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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No. What the GOP does is view “illegals” as criminals who are all on welfare or ruining the country. And that’s just. not. true.

libfreeordie on November 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

liberal logic at it’s best, folks.

MelonCollie on November 7, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Oh, one other point. I’m sure a great many Romans felt exactly as we do one day many, many moons ago.

Bmore on November 7, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Nanny-in-Chief won. Alot of people didnt want to give up their free stuff. This country is stupid…

Static21 on November 7, 2012 at 8:53 AM

And Obama spotted Romney the first debate. That should have been fatal, but the President came back to take debates 2 & 3 decisively.

Say what you will, Obama is such a formidable campaigner that no Republican could have beaten him.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Okay, if it’s ignorance, what’s the cure for ignorance? Education?

And how are our guys making that happen?

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Probably the riskiest, but most effective is to simply state publicly what we all say on here. Politicians must attack the democrats for who they really are, and what they’re really doing.

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

The only positive takeaway from last night is that at least we all know.

America had a real choice, and it chose to be a social welfare state. At least we can all plan accordingly.

BadgerHawk on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

he 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

This. Dems have moved left, to remain in lockstep with their party, because for them, ideology trumps country every time. They are united. Groupthink. One voice. The borg. Individuality does not exist.

Conservatives, OTOH, refuse to unite under one banner. We fight over petty issues like gay marriage, we have idiot candidates like Akin, O’Donnell, Angle. We cannot unite with one voice. A big part of our problem is that we fundamentally believe in individual freedom. That cannot win, clearly, against the borg. The SCOTUS will now become liberal, the Constitution will become a quaint, flawed little document, parasites will eat the host, the host will die. America will be over. What happens after that, I have no clue.

But hey, So Cons stood by their principles. Goody.

idalily on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Say what you will, Obama is such a formidable campaigner that no Republican could have beaten him.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

No he’s not. The media covered his ass like a snuggie.

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Those Conservatives who suggest a compromise in principles, values, and ethics, have built their house on shifting sands.

kingsjester on November 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

GOP just cannot become the party of amnesty and abortion and homosexuality.

gumbyandpokey on November 7, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Yes, we must do more to become of the party of government-enforced morality. Like the Saudis. Because that’s a winning message.

EddieC on November 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

This gravy train can’t last forever, obviously. How are the people on it going to react when they are finally told all of these promises made to them can’t be fulfilled? That is what concerns me.

Mark1971 on November 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

4)The Republican base has shrunk. There aren’t enough of them to win a base election on a national level.

This election was a tipping point.

BadgerHawk on November 7, 2012 at 8:41 AM

This.

One of the big reasons it was so easy to believe our own hype was to look at the huge drop in enthusiasm for Obama – which was entirely real: he was down some 15% from 2008.

But for people to have endured four years of THIS and to have generated this much groundswell for the Republican candidate and have a SMALLER turnout than the people who held their nose for McCain four years ago…

I don’t know where we’re going to get the 10% bump we would need to close this gap, and it will only get worse as the dark-blue Reddit crowd continue to cross over into voting age and start clamoring for single-payer care and putting the banks under their boot and all the other Occupier governance policies they cherish.

My father-in-law goes one step further even than that and assumes they will push a big amnesty bill and add another ten million illegals to the rolls, and if they do that in combination with our inability to overcome the constant playing of the race card… we might as well just pack up and move to Galt Gulch. With the growing power of the federal government and especially the executive branch, an insurmountable national base is going to effectively negate our significant advantage in congressional districts and state governorships.

The Schaef on November 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Oh Israel is another loser too! Sorry but when Iran attacks them in the next few months or in a couple of years. I am NOT GOING TO FIGHT! I WON’T SERVE! Would have fought for Israel, but mae these Obamaphone users do it!

anchorman on November 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Clearly, conservatives lost that argument last night, at least in large part, as John Ziegler wrote in the immediate aftermath.

Affable RINOs lost last night. Conservatives have yet to be tested.

dogsoldier on November 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

1)Establishment/Country Club Republicans-they now have lost 92 96 08 and 12 with their candidates. Lets quit picking them. Especially Lard Lad from NJ in 2016. I suggest Rubio or Gov Walker.

The lesson that most people are taking is that last night’s defeat was the “Tea Party’s” fault and that we need to select leftists who support higher taxes and Obamacare. Jeb Bush with Rubio as VP pick is almost guaranteed. Walker has no chance, and neither does my top choice Mike Pence. Both will be ridiculed as right-wing extremists.

2) Senator John Cornyn. Time to get rid of him. Charlie Crist, now last nights debacle.

anchorman on November 7, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I’ve noticed the RINO contingent is carefully avoiding saying anything negative about Thompson and other losers and are focusing all the blame on Mourdock. Even if Cornyn is replaced, it will be by someone equally incompetent, but I doubt he will be replaced. There is a scramble going on by the Establishment to make sure the Tea Party crowd is blame.

“We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen! We must do something about this immediately! Immediately! Immediately!”

As I said, after last night I am done supporting the Republican Party.

Doomberg on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I got it. We need to promise people more free stuff than the Democrats.

forest on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I can’t defend comments about rape and abortion being illegal even when it risks the life of the mother.

