A few thoughts on the end of the campaign — and the beginning of a big challenge

posted at 8:01 am on November 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In the final couple of weeks of the presidential campaign, we had a big debate over the nature of the American electorate, played out through polling criticism on both sides of the political divide. This came down to fundamental assumptions about which election cycle proved to be a realignment, and which turned out to be the anomaly.  Many conservatives — myself among them, to be sure — operated on the assumption that the 2008 election had been the anomaly, driven by the fiscal crisis, and corrected in the 2010 midterm elections.  The Left assumed that the fiscal crisis in 2008 had realigned the electorate toward greater government interventionism, and that the 2010 cycle was the anomaly, driven by a partisan fight over health care and the lack of a presidential contender at the top of the ticket.

Clearly, conservatives lost that argument last night, at least in large part, as John Ziegler wrote in the immediate aftermath.  That was borne out by the final calculation in the exit polling as well as the vote itself.  The partisan split in the electorate was 38/32/29, nearly identical to 2008.  We argued that Barack Obama and Democrats couldn’t win a base turnout election again, but they did, as evidenced by Mitt Romney’s five-point win among independents, 50/45.  Romney even lowered the gender gap from an Obama +14 in 2008 to Obama +4 in 2012, but that clearly wasn’t enough to overcome what now looks to be a significant realignment four years ago towards Democrats and not an anomaly.

This time, Republicans can’t blame the candidate, or at least they shouldn’t.  Mitt Romney ran one of the most well-organized national campaigns in recent memory within the GOP.  He raised prodigious amounts of cash, keeping pace with Obama.  The RNC followed suit, building a massive and impressive GOTV effort that really did produce a big increase in turnout — but not enough to match what Democrats did in this cycle.  Republicans blamed John McCain in 2008 and even George Bush for the bailouts, but those fig leaves are gone, and the realignment is too apparent to ignore.

That reality presents a challenge to the GOP and to conservatives.  We do not need to change our values, but we do need to find ways to communicate them in an engaging and welcoming manner.  We need to think creatively about big issues, philosophy, and how we can relate conservative values to the needs of a wider range of voters.  Conservatism cannot become constrictionism, or the realignment will continue, and it will become ever more difficult to win national elections.

This will require a new set of national leaders for the Republican Party and conservatism.  We need men and women who can think creatively, produce a positive agenda that isn’t defined by an oppositional nature, and who can eloquently communicate that agenda and the values that drive it.  That should be our focus over the next two years before we start thinking about who to nominate as the party’s presidential nominee — and if done properly, that process will naturally produce the right leader for conservatism.  And if that is done properly, too, perhaps we’ll be in position for another realignment four years from now.

Update: Some readers feel I owe them an apology for “misleading” them about polling over the last few months.  I kind of assumed that this post served as a mea culpa for getting it wrong by explaining why it happened.  Very obviously, I misread the shift in the electorate.  I wasn’t the only one who did so, but I did, and I do apologize for getting it wrong.  However, I didn’t set out to mislead anyone.  What I wrote was my honest opinion about how the polls were based on assumptions of the electorate with which I disagreed — and I’ll note that I linked to the source data every time, and that readers were certainly free to draw their own conclusions.

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1. Abortionpalooza worked.
2. Dem GOTV was the real deal (D+6!!!)
3. Sandy swayed some independents.

I won’t join in on the Romney hate either. Campaign could of been better, but he did a good job overall. Best of luck to him.

SAZMD on November 7, 2012 at 8:03 AM

well said Ed

great job last night on the hugh hewitt show as well

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 8:04 AM

This time, Republicans can’t blame the candidate, or at least they shouldn’t. Mitt Romney ran one of the most well-organized national campaigns in recent memory within the GOP

One major problem though: For many Americans the Alinsky disciples over at Obama headquarters defined him long before he really campaigned. He mad a valiant attempt to come back…but it was too little.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

i assume OOTD will resume tomorrow?

