Post election thoughts.
a. Mathematics is a beautiful thing. Nate Silver won big last night. Actually, Silver won as big with his computer algorithms which showed President Obama winning 300+ electoral votes as Rasmussen and conservative media lost big. If I was a conservative, I’d be thoroughly pissed at how my own media lied to me throughout the campaign.
Led by Rove and the other con artists at Fox (as well as the rest of right-wing media), conservatives were led to believe that Romney was going to win the election and anyone who dared say anything to the contrary were labeled as liars and liberal hacks. Well, the true liars and hacks have been exposed…again.
Go ahead, conservatives…go on listening to loons like Morris, Hannity and Limbaugh and you’re guaranteed to never win another presidential election
b. Is 332 electoral college votes and 51 percent of the popular vote enough for conservatives to acknowledge that President Obama has earned a mandate?
Probably not. I doubt that any number of votes could ever satisfy Republicans into accepting Barack Obama as their legitimate president. And don’t bother reminding them that they had no problem accepting Bush’s 271 and 286 electoral votes as sufficient enough to grant him no-questions-asked mandates back in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Logic and facts have no effect on these people.
So let the excuses for last night’s big loss begin.
- Romney wasn’t conservative enough
- Hurricane Sandy
- Chris Christie
- a biased mainstream media that favored the black guy
- voter fraud on the part of Dems
- black people
- single women
c. In reality, there are three factors that led to Republican’s defeat.
- A terrible, soulless, flip-flopping, lying, empty candidate who was unable or unwilling to deal with the wingers in his party. They led him to adopt positions that were so far to the right of common sense, that Romney became unelectable. Thank you, Tea Party, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and the rest of the nutjobs who worked tirelessly, and unknowingly, on behalf of Democrats.
- A Republican social and economic agenda that belongs to a bygone era. Vaginal probes and a return to Bush era economics isn’t cutting it for thinking Americans.
- Demographics. This is the killer that Republicans better come to grips with soon or they are doomed as a political entity. Ben Smith and Zeke Miller explain.
The groups on whom Obama depended are the ones that are growing; white men, the core Republican constituency, are a shrinking minority. For the first time In 2011, minority births surpassed white births in the United States, and the longer demographic trend places white Americans in the minority by 2041. The Republican party will spend much needed time in the wilderness after this election, even as the open race for unofficially 2016 kicks off today. The future of the Grand Old Party will be determined by how well it adapts to the brand new Liberal America — indeed the Obama America — that is now here to stay.
Frum issues a warning to his fellow Republicans.
Starting today, you’ll hear a lot of Republican leaders and consultants arguing that the GOP needs to rethink its stance on immigration. I heard my CNN colleague Alex Castellanos saying so last night; apparently Jeb Bush has a book to that effect publishing soon.
So let’s be very clear:
Any idea that the immigration issue – and the immigration issue alone – would enable Republicans to staple a good chunk of the Latino vote to the conservative coalition – without changing anything else – is a dangerous self-deception.
It’s necessary of course to refrain from insulting Latinos, or, for that matter, anybody. But the crying need in the GOP is for a more middle-class orientation to politics, one that addresses concerns like healthcare as well as debts and deficits. But the ideas that dominated the past four years won’t become more attractive if all conservatives do is translate them into Spanish.
d. A couple of lunatic baggers got booted out of Congress. Allen West and Joe Walsh are history. Sweet justice.
e. Tammy Baldwin wins in Wisconsin and becomes the first openly gay senator. Maryland and Main voted in favor of marriage equality. Tell me that Republicans aren’t on the wrong side of the entire gay issue.
f. ObamaCare is safe and will have the time to become the foundation for comprehensive health care reform.
g. Big money failed to buy this election
and…the United States, and the world, is in good hands for the next four years.