Republican party and self-discovery, Obamacare’s vulnerability [AM Briefing]

November 9, 2012

Republican Party begins election review to find out what went wrong: “Top Republican officials, stunned by the extent of their election losses Tuesday night, have begun an exhaustive review to figure out what went so wrong and how to fix it. Party leaders said they already had planned to poll voters in battleground states starting Tuesday night in anticipation of a Mitt Romney victory — to immediately begin laying the groundwork for midterm congressional elections and a Romney 2016 reelection bid.” (Washington Post)


 

Top Republicans suddenly back immigration reform after Latinos overwhelmingly back Obama. (ThinkProgress)

AEI’s Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg: What you may have missed in the polls: Exit polls, exit polls, and exit polls. (AEI)

Obamacare is still vulnerable: “President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no,” writes Cato’s Michael Cannon. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Republicans charged that vote fraud needed to be suppressed, and Democrats said votes were being suppressed. There were fears of ballot manipulation, mass disenfranchisement and dysfunctional polling places. In the end there were some very long lines — “We have to fix that,” said President Obama — but the 2012 election went fairly smoothly. Still there are calls for changes. Is the system fine as it is, or are there ways to make it more reliable and inclusive? (New York Times

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg: Becoming European. (National Review)

The Century Foundation’s Richard Kahlenberg: Why not an income-based affirmative action? (Washington Post)

Cato’s Julian Sanchez: Breaking: Democracy Survives Unregulated political speech. (Cato)

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