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

I’m stopping by my local CVS to get a large bottle of Fukitol. The moochers have won and I ain’t going to be happy about it for a long time.

goin’ Galt

DanMan on November 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

On the plus side:

We can still look forward to the OOTD.
And – Mamiya Abu Jamal will wait a little longer for his pardon.

TimBuk3 on November 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

*made

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

In the most critical election in decades……Conservatives couldn’t defeat the worst, most divisive President in History.

http://townhall.com/election/

And look at the ever shrinking red on the map.

We are transforming…….FORWARD!!

And the gop will NOT stop it.

We are Generation TEATER! And they now run the show.

PappyD61 on November 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Ed, I agree with you completely! Thank you for doing everything you do. We really appreciate the thoughtfulness you put into all of your blog entries.

bluegill on November 7, 2012 at 8:06 AM

America will be very chastened in years to come.

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Econ was still top priority for the voters yet they still blame Bush still… this is why Obama won in part/

watertown on November 7, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Ed, how can you praise Romney’s GOTV when he got less votes than McCain? I really liked Romney but there’s no denying this.

Rand Paul 2016

commodore on November 7, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Girding my loins for four more years of an “inherited” bad economy. :/

JetBoy on November 7, 2012 at 8:07 AM

2. Dem GOTV was the real deal (D+6!!!)

SAZMD on November 7, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Free pizza always works…well that and free groceries, free abortions, etc etc. America has showed her hand and it ain’t looking good.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Ed. Seriously. Nice lost. You are as bad as Romney.

SAZMD on November 7, 2012 at 8:03 AM

1. yes.
2. yes.
3. No. Sandy was a crisis, which the media exploited, enabled by Fatboy Christie who is more interested in attention from Springsteen than any serious political aspiration. Cuomo and Bloomy turned teh won down!!!

The left is serious about winning. The right is not.

gh on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Does anyone have a brochure on this forward utopia?

Electrongod on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

This will require a new set of national leaders for the Republican Party and conservatism. We need men and women who can think creatively, produce a positive agenda that isn’t defined by an oppositional nature, and who can eloquently communicate that agenda and the values that drive it. That should be our focus over the next two years before we start thinking about who to nominate as the party’s presidential nominee — and if done properly, that process will naturally produce the right leader for conservatism. And if that is done properly, too, perhaps we’ll be in position for another realignment four years from now.

Mitt had great ideas Ed and did awesome in the debates. It’s come down to this. People want more free stuff. They want more government control. I think all is lost now. Ur more optimistic than I am.

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Congratulations Democrats, Media, Nate Silver, unions, illegal immigrants, and the ummah. This is going to be an interesting world going forward.

RushBaby on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Girding my loins for four more years of an “inherited” bad economy. :/

JetBoy on November 7, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Heh. No doubt. He will never ever own this economy….the libfree’s will make sure of that. What a stupid lot.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

We need to communicate better? Careful Ed, you’re sounding like a Democrat and/or part of the current administration…

Rufus on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

This will require a new set of national leaders for the Republican Party and conservatism. We need men and women who can think creatively, produce a positive agenda that isn’t defined by an oppositional nature, and who can eloquently communicate that agenda and the values that drive it. That should be our focus over the next two years before we start thinking about who to nominate as the party’s presidential nominee — and if done properly, that process will naturally produce the right leader for conservatism. And if that is done properly, too, perhaps we’ll be in position for another realignment four years from now.

Absolutely. I still believe most of the country agrees with our values.

bluegill on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

The people were in the wrong yesterday. They voted for big, *caring* government. We cannot afford all the promises made, all the promises to come.

People need to understand that they have voted themselves into increased financial mess. We have no real plan to right our economic ship. And big taxes will not solve their problems (as they seem to think it will). It will make them worse as the hobble the real job creaters.