LawnGnomeFanFirst

If you believe anyone supports making abortion illegal even when the mother’s life is at risk, you are a perfect example of why this country is probably done for.

xblade on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

4)The Republican base has shrunk. There aren’t enough of them to win a base election on a national level.

This election was a tipping point.

BadgerHawk on November 7, 2012 at 8:41 AM

This, this, this.

MelonCollie on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Latinos have to understand that it has nothing to do with latinos,

The fact that you expect anyone to believe that is also why you will continue to lose.

POTUS VOTE TOTALS:

1996 – 94,683,948
2000 – 101,455,899 (+7%)
2004 – 121,069,054 (+19%)
2008 – 129,389,711 (+7%)
2012 – 115,562,372 (-11%) <<< WTF?

So after at least 7% voter growth every election since 1996, in 2012 we drop 11%!!!! Has anything like this ever happened before? If you look at voters as a % of population the drop is even more staggering.

And yet, polling stations had to remain open extra hours because of their sheer volume of voters?

mitchellvii on November 7, 2012 at 6:35 AM

You’re forgetting that one of the biggest population centers in the nation was just hit by a massive Hurricane, there’s no question that depressed turnout. Also, look….this was part of what you wanted right? The very notion of Voter ID laws was to restrict the electorate. So….congrats! But it seems that you may have also restricted/discouraged some of your own supporters as well.

libfreeordie on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

No he’s not. The media covered his ass like a snuggie.

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

You believe that.

And that is why you lost.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I think the Conservative base stayed out yesterday, as they did in 2008.

Many could not hold their nose and vote for another RINO.

dogsoldier on November 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

No he’s not. The media covered his ass like a snuggie.

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Yup.

The ~6500 bucks I donated to Romney this year….

I’m handing it to the first organization I find that targets the media for destruction on a personal level.

Good luck GOP I’m finally convinced you’re incapable of addressing the real enemy.

Obama without the media would have gotten 37%.

Not one more dime.

harlekwin15 on November 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Conservatives, OTOH, refuse to unite under one banner. We fight over petty issues like gay marriage, we have idiot candidates like Akin, O’Donnell, Angle. We cannot unite with one voice. A big part of our problem is that we fundamentally believe in individual freedom. That cannot win, clearly, against the borg. The SCOTUS will now become liberal, the Constitution will become a quaint, flawed little document, parasites will eat the host, the host will die. America will be over. What happens after that, I have no clue.

But hey, So Cons stood by their principles. Goody.

idalily on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM


In my opinion, our problem is two fold.

We have people in the party that are pansies. They are the people that always uphold the nobility of being moderate. They think we need to always run to the center to win elections. The David Brooks, Peggy Noonans, etc. They are wrong.

Then there are, as I like to call them, the RabidCons. The O’Donnells, etc. They are the people that think pushing one issue or another to the back burner in hopes to use another issue as leverage makes one a RINO. Anyone that wants to engage in any political calculation? A RINO. Your mom? A RINO.

What we need is a party that has both political principle and political finesse. We currently lack both.

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

And Obama spotted Romney the first debate. That should have been fatal, but the President came back to take debates 2 & 3 decisively.

Say what you will, Obama is such a formidable campaigner that no Republican could have beaten him.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Totally with the help of the media. I beg to differ he won 2&3. He definitely ranted better. His record is abysmal. We are in trouble. Let’s take a bet as to how much in debt we’ll be at the end of his term. I say he adds another 5 trillion in the next 4 years.

Static21 on November 7, 2012 at 8:57 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

Oh so correct…

PatriotRider on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Conservative women/mothers age 30-54 are sandwiched btwn a generation of dont-touch-my-Medicare elderly females and the stay-out-of-my-body-except-for-birth-control-and-abortion young women. We also probably have a segment within that 30-54 range of women who were spared being ‘punished by a baby’ in the 70s-90s, who are rearing their daughters in the same mold.

Welcome to the age of cradle-to-grave Julias.

Mekei on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

You believe that.

And that is why you lost.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Let’s say a Republican was president instead of Obama. You don’t think the media would be screaming everyday about Benghazi, high unemployment, high food prices, high gas prices and so on?

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Affable RINOs lost last night. Conservatives have yet to be tested.

dogsoldier on November 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Richard Mourdock.

Todd Akin.

Rick Berg.

Tom Smith.

George Allen.

Josh Mandel.

Conservatives were most certainly tested last night. And were found wanting. We lost as bad as the RINOs did. Blaming another faction of the party might make your pain go away but won’t help us win a single election.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

A big part of our problem is that we fundamentally believe in individual freedom.

idalily on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

You’re kidding, right? The party of prohibition and gay marriage bans and outlawing stem cell research fundamentally believes in individual freedom?

EddieC on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Doomberg

They can blame the tea party all they want, but I am sorry Mitt was not a tea partier.

Seems from the exits people still blame Bush. They wanted this, now choke on it!

anchorman on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Those Conservatives who suggest a compromise in principles, values, and ethics, have built their house on shifting sands.

kingsjester on November 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Which bread line do you want to talk about this in?

