Thank you, all of you, for accompanying us on this adventure Tumbling the 2012 US election. Thank you for following, reading, sharing, engaging, criticizing, submitting, and, most of all, thank you for voting.
Thank you to all of our Convention bloggers (Amina, Bobby, Jason, Jayel, Meg, and Tag) and our guest editors (inothernews, hipsterlibertarian, Blackbook, MissADelgado, Mike, Peter, Caitlyn, Phillip, Matt, Megan, Cord, LA Liberty, Ari, ShortFormBlog, and The Guardian’s Adam Gabatt).
It’s been real. But we are now officially in withdrawal. When we come-to, we’ll figure out where this blog goes next.
In the meantime, enjoy this thank-you GIF - in honor of what is easily our favorite reblog chain of the entire election season.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been swamped in campaign e-mails over the last few weeks. (We even spotted some good unintentional fanfic from the Obama subject lines.) The campaigns are doing some incredibly interesting things with the format, but man, do they get overwhelming sometimes. E-mail marketing company Klaviyo was equally interested, and they found a couple of interesting things:
- one There was a nearly two-month gap where Romney’s camp didn’t send e-mails. Obama sent e-mails nearly the entire time between June and November. Both campaigns ramped up in the last few weeks.
- two One in seven Obama e-mails used one-word subject lines, something which Romney never did. Obama also relied heavily on subject lines which ended with colons (i.e. “This Matters:”) — something which weirded out Klaviyo’s Ed Hallen.
- three Romney’s camp was more likely to send e-mails from with name lines of people other than the presidential candidate, his VP candidate, or his spouse. Nearly half of all Obama camp e-mails, on the other hand, came from “Barack Obama” himself. But we all know Obama was too busy running the country to actually send all of those himself.
From a marketing perspective, these campaigns will be watched closely because they’re doing fairly innovative things with the format. On the other hand, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m gonna be glad not to get so many e-mails.
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog
US Presidential Election Polls
John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon
Jimmy Carter vs. Gerold Ford
George W. Bush vs. Al Gore
Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
Binders Full of Burgers is “visualizing the US Election 2012. with burgers & fries.” Which is a clever way to trick a nation of people who are statistically fat and bad at math into looking at charts!
You’re probably late to this meme, so now’s the time to ketchup.
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog
$$$ and what they spending it on
Now THIS is taking a meme to the next level (though it’s really not as silly as the title might suggest)!
This project by a couple of Berlin artists, supported by the Swiss newspaper of record, will satisfy your cravings for delicious dataviz and well-sourced burgers & fries all at the same time.
We have one out of six people living in poverty — [but we’re the] richest country in the history of the earth.
Obama Has Delivered on Key Issues for Black Americans
Is President Barack Obama good for black people? While Obama heads into Election Day with strong support from black voters, some black intellectuals are pressing that question.
In a reproachful op-ed article in the Sunday New York Times, Columbia professor Fredrick C. Harris proposes that “black elites” and voters have effectively conspired to mute criticism of the president because of his race. This argument is plain wrong. Consider some key achievements in Obama’s first term:
- Dollar for dollar, Obama’s tax policies have been the most progressive — the best for poor people — of any president in the last 30 years. From the end of the Bush administration to the first year of Obama’s term, the poorest fifth of Americans saw their federal taxes slashed by 80 percent.
- Compared to other brackets, “the lowest fifth of earners benefited the most” under Obama’s programs, as the Washington Post reported. (More black Americans are in the bottom fifth of earners than any other income bracket.) This policy approach also constitutes “redistribution,” to use a toxic political term.
- Then there’s the health care bill and the stimulus package, which provided more non-discretionary domestic spending than the last several Democratic administrations.
- Obama instructed the Justice Department to defend affirmative action before the Supreme Court this year, asserting that racial opportunity programs were vital to the national interest.
- Obama’s administration staked out firm civil rights positions against voter ID laws, which can disenfranchise black voters. It also blocked a proposed redistricting map in Texas this year, because it would have curbed the political power of minority voters.
Whatever else happens, Obama’s first term delivered an ambitious domestic agenda, with tax, spending, health care and civil rights policies that benefited black Americans more than recent administrations in either party — just usually without making a sound.
Via Reuters Opinion, Is Obama Good for Black People?, by Ari Melber