LilyBart on November 7, 2012 at 8:09 AM

What now?

pseudonominus on November 7, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Mr. Morrissey:

Good recap. I am sick to death that the class warfare worked for the rat-eared wonder. When he was giving his concession speech last night he was talking about “we did it” but those comments were not addressed to all Americans and that is the fundamental reason why I was hoping that he would not win a second term.

Signing off now until I can get over my bitterness and because the trolls are sure to be out in full gloat and I know that I will not be able to keep a civil tongue.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

It will make them worse as the hobble the real job creaters.

LilyBart on November 7, 2012 at 8:09 AM

We’ll just borrow more money and mostly from the Chinese . The entitled don’t care.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I don’t think Democrats won the base turnout. I think their base is just much, much larger than the Republican base now.

The enthusiasm gap was real, and it didn’t even matter.

BadgerHawk on November 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

DanMan on November 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

You ain’t alone.

cozmo on November 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The Republican Party needs to be more inclusive and welcoming. You can not have issues with minorities, gays and single parents and expect them to vote for you and win elections. As a single mother never having been married I did vote a straight R ticket yesterday in PA, but I need the GOP to change path to stay an active Republican. I can’t defend comments about rape and abortion being illegal even when it risks the life of the mother. I believe in marriage equality. I don’t expect the party to adopt my beliefs, but I want to feel welcome within the party.

This loss wasn’t about Romney, it was about the Republican brand.

LawnGnomeFanFirst on November 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Voter fraud and George Soros Spanish company that tallied half the states votes are what happened.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Hey look at the bright side. No more political ads …for a while.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I think gender and race group identity politics had a lot to do with this. We can’t underestimate how effectively the other side was able to portray Republicans as hateful, bigoted racists. This false caricature of conservatives is sadly reinforced in our schools and everywhere in popular culture.

bluegill on November 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I think we seriously need to look at two things: one, our candidate quality, and two, making small compromises to win bigger.

The Senate results were an absolute disgrace, and the candidates were number one on the list. There are going to be people indemnifying the selections of Akin and Mourdock, but you are fooling yourself if you don’t think their comments did lasting damage to everyone else in the party. All it takes is one bad apple to spoil the barrel. We need candidates who are not only good conservatives but good politicians – Mandel was too young, Thompson too old, Mack too untested statewide. That Akin and Mourdock said what they said is not the problem, it is a symptom.

Second, yes, we have to alter our message strategy. Clearly, we have no choice but to cut into the 47%. Obama got them out to vote, and Romney didn’t do enough to compensate for that. We can’t be running against a parasite class, and we can’t be strident with regard to illegal immigration. As much as it tears at my heart, I think we have to concede DREAM so we don’t have to concede amnesty.

This is bad, folks. Very bad. Everything the pollsters were saying about turnout models was right, and everything we said about them was wrong.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Isn’t the real alignment we need to figure out how to fix in the press?????? No matter how many billions we spend in advertising, we can’t compete with the free spin from the NY crowd…

dpeters8 on November 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

This time, Republicans can’t blame the candidate, or at least they shouldn’t.

Why not? Mitt Romney was the archetype “empty suit”. He stood for nothing and ran away (in either direction) from virtually every position he ever held.

He is lack of sincerity and outright lying were glaring lights in the eyes of the voters.

HILLARY 2016!
And if Republicans are smart, they’ll nominate Huntsman next time.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I think we just crossed the tipping point. The only likely way to turn this around is for the economy to crash so fantastically that there is an eternal albatross on O and everyone associated with him. Going Galt is attractive, but won’t work. At this point it is the producers nature to work and produce. Buy bullets and lay in some stores. We are headed for the cliff!

Shastasuess on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

“I’m so glad we had that storm last week.”

So amazingly said MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about Hurricane Sandy Tuesday night

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/#ixzz2BXfjTVxj

The left is so gross.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

That reality presents a challenge to the GOP and to conservatives. We do not need to change our values, but we do need to find ways to communicate them in an engaging and welcoming manner.

