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November 07, 2012 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Have a strange hunger for food I can’t eat sitting in front of a computer screen. Guess it’ll have to wait. Here’s what I’ve got from the rich menu of mid-day news fare:

* Montana Senate race called for Jon Tester, which means not one Democratic incumbent Senator lost yesterday. If Heidi Heitkamp survives a recount in North Dakota, Dems will have a 55-45 margin in the Senate. You could have made a lot of money betting on that proposition a year ago.

* Crowd of Ole Miss students gather to drink, shout racial epithets, and burn Obama/Biden poster. Old times there are not forgotten.

* Per The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, video of Bibi Netanyahu congratulating U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro on Obama win a classic of awkwardness.

* Michael Barone offers the rare conservative “I was wrong about election” statement that doesn’t make excuses and does pay attention to the data.

* Daily Mail’s Toby Harnden tosses first shovel of dirt on political grave of Mitt Romney.

And in non-political news:

* It’s “National Stress Awareness Day.” Perfect timing.

Back shortly with more post-election news and analysis.

UPDATE: Rick Berg concedes to Heidi Heitkamp, apparently declining to pursue recount. That means that yes-indeedy, Dems netted two Senate seats, and will hold (with the two incumbents voting with their Caucus) a 55-45 margin in the chamber.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • boatboy_srq on November 07, 2012 2:16 PM:

    Rick Berg concedes to Heidi Heitkamp, apparently declining to pursue recount. That means that yes-indeedy, Dems netted two Senate seats

    Say goodbye to the Permanent Republican Majority™.

    Now, if we can just retake the House...

  • c u n d gulag on November 07, 2012 2:19 PM:

    Hey, did anyone check their local polling places today to see if that Republican wave finally arrived?

    They always were a tad S-L-O-W…

  • msnthrop on November 07, 2012 2:21 PM:

    I attribute this success in the Senate in part to Obama's first debate performance...I still think he played a bait and switch there with the goal of shifting the big GOP money guys backs to spending on Romney, rather than shifting their money to the down ballot races as they were in the process of doing at that time

  • T2 on November 07, 2012 2:25 PM:

    this whole election looks like a major ass-kicking for the Dems, doesn't it. Of course the Media's reaction is to tell Obama that since he's just kicked the GOP's ass, he needs to try and help them achieve their agenda.....the agenda that America just thumped.
    The Media....jokers all.

    Another take away: America is pretty badly racially divided, isn't it.

    Final thought: Pundits are now saying that in order for the Party of White People to become a force again in national politics, it must appeal to Hispanics. Note to Pundits: ain't gonna happen. And thats the reason this was a do or die election for Republicans/Conservatives..the reason they pumped billions into it and made the decision that Truth was incidental to winning. But they lost anyway. By a bunch.

    Final thought #2 - safe to say we've seen the last of Mitt Romney.

  • C.S. on November 07, 2012 2:28 PM:

    I dunno --- Barone's piece pays attention to data, but he still defends his prediction (Romney 315 electoral votes) as "reasonable," and basically reiterates the "nobody knows anything" line. I don't think he learned anything.

  • Anonymous on November 07, 2012 2:49 PM:

    What's with the Ole Miss protest? College students spontaneously gather after huge political event to vent their feelings, get shut down by cops, with apologies from the administration?

    What if it had been pro-Obama? Should it have been shut down?

    A little free expression on campus, if you please.

    (BTW, I'm a very happy Obama supporter)

  • RaflW on November 07, 2012 2:50 PM:

    Just read Barone. I appreciate the (repeated) "I was wrong"s.

    But he and so many other conservatives toss out demographics as if they are passive in the face of this change. I call B.S.

    As Jennifer Rubin says today about us gays and our wantin' to marry, the ship is sailing. Its up to the GOP to figure out if they want to get on board.

    So I find the demographics excuse lame. They lost women, people of color, gays and other not-white-straight-males because they lost them over policy, plank & tone.

    So spare me the 'mechanics and demographics' Mr Barone.

  • TCinLA on November 07, 2012 2:50 PM:

    Crowd of Ole Miss students gather to drink, shout racial epithets, and burn Obama/Biden poster. Old times there are not forgotten.

