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Barack Obama Reelection Signals Rise Of New America

12:51 am - 11/07/2012

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama did not just win reelection tonight. His victory signaled the irreversible triumph of a new, 21st-century America: multiracial, multi-ethnic, global in outlook and moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition.

Obama, the mixed-race son of Hawaii by way of Kansas, Indonesia, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, won reelection in good part because he not only embodied but spoke to that New America, as did the Democratic Party he leads. His victorious coalition spoke for and about him: a good share of the white vote (about 45 percent in Ohio, for example); 70 percent or so of the Latino vote across the country, according to experts; 96 percent of the African-American vote; and large proportions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The Republican Party, by contrast, has been reduced to a rump parliament of Caucasian traditionalism: white, married, church-going -- to oversimplify only slightly. "It's a catastrophe," said GOP strategist Steve Schmidt. "This is, this will have to be, the last time that the Republican Party tries to win this way."

The GOP chose as its standard-bearer Mitt Romney, whose own Mormon Church until recent decades discriminated officially against blacks. His campaign made little serious effort to reach out to Hispanics voters, and Romney hurt himself by taking far-right positions on immigration during the GOP primaries. He made no effort whatsoever in the black community.

Obama reached out not only racially and ethnically, but in terms of lifestyle. Analysts made fun of, and Republicans derided, his campaign's focus on discrete demographic and social slices of the electorate, including gays and lesbians. But the message was one about the future, not the American past.

U.S. Census numbers tell the story. In the first decade of the new millennium, the Asian-American population rose 43.3 percent, the African-American population 12.3 percent, the Latino community 43 percent -- and the white population just 5.7 percent.

To be sure, the president won because of his stand on the issues -- health care reform, Wall Street regulation, the auto industry bailout, among others. But his victory is something more: a sense that we are all in this together as a society, no matter who we are or how we live our lives.

I saw this new America at the heart of the Obama reelection effort, in their campaign offices. In one office in Virgina, for example, the local campaign manager was Pakistani-American, the volunteers were of every race and background, the people heading out to handle the signup drive were Hispanic, and the event they were working on was a concert by Bruce Springsteen.

By Howard Fineman. Posted: 11/06/2012 11:38 pm EST Updated: 11/07/2012 2:13 am EST

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simply_blah 7th-Nov-2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
darth_eldritch 7th-Nov-2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
U2's Beautiful Day keeps running through my mind.
devon_carrots 7th-Nov-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)

i hope graves pulls through after the recount

can someone explain the puerto rico situation to me
ragnor144 7th-Nov-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
This is off the top of my head and I am tired from staying up, but this means that Puerto Rico would like to be a member of the United States. Puerto Rico has to ask Congress to become a state, and so far Congress had never denied the request. I think they already meet criteria currently in place, but I'm not sure. I am skeptical that Republicans will be happy with this, since they are brown people and talk funny. (Repub definitions, not mine)
angi_is_altered 7th-Nov-2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
I am trying to be civil with some of my Republican friends on FB, but some of the posts show me they don't give a damn about the country.
skittish_derby 7th-Nov-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
this. or poor people.
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bnmc2005 7th-Nov-2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
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clevermanka 7th-Nov-2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
I was so relieved to wake up this morning to find it was still true.
tinylegacies 7th-Nov-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
zinnia_rose 7th-Nov-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
How adorable are Sasha and Malia?? They look so grown-up! :D

I have tentatively high hopes for what Obama will accomplish now that he's not focusing on pandering to the Republicans for reelection.

skellington1 7th-Nov-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, color me curious.
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klutzy_girl 7th-Nov-2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm running on only four hours of sleep and I have a long ass day, but I'm still so happy!

And I am so glad that my blood pressure fell when I unfollowed a Romney supporter last night on Twitter who retweeted someone that said "abortions aren't rights, they're choices, and I don't want to pay for them." And I'm really glad I unfollowed someone else weeks ago who kept retweeting Ann Coulter. Yeah, no to that.

I have a great feeling about the next few years and I can't stop listening to "We Take Care of Our Own" on repeat.
sunoftheskye 7th-Nov-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
omg sterek
teacoat 7th-Nov-2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Completely OT, but I was browsing through the NYT's state election results, when I came across the page for Alabama. Apparently they were voting on whether to "amend [the state] Constitution to remove references to segregated schooling and poll taxes."

And the measure lost.

60% to 40%.

I knew Alabama was fucking backwards, but SERIOUSLY???
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oldruggedspork 7th-Nov-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
a_leprechaun 7th-Nov-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
"This is, this will have to be, the last time that the Republican Party tries to win this way."

We can only hope.
masakochan 7th-Nov-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
wrestlingdog 7th-Nov-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
I can only hope.


Edited at 2012-11-07 04:46 pm (UTC)
agentsculder 7th-Nov-2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
I'm finding it fascinating that while many Republicans are saying that they have to do something to reach out to minorities if they want to win the next presidential election, there is still a good size group of them that are insisting they lost because Romney wasn't conservative enough.

If the GOP goes to war with itself, I will weep tears of JOY.
beetlebums 7th-Nov-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Rachel Maddow said the same thing last night and how Obama should take advantage of said civil war
poetic_pixie_13 7th-Nov-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Malia is going to be a heartbreaker. The girls are so grown up! This beautiful, loving, wonderful black family is going to be in the White House for four more years. I still don't have the words for how fantastic this is.
pepsquad 7th-Nov-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
<3 your icon
beetlebums 7th-Nov-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
I hope all this butthurt dies down soon cause it's killing my swag rn
skellington1 7th-Nov-2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
ragnor144 7th-Nov-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
His victory signaled the irreversible triumph of a new, 21st-century America: multiracial, multi-ethnic, global in outlook and moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition.

I have to disagree on one point - any trend is reversible, especially with disenfranchisement. We can't be complacent that many of the votes went the way of the Democrats. The stereotypical white man was badly wounded last night and is liable to try to pull some seriously horrible shit instead of reevaluating his worldview, and there are enough people willing to act as his lackeys to cause some damage. What if the election was riding entirely on Florida? I believe that is it not just incompetence but some level of malfeasance at work. If it had gone to Romney, he could have appointed Justice Department officials to lift the Voting Rights Act surveillance, leading to fewer minority votes. I don't want to sound all conspiracy theory downer here (and admittedly too tired from staying up late last night), but the beginning of this article could lead to complacency. I hope that it is a trend that isn't going to reverse, but that takes work.
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