Weren’t we making fun of Democrats when they kept saying we need to communicate our message much better?

Notorious GOP on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I was as big of Romney basher as anyone during the primaries. The fact that he turned me into a real supporter was a testament to the brilliant campaign he ran.

New leaders won’t help. 47% is now 51%. No nation has ever thrived when going past that point of no return. Time to bow to our new Asian masters, who are hungry to pick up the ball we as a people have dropped.

MNHawk on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Nor that anyone listened to Dick Morris beforehand, but after he predicted a Romney landslide, will they ever put him on television again?

Never mind. He was the first guest on Fox & Friends this morning.

YYZ on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

and we can’t even imagine the truly PROFOUND CHANGES we are about to see in this nation and world.

Health Care

Nutrition

Education

Energy

Israel

The dollar

Home prices

Food prices

Food stamp usage

Union power

Open borders and amnesty

Congress being just a rubber stamp.

And the astounding genius of Axelrod and Obama to have carved America up into controllable groups/classes.

Crony capitalism like Solyndra.

Hate speech and how it’s defined.

The power of the Media

Tolerance and how it is defined into law.

THIS is not the America that we have known.

PappyD61 on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I think the big winner is William Devane, who now gets four more years of pitching gold on TV.

radjah shelduck on November 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM

bluegill on November 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

+1

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM

reasonable ed is back.

sesquipedalian on November 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM

In the most critical election in decades……Conservatives couldn’t defeat the worst, most divisive President in History.

Hard to get past the media’s propaganda for Obama.

plutorocks on November 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Sickening . The stupid people won .
Very depressing . Now what ?

Lucano on November 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I posted on my Facebook page this morning that the only thing I am disappointed with is that it now seems that in this country, the old proverb “Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me!” doesn’t seem to sink in with some people these days.

pilamaye on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

We need to think creatively about big issues, philosophy, and how we can relate conservative values to the needs of a wider range of voters.

Marcoi Rubio

petefrt on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Awesome ! Four more years of debt ceiling follies, bi~partisan blow~ups and trickle~up bail~outs !

DevilsPrinciple on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Umm.. we have no national leaders. Seriously, our bench sucks. And can we please get over Rubio.

Illinidiva on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

*Marco Rubio*

petefrt on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Huntsman next time.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Nah.

Everything the pollsters were saying about turnout models was right, and everything we said about them was wrong.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Did the pollsters ever actually explain why they used the turnout model they did? What did they base it on? I don’t believe they simply looked at the last election.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Ed,

The numbers I’ve seen show that Romney DID NOT produce any increase in turnout. From what I’ve read, McCain had 59 million votes, while Romney got 53 million.

I have no idea why this is. Anti-Mormon sentiment? The fact that MItt had no natural base? Was he too centrist? Who knows.

But trying to say that this was the best we could do is silly. Obama’s support dropped significantly, but so did GOP support. By all rights, Obama should have seen his total support go down, while ours should have gone up–something suppressed the conservative vote.

Unfortunately, another four years of Obama and it may not matter.

PetecminMd on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I have a 2 year old and post frequently on a parenting website. The abortion message worked very well with these ladies. They were convinced that Romney and Ryan were going to do everything within their power to help overturn Roe v. Wade. The Dem scare message worked brilliantly. Then we had our village idiots saying stupid shit about rape which played into all fear mongering the Dems were doing.

LawnGnomeFanFirst on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

You know talking to a few other voters who voted for Obama, they did indeed buy into the “end medicare as we know it” ” wants to take away women rights” ” Only wants the rich to keep getting richer while raising taxes on the middle class”…ect ect.

I am not lying to you, go out and ask your normal friends who do not follow politics all that much, what was the issues they voted on. Many will tell you those same very things in large numbers.

watertown on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

unstinkingbelievable…if a gop talking head said that…cripe

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

OK, what the frack happened?

I just got off work; when I went in at 10:00 PM Central Time the election was still in doubt. Then I heard the news, and had to come home to this Charlie Fox.

