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They really believed it. They were ready to get working. Even if it meant using a photo of Obama’s inauguration in their representation of Romney’s special day.

But what this truly underlines is the difference between the science party and the “no science” party. Had they looked at the U.S. Census and read analysis of the popular vote in the last two elections, they would see they overestimated the white vote by 5-6 percent and no pixels would have died in putting up a transition team website.

Clinton wasn’t talking about electoral math or polling when he said “People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets. What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic.” My take is that if you can use math in one endeavor, you can use it in another.

via Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

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 I like this photo of Stacie Laughton, the first transgender woman to be elected to office in New Hampshire. Women candidates have brought about many firsts in New Hampshire electoral history but, like all women running for office, how they look matters. Yet no one is looking at Laughton in this photo. And she won.
via The Manchester Union Leader
(Photo Credit: Simon Rios/Union Leader Correspondent caption:  Selectman Stacie Laughton assists a voter to fill out an affidavit. Voters are required to sign affidavits affirming their identity if they have no means of identification.) 
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I like this photo of Stacie Laughton, the first transgender woman to be elected to office in New Hampshire. Women candidates have brought about many firsts in New Hampshire electoral history but, like all women running for office, how they look matters. Yet no one is looking at Laughton in this photo. And she won.

via The Manchester Union Leader

(Photo Credit: Simon Rios/Union Leader Correspondent caption: Selectman Stacie Laughton assists a voter to fill out an affidavit. Voters are required to sign affidavits affirming their identity if they have no means of identification.)

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It’s interesting to me how the poor were effectively absent during the campaign but they are somehow showing up today in so many voting slideshows, this man at the Los Angeles Mission. Example of representative government — or media wall paper?
(photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters caption: David Klaz stands in line to vote during the U.S. presidential election at Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center in Los Angeles, California November 6, 2012.)
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It’s interesting to me how the poor were effectively absent during the campaign but they are somehow showing up today in so many voting slideshows, this man at the Los Angeles Mission. Example of representative government — or media wall paper?

(photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters caption: David Klaz stands in line to vote during the U.S. presidential election at Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center in Los Angeles, California November 6, 2012.)

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Tags #election    #news    #politics    #photojournalism    #voting   

Bag’s Take-Away:

The still poignant but also familiar photo of the low wage worker sweeping up the campaign venue before or after the hoopla goes down. #TwoAmericas

via: Reuters

(photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters caption: A woman cleans the floor near the stage at McCormick Place, the site for U.S. President Barack Obama’s post election speech, in Chicago, Illinois November 6, 2012. Obama congratulated Republican rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday for running a hard-fought race for the White House and expressed confidence he would win re-election during a stop at a local campaign office to thank volunteers. linked photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

The still poignant but also familiar photo of the low wage worker sweeping up the campaign venue before or after the hoopla goes down. #TwoAmericas

via: Reuters

(photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters caption: A woman cleans the floor near the stage at McCormick Place, the site for U.S. President Barack Obama’s post election speech, in Chicago, Illinois November 6, 2012. Obama congratulated Republican rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday for running a hard-fought race for the White House and expressed confidence he would win re-election during a stop at a local campaign office to thank volunteers. linked photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Bag’s ELECTION DAY Take-Away:
Team Romney struggled with the optics all campaign. Here on the last day, in a shot meant to be nostalgic and emotional, instead what we see (evoking shuttered factories, even Gitmo) is Mitt waving through a fence at distant admirers. There are at least 4 variations on this scene, by the way, taken by pool reporters on Instagram
via: webstagram
(photo: @ashleyrparker- Instagram caption: “That’s when you know you’re gonna win,” says a visibly touched Romney, waving at the hundreds who arrived to greet him in Pittsburgh.)
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Team Romney struggled with the optics all campaign. Here on the last day, in a shot meant to be nostalgic and emotional, instead what we see (evoking shuttered factories, even Gitmo) is Mitt waving through a fence at distant admirers. There are at least 4 variations on this scene, by the way, taken by pool reporters on Instagram

via: webstagram

(photo: @ashleyrparker- Instagram caption: “That’s when you know you’re gonna win,” says a visibly touched Romney, waving at the hundreds who arrived to greet him in Pittsburgh.)