ManWithNoName on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

libfreeordie on November 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Then they are just as economically illiterate and self-centered as the rest of you.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

If you believe anyone supports making abortion illegal even when the mother’s life is at risk, you are a perfect example of why this country is probably done for.

xblade on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

One of the most aggravating things about these elections is how so many people base their votes on total nonsense or issues that’ll be unaffected by the office they are voting for. It’s nuts.

forest on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

You believe that.

And that is why you lost.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

You know what “ban me” yourself. I had to read about George W Bush being personally responsible for Abu Gonad for 60 days as front page news. Ogabe gets US diplomats killed and blames the 1st amendment and ‘crickets.”

I’m gonna try to buy the media’s pushers and pimps and start destroying newsie careers with my lobbying money.

You break the armor to hit the gas tank.

harlekwin15 on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I’m afraid that it may be too late for the GOP as is. It will either totally reinvent itself or will be swept away. The current generation will find out, to their horror, that it is still possible to have a Great Depression. Things will likely get much worse before they get better. When that happens, people will wonder why they ever cared about Fluke’s pills. This election was lost on such trivial grounds that future generations will say “what were they thinking?”

Yesterday, I heard Jindal say that the President had the most vacuous campaign slogan ever. As he put it, when you are headed at 80 MPH straight at a brick wall, the last thing you want to do is go Forward! Yesterday, the country opted for the Thelma and Louise solution. All we are likely to be able to do is hunker down, save as much of society as we can, and rebuild. Depressing, I know.

MichiCanuck on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Most of us know what’s coming. Those that voted for Obama have absolutely no idea how it’s going to effect them one year from now.

salem on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Where can we start?

The House GOP should start putting up bill after bill, MAKE the Democrats kill them all.

They do that to us!!!!!

They send us budgets for “taking care of the troops,” but throw in little provisions for their cronies, and when we block the bill for that reason, they claim we hate the soldiers in the field.

It’s time to use their games. That’s the problem. We don’t get down in the mud. Get sneaky, get filthy. Get cold and calculating.

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

No he’s not. The media covered his ass like a snuggie.

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

This is correct. If they had screamed about Fast and Furious and Benghazi, the Black Panthers case and others, as they have done in the past when a Republican was in the white house, Zero would surely have lost.

They have also carried his water on the economy for over three years.

dogsoldier on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

If you believe anyone supports making abortion illegal even when the mother’s life is at risk, you are a perfect example of why this country is probably done for.

xblade on November 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Joe Walsh would like a word……http://www.mediaite.com/tv/gop-congressman-joe-walsh-abortion-exception-for-mothers-life-a-tool-for-abortions-anytime/

Its this kind of stuff…where you just ignorant of it, or chose not to pay attention? GOP candidates have been saying crazy ish like this all election cycle.

libfreeordie on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

But hey, So Cons stood by their principles. Goody.

idalily on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Wow, I didn’t realize Romney and Tommy Thompson were “so-cons.” Good job seeing through them pretending to be soft moderates! They had me completely fooled. /

Doomberg on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I f***ing hate Ayn Rand, and yet… “going Galt” sounds like a pretty darn good idea at this point.

Mr. Prodigy on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 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.

Try this.

No necesitamos cambiar nuestros valores, pero sí necesitamos encontrar la manera de comunicarse de una manera atractiva y acogedora.

A Spanish-speaking Rush Limbaugh would be a great start.

Greek Fire on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Why did we lose?

1) Treasonous media: Didn’t cover Benghazi. Didn’t report the truth about the auto bailouts. Didn’t report that thousands of military were being disenfranchised. Let every Obama lie stand and attacked every implication that Romney made that might not be true.

2) Gary Johnson voters: We warned them. Take his votes and disenfranchised military and we could very well have president-elect Romney

3) Cheating: There were widespread reports of people finding their vote already cast for Obama when they got to the polls, and that’s just people that actually went to vote this cycle.

4) Stimulus vote buying: A lot of Ohio went for Obama believing he saved their jobs with the auto bailout. GM is expected to be bankrupt again in 2 years. Chances are we’ll bail them out again as the treasonous media backs the GOP into a corner.

BIGGEST REASON: I do believe the country really is R+6. But we’ve continued to move out of blue states in droves over the last two years. Fleeing the same horrible policies in our states that are happening now at the federal level, we left the balance of power in the blue states hands.

What comes next? An economy crushed by skyrocketing energy prices as another 200 coal plants shut down, or about half our remaining capacity. $8 gas by the end of the year. The largest tax increase on the middle class in history in the form of Obamacare. Double digit unemployment. Very high inflation as energy prices and the QE1, QE2 and QE3 cash have their effect.

The only question is what percentage of the “socialism rocks!” crowd will finally get the message that this country is being destroyed by the left, and what percentage will just cry for more government help.