Why the frack did the Romney campaign, among others, tout polls showing him winning the states he needed to win–and lost? Did the Romney campaign know they were full of shyte, or were they just deluded?

Why the frack did the GOP nominate a person who couldn’t run against ObamaCare because he passed a state-level model for it as governor?

Why couldn’t the supposed Death Star juggernaut beat a POTUS running with a 7.9 unemployment rate?

And WHAT THE PHUKK is wrong with the American people in voting for the half-Kenyan demagoguing socialist?

MidniteRambler on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I think the battle is over. Talking about future tactics at this point is irrelevant.

Arssanguinus on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Isn’t the real alignment we need to figure out how to fix in the press?????? No matter how many billions we spend in advertising, we can’t compete with the free spin from the NY crowd…

I agree. There are obviously a lot of idiot voters out there. Let’s use make them our idiots. Sad truth folks, is that public education has produced a blue tide of morons, with more coming online with each high school graduation. Without something drastic happening, this is only going to get worse.

Shastasuess on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Does anyone have a brochure on this forward utopia?

Electrongod on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Mao’s little red book ?

Key West Reader on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

This time, Republicans can’t blame the candidate, or at least they shouldn’t.

You’re right, Ed. You have no one to blame but yourself. You and everyone else who votes Republican. You who argued that there was no choice but Romney. You who refuse to support limited government candidates. You who embrace the foreign policy of progressivism. You who vote for a letter behind a name, and rationalize and spin and excuse away a very real voting record of a candidate. You who mock republicans (small ‘r’, you see).

But cheer up; a Romney presidency would give you the exact same policies as an Obama presidency will.

Dante on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

We do not need to change our values, but we do need to find ways to communicate them in an engaging and welcoming manner.

Doesn’t matter. Media won’t allow it. Unless you’re throwing swag left and right, you’ll be hating this group or that one. Romney didn’t bust out a strict social agenda, yet got painted as such. No, we need to allow Obama to ruin the country. Show the people what liberalism brings. Make him own every step along the way.

Zaggs on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Democracy can survive only with a clear moral foundation, and we don’t have one. de Tocqueville was right that politicians have found a way to bribe the public with its own money. Once the coming tax bomb and 10% unemployment settles in, and the Fed makes the dollar even more worthless than it already is, I don’t want to hear any of my liberal friends (and relatives) complaining about how hard it is to buy $6/gallon gas and $5 loaves of bread.

College Prof on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Ed, how can you praise Romney’s GOTV when he got less votes than McCain? I really liked Romney but there’s no denying this.

commodore on November 7, 2012 at 8:07 AM

The GOTV was impressive. I voted the minute the polls opened and didn’t get a single call yesterday, after averaging 1-2 a day from various organizations. My co-worker waited until after work and got 4 calls during the day reminding her to vote.

Romney got less votes because the base is smaller than it used to be. Demographics is destiny.

BadgerHawk on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Mitt had great ideas Ed and did awesome in the debates. It’s come down to this. People want more free stuff. They want more government control. I think all is lost now. Ur more optimistic than I am.

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

I don’t know if they want more government control necessarily, but they want the free stuff. No doubt about that. The question becomes what will happen when that free stuff is no longer provided in a few years once there’s no money to pay for it. Do those voters sit home? Swing over the GOP? Still vote Democrat based on the hope that there’s some evil rich person hoarding the cash that can be used to get them their free stuff?

That’s the big question mark going forward. Is this realignment due to us no longer being a center-right nation? Is that a permanent shift? Do people simply need 4 more years before they finally attribute our current malaise to Obama’s policies and not Bush’s? We’ll soon find out.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

RIP “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” 1961-2008

Zaggs on November 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

The fiscal crisis has driven more voters to the big cities with their hands out. And in the big cities, Democrat turnout machines can goose or even manufacture Democrat turnout. We have reached the point where we can no longer win through the ballot box, and we should no longer twist ourselves into pretzels trying.

