President Barack Obama won his re-election in 2012 with an impressive lead of 332 to 206 electoral college votes after taking the most important swing states inluding Florida, Ohio, and Virginia. The polls pointed towards this outcome, but the race had remained close until the end.
Here is my big list of links to articles about the 2012 presidential election. I will continually update it as I find new material.
Obama’s victory speech:
Romney’s concession speech:
News Coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election Outcome:
Among liberal commentators, but also some conservative voices, a narrative is beginning to emerge that the GOP lost because it kept appealing to racism, religious fundamentalism, and conservative populism among its base, all of which had been culminating in the Tea Party Movement, which had emerged with the 2008 election of Barack Obama. To get a glimpse at the GOP of 2012, and to see the ideological elements mentioned above, one may go to YouTube and re-watch the past primaries, or the video documents of CPAC 2012.
[Statistics] “For Second-Term Presidents, a Shorter Honeymoon.” (Nate Silver, New York Times, 2013/01/19)
[Campaign Finance] “Obama campaign final fundraising total: $1.1 billion.” (Byron Tau, Politico, 2013/01/19)
[Demographics] “Add This Group To Obama’s Winning Coalition: ‘Religiously Unaffiliated’” (Liz Halloran, NPR, 12/09/2012)
[Demographics] “Romney Advisor Stuart Stevens Brags About Winning Wealthier Votes.” (International Business Times, 11/29/2012)
[Demographics] “The GOP’s Real Concern in the 2012 Results: Losing the Middle.” (Dante Chinni, Patchwork Nation, 11/29/2012)
[Demographics] “Top Romney Adviser Brags About Losing Poor, Minority Voters To Obama.” (Benjy Sarlin, Talking Points Memo, 11/28/2012) – “The implied argument that poorer votes are inferior seems to undercut the campaign’s central message over the last two years: that Romney’s top concern was providing jobs for the jobless.”
[Demographics] “Former Florida GOP leaders say voter suppression was reason they pushed new election law.” (Dara Kam and John Lantigua, Palm Beach Post, 11/25/2012) – This speaks for itself and is really shameful in a democracy.
“How President Obama Won a Second Term.” (Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 2012/11/23) – “Political strategist James Carville breaks down where the Republicans went wrong – and what it means for the future.”
[Demographics] “College Republicans At Historically Black Colleges And Universities Struggle To Connect With Romney.” (Rodney Holcombe, Huffington Post, 11/19/2012)
“Republicans Mourning for Mitt Romney? Not So Much.” (Michael Falcone, ABC News, 11/17/2012) – Since Mitt Romney lost, the GOP is giving him a cold shoulder.
[Demographics] “Gay Vote Seen as Crucial in Obama’s Victory.” (Nate Silver, New York Times, 11/15/2012)
“Romney Blames Loss on Obama’s ‘Gifts’ to Minorities and Young Voters.” (Ashley Parker, New York Times, 11/14/2012) – A professional politician complaining about another professional politician for making promises to voters to get elected—now that is quite amusing. As if Mitt Romney’s own party did not try to win the election by promising ‘gifts’ in the form of tax cuts to its one core constituency that really matters, i.e. the class of ultra-wealthy donors.
[Op-Ed] “Democrats had a better grasp of political reality in 2012.” (Los Angeles Times, 11/08/2012)
“Adviser: Romney “shellshocked” by loss.” (CBS, 11/08/2012) – It took the Romney campaign a while to realize that they did indeed lose.
“Fox station tells Romney supporters how to ‘beat the traffic’ to Canada.” (David Edwards, The Raw Story, 11/08/2012) – Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction, as they say. And for a local Fox News station, the re-election of Barack Obama means that the apocalypse has come. So what is their advice to Romney supporters? Fleeing to Canada, ironically a country with more ‘socialist’ government programs than the US.
[Audio] “Republicans Review Election Results For Insight.” (npr, 11/08/2012)
[Op-Ed] “The Republican Party Needs to Ditch Fox News If It Wants to Win.” (Mother Jones, 11/07/2012) – The demographics of the US work against a GOP that constantly employs race-baiting and embraces fundamentalist religion.
