At this point, I hoping there’s some small, secret collection of bamfs somewhere that are forming a real-life Red Lotus that will take down You-Know-Who and everyone who messed up both this election and our country.

…Yes, I know how their plan turned out for everyone it affected. I honestly don’t care at this point. We need change, by any means necessary.

Red State, Blue City: How the Urban-Rural Divide is Splitting America

The new political divide is a stark division between cities and what remains of the countryside. Not just some cities and some rural areas, either – virtually every major city (100,000-plus population) in the United States of America has a different outlook from the less populous areas that are closest to it. The difference is no longer aboutwherepeople live, it’s abouthowpeople live: in spread-out, open, low-density privacy – or amid rough-and-tumble, in-your-face population density and diverse communities that enforce a lower-common denominator of tolerance among inhabitants.

The voting data suggest that people don’t make cities liberal – cities make people liberal.

Read more. [Image: Robert Vanderbai]

When the United States is that Mom:
  • Texas: I hate you! You're ruining my life!
  • United States: I'm sorry but you're not allowed to date that boy. What's his name? Mittens?
  • Texas: HIS NAME IS MITT!
  • United States: Oh, that's right...anyways...Go to your room!
  • Texas: I'M RUNNING AWAY!
  • United States: If you think it's better somewhere else, then go. You'll be back.
Transparency: Obama to hold his official inauguration behind closed doors...again

This is supposedly the most transparent administration ever, but Obama and co. are far from it.  Even something as simple as the official inauguration is being held behind closed doors, closed to the press, for the second time.

from Politico:

The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president’s official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press.

“Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen,” Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association, said in a statement.

Because inauguration day falls on a Sunday in 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts will officially administer the official oath of office in a private ceremony that day. The public inauguration on the Capitol Building’s West Front — at which Roberts will administer a second, symbolic oath of office — will take place the next day.

In early meetings with the inaugural committee, officials privately indicated to reporters that the Jan. 20 event could be closed to reporters and cameras, with an official photograph supplied to press by White House photographer Pete Souza, sources familiar with the meeting told POLITICO.

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The official line from the White House is that “no decision has been made yet,” but why not?  I understand the necessity for a second ceremony to prevent any legal overlap, but just open it up to TV cameras. 

I don’t like conspiracy theories, but this administrations secrecy invites them en masse

Prominent Republicans respond to Mitt Romney's "gifts" comments
  • Gov. Branstad “I don’t think it’s helpful. I guess my feeling is that we need to turn the page, and we need to focus on the future and not make excuses for the past.”
  • Gov. Jindal "We need to continue to show how our policies help every voter out there achieve the American Dream, which is to be in the middle class, which is to be able to give their children an opportunity to be able to get a great education. … So, I absolutely reject that notion, that description. I think that’s absolutely wrong.”
  • Gov. Scott “It’s wrong, it’s not true. What we’ve got to do is say we want every vote, we want to take care of every citizen in our state”
  • Sen. Rubio “I don’t believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don’t want to work. I’m not saying that’s what [Romney] said. I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on the government because they can’t find a job." 
  • Sen. Ayotte ”The campaign is over and what the voters are looking for us to do is to accept their votes and go forward and we’ve got some big challenges that need to be solved. I don’t know the full context of them but I don’t agree with them.“ source

The Campaign Tumblr Is Dead! (Long Live the Campaign Tumblr!)

That’s partly because Tumblr is generally, in ways that other social media platforms aren’t always, lighthearted. It is generally, in ways that high-stakes political campaigns aren’t always, fun. On Tumblr, Olin and her team could post, on behalf of the president, things like this. And like this. And like this and this and this. They could joke and wink and otherwise Internet, in a context that both suited and rewarded the effort. In a campaign whose whole point was to convert voters from potential to actual, the Obama for America staff could tackle that stark task much more subtly than the blunt forces of political persuasion typically allow. They could build community – and the kind of group accountability that comes with it. An engaged voter is a likely voter.

Read more. [Image: White House Flickr]