Big-city moochers need to show up for their bread and circuses one morning and see the leftists they elected unable to provide them. They will then either starve or learn to cook. The producers of this country fear being blamed for the starvation. Cluephone: Thanks to looting politicians, they already blame the producers. We cannot persuade the wolves not to eat us, and must resort to holding them off at gunpoint until they find other prey or starve.

Nullification must be paired with severe decisions by red states on how much they want to continue their interstate commerce with the blue states, or set terms on their interstate commerce that will inevitably disfavor blue cities. Make the blues breach the peace, if/when it happens.

Sekhmet on November 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Nor that anyone listened to Dick Morris beforehand, but after he predicted a Romney landslide, will they ever put him on television again?

Never mind. He was the first guest on Fox & Friends this morning.

YYZ on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

He guaranteed McCain would win at one time. I haven’t believed him since.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

The numbers I’ve seen show that Romney DID NOT produce any increase in turnout. From what I’ve read, McCain had 59 million votes, while Romney got 53 million.

PetecminMd on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

There are still millions of votes remaining to be counted. We won’t know the true turnout numbers until the end of the week. It may very well be that Romney ultimately gained more votes than McCain.

AngusMc on November 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

plutorocks on November 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM

There’s a ceiling to the amount of support the media can deliver for Obama. And our guys have overcome that ceiling many times before. It’s not out of reach.

There’s a bigger problem here than media bias, and if we don’t identify it we’re in a lot of trouble.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

This loss wasn’t about Romney, it was about the Republican brand.

LawnGnomeFanFirst on November 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

There has to be some truth to your observation. If the GOP is to be strong again it has to recognize that right or wrong family values have changed. So either they find a way to appeal to all groups in terms of showing why jobs and not dependency is the right path rather than “judging” their choices that resulted in their current state, or they fade even more in political influence.

Bradky on November 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I would point out Ed that the left won a base turnout election with no agenda and a “Kill Romney” strategy.

Why are we looking in the mirror as a party?

You sound like Obama on healthcare with the “We have a communication problem”

No we have a COUNTRY problem when the electorate was D+6 for no positive reason that the democrats are providing.

I reject this was anything but the simple idea that we are the ones f*cked up the country is and retooling isn’t going to fix that.

The mistakes were made YEARS ago to let the country get to this point and you can’t fix that now. I don’t know where that leaves us but I am not going to make my life worse than it is already trying to communicate with people who only listen to the blatant lying of the Democrats on every issue. The proof that they only heard the democrats is they went right past the economy to trivial issues like women’s rights that weren’t even real position we as a party had.

Conan on November 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I’ve got news for everybody – as long as we stand for the values we stand for – we are toast. I’m sorry – communicating them AIN’T GONNA WORK. You are wrong. You should read what my daughter’s friends are saying on FB. They are vindictive and mean and sound a lot like Valerie Jarrett’s quote – ‘there will be hell to pay.’ They HATE US. PERIOD. THEY THINK WE ARE LESS THAN THEM. PERIOD. I am serious. We are toast.

djl130 on November 7, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Romney did a great job but the Republican Party as a whole is a miserable, out of touch, lumbering failure.

rplat on November 7, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Romney got less votes because the base is smaller than it used to be. Demographics is destiny.

BadgerHawk on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

You mean when we allow open borders? Weird how that works./

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:17 AM

This will require a new set of national leaders for the Republican Party and conservatism. We need men and women who can think creatively, produce a positive agenda that isn’t defined by an oppositional nature, and who can eloquently communicate that agenda and the values that drive it.

— Ed

Oppositional nature. You could not have gotten any blander than Romney. So what you are suggesting is Dem-Lite. Sorry won’t have any part of that. But Ed what concerns me is that you don’t see the true nature of last nights loss — The barbarians won. There is no need to continue the fight. The coffers of the State shall be used against all opposition, meek or mighty, with an endless parade of Presidential Caligulas as far as the eye can see.

