Election 2012: Summing Up

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and author of The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop-And Why It Matters and Jeff Yang, contributor to It's A Free Country and the WSJ's Speakeasy blog and the editor of Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (The New Press, 2012), talk about the differences between 2008 and 2012.


Tricia Rose

Comments [21]

DrD from California, but not for long

Typical liberal nonsense. Civil war issues? The race-baiting was most pronounced by Obama and his sidekick Holder.
Too bad more folks couldn't see through the smoke and mirrors. Our future generations will be paying off the debt and disaster for a century.

Nov. 14 2012 12:28 AM

"This election is a wake-up call for the Republican...there are just too many nut jobs...religious fundamentalists...ignored the changes...the past 20 years. Latinos now really matter....and they should. Immigration reform is imperative."
WOW how does it feel to return to our dimension of reality, welcome back, we missed u. feel free to stay.

Nov. 07 2012 01:01 PM

Norman Douglas from NYC
"obama was a black president for the first four years, "
actually he was a white president for the first 4 years. i'd love to see him as a black president, whatever that means

Nov. 07 2012 12:55 PM
fuva from harlemworld

...their campaign...

Nov. 07 2012 12:04 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Not only did this country sit by while the Republicans race-baited, and employed a Southern Strategy throughout its campaign, SO DID the media. AND half the country voted for them.

Nov. 07 2012 12:00 PM
jen from manhattan from manhattan

Dear Tricia Ross, thank you for that comment about the different flavors of white voters. I am one of those liberal, affluent, middle-aged white women who are disappointed with some of Pres Obama's middle-of-the-road positions who nonetheless couldn't bear to vote for Mitt Romney. Looking forward to seeing some real progress these next four years.

Nov. 07 2012 11:56 AM

instead of look at the race of voters look at the income
did working vote for BHO?
how many poor people voted for romney?
A-A & hispanics are poorer and they need the government more (than whites think they need the government)

Nov. 07 2012 11:53 AM

What is the break out of obama's white vote in the Midwest, southwest, and northeast. In other words how much are the white stats skewed by the south? And how is it any different than previous democratic nominees.

Nov. 07 2012 11:53 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I've been listening on and off to Trader Joe's, shopping in TJ's then walking home. So it's as if I heard every other word.

My Obama vote was an anti-Romney vote. And I was really worried. I agree with another post: Obama's no progressive. He's a moderate Republican in Democrat clothing.

Mitch McConnel can either: (1) resign and then apologize to the country; or (2) apologize to the country and then resign.

Nov. 07 2012 11:48 AM
Eli Friedmann from astoria

*annoyed....not annoying. typo.

Nov. 07 2012 11:47 AM

agree with caller
im sad to vote for yet another centrist but im so fearful of an anti-science, anti-freedom, anti-progress, pro-hate GOP

PS the stock market will go back up tomorrow. didn't fret

Nov. 07 2012 11:46 AM
Eli Friedmann from astoria

republican obstructionism will be as bad or worse than it has been since DAY ONE of the obama administration. i am really annoying with all the talk of how obama has to be conciliatory and understand of the hard right wing. he tried that....and he got nothing but grief for his trouble.

Nov. 07 2012 11:43 AM

Dear Young Voter,

Obama has done actually none of the things you think he has. He's talked big, but he ain't a progressive!

Nov. 07 2012 11:43 AM
Joe from nearby

Hither and thither the racists just dither
While they watch their white majority wither
"It can't be!" they say, while they shiver and quiver
"Mitt promised us This election he'd deliver!"

Nov. 07 2012 11:42 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manattan

SUMMING UP - This election is a wake-up call for the Republican Party (Actually I am a registered Democrat and voted for them until 1996)...there are just too many nut jobs in the Republican Party who are religious fundamentalists and who have ignored the changes in the country in the past 20 years. Latinos now really matter....and they should. Immigration reform is imperative.

Rubio 2016 !

Nov. 07 2012 11:40 AM

How much did the birther stuff affect Asian American views? I am born in the USA. My parents are from India, we are Hindus. And, I feel the birther stuff could have been said about any first generation non-European immigrant. The lack of outrage by the republican party upset me. The implication that he was foreign, not really American by the GOP also could have been sent about any non European first generation immigrant. Even the implication that Obama was a Muslim bothered me as if there is something wrong about being a non-Christian.

Nov. 07 2012 11:34 AM
Norman Douglas from NYC

obama was a black president for the first four years, now, he is a white president, unless you intend to keep dissing his mama.

Nov. 07 2012 10:47 AM
Susan Sladowski from Whitestone

I am heartened by the election results. The American people recognized that Mr. Obama has been moving our country forward; not rapidly but with deliberate due diligence. The Obama direction reaches out to include more people into the tent that is the American dream rather than further widen the gap between the haves and have nots. My concern now is that there is the leadership in the Congress which recognizes that the American people want Congress to make decisions based on what is best for the people. This certainly means that partisanship has to be put aside in favor of deal making!

Nov. 07 2012 10:25 AM

"He doubled it"

No, he didn't. And there's your problem. The right-wing inventing their own facts for the bizzaro American only they inhabit. I suppose Obama is going to take all our guns too!? For a second time...I guess!

Nov. 07 2012 10:22 AM
David from Bergen County

I feel the election went about as well as it could have possibly gone, especially with the Senate results - my thought is that 2008 was an anti-Bush election, while 2012 was a pro-Obama election. I was worried that Romney would coast on the economic work Obama laid down in his first term and get credit; now Obama will be judged on his policies. In addition, ACA will remain intact; even though I get health insurance through my job, no matter what happens I will be able to afford insurance in the future. That is a huge relief.

Looking forward to how Obama and the Democrats progress from here.

Nov. 07 2012 10:13 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Well, President Obama is the abortion president. Re-electing him was a very bad idea. President Obama's slogan was 'Forward', it might be off a cliff.

There will be no co-operation in the government - how can there be between groups of people who disagree profoundly? Stalemate, gridlock. In John Updike's 'Buchanan Dying' he shows President Buchanan trying to get compromise before the Civil War, and it just wasn't possible at all, similar situation here.

Nov. 07 2012 09:50 AM

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