What's Old is New Again: Your Election Recap
Game over, Muses. We got ourselves an old-is-new-again prez—Barack Obama. Let’s Skimm what went down, what made history, and what’s next. (And don’t forget to get your daily dose of theSkimm at theSkimm.com. Also Tweet us @theSkimm. And listen to us at Songza.)
President Obama will stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for another four years. Mitt Romney will not be moving.
OK, Did Obama Win it All?
Then Why Do We See So Much Red on the Map?
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you—there are a lot of Red states on that map. But those states didn’t have enough electoral votes to give Romney the much-needed 270 to win.
What Did the Boys Say?
Romney held it together. He thanked the two best choices he has made in his life: Paul Ryan and Ann Romney. He congratulated and prayed for President Obama and promised that although his fight is over, “our principles endure.” His campaign website live streamed Obama’s speech—a classy digital act.
President Obama made us swoon by saying he has never loved Michelle more; he thanked the Romney family and got revved up for action. It was a big speech for a big moment. And no, Bo is not getting a sibling.
Let’s All Take a Minute for Mitt
Oh, Mittens. He ran a good race and it was hard to see him leave it, whether you voted for him or not. He managed to energize the Republican base after a cray primary and made the president play D for less than stellar economic policies. He got people talking about changing things. And made some people reconsider their Hope & Change posters.
What About Paul?
He’s fine. Mr. Ryan thought ahead and made contingency plans. He will return to Congress in his previous life as a Wisconsin Rep. Don’t be surprised if this isn’t the last you hear of Paul and his rising star.
What Does Congress Look Like?
Democrats will stay the most popular group in the Senate. They picked up seats in Massachusetts, Maine, and Indiana, where Rep. Joe Donnelly beat now-nationally-known Republican Richard Mourdock. The House will stay Republican territory. House Speaker John Boehner hinted things will be tough on the Hill. Welcome back to Congress, Barry!
Was it Ladies’ Night?
Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay Senator, inspiring ladies and lady lovers everywhere. Former Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren defeated incumbent Republican Scott Brown, making her the first woman elected to rep Massachusetts in the Senate. And incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill showed Todd “legitimate rape” Akin that the Missouri electorate has a way of shutting his whole campaign down.
What Made History?
Maine and Maryland legalized gay marriage. And those weddings can be green if couples marry in Washington or Colorado—where recreational marijuana use was approved. College students and pot-head uncles everywhere celebrated.
Who is Nate Silver?
The New York Times’ hope and a prayer for revenue increases. The statistician and blogger scarily predicted nearly every election result. We’re officially inviting him to theSkimm’s inaugural Vegas retreat.
What Was Up With Diane Sawyer?
No clue, but Twitter thought she was a little off. theSkimms were kind of jealous.
I’m Glad This is Over, But I Had a Really Tough Day.
Join the club. Voting is tough. Hours-long lines, confusing instructions, and demands for your driver’s license made making your voice heard, hard. Luckily, despite all of the Election Day flaws, we got a result and it doesn’t look like a big lawsuit is in store for this election cycle.
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