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The Ed Show for Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

November 7, 2012

Guests: John Nichols, Terry O`Neill, Nina Turner, Annette Taddeo, Leo Gerard

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED
SHOW from New York.

Last night was a big victory for the American middle class, a victory
for workers, a victory for progressives. And you know what? A real bad
night for the billionaires.

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.


pavement or picked up the phone, whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney
sign, you made your voice heard. And you made a difference.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): There will be four more years for President
Obama, and no one can deny it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think this is premature.

SCHULTZ: Tonight, the great victory for the American middle class,
with E.J. Dionne and Richard Wolffe. The secrets to victory with John
Nichols. The massive win for women, with Terry O`Neill. The diverse
coalition that won it all with Annette Taddeo in Florida and the great Nina
Turner in Ohio.

And the boots on the ground have prevailed over Citizens United with
Leo Gerard of the Steelworkers.

OBAMA: We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and
we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and
forever will be the United States of America.


SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight, folks. Thanks for

Well, today, we`re on the other side of history. Last night, we saw a
statement election in America and it opens up a huge opportunity for
Democrats to move this country forward.

This was the scene in Chicago, the moment President Obama supporters
were told he secured enough electoral votes to be re-elected as the 44th
president of the United States. President Obama is not naive about his
place in history. The victory was a repudiation of the right wing agenda.
It was also an affirmation of the president`s vision for the country.


OBAMA: What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold
together the most diverse nation on Earth, the belief that our destiny is
shared, that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to
one another and the to future generations, so that the freedom for which so
many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as
well as rights, and among those are love and charity and duty and
patriotism. That`s what makes America great.


SCHULTZ: A little bit different than 2008, isn`t it?

You know, in a way, this victory was brought to you by the radical
governors, who spent the last three years stumping all over the middle
class in their states. There`s something all of these governors have in
common, I`m talking about John Kasich in Ohio, Chris Christie in New
Jersey, Rick Snyder in Michigan, Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania, Rick Scott in
Florida. Let`s not forget Bob McDonnell in Virginia. And, of course,
Scott walker in Washington. What do they all -- Wisconsin.

What do they all have in common? They pursued an agenda to limit the
rights of workers in their states so they could balance the budget, but
also break up the unions. Their agenda, last night, was rejected by the
people in their state.

You know what they all got in common? All of their states went blue.
I guess we could say that -- well, thank you, governors, for defining the
Republican Party for us. It made voting a lot easier for a lot of
Americans, like these voters, the radical agenda of the right was defeated
by these people, the folks who were willing to stay in line, the voters who
made sure that their voices were heard.

It didn`t matter how long those lines were. They were determined. It
didn`t matter how hard the Republicans tried to suppress their votes.

These Americans put it on the line. And they put it together. You
know what they put together? They put together a template for defeating
Citizens United.

The democratic process was at risk of being hijacked by the self-
interests of a select group of millionaires and billionaires in this
country. America`s vote, we found out last night, cannot be purchased.
The Supreme Court`s Citizens United ruling paved the way for unlimited
outside money in this presidential election. So, this was election number
one, right?

Nearly $1 billion was spent against Democrats by people like casino
magnet, Sheldon Adelson. Along with the billionaire industrials, the Koch
brothers, we`ll never forget them. And they`ll probably be back again.
They outspent the Democrats 3-1 and had the opportunity to define the
election on their terms.

The American Crossroads super PAC spent $300 million on advertising in
swing states. They did not influence a single election outcome. And of
course, this was Karl Rove`s nightmare. It`s exactly what he wanted to
destroy, labor unions, and he failed.

We will go back -- I believe this, that we will go back, you know,
coming up in 2014 and 2016, and beyond, and we will point to this election.
We now have the template, the first presidential election of Citizens
United in this new era of raising money and it`s fallen from the sky, and
we will tell ourselves as liberals and progressives, we can defeat this.

This is not a center-right country. This country wants to invest in
its people. And I`m talking about teachers and the president of the United
States wants to invest $4 billion in education. That`ll make your head
spin if you`re a righty.

Wage earners have a president who advocates for fair taxation, who
wants to close the income gap in this country. That`s what they voted for
last night.

Rescue workers and other public employees, you`ve got a president
who`s going to fight for these folks, and their rights to negotiate at the

Unions stood by their workers during these tough times, did they not?
The workers stood by the elected official who is will fight for them. You
stand with workers, you won`t lose.

