2012 Election Winners and Losers

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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.

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

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