Election Day Wrap


Today on the Dish, Andrew and crew live-blogged the election returns from the Colbert studio. Initial blog reax here and Fox meltdown reax here. Andrew then absorbed Romney's concession speech, Obama's victory, and what another four years signifies about America. Earlier in the day, Andrew summarized his case for the president, highlighted Obama's closing argument, urged us here and here to hold pundits accountable, noted Romney's discomfort discussing his Mormonism, rejected cynical endorsements of Mitt, hoped for victories for marriage equality. We also reported the latest on how Sandy would affect turnout, asked readers to send us the view from their election, and, of course, prayed for resolution tonight.  A final look at the ad war here.

Meanwhile, Nate Silver's projections grew more favorable to Obama, Henry Entend provided a guide for the eight swing states, Nate Cohn described how the votes will come in, Buzzfeed created a decision tree for the candidates' paths to victory, Jeff Weintraub wondered if the Democrats have lost the white vote for good, Blumenthal warned us about the exit polls, Nathaniel Rich met undecided voters in Virginia, John Heilemann checked in on how the Obama camp saw the race and pondered the likelihood of a Bush v. Gore repeat, Ruy Teixeira credited the Hispanic vote for Obama's electoral advantage, Jeffrey Toobin walked us through the mechanics of an Ohio recount, and Walter Kirn dyspeptically analyzed the Ohio electorate.

Furthermore, Ezra Klein critiqued the case for supporting Romney in hopes of divided government, Sophie Quinton betted against a mandate emerging from the election results, Kerry Howley tracked the success of female candidates in New Hampshire, Jonathan Bernstein endorsed party-line voting, Chris Kirk mapped voter clout by state, John Nelson examined gerrymandered congressional districts, Frum criticized the American voting system, Jodi Enda revealed where the party designations red and blue came from, and the question of where campaign cash goes was answered.

In matters of marriage equality and marijuana, we revisited Charles Murray's change of heart on gay marriage and a reader wrote a heartfelt paean to love that no longer is undetectable, while Matt Baume and Jacob Sullum kept tabs on the polls relating to marriage and marijuana, respectively.

The Dish also considered how and why we vote. We provided a primer on the history or voting rights, Ilya Somin defended not voting, Brad Plumer charted the reasons registered voters give for not voting, Stephen Squibb put voting in perspective, Maria Bustillos asked an expert if we should be worried about electronic voting machines, Samuel Goldman advocated making election day a federal holiday, Derek Thompson applauded America's ubiquitous voting stickers, Adam Clark Estes dissected why online voting isn't feasible, and Megan McArdle proffered an explanation of why it can be illegal to photograph your ballot.

In other assorted coverage, Bibi took Israel even further to the right, Heilemann and Larison debated what might come next for Paul Ryan, and Monty Python made an election day appearance on funny religions. Hathos Alert here, Hewitt Award here, Yglesias Award here, MHB here, VFYW here, and the latest VFYW contest results, from Tehran, here.

– M.S.

(Photo: US President Barack Obama, accompanied by First Lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, appears on stage in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 2012. Obama swept to re-election Tuesday, forging history again by transcending a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment that haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney. By Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)