Summary (sort of) of the court case in which three Obama recess appointments were ruled unconstitutional
- Obama: Your honor, all the Senate Republicans did was gavel in and back out of session without actually doing anything.
- Judges: How is that different from when they show up to a full session without actually doing anything?
- Obama: They were in recess. They were just going through the motions.
- Judges: That's all they do when they aren't in recess, so we fail to see the difference.
- Obama: By that logic, nobody would be able to be fired for not showing up to work if they just clock in and then back out every few days.
- Judges: ...Dude, we work for the government. You're in the wrong place if you want to talk about people actually caring about their jobs.
- Obama: But I've used recess appointments 32 times. George W. Bush did it 171 times. Why was it OK for him, but not for me?
- Judges: We're not here to talk about the past.
- Obama: Mark McGwire? When did you become a judge?
- Judges: Nevermind that. We've been here for five minutes, way longer than we planned on working today. It's time to clock out and go home. Pro forma, bitches!
And they’ll keep tweeting through the whole thing to make sure you know just how much they don’t care.
Number Crunch - Tumblr’s President
I crunched some numbers. It’s not a political post (though it is election-related), just statistical, so I’m going to share it here too.
So if any of you are wondering if the tumblr community made a difference in the election, let me present this to you:
In the 18-29 age group, 49.3% of eligible voters showed up and voted (the final tally may be as high as 51% once all votes are counted). Not too many elections ago, according to the census bureau, closer to only 30% of young voters were voting. It’s been rebounding over the past three elections, possibly because of how heavily contested the result of the 2000 election was; nobody wants a repeat of that election, where 537 votes in Florida were the deciding factor between President Bush and President Gore.
The 18-29 crowd made up 19.4 percent of all voters…almost one out of every five.
Obama handily won the young vote, with 59.8% of their votes. Romney received 36.5%.
Tumblr rocked the vote.
Votes are still being counted, but as it stands right now, the vote tally is:
Out of over 118,000,000 votes, the difference is only 2,841,759.
The 18-29 age group accounted for more than 22 million votes.
If young people hadn’t shown up, it would have cost Obama 13,689,416 votes. It would have cost Romney 8,355,580.
This would have made the vote total
I don’t have a state-by-state breakdown of youth voting to know exactly how the electoral college would have been affected, but Barack Obama would have lost the popular vote by 2,492,077 if you hadn’t shown up, tumblr. It’s also possible that up to 80 electoral votes could have swing to Romney, making him the next president with 286 electoral votes to Obama’s 233 (Florida could add 29 votes to either side, but Romney would still win in this scenario).
Barack Obama is your president. You helped him win. Your voice was heard, loud and clear.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference, or that your vote doesn’t count.
This is basically every political news article’s comment section right now. Everyone is just beating their chests and predicting victory on Tuesday.
It’s like Vince McMahon put this election together.
President Obama’s speaking in Richmond, VA—and you can watch right here.
You’ve been seeing me tell you for months why you should vote for Barack Obama. Today, I’m going to step aside and let Barack Obama himself tell you why you should vote for Barack Obama.
He mentions a link in his speech to see his plans. Here’s a direct link to it.
Picking up where I left off this morning, Colin Powell explains why he’s endorsing Obama even though he’s a Republican himself.