The Elephant In The Room: Five Ways Republicans Can Get Elected Again

Neoconservatism is dead. Just four years after Bush/Cheney moved out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we live in a country that has realigned its priorities in accordance with the greatest economic downturn since before your parents were born. Most Americans support gay marriage and think global warming is a serious threat; most Americans want the ultra-rich to cough a couple of bucks; pot legalization is now a viable revenue option; one in six senators is …

New Hampshire Chooses A Delegation Of X Chromosomes For The First Time

Tuesday’s General Election was the apex of a political frenzy lasting weeks on either side of voting. Now, it’s a matter of parsing through hundreds of state and local elections to see what the hell just happened.Among the stories which emerged from Tuesday’s tallies comes this one from the prickly New England swing state of New Hampshire: for the first time, the “Live Free or Die” state selected an all-female delegation. Democrat Maggie …

Gays Won The Election: A State By State Rundown

As we told you last month, four states had some kind of marriage equality issue on the ballot yesterday. Maine put marriage equality up to a popular vote, in order to reverse a referendum from 2009. Maryland and Washington passed  state laws earlier this year to legalize gay marriage, and the voters in those states were deciding to approve and uphold them, respectively. Minnesota voters had the option to change their state …

Don’t Break out the Cheetos Just Yet – Colorado and Washington Face Federal Challenges After Legalizing Pot

Hell hath no fury like a federal government scorned.In a first for the nation, and in the wake of an election that saw tremendous victories for the liberal populace, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the recreational cultivation, sale, and possession of marijuana – a drug that the Obama administration still considers a schedule 1 controlled substance, and which they annually spend billions of dollars to fight against.While Massachusetts joined …

Yup, Obama Won, But Is It A Democrat’s Paradise Now?

Yup, Obama won. That was only one reason why last night was great for Democrats: two states legalized marijuana—making the United States the most liberal country in the world for drug laws, interestingly enough—and four states passed marriage equality laws. Multiple Republican candidates with bigoted views on rape and abortion lost. More on those later from our crack team of experts.Some are calling this a mandate—that is, a thumbs-up for liberal policies across …

NYU Student, Does Your Vote Matter? Not At All… But, Really, Yes

Tripping over your decision to vote is like losing your religion. The whole prospect of choosing a leader makes the Average Joe into a red, white and blue agnostic on the Big Day. Every four years in America, you question your individuality and faith in the Grand Scheme of Things and start to have these existential thoughts about your entire action and role in the American political experiment. Why should I vote? Does …

How You Will Vote In New York (TOMORROW!) [UPDATED]

Tomorrow is the day that vicious headlines and skewed polls take a backseat to real things like election results and electoral votes. Hurricane Sandy subsided in time to allow New Yorkers to get to the polls, while the State Board of Elections has allowed an extension on the deadline for absentee ballots to accommodate out-of-state voters.For New Yorkers:When voting in state, you may only vote in your designated voting station, determined by the address …

A Prematurely Nostalgic Look Back At The 2012 Election

As New York rights itself after Sandy, we must return to normalcy on Monday with an inconvenient truth in mind: Election Day is upon us. The media orgasm from this strung-out narrative is finally about to climax. We did it – we made it to November without tearing our eyes out. Guys, we’re finally choosing a president on Tuesday! Act excited!Needless to say, it’s been a path of trials, tribulations and …

Mitt Romney Is The True American Hero

If patriotism is production, no one is more American than Mr. Romney. “The business of America is business,” President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed at the onset of the Roaring Twenties. “This is business. This is the American Way,” declared Wesley Snipe’s crime lord character in the courtroom at the end of the 1991 film New Jack City. And who could forget Horatio Alger and Willy Loman? Mr. Romney sure hasn’t.So, for the …

Local Explains It All: Candidates Like The Gays Except When They Don’t

When it comes to gay marriage and equal rights, it can be mighty tricky to wade through what a candidate has done in the past, what they say now, and what they will do in the future. President Obama said he didn’t support gay marriage in 2008 but came out (heh) in favor of it earlier this year. In 1994, Romney’s Senate campaign passed out fliers at a gay pride parade, and they …

Local Explains It All: Do The Candidates Like Women?

Just because the candidates have started acting like high school girls doesn’t mean you have to. With just over two weeks left until election day, very little has been said about something that’s near and dear to our hearts: vaginas, and the women who have them.Prompted by the inclusion of contraception in the Affordable Care Act, there’s been a lot of talk about women’s bodies and who does and does not get to …

You Really Wanna Know Who The Undecided Voter Is?

At last week’s debate in Hempstead, N.Y., a sample size of Long Islanders that asked the presidential candidates questions prefaced their remarks with “I’m an undecided voter.” We will see them again tonight in Boca Raton, Florida, for the third and final debate. Like the groundhog, this small breed of Homo Americana pops its head out of the ground once every four years to determine the season. They do not fall under any …

We Got Bored Of Recapping The Debate And Decided To Explain “What It All Means”

Brett ChamberlinYou don’t need me to tell you that Obama brought his A game tonight. Chances are your Twitter and Facebook feeds were exploding with reactions to Tuesday’s highly-energized and contentious second presidential debate, not to mention the inevitable (and completely meaningless) meme fallout.The candidate’s zingers and gaffes will dominate the news cycle for the rest of the week, so there’s little I can add to the conversation about what …

We Were Gonna Have A Debate Roundtable Again, But Local Broke So Only John And Ari Are Here

JOHN: That debate actually wore me down. I came into it energized and left it ready for bed. That’s not my fault; it’s Joe Biden’s fault (and Twitter’s fault). This guy was everything the Obama campaign needed right now. He was like a doctor with a defribillator, screaming ‘CLEAR!’ and shocking his running mate back to life. He somehow was able to justify the past four years’ stagnation and do it without sounding …

Fast Facts: 10 Things To Know About Paul Ryan Before Thursday’s VP Debate

He and Mitt Romney have a bromance.From the moment Ryan was revealed as the VP nominee, reporters took notice of “an easy and instant chemistry” between the two running mates. The New York Times said of their first few days campaigning together: “They rarely left each other’s sight, exchanging hugs, backslaps and knowing smiles, as if they knew their time together might be short-lived.” The New Yorker even gave over one September …