Election Season Winners and Losers — National

Filed in National by on November 6, 2008

It’s been a day and a half since Obama and Biden won and it is still seems amazing that we won what feels like a revolution and just as amazing to see Republicans lose all of their legendary discipline and indulge not just in a circular firing squad, but to see the previously voiceless moderate wing start to speak up and take names. Everyone is doing this exercise, so we might as well:


  • Hillary Clinton — she fought hard and was largely a victim of her own campaign, but when it was all said and done she got her supporters on the Obama bus and she campaigned her heart out for Obama.
  • John McCain’s Concession Speech — I didn’t get to really see this Election Night, but watching it last night I wondered what happened to this guy?  This is the guy that everyone thought would be a formidable candidate in a bad R year.  But his speech was gracious and seemed sincere, and would be a decent place to start re-earning that honor he lost.
  • Community Organizing — which was essentially the entire Obama project, focused on building grassroots support for his campaign and for Democrats everywhere
  • Democratic Party and Howard Dean — Howard is the man.
  • Young People — who came out in huge numbers and showed the way for the direct-to-voters networking that bypassed both the media filter and local Dem leadership
  • US — after 8 long years, we have a President who will work at governing for the majority of us, not just those watching the play by play on Fox News
  • Fivethirtyeight.com THE MATH done right.


  • George Bush and the entire NeoConservative Project
  • Wingnut radio — they are the fringe now and everyone knows it.  They thought they ruled the R world.
  • PUMAs and the media enablers who loved them
  • Wingnut blogs who created nothing but an infrastructure for witch hunts
  • Ralph Nader. When Fox News starts schooling Nader, you know his time is up.

Who do you think are the Winners and Losers?  List them in your comments below. We’ll do a local version later…..


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  1. jason330 says:

    Winner: Early voting

  2. Unstable Isotope says:

    1. African American voters
    2. Hispanic voters
    3. The politics of hope & change
    4. Mitt Romney – perhaps?
    5. Obama’s campaign team – Plouffe and Axelrod

    1. Karl Rove – who would have thought after THE math, anyone would still listen to him but they did.
    2. William Kristol – handpicked VP candidate a real dud
    3. John McCain pre-concession speech
    4. The politics of fear & smear
    5. Sarah Palin – Sarah meet bus
    6. Joe the Plumber – I think it will ultimately be a net loss for him, we’ll see.
    7. McCain’s campaign team – Schmidt and Salter

    I’m still trying to decide who is the biggest fool of the election – William Kristol for picking Palin or John McCain for listening to him.

  3. jason330 says:

    Loser: Public Financing

  4. pandora says:

    Loser: Slash and burn politics. Karl Rove is done.

  5. pandora says:

    Just watched the video. Ralph Nader is the biggest loser. Yet another one who’s lost his honor and his legacy.

  6. jason330 says:

    R.I.P. Nader

    I liked him until he turned into a parody of himself.

  7. pandora says:

    Off topic, but too funny.

    Question from the Jed Report: “Why can’t Barack Obama close the deal? Muahahahaha.”

    Words cannot express how much I despised this stupid question. I plan on quoting Jed a lot!

  8. Unstable Isotope says:

    Keith O.
    Rachel Maddow

    Fox News
    Bill O.

  9. jason330 says:

    A bit of related good news…

    Michelle Malkin has taken up the cause of promoting Sarah Palin for 2012 and rounding up and lynching McCain staffer’s who disparage the Huntress of the North.

  10. What a dumb bitch she is.

  11. jason330 says:

    Following a link from Malkin we find this bit of hilarity.

    “Operation Leper”

    Ha! As if simply being a conservative does not, in itself, make one a leper.


    Losers: Sane Republicans

    Bigger Loser’s: Insane Republicans

  12. cassandra m says:

    Winners — New Media sites like Daily Kos, Open Left, Huffington Report who often provided the oft-left out context of the “objective media” news.

  13. anon says:

    Winner – YouTube

    Losers – right wing blogs (pushed the GOP even further right off the cliff)

    Winners – Liberal concern trolls who get to go on wingnut web sites and tell them they have to move to the left if they want to win.

  14. anon says:

    … or do we tell them they have to move to the right if they want to win – I never can remember. Either way they are screwed.

  15. cassandra_m says:

    I’m not sure if this counts as winning or losing — but The Onion has to be on the list for their prophetic satire 8 years ago Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’

  16. jason330 says:

    That Onion piece totally laid out the next 8 years with such precision that it is scary to read now.

  17. jason330 says:

    Winners – Liberal concern trolls who get to go on wingnut web sites and tell them they have to move to the left if they want to win.

    I think I just found my new hobby.