Topic archives: 2012 US Election

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

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

November 21, 2012 48

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.

Welcome to Schadenfreude Files Volume II

November 19, 2012 21

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.

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

November 16, 2012 2

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.

The final countdown: Obama’s win predictable but polarised

The final countdown: Obama’s win predictable but polarised

November 14, 2012 7

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.

Obama is chiselling himself a space on Mount Rushmore

Obama is chiselling himself a space on Mount Rushmore

November 13, 2012 7

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.

Patriarchy under siege: the rise and rise of gender

November 9, 2012 56

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

How could they all get it so wrong?

How could they all get it so wrong?

November 9, 2012 23

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.

Americanisation of everything, even Crikey

November 8, 2012 5

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

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

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

November 8, 2012 1

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 ...

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: triumph of the nerds

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: triumph of the nerds

November 8, 2012

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.

How women voters became the kingmakers

How women voters became the kingmakers

November 8, 2012 26

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.

Talkin’ about a revolution the GOP won’t get

November 8, 2012 27

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.

Further right would be wrong for US Republicans

Further right would be wrong for US Republicans

November 8, 2012 9

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.

Local lessons from the US: social issues really count

Local lessons from the US: social issues really count

November 8, 2012 13

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.

Obama’s rainbowquake: here comes hope, the sequel

Obama’s rainbowquake: here comes hope, the sequel

November 8, 2012

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

Little hope in Obama for climate action in this economy

Little hope in Obama for climate action in this economy

November 8, 2012 1

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.

Blacks, minorities help get Obama over the line

November 7, 2012 2

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.

All hail the pollsters as Obama becomes a two-termer

November 7, 2012 4

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.

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

November 7, 2012 1

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?

US election media wrap: how the media called the result

US election media wrap: how the media called the result

November 7, 2012

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