Friday, November 9, 2012

Alternate Realities Roundup 11/09

Posted By on November 9, 2012, 11:37 AM

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Democracy Now! looks at how the federal government may not be down with Colorado and Washington’s legalization of marijuana.---

Top of the Alty World

“After Historic Votes Legalizing Marijuana, Colorado and Washington Prepare for Federal Government Showdown”—Democracy Now!

An insider offers insights on who might make Obama’s new foreign policy dream team, including John Kerry as a potential new Secretary of State.—Foreign Policy

For more lists, Slate looks at the five figures who, through dumbness and the ability to polarize liberals, helped Obama’s victory even if they didn’t intend it, including Donald Trump.—Slate

Top of Alty Utah

Despite the “Romney Tsunami,” key Utah Democrats came out on top this election.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Valley Mental Health program freezes access to new Optum clients—Salt Lake City Weekly

KRCL hosts Jessica Lee of the Utah Tar Sands Resistance to talk about the impacts of a proposed tar sands strip mine near Utah’s scenic Book Cliffs.—RadioActive!

A recap of how Utah’s LGBT allies fared this election.—Q Salt Lake

Rantosphere

Mother Jones says the election may be a referendum on the Tea Party and the GOP will have to choose to shuffle away from the party extremes or double down.

“So, what's next? Having now lost two presidential elections in a row, conventional wisdom says Republicans have two choices. The first is to admit that tea partyism has failed. 2012 was its best chance for victory, and evolving demographics will only make hardcore conservatism less and less popular. As South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has put it, "We're not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term." So, the party will need to moderate or die. The second option is to double down. Party activists will tell themselves that Mitt Romney was never a true conservative, and that's what voters sensed. But Republicans can win again in 2016 if they stay true to their principles, moving farther right and amping up the obstruction of all things Obama even more. In Congress, Paul Ryan will be their pied piper and Eric Cantor will be their enforcer.”—Mother Jones

The Long View

A look at the U.S. election from the perspectives of 25 reporters in 23 countries. Here, Peter Hamilton describes the mood in Hong Kong.

“Gauging Hong Kong people’s feelings about the 2012 U.S. presidential election is tricky. While Obama’s personal narrative holds great appeal here and throughout China, the driving local concern is economic. Which candidate would better serve the global economy? And which candidate will irrationally bash China less? In this frenetic city with a voracious appetite for profit, people have been watching and waiting, as they might await the finale of an anticipated TV show. When CNN erected election billboards in the Central MTR station a few days ago, rushing commuters actually paused for a quick look before hurrying along.”—Roads and Kingdoms

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