PastorJon on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I agree with Ed on this one. Mitt Romney was able to energize the Republican party like John McCain never did. The enthusiasm for him to win WAS real. The problem with the country is the media. With a biased media, the liberals will continue to thrive and conservatives will continue to strive. We must never give up. And no, Republicans in Congress have NO reason to “compromise” with Barrack Obama. I will not call him President Obama anymore after this. He does not deserve the title. He does not deserve the job. He may be “the” President, but I do not think of him as “my” President. Last night was a crushing defeat, to me personally, but I seriously, really thought Romney would win…and the majority of the country could not be so idiotic as they are. I was shocked when the vote came out…and sat staring at the screen for a few minutes…unable to comprehend that Obama had won…again. It was almost unthinkable. Charles Krauthammer is correct. When asked last night if Republicans should alter the party, he said emphatically NO. Republicans have the RIGHT MESSAGE..the RIGHT IDEAS…and the exit polling last night on questions involving the economy and vision for the future showed that. Romney won on that basis. He (Romney) just wasn’t able to make them feel like “he cared” and that is the problem with the electorate. Too many people voted last night based on “feelings”. This is the vote that I believe many many people will come to regret in the next few months. Chris Christie should be run out of the party, because he “photo op” with Obama allowed Obama to remind people that “he cares” about the people. That is the one thing which pushed him over the top. By allowing Obama to look “presidential” it cut the economic momentum that Romney was riding and shoved the vote back onto “awwww…he cares!”, like folks voting for the cute little puppy they see in the window to guard their house from burglars rather than the ugly, severe, and serious adult dog. People voted for “looks” rather than for “substance”. And the 2nd Obama Recession is going to come about because of it. Some who voted for him may think he will move center, but he has NO REASON to do so. Obama is going to tack even harder left, and use his media sycophants to demagogue the Republicans in the House in order to push them into his agenda. THIS is where Republicans must stand strong. No compromise, Boehner. Stand firm. Your beliefs and values are firm. Remember, Darrel Issa is still in charge of investigations, and I do not believe he will let F&F and Benghazi go until we (the American People) have justice. We need to ensure that our representatives stand strong, and do not give in. The people will know what Obama is like when Sequestration continues, and the military is decimated. More jobs will continue to be lost; unemployment will continue to rise; gas/food/energy prices will continue to inch upwards. We must hold firm, as hard as it is, for 2 years when we have a shot to take back the Senate, and force Obama to move to the center. Don’t let Obama get away with his agenda…stop him in his liberal tracks…hold him…until we can take things over again.

I’m sorry for this long, disjointed rant…but I had to get it all out.

Highlar on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

The realignment back to conservatives you are speaking of can only happen when we experience another horrific crash. This may not happen because the Democrats have a plan to create this new normal, with lower expectations and accountability, and more govt freebies. It may take a generation for everything to break down, and for the rich to finally bail as they get soaked for everything they are worth. When the job growth is finally nearly extinct on a permanent basis, the country may wake up. But maybe not.

The reality is that they successfully conquered Academia. The vast majority of our kids are graduating high school and college as dumb as ever, and with their hands out. They can’t think for themselves. The secularism of our popular culture and in our schools has replaced what used to be a Christian values country. This is the perfect Dem voter. The kids we raise to buck this trend are vastly out-numbered.

Only when the Dems run out of other people’s money will there be a shift. It could take a long time, and the results will be devastating.

I really feel for my kids. I am teaching them values that are undermined by our system. I see a world where they are not valued for what they produce, but instead they are accused of being greedy when they want a better life than this new normal.

The only bright spot in this is that Dems can’t help themselves and they may just turn this into a train wreck faster than I think.

goflyers on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Most of us know what’s coming. Those that voted for Obama have absolutely no idea how it’s going to effect them one year from now.

salem on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The democrats and the media will simply blame it on Republicans.

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

In fact Romney was our best shot. He ran a good race. No other choice of ours could have organized as he did or raised the money he did. But we need to accept reality. The demographic terrain has changed so we need to adapt to it.

writeblock on November 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

But hey, So Cons stood by their principles. Goody.

idalily on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Typical RINO response. You got your squishy little liberal cadidate in Romney, he gets whipped by the worst President in history and you blame the So Cons. The simple truth is if someone’s going to vote for a liberal it may as well be a real liberal instead of one posing as a conservative for one election.

Flange on November 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Oh…but on the plus side…I AM happy about my county here in MD. We went Romney by a vote of 56.7% – 40.6%. I knew St. Mary’s County wasn’t full of idiots!!!

Highlar on November 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Good news is the democrat liberal lost. The bad news is the socialist marxist won.

Flange on November 7, 2012 at 8:43 AM

+100.

promachus on November 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Imma gonna go with that.

First is, all the jerk offs in the Republican party picked Romney, since the Republican party is a free association, he was not a Democrat, even though his view of the world is liberal like a Democrats.

Second off, Obama is worse than most socialists in Europe, he is much closer to a dictatorial loving Marxist.

astonerii on November 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

A Spanish-speaking Rush Limbaugh would be a great start.

Greek Fire on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Great idea.

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Let’s say a Republican was president instead of Obama. You don’t think the media would be screaming everyday about Benghazi, high unemployment, high food prices, high gas prices and so on?

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

They already have, minus Benghazi, during the Dubya years and liberals were right there, screaming and ranting with the best of them.