The great American workers were the salvation of the middle class last
night. This was not just an Electoral College victory for the president of
the United States. President Obama was the popular vote winner, with more
than 60 million people choosing him to go back again, despite all the

He`s the first Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt to be re-
elected with more than 50 percent of the vote.

Did they report that on FOX News today? Probably not.

The last time a president was re-elected, this is how he defined his


GEORGE W. BUSH, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT: When you win, this is a
feeling that the people have spoken and embraced your point of view.
That`s what I intend to tell the Congress. I earned capital in the
campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.


SCHULTZ: Did you see President Obama talking about that? You know,
maybe that`s his problem, I don`t know.

President Obama has political capital on his side right now. He told
America this is how he plans to use it.


OBAMA: I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders
of both parties, to meet the challenges we can only solve together --
reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration
system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We`ve got more work to do.


SCHULTZ: A little bit different, isn`t it? This country voted to end

Voters did so with a near total rejection of the Republican Party in
the United States Senate. For three years, Republicans in Congress led the
party of no. They had no greater agenda than defeating this president.


SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R), KENTUCKY: That our top political priority
over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term.


SCHULTZ: Oh, that goes to the archives. Mitch McConnell failed.

Last night was a victory against obstruction. Instead, Americans
picked a president who wants to spend money on what?! Infrastructure?
What`s that? Roads, bridges, green energy, efficient buildings.

You know, after a decade of bloodshed and combat abroad, Americans re-
elected a president who ended one war and is going to end another one.

America voted for social change, for the first time in the nation`s
history, voters approved marriage equality measures. They did it in not
just one state, but three states. And in Minnesota, voters rejected a
constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Voters across the country are in line with the president of the United
States when it comes to these equal rights, these equal rights.


OBAMA: For me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and
affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.


SCHULTZ: So in the end, voters chose to move forward, not to go back
to the failures of the past on a number of different issues. It was a
message that President Obama understood very well last night.


OBAMA: I believe we can seize this future together, because we are
not as divided as our politics suggest. We`re not as cynical as the
pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions,
and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are
and forever will be the United States of America.


SCHULTZ: Well said, Mr. President. Now, as we say on this program,
let`s get to work.

You know, in this business, if you were emotionally connected to
something you call a movement in this country, and the progressive movement
is what I am emotionally connected to, there`s peaks and valleys. Yes, I
was upset in 2000, upset in 2004, felt great in 2006 when Nancy Pelosi got
the gavel. Felt really good in 2008, when we hired Barack Obama to lead
this country.

Then there was this thing called the midterms in 2010, and then the
recall elections in Wisconsin followed.

So you take your lumps. Last night, I don`t spike the football here
in the studio. I don`t have to. The country has the message.

We have an opportunity to break the gridlock in Washington. We have
this small window of opportunity. It`s all about attitudes right now.

Do we really want to do something for this economy or do we want to
play political games and stop the 32 months of private sector job growth?

Americans have had enough of the bickering, and we will focus on this
in the coming shows. And there`s going to be a heck of a battle coming up
in the lame duck session of the Congress on exactly how we`re going to
solve this fiscal cliff that everybody`s talking about. It`s only a cliff
if we want it to be.

Get your cell phones out. I want to know what you think.

Tonight`s question: was President Obama`s re-election a victory for
the middle class? Text "A" for yes, text "B" for no to 622639.

You can always leave a comment at our blog at And we`ll
bring you the results later tonight in the show.

I`m joined tonight by two of the best, Richard Wolffe, vice president
and executive editor of, and E.J. Dionne, MSNBC contributor,
"Washington Post" columnist and author of the book, "Our Divided Political

Gentleman, great to have you with us tonight.


E.J. DIONNE, WASHINGTON POST: Good to be with you.

SCHULTZ: You bet.

Richard, you first. I called it a statement election. This means
that it was a very clear message. Do you agree with me on that? Or how
would you -- how would you summarize what we went through yesterday?

WOLFFE: Well, all elections are clear statements, especially when the
result was as thumping as it was last night. And, you know, it`s not just
that election, it`s the combination of what we saw in 2008 and last night,
together. But if you -- if you drill down and look at why people chose the
Democratic president this time around, you see on a whole range of issues,
a majority of voters clearly rejecting the litmus test that the Republican
Party put out there, for their own candidates in the primaries, on
abortion, on raising taxes, on a whole range of subjects.