Dr. Dog on November 7, 2012 at 8:17 AM

This false caricature of conservatives is sadly reinforced in our schools and everywhere in popular culture.

bluegill on November 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Yep. The Akins of the world only play into liberal hands.

But at the end of the day, it’s not our fault that Americans can’t do math and refuse to see the truth of what’s coming. The media can be blamed, but it’s really about the selfishness of Americans who simply want all that they can get from the government.

Time to go Galt.

beatcanvas on November 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Obama won middle and working class voters. According to exit polls Obama won all the voters who make under 60,000 a year. The Reagan Democrat is no more.

libfreeordie on November 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I think the battle is over. Talking about future tactics at this point is irrelevant.

Arssanguinus on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I fear you are right, but hope you are wrong.

I’d prefer to think it was Romney’s flaws as a candidate that produced last night’s debacle, and not the likely fact that a majority of the American public want free stuff.

MidniteRambler on November 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

LawnGnomeFanFirst on November 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Right here we have the winner. The scare tactics did work wonders.

People forget that most are not as into politics as we are. Normal people do not take the time to educate themselves, instead believe what is said in ads.

watertown on November 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

dem scare tactics won the day…

cripe…how can we communicate our message when the lsm uses the dems scare tactics against us…

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Constitution is obsolete, we are in Obama 2.0.

tim c on November 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

They HATE US. PERIOD. THEY THINK WE ARE LESS THAN THEM. PERIOD. I am serious. We are toast.

djl130 on November 7, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Hmmm my daughter is 20 and most over her friends are upset Romney lost.

There are still millions of votes remaining to be counted. We won’t know the true turnout numbers until the end of the week. It may very well be that Romney ultimately gained more votes than McCain.

Shouldn’t even have been close.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Does anyone have a brochure on this forward utopia?

Electrongod on November 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Yep: Just released, too:

Forward, 2012!

visions on November 7, 2012 at 8:20 AM

This time, Republicans can’t blame the candidate, or at least they shouldn’t.

We shouldn’t have blamed McCain either…but socon disgruntlement did push Mac out of contention in ’08. It was awesome to see a much more unified bloc on our side this time around backing Romney, who certainly wasn’t a conservative’s wet dream himself.

Just think tho…in four years, Biden might be the Dem candidate, and we’re sure to win.

JetBoy on November 7, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Obama won middle and working class voters. According to exit polls Obama won all the voters who make under 60,000 a year. The Reagan Democrat is no more.

libfreeordie on November 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Yes you guys have expanded the moocher class. Good job.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:20 AM

This time, Republicans can’t blame the candidate, or at least they shouldn’t.

thats a load of crap, all the money, organization, etc is worthless when you have a candidate that isnt likable. once again the media guided the republicans to the candidate they wanted us to run. we really shouldnt be surprised at the results.

chasdal on November 7, 2012 at 8:20 AM

The root of our problem has been the media and the school system.

We must take them both on. They default many voters to the liberal position and force us to have a negative GOP caraciture fight a media protected Dem caraciture.

That and school children being taught to see Obama praises, which again comes back to the media which will. Of expose such abuse.

HotAir and ‘conservative’ media are a great start, but if we start out calling ourselves conservative we lose already. We are American and need to stake out the heart of America.

We also must boycott companies advertising on the corrupt media news.

Finally, immigration is massive and many are being turned into hyphenated Americans. That weakens us all. We must make an effort to persuade minorities to join us as Americans instead of isolate groups from each other by race. Again this comes down to the media.

GardenGnome on November 7, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Great write-up, Ed, but I think you sugar-coat Romney too much.

Amazing that people continue to blame Bush for the state of the economy. I cite two of my co-workers as examples. Does Obama continue to get a free pass to blame Bush in his second term? Most likely.

Final score: Moochers & Looters: 2 Republic: 0

R.I.P.U.S.A.