I said it last night I’ll say it again now: Those who chose 4 more years of disaster can reap it, I’ll be protecting my own and withdrawing from the economy. Good luck.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I agree that this shouldn’t be laid entirely at Romney’s feet. He ran a good campaign- he offered optimism, he offered a positive agenda, he offered ideas, and he had the funding/org to spread them. He didn’t abandon what he staked himself to during the primaries, and he actually embraced people (like Paul Ryan) and topics (like Medicare) that most Republicans wouldn’t have dared to. He tried to have a serious conversation with the American people about the problems we face. It’s not his fault they weren’t ready to listen. It wasn’t flawless…a lot of his ads were forgettable, and the convention was a lost opportunity. But, in the end, I’m proud of the campaign he ran.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I’ll give Romney’s campaign a B-. He could’ve stepped up his game following the 10/3 debate and closed the deal but he retreated. He just played it too safe, too often. The best thing he had going for him is his squeaky cleanliness and lack of personal dirt making him less of a media target but they still gave it their all.

You can’t be a howdy-doody candidate when your opponent’s calling you a ‘bullsh*tter’, rapping with Jay-Z, and talking about ‘revenge’. In short, we needed a ‘real’ fighter. Romney’s smarts, cleanliness, and logistics do not make him a fighter. What we need is a real political pugilist, with all the aforementioned Romney qualities. And yes, you have to engage the media on the war front.

RepubChica on November 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

A Spanish-speaking Rush Limbaugh would be a great start.

Greek Fire on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

God love him, Tito “the Builder” Munoz has been trying that exact same thing in Virginia. If he could get a national audience… maybe.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Totally with the help of the media. I beg to differ he won 2&3. *snip*
Static21 on November 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Keep those good thought into 2016, please.
It shows an obstinate refusal to confront reality, and that will bode well for President Hillary.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Well, when Daddy Obama doesn’t deliver in the next four years, the temper tantrum will occur.

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM

hey libfree, i lost my job in obama’s economy last month. want to pay my bills? because unemployment sure won’t.

thanks for helping me to lose my job. GFY.

tdpwells on November 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Doomberg

They can blame the tea party all they want, but I am sorry Mitt was not a tea partier.

Seems from the exits people still blame Bush. They wanted this, now choke on it!

anchorman on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I agree the reaction is stupid but the official estabishment narrative shaping up is that “Romney was too extreme and too far to the right” or alternatively, “We would have won but Mourdock ruined it.” Note that Akin is also being painted as a “Tea Partier” despite the fact that the major Tea Party candidate in that primary was Steelman.

The House GOP should start putting up bill after bill, MAKE the Democrats kill them all.

They do that to us!!!!!

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I’m not trying to get you more upset, but that’s just not going to happen. Boehner already wasn’t doing this in 2011. Look at the “soul-searching” reactions this morning to get an idea of where things are headed.

Doomberg on November 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Responsible Republicans are going to have to stop tolerating total garbage like this if you want to survive as a national party: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/donald-trump-election-revolution_n_2085864.html

Alpha_Male on November 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

[The Dems} figured out how to revitalize their party. Now it’s our turn."

Yes, and how did they do that? By taking charge of the checkbook and expanding the number of people getting checks from it. They will stick to that playbook. Millions of illegal aliens given amnesty will be the first start. Republicans won’t block it because they think they need the Hispanic vote (which, being utter fools but not realizing it, will never happen).Unemployment will be extended and extended and extended to allow slobs to sit for years on the dole and when that expires, the unemployed will be labeled disabled and get checks for that. The food stamp program will quadruple. Given the election results, folks have already figured out that it’s easier to vote Democrat than work. Conservatives like us will literally be allowed to die off — medical care after 65? Ha! Unless you can pay for it yourself with your retirement savings which, by the way, won’t be worth squat thanks to inflation, you won’t get care. So what if doctors stop practicing? There aren’t enough of them to matter when voting time comes. People on social security will have to hurry up and die too to keep up the fiction of that being available for younger people when they are ready to retire (which will be never – nope, now you get to work until you die your early death.) Young people will forget that there ever was such a thing as upward mobility since they will be educated by unionized teachers telling them to be happy with what little crap they have.

I’d happily listen to arguments for why this won’t happen — but look around you! It has already begun and it just got the rubber stamp from the electorate.

natasha333 on November 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Obama won’t last 4 years. He’ll be impeached or he’ll resign because once we go over that fiscal cliff and everyone points at HIM, he won’t be able to stand the heat.

And whatever will he do when he has absolutely NO reason to jet around the world on AF-1? What will he do when he actually has to govern? This is going to be fun to watch. I give him 18 months to resign or be impeached. Maybe even sooner. Urkel don’t gots no spine.

Key West Reader on November 7, 2012 at 8:38 AM

it is too bad that we were so pathetic in the senate races that we should have easily won. Without the senate, any impeachment goes nowhere.

Obama will never resign and the media will never allow their prince to be portrayed in a negative light.

Yes he knows nothing about how to govern, only how to campaign.
Valerie Jarret and company will pull the strings of the puppet child.He will executive order his way to his agenda and transform America. USA be damned

he will be shown to be an utter failure, but at what expense?

THe fiscal cliff is coming, his tax the rich scheme will only cover 9 days of governmental spending, businesses will not hire but retract or go under instead, the sequestration and upcoming financial events will take him down, but he will never resign.

And in the aftermath, the welfare state will stilll vote in the democrat who gives them the most stuff. Man, when am I due for the latest updated Obama phone?

The only consolation I take from this is that God is in control.