When you look at -- including immigration reform, by the way.
Democratic principles, the Democratic positions are where more than 50
percent, in many cases, 60 percent, two-thirds of the country are at. So
that`s a statement in and of itself.

SCHULTZ: E.J., what do the next four years hold for the middle class?
What kind of opportunities are presented in front of us?

DIONNE: Well, I think there are two things. The first is that the
economy -- if some bad things don`t happen in Europe or elsewhere, the
economy ought to be on track to do quite well. We`re out of the worst part
of this economic mess.

Some economists said that Mitt Romney would keep that promise if he
had been elected, of 12 million jobs, because the economy was already on
track to produce those under Obama`s policies. So that`s on the positive

But I totally agree with your analysis of the election in terms of the
middle class and what economic changes the voters were looking for. Obama
won that Industrial Belt, what had been and may again be the Industrial
Belt, from Wisconsin and Michigan to Ohio to Pennsylvania, with the votes
of working people, African-American, Latino, and white.


DIONNE: And I think it`s very important, when you see the effect of
the auto rescue in Ohio, for example, 60 percent of the voters in that
state said it was a good thing, and they voted overwhelmingly for President
Obama. That`s a signal of the kind of policies that people want. They
don`t care if it`s a lot of government or a little government. They want
it to work. And the auto rescue worked.

SCHULTZ: Richard, what about political capital? You heard the sound
bite, how President Bush handled his political capital statement. What
about President Obama? He`s going to get some push from the left, to get
some things done in a very progressive manner.

WOLFFE: And he`s getting push from people all around him.

Look, I know these people really well. They have been looking forward
to this moment, not just because of winning the election. The election is
a means to an end. What they were looking forward to is that sense of
feeling liberated, that they -- that the self-imposed restrictions, in the
case of the 2010 midterms, the politically imposed restrictions will no
longer be there.

Now, that`s not to say they have untrammeled power. They don`t.
That`s not the way the system works, especially when Republicans are in
control of the House.

But they can push forward in a different way. They can take some bold
positions and they can draw a lot of strength from saying the voters are
with us on this.


WOLFFE: We know where this is headed, whether it`s about taxes or
immigration reform, or some of these bigger things that they have, only put
their toe in the water on whether it`s about clean energy or anything,
including, you know, getting the food industry to sell healthier food to
our kids. Those are areas where they can push much harder. I think you`ll
see it much more aggressively in the first few months, and then after that,
they`re going to have to string this along, because political capital does
get persistent very quickly in the second term.

SCHULTZ: And quickly, E.J., do these radical governors, do they cool
it a little bit? Message sent? What do you think?

DIONNE: Well, they face election in two years. And I think they
heard this. I mean, the recall lost against Walker, but he knew there were
a lot of people against him. The union stripping law got voted down by the
voters in Ohio.

And look, the president said, we`re having this bickering in
Washington, you voters settle it, here`s the choice, Mitt Romney agreed
it`s a big choice.


DIONNE: The voters settled it. And that`s a lot of capital on the
president`s side.

SCHULTZ: All right. Richard Wolffe, E.J. Dionne, great to have you
with us on THE ED SHOW tonight. Remember to answer tonight`s question
there at the bottom of the screen. Share your thoughts on Twitter @EdShow,
and on Facebook. We always want to know what you think.

Coming up, putting this very big victory into perspective. President
Obama now has brand-new political capital. John Nichols will join me.
Where is the opportunity?


SCHULTZ: Coming up, the path to victory. A look at President Obama`s
historic re-election with John Nichols of "The Nation" magazine.

Then, Republican candidates paid the price for the GOP`s war on women.
NOW`s Terry O`Neill will weigh in and what`s the future.

And the ground game beat out big money. Leo Gerard on the success of
the get out to vote effort over Citizens United.

Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and on Twitter using #EdShow.

We are coming right back.


SCHULTZ: Welcome back to THE ED SHOW.

Last night was clearly an historic victory for President Obama. He is
only the second Democrat since World War II to win a second full term and
he did it against great odds. The inside story is remarkable.

Jim Messina, who`s the mastermind -- Jim Messina, the president`s
campaign manager -- met with President Obama six months ago to unveil a
very unique strategy, according to the "Wall Street Journal." The plan was
to spend heavily, early, to define Mitt Romney early in the battleground
states. Romney would be busy trying to capture the Republican nomination
and would not be able to have the money to defend himself.

