1. Do I have the best credentials? Probably not. ‘Cause, you know, whatever.
     

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  3. Cartoon of the day: Looking dim 
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  4. Sometimes numbers and facts are irrefutable — sometimes when you lose you can no longer credibly scream victory in the face of defeat, as Karl Rove tried to do in his now-famous election night meltdown ranting against Fox News’ own statisticians. Rove may still be in denial, but Fox News for their part is facing reality and moving on.
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    Alex Moore at Death and Taxes. Since the November election, two of Fox News' most prominent political commentators — Karl Rove and Dick Morris — “have virtually vanished,” says Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast, “seemingly airbrushed from the airwaves.”

    Why Fox News had to bench Karl Rove

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  5. Liberal schadenfreude is about to reach overdose levels. Just when you thought the dead horse of Mitt Romney’s campaign had been beaten more than enough — and most savagely by members of his own party — Dave Wasserman at Cook Political Report projects that the final count of the popular vote, which is still ongoing, will show Romney winning 47 percent of the electorate.

     

  6. Anyone chalking up the GOP’s defeat to supposed “gifts” to Latinos, blacks, and young people is “paying too little attention to how weak a candidate Mitt Romney was, and how much that hurt Republican prospects,” says Andrew Kohut at The Wall Street Journal.

    Why Mitt Romney will regret blaming his loss on Obama’s ‘gifts’ to minorities

     


  7. Increase in October in background checks of people applying to buy guns, an indicator of future sales. Conservatives worry that Obama will tighten gun rules.

     

  8. White people mourning Mitt Romney: Some people took GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s loss on Tuesday harder than others. This opportunistic Tumblr compiles the most heartbroken, furious, and disillusioned responses to the Obama victory from Facebook, Twitter, and news headlines. Sample tweet from Victoria Jackson: “Thanks a lot, Christians, for not showing up. You disgust me.” 

    The best memes, videos and gifs to emerge from the internet this week

     

  9. Cartoon of the day: Follow-up ballot 
    STEVE KELLEY © 2012 Creators Syndicate

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  10. Cartoon of the day: Sneaking in there
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  11. Tuesday didn’t turn out the way Republicans hoped. What can they learn from this debacle to improve their odds the next time around? 5 lessons for the GOP

    1. The GOP has a huge Latino problem — Latino voters account for 10 percent of the electorate, and their share is growing every year, says Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post. The GOP’s harsh positions on immigration helped Obama win 69 percent of Latinos’ votes. Romney got just 29 percent. The GOP’s “huge Hispanic problem” was the reason Florida was a tossup, and it will be enough to make once deep-red Arizona a swing state in 2016. “Texas could even be a swing state by 2020 unless Republicans” see the writing on the wall and find a way to make inroads with Latinos. “The Republican Party simply cannot lose 7 in 10 Hispanic voters in elections and expect to be a viable national party in 2016, 2020, and beyond.”
       
    2. Conservatives must soften their rhetoric on abortion — The biggest lesson “from this debacle,” says Joe Battenfeld at The Boston Herald, is that the GOP needs to start winning back women. Putting more women like Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) into GOP leadership positions would be a nice start. Symbolism only goes so far, though. The GOP also has to shed policies that fuel charges that “the party is unfriendly toward women,” and one way to do that is to “reassess their hard-line position against abortion rights.” At the very least, staunchly anti-abortion Republicans need to stop pushing “the rhetorical envelope” when they talk about banning abortion, and whether there should be exceptions in cases of rape, says Lindsey Meeks at The Seattle Times. As Todd Akin found out in Missouri after making his comments about “legitimate rape,” and as Richard Mourdock learned in Indiana when he said pregnancies from rape are “something God intended,” when you’re dealing with a sensitive topic and you use insensitive words, you lose.
       
    3. Lying doesn’t work — The Romney campaign’s “most shocking strategy” was acting like “winning was more important than truth,” says Robert L. Cavnar at The Huffington Post. Romney “freely lied about the president, the economy, welfare reform, the auto bailout, major companies, history, and even Americans themselves. He flipped on every single social issue that he had advocated as governor of Massachusetts and stridently concealed his own tax records.” When confronted, he doubled down and told stretched the truth even further. In the end, though, Romney’s failure to be straight with voters “badly damaged his reputation” — and proved to be a losing strategy.

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  12. Here are the latest electoral college results, according to theAssociated Press: Mitt Romney has 33 electoral votes, and President Obama has 3. There are 502 electoral votes still in play. A candidate needs 270 to win. Stay tuned for the latest, as we’ll continually update this post throughout the night. 

     

  13. Cartoon of the day: The end is near
    DANA SUMMERS © 2012 Tribune Media Services

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