While the vote counting isn’t quite finished as of now it stands at Obama 60,662,174 to Romney 57.820,742.
For more fun, read Salon’s play-by-play description of Karl Rove’s meltdown on Fox News last night.
If you didn’t get to see it, Rove’s attempt to overturn Fox’s 11:15 P.M. call of Ohio and the election was completely nuts. First of all, co-anchors Kelly and Bret Baier were caught by surprise when a graphic went up announcing that Obama had been reelected. You could almost feel the disapproval emanating from Brit Hume, who may be a right-winger but is a genuine newsman and a TV professional. Then Rove, getting increasingly hot under the collar, began to protest that unnamed sources in the Romney camp weren’t happy about this, and that the president’s margin in Ohio was disappearing. This led Kelly to wander through a backstage corridor with a cameraman in tow, like a character in a backstage drama or reality show, in order to confront the statistics wonks at the “decision desk,” or at least to escape from Rove’s blather about whether the outstanding votes from Hamilton County, Ohio, were or were not from the city of Cincinnati.
In the end, Fox News showed its true character by blaming the Republican loss on minorities. Bill O’Reilly said, on the air, “The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore. … the white establishment is now the minority. … And the voters, many of them, feel that this economic system is stacked against them, and they want stuff. You’re going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way.”
So the Republicans deny evolution, climate change, same sex marriage, equal rights for women and now apparently they are also seeking to deny basic arithmetic. Apparently one plus one no longer equals two if your name is Karl Rove or Donald Trump.
By the way, here’s some numbers via Huffington Post:
- Total money spent by Obama and the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA:$853 million
- Total money spent by Romney and the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future: $752.3 million
- (PBS’s annual budget – $530 million)
- Total money raised by those super PACs: $661 million
- Money given to conservative super PACs by the family of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson: $54 million
- Money spent on negative ads attacking Romney: $295 million
- Money spent on negative ads attacking Obama: $351 million
- Number of super PAC donors who’ve given at least half a million dollars this cycle: 209
- Number of political ads run to support or oppose either presidential candidate since June 1: 1,015,615
Regardless of which party you follow, some of these numbers are obscene.