The plan was surgical and methodical and it resonated, as an accurate
portrait of a corporate raider. Romney`s 47 percent remark surfaced months
later and solidified this image of Romney and showed is us how he viewed
the electorate.

Let`s turn to John Nichols, Washington correspondent of "The Nation"
magazine, and author of the book "Uprising."

John, great to have you with us tonight and great work last night in
Toledo, Ohio. That had to be pretty emotional. All those workers knowing
that they were going to get a successful conclusion.

The Obama campaign kept the Romney campaign off balance for nearly the
entire stretch of this campaign. Or am I wrong on that?

JOHN NICHOLS, THE NATION MAGAZINE: I think it is true, although,
obviously, we had that first debate. And that was a point that was off-
plan, by any measure, because, remember, going into that first debate,
everyone was talking about whether Barack Obama was going to close the deal
that night. That he would, you know, sort of wipe Mitt Romney out.

Romney, in that first debate, brought himself up to credibility, and
that`s where the Obama campaign really had to go into full force. And I
have to emphasize, what I saw last night, as well as what I saw traveling
around the country over the few weeks before the campaign, was the evidence
of something very significant. When you talk about spending early, and
investing early, that investment was not merely in TV ads, Ed. It was in
building an infrastructure, and in building a relationship, working with
trade unions in places like Toledo, and Flynt, and Janesville, Wisconsin,
and that paid off.

SCHULTZ: The Obama campaign helped, I think, wake up people about
Mitt Romney. For instance, in Freeport, Illinois, the Republican
congressman, Bobby Schilling, was defeated by Cheri Bustos, you know? And
we saw the Romney economic model on full display and it was rejected last

I mean, how much did that kind of a story and the outsourcing play
into the decisions last night?

NICHOLS: It was huge. Ed, you know, some of the people who won last
night, not just President Obama, but as you move down the ballot, were
people who were all in for some of these great struggles of 2011 and 2012.
Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin was in the capital, with the protesters.
Sherrod Brown, in Ohio, turned his campaign over to the movement in that
state to overturn their anti-labor law.

And so, you really saw something begin a very long time ago. And
there were a lot of people who were hard-pressed, who got engaged
politically, in defense of their own labor rights a year and a half ago,
and transitioned that into this campaign.

Now, the interesting thing that happened, in this campaign, is that
Mitt Romney showed himself to be precisely the sort of person that they had
been fighting.


NICHOLS: Someone who was clearly committed to attacking unions, but
also who was willing to say and do anything to win. And I cannot emphasize
to you, not just in Ohio, but in other states across the great industrial
heartland, Romney`s comments saying that Jeep was going to close and move
to China, that scared people.

SCHULTZ: You heard that a lot in Toledo last night?

NICHOLS: And it also woke a lot of people up.

SCHULTZ: You heard that a lot in Toledo last night?

NICHOLS: Not just Toledo.


NICHOLS: In Toledo, yes, Ed, but also up in Detroit. I heard it over
in Wisconsin.

I think it`s very important to realize, a lot of their lives came back
and haunted them last night. Remember that at the Republican convention,
Paul Ryan talked about or tried to blame President Obama for the closing of
the G.M. plant in Janesville? Last night, Janesville voted for Obama and
Biden over their own hometown candidate.

SCHULTZ: Ain`t that something?

NICHOLS: And the surrounding county voted 60 percent for Obama and

SCHULTZ: John Nichols, great to have you with us tonight. Thanks so

NICHOLS: Thanks, Ed.

SCHULTZ: Did the war on women cost the GOP the election? President
of the National Organization for Women, Terry O`Neill, weighs in on that

Then, ballots and bigotry. Find out what the Republicans need to
understand if they want to take back the White House some day -- the new
political reality and Americans` demographics, next.


SCHULTZ: This is what winning feels like.

Last night, America put a stop to an extreme right-wing agenda. We
stopped Planned Parenthood from being defunded. We stopped Roe v. Wade
from being overturned. We stopped health care reform from being repealed.
That`s a lot, isn`t it?

The GOP`s radical platform was clearly rejected and women had a major
hand in making sure the clock on progress was not stopped.

Women were the key in ensuring a second Obama term, 55 percent of
women voted for the president. Down-ballot efforts by extremist candidates
were stopped.

