2012 Election Winners and Losers

The short version.

obama winObama supporters celebrate his win. (Reuters)

Winners: President Obama, the new crew of women senators, pro-choice women, gays, Nate Silver, fact-checkers, the emerging Democratic majority, DREAMers, Jim Messina, Joe Biden (the literal and The Onion versions), Chris Christie, Bill Clinton, Lena Dunham, pot smokers, Mother Jones, Obamacare, Medicare, community organizing, data-mining the vote, Big Bird, Super PACS.

Losers: Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Paul Ryan's Time magazine bicep curls, Paul Ryan's budget, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, random old white men with a lot of money, Dick Morris, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi (she'll never be speaker again), Mitch McConnell, Stuart Stevens, the Tea Party, True the Vote, Wall Street, Staples, The Daily Caller, Jennifer Rubin, Republican legacies, Super PACS.

Presented by

Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin

Videos

Why Is Google Making Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.

Video

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

More in Politics

Just In