“Barack Obama’s odyssey continues.” (Guardian, 11/07/2012)
“Obama Victory Could Spell End Of Conservative Supreme Court.” (Forbes, 11/07/2012)
“The 2012 presidential election: Obama’s win raises questions for Republicans.” (Economist, 11/07/2012)
“Why Romney Lost: Conservative Commentary Roundup.” (Forbes, 11/07/2012)
“Obama Powers to Re-Election Despite Weak Economy.” (RealClearPolitics, 11/06/2012)
“Obama pulls out reelection in hard-fought battle.” (Los Angeles Times, 11/06/2012)
“Obama reelection: Grind-it-out win.” (Politico, 11/06/2012)
“Obama wins a second term as U.S. president.” (Washington Post, 11/06/2012)
“OBAMA WINS SECOND TERM.” (Atlantic, 11/06/2012)
“The Rise of the Poll Quants (or, Why Sam Wang Might Eat a Bug).” (Tom Bartlett, Percolator Blog, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/05/2012) – How statisticians have risen in the public sphere due to their predictions on political elections.
Recap of the 2012 Presidential Campaign:
“How President Obama Won a Second Term.” (Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 2013/01/23) – Democratic political strategist James Carville breaks down the second Obama presidential campaign.
[Op-Ed] “Hope and Change: Part 2.” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, 11/07//2012) – Friedman says that the GOP lost this time and last time because it moved so far to the right that it lost the political center.
“21 moments that defined the campaign and America.” (CNN, 11/06/2012)
[Op-Ed] “What Propelled Obama to Victory and Sent the Plutocrats and Racists to a Brutal Defeat.” (Alternet, 11/06/2012)
[Op-Ed] “The Real Loser: Truth.” (New York Times, 11/05/2012) – “[T]he Romney campaign has placed a big and historic bet on the proposition that facts can be ignored, more or less, with impunity.”
Social Media-Related Coverage:
Campaigning And Social Media Reactions To Obama’s Victory
“How Obama Knew How You’d Vote, Even Before You Did.” (Dan Rowinski, readwrite.com, 2012/12/17)
“Meet the Obama campaign’s $250 million fundraising platform.” (Kyle Rush, 11/27/2012) – A web developer who worked on Obama’s online fundraising platform writes about his experience building the project.
“What President Obama Can Teach You About Social Media.” (Brett Relander, Social Media Today, 11/26/2012)
“[Jersey Shore reality TV celebrity] Snooki’s Facebook Fans Were More Likely to Say They Voted Than Mitt Romney’s.” (Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic, 11/19/2012)
“Racism: Racist Teens Forced to Answer for Tweets About the ‘Nigger’ President.” (Jezebel, 11/09/2012) – Some white teenagers show very ugly racism as a reaction to Obama’s re-election on Twitter.
“Where America’s Racist Tweets Come From.” (The Atlantic, 11/09/2012) – Unsurprisingly, it is worst in the Deep South.
“The 6 Best Overreactions To Obama’s Win.” (Think Progress, 11/08/2012) – America’s right-wing talk radio hosts go over the top after Obama’s re-election, as was absolutely to be expected.
“2012 Presidential Election: Insight and Context with Wolfram|Alpha.” (Wolfram|Alpha, 11/07/2012) – From the blog of answer engine Wolfram Alpha.
“The 7 Tweets That Defined Election Night 2012.” (Huffington Post, 11/07/2012)
“Facebookstories/Vote.” (Facebook, 11/06/2012) – A graphical representation of how Facebook users votes.
The Internet wouldn’t be what it is if the 2012 presidential election didn’t spark numerous political memes. Here are the post-election ones:
[Meme] “Meet “Drunk Nate Silver.” (BuzzFeed, 11/08/2011) – The New York Times’ statistician becomes a Twitter sensation. Like Chuck Norris Facts for political junkies.
[Meme] “White People Mourning Romney.” – A Tumblr blog featuring pictures of white Romney voters shocked by their candidate’s defeat.
Deutschsprachige Berichterstattung zum Ergebnis der amerikanischen Präsidentschaftswahl 2012:
“Das USA-Bild der Deutschen – Alles nur Zyniker.” (The European, 11.11.2012)
“Wahlen in den USA: Im Westen nichts Neues?” (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 09.11.2012)
[Kommentar] “Unsere Obama-Liebe ist infantil.” (Jan Fleischhauer, Spiegel Online, 08.11.2012) – Der konservative Kolumnist bei Spiegel Online ist der Meinung, die Deutschen würden die USA gerne “auf den Knien [. . . ] sehen”, seien geradezu besessen von Amerika-Bashing, übertrieben den Niedergang der USA im Allgemeinen maßlos und seien nur deshalb von Obama in den Bann gezogen, weil er vermeintlich das Gegenteil von allem was sie an Amerika schlecht finden verkörpere.
“US-Präsidentschaftswahl: Die Multikulti-Sieger.” (Spiegel Online, 08.11.2012) – Über den Einfluss von Latinos, Schwarzen und Frauen auf den Wahlsieg Obamas und die Zukunft der Politik in den USA.