As Alec Baldwin put it, "You know your party`s in trouble when you
read this: A, the rape guy lost, B, which one?" It turns out they both

Claire McCaskill, once fighting for political life, beat Republican
opponent Todd Akin by 15 points. Women turned out in big numbers in
support of McCaskill.

In Indiana, a seat that Republicans were not expecting to lose,
Democrat Joe Donnelly easily beat Richard Mourdock. The female vote also
turned out for Donnelly.

And while Republicans play the blame game, Americans should thank Todd
Akin and Richard Mourdock for telling the truth for what exposing -- how
they exposed the GOP and exposed them for what they`re all about.

Predictably, Rush Limbaugh lashed out at the gender gap.


RUSH LIMBAUGH, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Women voted Obama 55-43 for
Romney. Massive gender gap, unchanged from 2008.

Unmarried women backed Obama 68 percent to 30 percent. They thought
Romney was going to take away their birth control bills. Obama treats them
like vaginas and they say, "He`s my man." Go figure.


SCHULTZ: Ah, the voice of the Republican Party.

Let`s bring in Terry O`Neill, president of the National Organization
for Women.

Terry, congratulations is in order. I know your organization put a
lot into this election, because a lot was at stake. Now, did the war on
women cost Mitt Romney this election?

TERRY O`NEILL, PRESIDENT, NOW: There`s no question that it cost him
this election. And Mitt Romney deserved to lose, because he was right in
the thick of waging this completely shameful war on women. His vice
presidential pick Todd -- I`m sorry, Paul Ryan, actually referred to rape
as simply another means of conception. Paul Ryan doesn`t think there
should be any exceptions to a full criminalization of abortion, and neither
did Mitt Romney.

And so, yeah, the war on women absolutely cost them this election.
And you know, I hope that the leaders of the Republican party have heard
the message of the voters, but I worry that they haven`t. And --

SCHULTZ: Well, if they don`t get it now, when are they going to get
it? Maybe never?

O`NEILL: Maybe never. And we are going to continue to defeat them in
election after election after election until they do get it. The entire
Republican platform needs to change. I have never seen, honestly, such a
viciously anti-woman set of policies as what is contained in the Republican

And frankly, until that changes, we`ll be working to defeat candidates
that uphold that kind of a platform.

SCHULTZ: You know, even Scott Brown of Massachusetts, considered a
more mainstream Republican, lost his race in that state last night. He
voted for the Blunt Amendment and against paycheck fairness. Shouldn`t
Republicans take a hint? I mean, I hope they don`t, seriously, because
they`re just -- they`re just going to be, eventually, cycle after cycle,
voted out. Because, I think the American people do get this, the majority
do get it.

It will be a matter of time. They really do need to change, don`t

O`NEILL: They really do. And I think what really helped the
Democrats is that the Democrats were willing to talk about it. President
Obama talked about his support for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is the
next step after passing Lilly Ledbetter, that we need to do. President
Obama talked specifically about understanding the challenges that women
face, when you work an entire lifetime at unequal pay.

Elizabeth Warren gets that. Tammy Baldwin gets it. Lois Franklin in
Florida gets it. Tammy Duckworth in Illinois. I mean, these candidates
understood it. And they are explicitly talking about the impact on women
of the policies that they`re going to be asked to vote on as elected

And the more they talk about it, the more women understood, yes, this
is a candidate that I can trust. This is a candidate that I can work with.
And it`s interesting to me. I think the more we talk about what is the
impact on women of these various types of policies, the better the policies
will be, for sure, and the more we will begin to put elected officials in
who really care about the welfare of all Americans, not just one-half or a
little less than one-half.

SCHULTZ: And we now have a record number of women serving in the
United States Senate. That number goes to 20. A big victory last night in
North Dakota, unexpected, Heidi Heitkamp defeating Rick Berg. And those
are the winners. Big pick ups for the Democrats, no doubt.

Terri O`Neill, great to have you with us tonight. There`s a lot more
coming in the next half hour of THE ED SHOW. Stay with us.


OBAMA: It doesn`t matter whether you`re black or white or Hispanic or
Asian or Native American or young or old or rich, or poor, able, disabled,
gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you`re willing to try.


SCHULTZ: The president`s historic victory last night means no more
Mr. White Guy. Coming up, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner and Miami-Dade
County Democrat Annette Taddeo on the new makeup of the American


DICK MORRIS, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Hi. Have a nice lunch. What I`m
about to tell you will improve your appetite.


