America — a country where only eight years ago, opposition to the right of gay and lesbian couples to form and protect their families, under the color of law, was a winning national election strategy …
Discussion: CNN
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Inside the Secret World of Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win  —  “The cave” at President Obama's Election headquarters in Chicago  —  In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who had powered Barack Obama's campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49.
Erik Wasson / Ballot Box:
Conservatives lambast Romney, vow to take over Republican Party  —  Conservative leaders on Wednesday lashed out at Mitt Romney, saying his attempts to paint himself as a moderate and hide his principles cost him the presidency.  —  They vowed to wage a war to put the Tea Party in charge …
Discussion: CNN
Kevin Robillard / Reuters:
Rep. Allen West's race still undecided  —  Florida Rep. Allen West's bid for reelection remained too close to call on Wednesday, as the tea party Republican trailed his Democratic opponent by fewer than 3,000 votes.  —  Patrick Murphy has 160,328 votes, or 50.4 percent, to West's 157,782 votes …
BuzzFeed:
The Sasha And Malia Obama Aging Timeline  —  Watch them grow up before your eyes.  —  August 2004.  —  Source: Getty Images  —  November 2004.  —  Source: Getty Images  —  November 2004.  —  Source: Getty Images  —  January 2005.  —  Source: Getty Images  —  View Entire List ›
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mary Matalin / National Review:
Mendacity and Malice Won  —  What happened?  A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform.  Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future …
Discussion: Spectator
The Atlantic Wire:
The Sad Faces of Fox News on Election Night  —  The early election returns and exit polls had little good news for Mitt Romney, and you could see it on the Fox News election team's faces.  The reporters and pundits were not uniformly dejected, with Megyn Kelly sounding mostly like a regular reporter …
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Colorado and Washington Have Legalized Marijuana.  What Now?  —  As Mike Riggs noted earlier tonight, voters have approved marijuana legalization measures in Colorado and Washington—an unprecedented change that could help lead our country away from the unjust, cruel …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Don't Lose Heart  —  America, don't lose heart.  This election is not an “Obama mandate,” nor is it a rejection of conservatism.  Unanswered ads like this one running in blue collar swing states defined Romney early on, and the Obama media also piled on with the narrative that Romney would harm the middle class.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
‘Unskewed’ Pollster: ‘Nate Silver Was Right, And I Was Wrong’  —  Dean Chambers, the man who garnered praise from the right and notoriety on the left for his “Unskewed Polling” site, admitted today that his method was flawed.  —  “Nate Silver was right, and I was wrong,” Chambers said in a phone interview.
Wall Street Journal:
Hope Over Experience  —  A divided country gives Obama a second chance.  —  President Obama won one of the narrower re-elections in modern times Tuesday, eking out a second term with a fraction of his 7.3% margin of 2008, in a polarized country with the opposition GOP retaining and still dominating the House.
JeeYeon Park / CNBC:
Stocks Plunge 2% After Election, Dow Skids 300  —  Stocks took a sharp nosedive in a post-election selloff Wednesday, with the Dow logging its biggest decline in nearly a year, prompted by concerns over the looming “fiscal cliff” and amid renewed worries over Europe's weak economy.
Discussion: CNN
Paul Krugman:
The Real Real America  —  So, for a while there during the campaign it seemed very iffy.  But in the end, discipline and being on the right side of the issues prevailed.  Yes, Elizabeth Warren won!  —  Oh, and that guy Obama too.  —  Tomorrow — or I guess today — comes the cleanup …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Boston, stunned Romney supporters struggle to explain defeat  —  More Photos Related Videos Popular in Politics  —  BOSTON — About an hour after Mitt Romney delivered his brief, graceful concession speech at the Boston Convention Center, a group of his top aides — Beth Myers …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
'Now I'm Going to Offer You a Hamburger'  —  I'm traveling overseas, so posting will be light, but a few quick things:  —  1) I want to play poker with Sheldon Adelson.  —  2) The Atlantic has excellent post-election coverage.  You should read it all.  —  3) I asked Ron Brownstein via Twitter …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Fox News:
Fox News exit poll summary: Obama's key groups made the difference … An examination of the exit polls sheds light on how a president facing unemployment near 8 percent, debt topping $16 trillion and mounting questions over the Libya terror attack was able to win a second term in office.
 
 
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David Gelernter / National Review:
Time's Up  —  We've seen an important (though far from decisive) …
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