With the re-election of President Barack Obama and what was, arguably, the first real rallying of the liberal base in many years, 2012 was a great year — at least for the left.
In 2012, liberals had an unusual number of high points despite political uncertainty, an ongoing debate over the “fiscal cliff” and what looked, for a few weeks, like a certainty that President Barack Obama wouldn’t win a second term.
Nail-biting territory for sure — but as it turned out, 2012 was a banner year for liberals. And even inside that, there were a few identifiably shiny moments for the left — here are the top five liberal moments from 2012.
Number Six: Barack Obama Wins, We All Get To Play “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” At 2 AM
Barack Obama’s win is really an afterthought on this list — but it was an amazing moment nonetheless.
Not going to lie, I lost faith. As the votes began to roll in and the first few states lit up red, many liberals were nervous — Nate Silver said it was in the bag, but elections are toss-ups and living, dynamic events.
But the night wore on, and it seemed clear — Hopey was winning. The results eventually were called, and Karl Rove lost his damn mind on Fox. Hours passed, and Romney did not concede.
And again, we worried — would it be 2000 all over again? Would the election drama wear on?
Alas, it turned out, Romney had just not written a concession speech. But his thrown together words were graceful, and coming up on the two o’clock (AM!) hour, we watched President Barack Obama give his second triumphant victory speech. Hard won, and worth every penny, drop of blood and tear. We built this!