SCHULTZ: Tonight, we will pay a special tribute to the worst
political pundit of all-time.


MORRIS: If you`ve been watching me on these videos and on Fox News,
I`m almost the only one who`s been saying that Romney`s going to win by a


SCHULTZ: And when push came to shove, boots on the ground defeated
Citizens United. Leo Gerard of the Steelworkers will tell us how it all


SCHULTZ: Thanks for staying with us tonight. The Republicans are
dealing with a new reality. Last night`s election came down to
demographics. Hispanics, Latinos, blacks and Asians lifted President Obama
to victory. Their votes made the difference.

In fact, when it comes to non-whites, Mitt Romney lost by a massive
margin. This is how the race was won. Whites make up 72 percent of the
vote. Most of them voted for Romney. Thirteen percent of voters are
black; 93 percent of them voted for President Obama. Ten percent of voters
are Hispanic or Latino; 71 percent of them voted for the president of the
United States.

Romney barely cleared 25 percent among all of those minority groups.
The face of the nation has changed dramatically just since the last
presidential election.

Listen to this. The U.S. Census says more than half of the growth in
the total population over the last 10 years was due to the increase in the
Hispanic population in America. But the white guys in the Republican
party, they don`t want to deal with the new demographic truth.


BILL O`REILLY, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: White establishment is now the
minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that this economic system is
stacked against them and they want stuff. You`re going to see a tremendous
Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President
Obama. And women will probably break President Obama`s way.

People feel that they are entitled to things. And which candidate
between the two is going to give them things?


SCHULTZ: So out of touch. This is the emotional disconnect for the
Republicans. Voters don`t want stuff. They want a candidate who gets it.
One in five voters said the quality which mattered most was the candidate
cares about people like me. They voted for President Obama over Romney 81
to 18.

President Obama made a connection with Americans, not just white folks
in America. That`s why he won.

I`m joined tonight by Annette Taddeo, member of the Miami-Dade
Democratic County Party and also Ohio State Senator Nina Turner. Great to
have both of you with us tonight. I know both of you worked tirelessly on
behalf of democracy, no question about it.

Nina, let me talk to you first here on this issue. How does it feel
to deliver the state of Ohio, knowing that the deck was stacked against

NINA TURNER, OHIO STATE SENATOR: It feels tremendous, Ed. I am so
happy, not only for the great state of Ohio, but for this country.

SCHULTZ: Does it set a template on how to defeat Citizens United?
Because if you can do it in this election, with so much money thrown
against your senator, Sherrod Brown, and the governor, of course, and the
secretary of state both Republicans, what does that tell you? Is this the

TURNER: It is, Ed. And it shows that when good people get together
for righteous causes, we can make a difference. You know, especially in
Senator Sherrod Brown`s race, we show the Republicans that money can`t buy
you love.

SCHULTZ: What about the demographics in South Florida, Annette? This
really played big. And I said all along that -- in fact, we went down
there and covered this -- that the bread basket of victory was going to be
south Florida, that there had to be a huge turnout in the Latino and
African-American community.

And that is exactly what happened. Now, the state hasn`t been called
yet, but how did the demographics play into this election?

And as a matter of fact, we, both African-American and Hispanics, turned
out in huge numbers. As of 1:00 last night, in the morning -- or this
morning, I should say, we were still voting in Miami.

I mean, people wouldn`t give up. They put every obstacle against us.
They reduce our voting days from 14 days to eight days. They put so many
Constitutional amendments on the ballot that they thought were going to
bring out the Evangelicals.

And guess what. We didn`t pass them. So we stood in line for a long,
long time. I was there on those lines. My arms hurt from passing out
water to all these people in these lines for hours. Some of them, six and
seven hours waiting.

But we never gave up. We stood in the lines. And we said we`re going
to vote. There was one person in Miami Beach who was 101 years old. That
was the oldest person in Miami to vote.

I get emotional just thinking about the fact that people just wouldn`t
give up. And that was a Colombian American man. We had young people, a
huge amount of young people that voted. We had everybody voting. It was
such a colorful line. And it was very positive.

