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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of the 2012 US election. Crikey’s 2012 US election coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Why it has to be Hillary (but it shouldn’t be)

The prospect of Hillary Clinton running for US president in 2016 is delicious to many Democrats. Which isn’t to say it’s the best idea for a post-Barack Obama era.

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Welcome to Schadenfreude Files Volume II

Watching the conservative commentators in the US as they struggle to explain Barack Obama’s win is a gleeful time for Guy Rundle, who writes on the rise of the Left.

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Come in Spinner: bad news for pundits who predict false prophecies

How do we judge the political pundits and economic forecasters that roll up to give us their predictions, only to be proven completely and utterly wrong? A Nobel prize winning scientist is calling them to account.

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The final countdown: Obama’s win predictable but polarised

American electoral behaviour is becoming more predictable and more polarised. The final tallies for voting in the US election show Barack Obama didn’t win by all that much.

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Obama is chiselling himself a space on Mount Rushmore

Barack Obama is seeking to nail down a liberal century — and a budget deal would be his downpayment on becoming a very memorable president indeed.

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Patriarchy under siege: the rise and rise of gender

It was a bad week for the patriarchy, but some conservative men showed they still have principles …

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How could they all get it so wrong?

Republican-leaning pundits predicted the US election result more on hope more than common sense. Now there’s egg all over their faces as Democrats celebrate.

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Americanisation of everything, even Crikey

Crikey readers have their say on the election — and Annabel Crabb.

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Media briefs: Rudd gaga on AW … Crusher everywhere … Fox pundit defiant …

Kevin Rudd goes radio gaga on 3AW … how the front pages covered Barack Obama’s victory … a glum night for the pundits at Fox News …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: triumph of the nerds

I hope you will forgive one comment about the triumph of the nerds who came under such attack from conservatives for correctly interpreting the myriad opinion polls as pointing to a very likely Barack Obama victory.

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How women voters became the kingmakers

Barack Obama won 55% of the female vote, meaning it was women who decided this year’s presidential election. Politicians who refuse to take women’s concerns and freedoms seriously are now on notice.

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Talkin’ about a revolution the GOP won’t get

It wasn’t just Barack Obama’s victory that had liberals salivating yesterday. Democrats have built a platform to win more of the electorate, says Crikey’s man in America.

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Further right would be wrong for US Republicans

Republicans have to learn from this loss, writes David Smith of Sydney University’s United States Studies Centre. Moving even further right would only alienate more American voters.

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Local lessons from the US: social issues really count

The US elections reflect how important social issues can be in the hands of deft politicians. Barack Obama successfully tapped into minority issues and progressive values.

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Obama’s rainbowquake: here comes hope, the sequel

An Asian-American female senator. Marijuana by popular demand. Obamacare secured. How, asks W H Chong, is this not change we can believe in?

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Little hope in Obama for climate action in this economy

After winning four more years, Barack Obama again represents hope for a global carbon pricing scheme. Just don’t count on it until the economy is much healthier.

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Blacks, minorities help get Obama over the line

An Obama victory is on the cards as enough swing states fall his way — and he’ll be looking for electoral icing on the cake from Colorado, Iowa and Nevada.

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All hail the pollsters as Obama becomes a two-termer

The networks say Barack Obama has won. Mitt Romney — who apparently didn’t write a concession speech — may now need one. The election was close, but Democrats will win.

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Congress: more gridlock on the cards, House and Senate split

Will it President Obama be plagued by the same legislative gridlock that has characterised the last two years, or willhe find himself with a more co-operative Congress?

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US election media wrap: how the media called the result

Capturing the US news websites as they called the election for Democratic President Barack Obama …

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The other ballots: voters decide on gay marriage, marijuana

It’s not just the US president decided today. Voters around the country were asked to consider everything from pot use to gay marriage. Crikey intern Naomi Lim has the latest results.

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After the storm, how New Yorkers got out to vote

It was bitterly cold, and their neighbourhoods were still recovering from superstorm Sandy, but New Yorkers weren’t going to be stopped from voting. Freelance journalist Sally Davies joined them.

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Media briefs: election coverage (here and there) … drunken Daily Mail

Why Aussie reporters love the US, but not about China … US papers on today’s vote … Melbourne Cup makes world news, but not in a good way …

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Obama v Romney: who the swing state newspapers endorsed

Who have the swing state newspapers backed in the race for the White House? Crikey reads their editorials today.

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At the democratic heart, we wait for common sense

After the longest and most expensive campaign in history, Crikey’s writer-at-large returns to DC where hopes are high for a clear result — and common sense.

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