Some words of wisdom for a harrowing time

2 Timothy 3: 1-5 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power

audiotom on November 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I agree that this shouldn’t be laid entirely at Romney’s feet. He ran a good campaign- he offered optimism, he offered a positive agenda, he offered ideas, and he had the funding/org to spread them. He didn’t abandon what he staked himself to during the primaries, and he actually embraced people (like Paul Ryan) and topics (like Medicare) that most Republicans wouldn’t have dared to. He tried to have a serious conversation with the American people about the problems we face. It’s not his fault they weren’t ready to listen. It wasn’t flawless…a lot of his ads were forgettable, and the convention was a lost opportunity. But, in the end, I’m proud of the campaign he ran.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

This.

He jumped on the Third Rail of Politics.

I am proud to have had Romney as our nominee. He is a good man, he stood up to the plate, but couldn’t overcome. I know that ANY other people in the GOP field that ran for nomination would have gotten DECIMATED.

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

And quit saying that people who voted for obama are ignorant. They are not ignorant. They know exactly what they are voting for. They want to take from segments of the population that are productive and give it to themselves.

Immigration is a joke. Don’t look at them like criminals? That is exactly what they are. They come to this county illegaly and figure out that if they vote democrat they can get theirs.

I drop my daughter off at daycare and see all these little mexican girls drive up in their 40, 50, 60 thousand dollar cars, leave their kids and pay with their WTO card. I guess that makes sense in libfree’s world. They should have money to enjoy life and not have to worry about little things like child care. Illegals that are here aren’t stupid. They know that they can continue to game the system by keeping people like obama in office.

In case anyone is wondering/cares, my name is Joel A. Gonzalez. My parents came here from Mexico legally around 45 years ago.

JAGonzo on November 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

A Spanish-speaking Rush Limbaugh would be a great start.

Greek Fire on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

His first spanish sentence should be something along the lines of “Yo soy un boco grande Y poco sustantivo.”

All kidding aside, what would that actually accomplish? I’m not sure I get what you’re insinuating.

MelonCollie on November 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I said it last night I’ll say it again now: Those who chose 4 more years of disaster can reap it, I’ll be protecting my own and withdrawing from the economy. Good luck.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Me too. To hell with the Obama sheep and those on our own side who sat this out. To those that voted for continued high unemployment and mountains of debt, you’ll be reaping what you’ve sown soon enough.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Even Elizabeth Warren prevailed. Sheesh.

Pazman on November 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I think the Conservative base stayed out yesterday, as they did in 2008.

Many could not hold their nose and vote for another RINO.

dogsoldier on November 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

This just doesn’t add up.

The polls, which ended up being pretty accruate, showed a regular and consistent gap in favor of Republicans.

And yet, in the consequential election of our lifetimes, there weren’t enough of them to beat a social welfare Democrat with a terrible record.

Blaming the candidate is a straw man. Anyone who wasn’t motivated to show up and beat Obama isn’t going to be any more motivated in four years, no matter who the Republicans nominate.

BadgerHawk on November 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Oh and for future reference, whatever Dick morris predicts, EXPECT the opposite to happen.

Dude is now batting 0 for the century.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Keep those good thought into 2016, please.
It shows an obstinate refusal to confront reality, and that will bode well for President Hillary.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM

So you think the media has no effect on elections?

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The GOP should demand that taxes be raised to cover current spending. No more deficit spending. And no more “hidden” taxation through borrowing. You want the spending? You get the taxes.

EddieC on November 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I’m not trying to get you more upset, but that’s just not going to happen. Boehner already wasn’t doing this in 2011. Look at the “soul-searching” reactions this morning to get an idea of where things are headed.

Doomberg on November 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I know

I’m just trying to stay positive.

Seems like the whole environment around me is collapsing into sorrow and despair.

Some dude has to keep the morale up, I guess.

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Romney ran a campaign that was horrible. When that Obama super pac ran that ad accusing him of killing the dude’s wife, Romney’s spokesperson Andrea (something) suggested the guys wife would have been covered under “Romneycare in MA”

Obama and his cronies accused Romney of being a felon, murderer, tax cheat, racist, sexist, cult member. While Romney was calling Obama a “nice man”

You’re the one that needs to get a grip.

Romney’s whole campaign was “I am the acceptable alternative.” He picked Ryan then quickly muzzled him. He didn’t draw any bold contrasts.

And when you are running to unseat an incumbent, running as the “safe alternative” is not ENOUGH.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 7, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This. You got it right, girl.

RepubChica on November 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM

How about a few thoughts on the crap poll analysis of the right wing blogosphere?

Tell us some more about the big voter enthusiasm.

Moesart on November 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Let’s say a Republican was president instead of Obama. You don’t think the media would be screaming everyday about Benghazi, high unemployment, high food prices, high gas prices and so on?

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The voting public was fully aware of every one of those issues and STILL voted to reelect Obama.

You’re just bitter because the Republicans couldn’t use Benghazi to political advantage. Period.

I hope the Right keeps the same attitudes as you have articulated, going forward. They will continue to lose elections.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM

it’s not that complicated, part 2

single women
blacks
Hispanics

other than Hispanics, family structure is toast, hence, big government is daddy / husband.

should the preacher change his message ? He better not . . .

williampeck1958 on November 7, 2012 at 9:08 AM

The realignment back to conservatives you are speaking of can only happen when we experience another horrific crash.