SCHULTZ: I mean, I think this is such a message for America. In two
different parts of the country, in Ohio and in Florida, well advertised how
important these two states are, the obstacles thrown up against the people,
and we have the videotape to prove it and the results to prove it, that you
can overcome, that if you have the will, if you have the determination, if
you have the heart and the desire, no matter what it takes, democracy can

Now, in some strange way, senator, I know you don`t like the way this
all unfolded. I mean, the logistics of it, but the system works, doesn`t

TURNER: It does, Ed. You know, Republicans tried to suppress the
vote, but instead they motivated the vote. And again, we have shown that
it`s united we stand and divided we fall. And that guy that was talking
about people want stuff -- well, the stuff that people want, they want
liberty and justice for all. They want to be able to live out their
measure of the American dream.

That is what America is all about. So if that`s stuff, then have at

SCHULTZ: America, I want you to look at these two ladies. This is
why President Obama won in Florida and in Ohio. Their leadership, their
unselfishness, their community work is exactly the remedy and the solution
to defeat billionaires who think that they can own our government.

Nina Turner, Annette Taddeo, great to have you with us tonight. I
admire both of you and thank you for your work. Thanks for being on THE ED

TURNER: Thank you, Ed. .

SCHULTZ: Coming up, for months Dick Morris predicted -- what, a
Romney landslide? Come on, he didn`t to that? I don`t watch Fox. Did he
really do that? I guess he did. We`ll show you next. Stay with us.


SCHULTZ: And we are back. You know, for weeks we`ve heard the right-
wing noise machine tell their audience, you know, don`t worry.
Everything`s going to be OK. Romney was going to win. Don`t pay attention
to the polls.

They all had their own ways of getting around the numbers. Karl Rove
used his whiteboard. Donald Trump took to Twitter. Limbaugh was Limbaugh.
Their narrative was, the numbers are skewed. Expect a Romney upset. Or in
the case of Dick Morris, a Romney landslide? And no one was adamantly as
wrong as Dick Morris.


MORRIS: One idiot who writes for "Newsweek" magazine actually said
that there was a possible Obama landslide coming. My goodness. Well, on
Friday I looked at the real poll numbers by an organization that I can`t
name, but I trust it.

We`re going to win the Senate. I think that the media is perpetrating
this gigantic fraud, which is to say that Romney is foot in the mouth, that
he`s gaffe-prone, that he keeps screwing things up, that he`s trailing.

O`REILLY: So you are standing by your prediction of a Romney

MORRIS: Absolutely. Romney will win this election by five to ten
points in the popular vote and will carry more than 300 electoral votes.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: All right, Dick, what do you

MORRIS: We`re going to win by a landslide. It will be the biggest
surprise in recent American political history.


SCHULTZ: Come on, Dick. Tell us what that polling outfit was? Is it
safe to say that he is the worst political pundit ever? Let`s see what he
had to say for himself today.


MORRIS: Hi. I thought Obama would be buried in a landslide.
Instead, I`ve been in a bit of a mud slide on my face. And sorry about
that. I was wrong.


SCHULTZ: Just roll out of the sack there, big guy? Now, why is he
still smiling? Because he knows no matter how many times he`s completely
wrong, as long as he keeps telling conservatives what they want to hear,
Fox News is always going to have a job for him.

Tonight in our survey, I asked you was President Obama`s re-election a
victory for the middle class? Ninety eight percent of you say yes; two
percent of you say no.

Coming up, this election was about the big money of Citizens United
versus -- what -- the boots on the ground. Who won? Citizens United loses
big time. Billionaires are looking for a refund tonight. Leo Gerard will
tell you just how this was all put together, next.



OBAMA: To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of


OBAMA: Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill,
through every valley.


OBAMA: You lifted me up the whole way. And I will always be grateful
for everything that you`ve done and all of the incredible work that you`ve
put in.


SCHULTZ: And in the Big Finish tonight, this election was about boots
on the ground. That`s the only way they were going to be able to fight the
big money of Citizens United. And last night, the ground game did the job
for the Democrats and the president.

This ground game was dominated by the wage earners of America, because
they saw this election as a real threat to their livelihood. These workers
were up against millionaires and billionaires, like the Koch Brothers and
Sheldon Adelson, spending millions on super PACs to defeat President Obama.