VibrioCocci on November 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

We do not need to change our values, but we do need to find ways to communicate them in an engaging and welcoming manner.

Unfortunately, there will be more awful fallout from yesterday:
The GOP will have an internal struggle over the perversion of marriage & opposition to killing pre-born kids.

We–the USA–are becoming more evil.

itsnotaboutme on November 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Per Sean Trende, if Romney/Ryan would’ve gotten the same vote totals per state as McCain/Palin, Obama would’ve lost….

I think there are many lessons to be learned here.

Some for starters:

1. Chris Christie is a disgusting RINO who should never be spoken of again.

2. GOTV and early voting matters. A lot.

3. Libertarian Party voters; you’ve now advanced statism more than

almost anyone in the history of this country. Hope you’re happy.

4. The.MSM will say and do anything to elect Dems. And get away with it.

5. Running a clean campaign on the issues does not work if you’re a Republican.

6. The Establishment GOP/Moderates are now 0 for 5 (3 lost.elections; 2 failed progressive presidencies). Enough. Never again.

Norwegian on November 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

So, we lost this battle. We won a major battle two years ago. And we still hold the House (for what it’s worth)

Romney always had an up hill battle. He did well. Just not good enough.

The fight continues! Not at the polls, but in the well of the House, and on the Senate floor.

We can either sit on the bench, or get in the fight. What’s your choice?

EliTheBean on November 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Yep: Just released, too:

Forward, 2012!

visions on November 7, 2012 at 8:20 AM

And they say you can’t pay for votes.

CW on November 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

OBAMA 59,532,820*
ROMNEY 56,931,709

Less than 2 million votes now separates the winner from the loser nationwide.
Now someone tell me voter fraud doesn’t matter.

This morning, I am glad I am a Texan. We fought at the Alamo against impossible odds for 13 days and lost. However,that 13 days gave Sam Houston enough time to raise an army and defeat Santa Anna at San Jacinto and win independence from Mexico.

This morning, maybe we are all Texans.

gordo on November 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Come Nineveh, Come Tyre: The Presidency of Edward M. Jason Barack H. Obama.

Now we get to find out what was meant by “flexibility” regarding Russia. Somehow I don’t think they were talking about yoga.

captn2fat on November 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Less total votes than 4 years ago. Several million total votes less for GOP than 4 years ago. This reeks of voter fraud.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

This time, Republicans can’t blame the candidate, or at least they shouldn’t.

Yes, they can and they should. Romney did run a well-organized and well-financed campaign. But, in the end, he was a moderate. And moderates lose. Republicans do not need to re-evaluate their marketing strategy. They need to re-evaluate their candidates. We need true conservatives up and down the ticket. Conservatives win. Moderates lose. Period.

Shump on November 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

People saying Romney lost because he coudln’t turn out the base are off the mark.

The polls, which ended up being pretty accurate, showed the right had a real lead in the enthusiasm gap. But it doesn’t matter how enthusiastic you are if there are 10 million less of you then the other guy.

Republicans / conservatives who weren’t enthusiastic about showing up and defeating Obama will NEVER be enthusiastic about showing up.

The map has changed. Blaming the candidate is a distraction.

BadgerHawk on November 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The other thing I was disappointed with was that voters in my district in Illinois elected Bill Foster (SCIENTIST!) back to Congress, while giving long-time veteran Judy Biggart the heave-ho. The last time Foster was in Congress, I sent him an email expressing my concerns over Obamacare and he wrote me back telling me I had nothing to fear, as he “had read the entire thing cover to cover“!

I wish I had kept that email now. Because either Foster is a lying POS, or he is a speed-reader of unprecedented ability who is also, to the best of my knowledge, the ONLY member of Congress to have read the whole thing through!

pilamaye on November 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Republicans underestimated (and will continue to underestimate) the effects of illegals voting illegally. Hard to find any silver lining in any of this.

cynccook on November 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

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