[Audio] “Berliner Reaktionen auf USA-Wahl.” (Deutschlandradio Hintergrund, 07.11.2012)
[Audio] “Das waren die US-Wahlen 2012.” (mephisto976, 07.11.2012) – Interview mit Prof. Dr. Crister S. Garrett von American Studies Leipzig.
[Audio] “Interview Prof. Detlef Junker (Heidelberg Center for American Studies).” (Deutschlandradio Hintergrund, 07.11.2012)
“Liveticker US-Wahl: Obama: ‘Das Beste kommt noch’.” (Frankfurter Rundschau, 06.11.2012)
[Audio] “Super Tuesday bei mephisto 97.6.” (mephisto976, 06.11.2012)
“US-Wahl: Barack Obama bleibt Präsident.” (Zeit Online, 06.11.2012)
“Präsidentschaftswahl in den USA: Obama II.” (taz, 06.11.2012)
[Kommentar] “Untergang des amerikanischen Imperiums.” (Jakob Augstein, Spiegel Online, 05.11.2012) – Der Verleger des linken Freitag über die Macht des Kapitals in der amerikanischen Politik und das Unvermögen der Obama-Administration, den Kurs ihrer Vorgänger grundlegend zu ändern.
Die Präsidentschaftswahl 2012 und Social Media
“Obama: Wahlsieg dank Big Data und Analytics.” (Harald Weiss, silicon.de, 08.11.2012)
“US-Wahl: Fünf Learnings rund ums Social Web.” (Uwe Baltner, SMO14, 08.11.2012)
“Infografik vergleicht Online-Wahlkämpfe Obama und Romney.” (Markus Beckedahl, Netzpolitik.org, 07.11.2012) – Eine grafische Darstellung des Online-Wahlkampfs von Obama und Romney mit Schwerpunkt auf Smartphones.
“Obama, Herrscher der Daten.” (Matthias Kolb, Deutschlandfunk Diskurs, 05.11.2012) – Bericht über die entscheidende Bedeutung der genaue Auswertung von Daten über Wählergruppen im Präsidentschaftswahl 2012.
“Countdown zur US-Wahl: Noch 17 Tage: Wie Twitter den US-Wahlkampf banalisiert.” (Malte Lehming, Tagesspiegel, 20.10.2012)
Rückblick auf die Präsidentschaftswahl 2012:
“Obama gegen Romney: Wahrheit verliert, Lüge gewinnt.” (Spiegel Online, 06.11.2012) – Wie beide Kandidaten im Wahlkampf gelogen haben und Wähler ihrerseits belogen werden wollen.
Fourty-seven years ago, on August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which strengthened the rights of African Americans to cast their ballot—after highly-visible violent crackdowns on peaceful civil rights activists in Alabama and immense pressure in their aftermath.1 Even though the Fifteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, passed in 1870 as part of the Reconstruction Amendments shortly after the American Civil War, had on paper secured African Americans’ right to vote, the following century was marked by disenfranchisement through both legal tactics, such as literacy tests, but also mob violence, especially in the US South. In recent times, a push for stricter voter identification laws in some places has reignited the debate about voting rights.
Here is an excerpt of Johnson’s speech before Congress on the matter of voting rights in 1965:
Here is the full speech and its transcript at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965:
Transcript of Voting Rights Act (1965) (ourdocuments.gov)
The Most Important Voting Rights Law In American History Turns 47 Today (Think Progress)
The Voting Rights Act: A 20th Century American Revolution (American Prospect)
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (US Department of Justice)
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Recent Political Debate On Voter Identification Laws (some op-eds included):
Al Sharpton: Protecting the Voting Rights (LA Times)
Congressional Black Caucus Holds Faith Leaders Summit on Voting Rights (C-SPAN)
Charles Postel: Why voter ID laws are like a poll tax (Politico)
Eric Holder: Voter ID Laws Threaten Voting Rights (Huffington Post)
Eric Holder: The Right’s New Boogeyman (The Nation)
Eric Holder wades into debate over voting rights as presidential election nears (Washington Post)
Holder’s Racial Incitement (Wall Street Journal)
New Target In Voter ID Battle: 1965 Voting Rights Act (NPR)
Texas to test 1965 voting rights law in court (Reuters)
U.S. voting rights under siege (CNN)
The Voting Rights Act: Our Last Best Hope (Huffington Post)
Voting Rights Act: Remember, Celebrate and Protect (Huffington Post)
Voting Rights Act under siege (Politico)
Voting Rights, Voter Suppression and 2012 (NY Times)