But what they couldn`t buy was a ground game. The United
Steelworkers, for example, them alone had 7,000 volunteers who knocked on
over 170,000 doors, just in the past two weeks. The boots on the ground
proved it`s possible to fight back against this wall of money that we`re
seeing, This corporate money, this influence, this effort to suppress the

For more, let`s turn to Leo Gerard, president of the United
Steelworkers International. Mr. Gerard, you don`t have to get your blood
pressure up tonight. All -- this is what winning feels like. You`ve won a
lot of negotiations in your lifetime.

Did you put the "mission accomplished" banner up on the office door
today? Because it would be appropriate, wouldn`t it?

little celebration with all of our folks and we think that it`s mission
accomplished. But you know what? I was pretty disheartened when I saw
Mitch McConnell kind of start pretending that they had won.

And you know, Ed, what`s really important in this election is that
boots on the ground showed a number of things. And I`ve listed three for
our people. Number one, we proved that the election of Barack Obama wasn`t
a fluke in 2008, no matter how much hate they threw at him.

We elected the best man.

We proved that you couldn`t buy the government of America with
millionaires and billionaires and attack ads. We proved that you couldn`t
steal the votes by intimidation and voter suppression. So all those things
were done.

The labor movement fought in every corner, in our union, from Virginia
to Nevada, from New Hampshire to Ohio. We had people on the ground. We
had lawyers that were there. We had, just in our case, 2,900 workplace
coordinators, 18,000 call -- 18,000 visits and shift hours were done in two

We did a million phone calls. That wasn`t me doing that. Those were
ordinary people that earn a wage, who said that this was something they
wanted to do. And I think it was important.

Our kids and our grand kids, Ed, deserve at least the same shot in
life as we had. And that`s what President Obama`s given us.

SCHULTZ: I mean, you had boots on the ground. And it`s all the
unions. There`s a plethora of them, the Teamsters, CWA --

GERARD: Every union, Ed.

SCHULTZ: -- all of them, Amalgamated, they all worked it. I mean,
Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Can we say that labor delivered
President Obama a second term?

GERARD: I think labor absolutely delivered President Obama a second
term with our ground game. And I`ve got to say, every union did the same
kind of work that we`re doing. I mean, you take the union that represents
bus drivers. They were talking to every person that got off and on the

And we use every opportunity, because, you know what, it`s the labor
movement that has direct contact every day with workers. It`s the labor
movement that`s able to organize, because we`ve got skilled people. We`ve
got people who are committed.

SCHULTZ: So is there any amount of money that can overcome this?
You`re never going to match what the Adelsons and the Kochs of the world
are going to be able to do and the money that came pouring into the super
PACs. But is there any amount of money that can beat the ground game?

GERARD: No, I don`t think they can. They spent billions. In fact,
we`re never going to be sure of the real number, because some of that is
secret, dirty money. But they`re talking about seven and eight billion
dollars being spent. You know what, we had 4,100 trained people that we
trained. They`re not just trained for the election yesterday; they`re
trained for tomorrow and the days after tomorrow, that they know how to
organize on the ground.

And we`re going to keep organizing on the ground, because now we have
to go out and support the president. I think we made some mistakes, Ed, in
his first term. We didn`t go out and drive the agenda on the Affordable
Care Act. And we let the Tea Baggers define what that issue is. We`re not
going to do that anymore. Our people are staying mobilized. And we`re
going to help this president put this America back to work.

SCHULTZ: You got a list of what you need the president to do for this
country, quickly? Where`s the political capital? Where should it be

GERARD: Look it, I think the first thing is jobs, jobs, jobs. And I
think we have to have another fight in America about the rights of workers
to have collective bargaining. Collective bargaining is one of the ways
that you share the wealth that you made in this country through

There`s not a boss in America that doesn`t have a contract with his
board of directors. If it`s good enough for the boss to have a contract,
then it`s good enough for the workers. So we`ve got to put everybody back
to work. We`ve got to rebuild the infrastructure of this country. We`ve
got to make sure every kid gets a chance to go to college and get a degree
without having to mortgage their second home equivalency.

SCHULTZ: Leo Gerard with us tonight, president of the International
Steelworks. Great to have you with us tonight.

GERARD: Great to be here. I`m smiling all the way home.

SCHULTZ: Yes, you are. Congratulations, big time. Thank you so

And that is THE ED SHOW. I`m Ed Schultz. I guess this is what
winning feels like. It feels pretty good. It sure is a heck of a lot
different from 2004. I`ll tell you that.

"THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW" starts right now. Good evening, Rachel.
Great work last night.


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