That crash is around the corner. Europe is already crashing. In four years it’ll be far more clear that the socialist paradigm doesn’t work.

Remember what a mess NYC was before the liberals who ran the place finally turned in desperation to a fiscal conservative like Rudy? Things have to get worse before they get better.

writeblock on November 7, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Apropos of nothing, my patience for the “Blame Bush” meme is officially at an end.

Substantively, to hear this in the second term of an Obama administration is deserving of ridicule.

Politically, the R’s track record in the last six national elections is now:
Bush 41 — 0-1
Dole — 0-1
Bush 43 — 2-0
McCain — 0-1
Romney — 0-1

How someone can look at this and conclude Bush 43 was the biggest problem is — well, I won’t say beyond me, but let’s just say I think it’s highly divergent from the evidence.

Chuckles3 on November 7, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Fiscal conservatives/social liberals are the future of the republican party. If the Republicans had named someone FARTHER to the right than Mitt Romney, the end results would have been worse, not better folks, worse.

Boomer_Sooner on November 7, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Yeah right, full speed ahead RHINOs! It’s working , it’s working! Bush, McCain, Romney… how about Jeb! All we have to do is become Democrats who are fiscally conservative and then we’ll start winning elections. Gay marriage, legal pot, free sex changes for all, college for everyone, amnesty for illegals – those are certainly economically sound decisions right? The problem with your logic is that – aside from all other reasons – “socially liberal” translates into economically liberal. I believe that moderating to the left is what we call “stuck on stupid.”

Free Indeed on November 7, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Apparently America believes that America as doing as well as it could possibly do right now. Obama’s worked as hard as he could in the past four years, and he’ll work just as hard in the next four.

hawksruleva on November 7, 2012 at 9:09 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

It wasn’t Romney it was the handout mentality

They were more driven to not lose entitlements than we were to right the country

audiotom on November 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Mitt Romney was able to energize the Republican party like John McCain never did. The enthusiasm for him to win WAS real.

Highlar on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

He got fewer votes than John McCain did.

sharrukin on November 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I hope the Right keeps the same attitudes as you have articulated, going forward. They will continue to lose elections.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I hope you preen and govern like you think you won a blowout. You’re gonna lose whole states and maybe a a new nation.

harlekwin15 on November 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 7, 2012 at 8:51 AM

He wasn’t perfect, but to say he was the worst ever is so delusional and debased I don’t know where to start.

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM

It seems to me that conservatives still do not understand that they can get all the dedicated GOP voters to the polls that they want, but if the state keeps importing a million new Democrats a year via legal and illegal immigration, keeps creating millions of new single-mother Democratic voters via social policies, keeps impoverishing the middle-class GOP base, then the sheer demographic shift guarantees a one-party state in less than a decade.
How many pro-immigration Republicans does it take to change a light bulb? None, they hire an illegal alien to do it for them.

TxAnn56 on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Which bread line do you want to talk about this in?

ManWithNoName on November 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I will not be in a bread line. If I have to sell Slurpees, I will…or, if I have to stock dairy at Walmart, as I did 11 years ago at 42, I will.My father dropped out in 6th grade and worked at a movie theatre to help support his family in the Depression, then he went on to land on Normandy Beach on D-day.

I’m a Christian American Conservative and I WILL NOT GIVE UP.

kingsjester on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

-OTT Whatever happened to those tapes that Breitbart mentioned releasing prior to his death?

EnglishRogue on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The GOP should demand that taxes be raised to cover current spending. No more deficit spending. And no more “hidden” taxation through borrowing. You want the spending? You get the taxes.

EddieC on November 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I’ve been thinking this myself. Maybe the GOP should insist that if the Bush tax cuts get repealed it should be all of them, not just $250k plus.

Mark1971 on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The next four years has a set of problems that remain unchanged, and they are due to a century of turning away from a fiscally responsible course and never working to pull back programs and hold institutions accountable for what they do. This does not change in 2 years of a Tea Party.

The ‘fiscal cliff’ of higher taxes, unsustainable debt, and the resulting low investment into the economy which gives lower jobs cannot be avoided no matter who is in office. Over-regulation of society and institutions by government was always going to be a hard job and will be harder because of who is elected, but the problem, itself, remains. The lowered productivity is a result of this, as well as an increasing cost to everything as central management fails as it has done since the beginning of time and only absolute poverty of thought and pocket have allowed such conditions to spiral into Iron Times.

As a Nation we see insolvent States about to go belly-up: CA, IL, NY to name but three. Yet Obama winning does not detract from the fact that at the State level the movement is away from ‘just accepting’ dictation from above. With 30 States with Governors who do not necessarily follow the federal government’s lead and Statehouses tasked with survival of their States likewise aligned, the coming problems of a few States going insolvent will point out that the Constitution is not a suicide pact: no State is ‘too big to fail’. That decision isn’t made at the federal level, but the State level and when the good and thrifty States put forth that their people did not vote for pensions in CA, IL, NY and elsewhere, then the second level of accountability comes into play along with its checks and balances.