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Mitt was legion on the trail this year for the number of photo ops with police officers. Lest you think Romney is a big law-and-order man, though, the real backstory here is that cops are the easiest people to grab for a picture with the pool photographers around. …You know why this is true, btw? The vast majority of these pics are taken on tarmacs where law-and-order folks are typically dispatched.
via: Webstagram
(photo: Justin Sullivan/Instagram caption: Mitt poses with cops in Cleveland, OH at his second to last campaign stop of the election.)
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Mitt was legion on the trail this year for the number of photo ops with police officers. Lest you think Romney is a big law-and-order man, though, the real backstory here is that cops are the easiest people to grab for a picture with the pool photographers around. …You know why this is true, btw? The vast majority of these pics are taken on tarmacs where law-and-order folks are typically dispatched.

via: Webstagram

(photo: Justin Sullivan/Instagram caption: Mitt poses with cops in Cleveland, OH at his second to last campaign stop of the election.)

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Bag’s Election Day Take-Away:

One of the more poignant pics of the day (and a large focus of media coverage): voting in Queens by flashlight.

via:MSNBC

(photo: Jason Decrow / AP caption: Election workers help a voter, right, finalize his affidavit ballot at a consolidated polling station for residents of the Rockaways on Election Day, on Tuesday, in the Queens borough of New York.)

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One of the more poignant pics of the day (and a large focus of media coverage): voting in Queens by flashlight.

via:MSNBC

(photo: Jason Decrow / AP caption: Election workers help a voter, right, finalize his affidavit ballot at a consolidated polling station for residents of the Rockaways on Election Day, on Tuesday, in the Queens borough of New York.)

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Before the Campaign ‘12 results come in this evening, I want to pay my respects to one of America’s finest editorial photographers. I’m constantly taken by his ability to capture meanings on multiple levels. Take his images from candidate Romney’s final blitz, for example. On face value, Stephen Crowley is merely offering glimpses into stagecraft and campaign ephemera. Look further though, and the photos are silent editorials, even essays about the candidate, his personality and political culture.

I want to touch on a few of Crowley’s images that appeared in yesterday’s New York Times slideshow entitled: “To the White House? Or Home to Massachusetts?” as Crowley sees Mitt back to the land of the 1%.

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I don’t really know how to put this in words, but something about these two late October photos in the same Reuters slide show struck me as cementing conceptions of the two candidates for president. Romney alone and waiting, the focus on the man waiting for the verdict. A woman with her back to him, but every other human nearly incorporeal. He’s the only real solid in the photo. A lonely solid. If I could paint, this could be my portrait of him.

In the other photo; Obama is embraced by a man who seems almost humbled by the president’s attention: he’s hugging Obama in an intent if awkward manner, his arm solidly around the president’s waist. His fellow fire fighters smiling at his vulnerability and the interaction. Again, if I could paint, this could be my portrait — not of the president, but of his emotional impact. I don’t know why or how Obama engenders this dynamic, but it is genuine and evident in this photograph.

via Reuters Obama vs. Romney Slide Show

(Top Photo Credit: Bryan Snyder/Reuters caption: Staff members are reflected off the window of the room as Mitt Romney works before a campaign rally in North Canton, Ohio October 26, 2012. Bottom Photo Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters caption: President Obama hugs a fire fighter who offered up a game of basketball during a visit to a fire house in Tampa, Florida October 25, 2012.)

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In terms of the longer term status of NY, one of the most incisive Sandy photos I’ve seen. 


via:Sacramento Bee photoblog

(photo: Craig Ruttle/AP caption: Joseph Leader, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer, shines a flashlight on standing water inside the South Ferry 1 train station in New York, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The floodwaters that poured into New York’s deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system’s 108-year history.)

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In terms of the longer term status of NY, one of the most incisive Sandy photos I’ve seen.

via:Sacramento Bee photoblog

(photo: Craig Ruttle/AP caption: Joseph Leader, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer, shines a flashlight on standing water inside the South Ferry 1 train station in New York, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The floodwaters that poured into New York’s deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system’s 108-year history.)

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