    The South fails to rise again (again). Proof we let them off entirely too easily 150 years ago.

  • Anonymous on November 07, 2012 2:55 PM:

    @T2 Pundits are now saying that in order for the Party of White People to become a force again in national politics, it must appeal to Hispanics.

    I note that in most of the cases that this gets said, virtually no one says they need to appeal to African Americans.

    Now, maybe that's because black Americans are just so damn skeptical of Republicans that it's a lost cause. Maybe.

    But I still find it curious that the GOP wants to peel off just one minority, perhaps the one they feel is the least 'othery' to add to their tent? Hmm?

  • R on November 07, 2012 3:48 PM:

    @Anonymous: I agree with you on the free speech thing -- a crowd protesting shouldn't get shut down unless there is actual physical danger to someone (possibly including drunken people setting stuff on fire). However, free speech doesn't mean no one gets to criticize what you say. If the administration finds the protestors' racial epithets offensive and embarrassing, then it should say so.

  • adjacent on November 07, 2012 3:51 PM:

    About hispanics. I would think that if you want to attract us, a first good step would be try not to kick us out every time you can,or demand us to abandon our original language to start considering us humans.

  • T2 on November 07, 2012 4:01 PM:

    @Anonymous....I get your point and all minorities should included by Republicans...but they won't, any more than Hispanics will. But the reason "Hispanic" votes are targeted is because they will soon be a much larger voting block than other minorities and if they continue to go Dem by 70%.......that's the race. But as long as the GOP Immigration policy is "shoot first ask for ID later", they'll stay Dem.

  • Pete on November 07, 2012 4:22 PM:

    Barone: "Americans like to think well of their presidents (and Obama’s approval ratings rose, slightly, over the fall) and many, perhaps most, Americans believe it would be a bad thing for Americans to be seen as rejecting the first black president."

    Is there any empirical support for his claim that people were afraid to vote against Obama because he's black and it would look bad? Or is that just another claim he pulled out of his a**? No wonder he missed the mark so badly.

  • BJ on November 07, 2012 5:13 PM:

    Michael Barone's column, mentioned above, is one of the worst pieces of tripe I've had the misfortune to read in a long time: Obama won because "most Americans" don't want to be seen as rejecting their first Black president, and likewise, "most Americans" disapprove of his policies. Sheesh.

  • Doug on November 07, 2012 7:12 PM:

    As a white, retired, gay, male veteran I most certainly did NOT vote for President Obama because he was black!
    I DID vote for President Obama because he is an intelligent, thoughtful, representative of what is best about the Democratic Party and this country and because he can be pragamtic without losing sight of what he wants to accomplish. He could be Kelly green and I'd STILL vote for him.
    Not sure if he had antennae, though...

  • Doug on November 07, 2012 7:14 PM:

    As a white, retired, gay, male veteran I most certainly did NOT vote for President Obama because he was black!
    I DID vote for President Obama because he is an intelligent, thoughtful, representative of what is best about the Democratic Party and this country and because he can be pragamtic without losing sight of what he wants to accomplish. He could be Kelly green and I'd STILL vote for him.
    Now if he was Kelly green AND had antennae...

  • Citizen Alan on November 08, 2012 1:13 AM:

    My best information (I live in Oxford, MS) is that the Ole Miss "riot" consisted of a few dozen drunken frat boys making fools of themselves and a couple of hundred undergrads who showed up to see what all the fuss was about. Earlier this evening, I'm told over 1000 people showed up to a candlelight vigil in opposition to the events of last night and in support of racial harmony. I would appreciate a little recognition of the fact that the majority of the people in this town were appalled by the events of last night even as they were blown out of proportion by histrionic coverage in the local media. The Presidents of the Lafayette County Democrats and the Lafayette County Republicans issued a JOINT statement condemning the racists behind the so-called "riot."

  • cwolf on November 08, 2012 4:16 AM:

    Dems will have a 55-45 margin in the Senate. You could have made a lot of money betting on that proposition a year week ago.

  • grandpa john on November 08, 2012 2:22 PM:

    Barone is either a liar or an idiot. There is no way he could make a "reasonable" path to 315 EV for Romneyice