These things were on the agenda no matter who won last night, and the American people are not giving a solid message but one that is nuanced with an innate understanding of what federalism is, even if it is not talked about. The fight now moves from the failed National institutions to the State and local level just where so many have said it would be and should be since the rise of the Tea Party. In that realm is the hardest fight for those who would correct the problems of society as the federal government will no longer be able or ready to help as it becomes insolvent in its own right. We will have a devalued currency, soaring prices for everything, and a bankrupt educational system from K-12 through to the University level that cannot be sustained and will, due to its own weight, collapse as it has already started to do.

Hard times are ahead and they always were. Mitt Romney promised to put pressure on the wound to at least allow it to clot up and perhaps limp along until something a bit better could be done. Now comes the next path, the harder path, the unpleasant path, the painful path and as we see our Nation devolve at the federal level it is up to the States to bring it back in line. We have grown overly fond of the 20th century Nation State and yet, driven by 19th century dogma against eternal 18th century understandings, it is up to us in the 21st century to apply the thing that is left to us: cauterize the wound. Our fellow citizens won’t want to face that now, but when they are slapped silly by having to pay for what others have promised and cannot deliver, when what they have been promised cannot be delivered, when their straits grow so dire because of unwise governmental choices then what other end is there?

Hold the Left to their lovely promises and continually ask how they can pay for it without killing people. Because medical rationing is the State deciding who should die and when – it is killing people via the element of the State. Taking from the rich does not make the poor wealthy as the economy declines, and that, too is the State deciding winners and losers and extending and deepening poverty for all which will kill those at the lowest part of society. This is the mirror that now must be held up to the gloating, smirking, finger-pointing, condescending Left and point to the blood on their hands and pooling around their feet. If all their lovely ideas are so grand, then why is such misery required and such impoverishment guaranteed? For this does not work out no matter when it was tried or by whom: it cannot be done ‘right’ because of the required misery that none on the Left dare to acknowledge and always decry as ‘someone else’s fault’ never their own.

That is your job: educate those who will listen, warn those who can hear, work with your fellow man to insure his safety, point out that the ills of the many are not solved by making the few worse off and killing the old, the poor, the young and the enfeebled. Help the educational system to implode and be prepared to take its place in your neighborhood so that the young can learn of our folly and that of their grand-parents and great-grandparents. Be an example to others, lead a good life, uphold your ideals, and prepare as many as you can for what comes next for it will be awful in ways we cannot conceive. Winning an election is not the same as surviving the victory, and an election is not a war but a battle.

As Breitbart said, we are at WAR.

I’ve been preparing for the long haul no matter who wins or loses a battle.

Have you?

ajacksonian on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 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

Another data point:

I drove vans of neighborhood walkers for 5 straight weekends, but still got 3 to 6 calls a day up through election day, even though I voted 10 days early.

And the GOP telephone call computer system changed my first name to “Marvin” 3 days ago on the calls.

fred5678 on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Umm.. we’re going to seriously shill for Marco Rubio.. Don’t get the appeal.

Illinidiva on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Mitch McConnell is vowing to make Obama a two-term president.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

We need to capture the cultural institutions if we’re going to make an impact. We need to start cleaning house in Hollywood and our universities if we’re going to transform the values of the US.

Punchenko on November 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I am proud to have had Romney as our nominee. He is a good man, he stood up to the plate, but couldn’t overcome. I know that ANY other people in the GOP field that ran for nomination would have gotten DECIMATED.

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Yep. His was the first campaign that I donated to and volunteered with to the extent I did, and I have no regrets about it.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Blaming the candidate is a straw man. Anyone who wasn’t motivated to show up and beat Obama isn’t going to be any more motivated in four years, no matter who the Republicans nominate.

BadgerHawk on November 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Conservatives don’t want to vote for Obama.
That’s not a shock I assume.

They also don’t want to vote for Romney for many of the same reasons.

Putting a Red Jersey on him doesn’t really change that.

sharrukin on November 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

-OTT Whatever happened to those tapes that Breitbart mentioned releasing prior to his death?

EnglishRogue on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Well, we got that “bombshell” video of Obama and that critical race theory guy, remember?

Mark1971 on November 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Have you?

ajacksonian on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Yes, but it sucks knowing the Hell-Care Bill will be in full swing in two years.

blatantblue on November 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I hope you preen and govern like you think you won a blowout. *snip*

harlekwin15 on November 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Deal!

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Have you noticed the responses? The majority of commenters, including one of the site owners, are telling we need to move hard to the left, to avoid taking the blame for supporting a candidate who lost to the worst president in modern US history. I wonder what will be “conservative” about our platform after this year. Will the GOP now support higher taxes on business owners? Obamacare? The mind boggles.

I am done as a Republican after last night. I will no longer support the party as it is effectively useless as a tool to oppose socialism.

Doomberg on November 7, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Ed is a RINO, always has been. Bottom line is, this loss was NOT on conservatism, the nation did not drift left. It was just not convinced Romney would actually take us right, WE need a candidate that doesn’t speak conservatism like he learned it from Rosetta Stone last week.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I hope the Right keeps the same attitudes as you have articulated, going forward. They will continue to lose elections.

chumpThreads on November 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM

That’s fine. It’s your bed, sleep in it. You should understand that the left never stops. Never. Their grip will only become tighter. Why people like you continue to yearn for more government control is beyond me. It never ends well.

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

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