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Some Favorite Moments of the 2012 Campaign

November 3rd, 2012 · 11 Comments · Politics

Some Favorite Moments, Classic Quotes and Lasting Images of the 2012 Campaign,
roughly in the order they happened …



— The ever-increasing availability we all have to unlimited polling data, particularly at RCP and 538.
— The sharing of funny images and insightful articles on Facebook — like having your own customized clipping service by friends from all over the world.
— Looking forward to 11PM for Jon Stewart’s take on the last 24 hours.

— Michele Bachmann getting laughed out of the race by the voters of Iowa and going home after one contest.
— Newt Gingrich’s, “It obvious to any thinking, independent observer that I’m going to be the Republican nominee.”
— Moon bases.
— “Oops.”
— All 9 9 9 things Herman Cain said.
— Everything Rick Santorum said.
— “I’ll bet you $10,000.”
— “I like being able to fire people.”
— “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”
—  “Middle-income families make around $250,000 year.”
— “I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was.”
— Being in England when he told the country they were not very well prepared for the Olympics and seeing him become a running joke on the tabloid covers and cartoon pages for the rest of the summer.
— And him trying to be witty answering a voter’s question about unemployment: “I’m also unemployed.”

— The New Orleans Musicians for Obama concert.
— Donald Trump cementing his reputation as a wholly demented buffoon.
—  “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”
— “Legitimate rape.”
— Senator McCaskill: “This Akin guy is so far to the right he makes Michele Bachmann look like a hippie.”
— “I love this state.  The trees are the right height.”
— And of course Lindsey Graham’s classic “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business.”

— Clint Eastwood and the chair.
— Then his later comment to “Extra,” “Anyone who asks me to speak at a political convention is an idiot.”
— Jon Stewart’s tag line for the RNC in Tampa: “The road to Jeb Bush 2016.”
— Bill Clinton’s hour-long improvised speech at the DNC.
— Watching any and every appearance by The Big Dog after that — seeing the master back in his element.

— “Don’t boo.  Vote.”
— The whole week that the “47 percent” video came out.
— Mitch’s “Nostrahassett.”
— Ryan getting booed to his face at the AARP convention.
— Dave Letterman’s ongoing refrain “Just don’t vote for him” after Romney would never appear on his show.
— Watching Paul Ryan getting challenged by Chris Wallace on Fox and saying he doesn’t have time to explain how their tax cuts add up.
— Hearing Rush say, “If Romney doesn’t win this election it’s the end of the Republican Party.”

— The Democrats Abroad’s debate watch parties in Toronto.
— Malarkey.
— “Please proceed, Governor.”
— “Binders full of women.”
— And Bob Schieffer making fun of Romney, cutting him off to end the final debate with  “I think we can safely say we all love teachers.”

— Bruce Springsteen.
— Katy Perry’s form-fitting ballot and “Forward” rubber mini-skirts.
— All the early voting numbers.
— “When a pregnancy occurs during rape, it is something that God intended to happen.”
— Tina Fey’s “If I hear one more grey faced old man with a two dollar haircut explain to me what rape is, I’m gonna lose my mind!”
— Romnesia.
— Axelrod’s “I’ll shave off my mustache that I’ve had for 40 years if we lose any of Pennsylvania, Minnesota or Wisconsin.”
— Governor Christie’s praise and embrace of Obama.
— Watching Obama’s poll numbers rise as Sandy’s waters receded.
— Romney’s Jeep-jobs-to-China doubled-down final lie ad.
— Joe Biden’s “It’s Daylight Savings Time tonight.  This is Mitt Romney’s favorite time of year … he gets to turn the clocks back.”



You can read this and 50 other Political Adventure Tales like it in my 2020 book Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy — Adventures in Politics — 1980–2020.

For one of the most historic events in American history — check out my Obama Inauguration Adventures.

For how Woodstock promoter Michael Lang used my reports in his book — check out how Obama’s Inauguration was like Woodstock.

For an account of the most jubilant night in the history of New York — check the Election Night 2008 Adventure

For a night in New York that started out just as joyous — check out the Election Night 2004 Adventure.

For how I started in this crazy political racket — check out From Rock Concerts to Politics.

For the kind of creations that got us across the historic finish line — check out my poem and video for Where Wayward Jekylls Hyde.

For an on-the-campaign-trail adventure — check out the physical altercation I was in the middle of with Al Franken at a Howard Dean rally in ’04.

For my tribute to a great political reporter — check out my Tim Russert tribute.

For a full listing of great reporters and news sources — check out my Political Sources Primer.

For how well these sources also worked in the prior election — check out my  2008 projections — in both, I’m over 98% correct.  😉


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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nadette Stasa // Nov 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    You’re a scream!!!
    Let’s meet up at the inauguration again!!!!
    Go Obama!!!

  • 2 Adrienne Jones // Nov 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Thanks for all your help, Brian. You really helped make those debate parties fun!

  • 3 Debbie Vazquez // Nov 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Loved your Faceposts all season! Jon Stewart rocks! And so do you!!

  • 4 Hugh Reilly // Nov 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Thanks for all the reports, Bri. Couldn’t do it without ya! See you in two years. 😉

  • 5 John Link // Nov 5, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Great list! I forgot about a lot of that stuff. The Repugs have been a clown show from the beginning.
    Obama’s got this unless they rig Florida and Ohio.

  • 6 Albert Kaufman // Nov 5, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    It’s been a great run! Obama’s gonna win huge!
    but … GET OUT THE VOTE !!!!!!

  • 7 Brian Humniski // Nov 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    I was so glad to be in Toronto for some of that with you. Go Obama!!

  • 8 Chris Welch // Nov 6, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Thanks for getting me registered!
    I voted for mail by the first time in my life. You did it, man! Hope the home team wins!

  • 9 Whitney Gilmore Hauser // Nov 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Thanks for holding the fort and keeping me sane!

  • 10 Honey Hill // Nov 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    It was a hoot sharing it with you! Thank god he won!! 4 more years!!! 😀

  • 11 Mitch Potter // Nov 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    CentCom — It was fun to share it with you! Again. This is about our seventh together by my count.
    And way to go on the predictions!

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