Thursday, November 8, 2012

OK. LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENED

Pundits at Hot Air, Politico,  American Thinker and dozens of other conservative blogs and news sites have offered "explanations" of why Republicans (Romney/Ryan) did not win Tuesday.

The answer is not the proverbial rocket science. It's simple.

President Obama (the amateur president) got more electoral votes than Romney (the pseudo-conservative) did.

Putting aside that the Electoral College needs some kind of work-over, let's see why PBO (tap) won the key states...or any states, for that matter.

The populace has changed.

About half of the citizens of the United States have been conditioned to see everything in the light of the mythical "greater good."

They also see everything in terms of what any given government action does for them, personally.

This seems like a contradiction and/or oxymoron.

But it is born of the same attitude: I want what I want when I want it where I want it how I want it and I want it right now.

Additionally, the same half of citizens see what is "good for them" and generalize it to the population as a whole. "If it's good for me, it must be good for everybody."

President BO (the amateur president) promised the world to all of these citizens:

Free health care (even though it will be both immediately expensive and long-term unsustainable);

Free cell phones;

Free computers;

Free fresh air;

Free green energy (that will cost everyone through the nose and that doesn't work);

Free income if you're out of work;

And so on and so on.

The other half of citizens will have to pay for this, of course, but President BO (the amateur president) figured that there were now more of the former half than the latter.

He was right.

The other factor was Republicans, themselves.

Republicans are so afraid of being ridiculed for their "conservatism," that they just could not bring themselves to take a conservative stand on almost any issue.

They spoke of smaller government and not raising taxes, but they didn't mean a word of it.

Well, Paul Ryan did, but he was not the head of the ticket.

He was, however, used as the justification for some of Romney's "flip-flops" on some issues.

All in all, Republicans did not present a unified theory of how to attract and secure their base.

Fact is, they don't really understand who their base is.

Romney was selected in the first place to placate the RINOs in the party, and that he did.

See what it got him.

He was justified by the "anybody but Obama" mantra of the political right. I, myself, took that stand...but not until AFTER Romney was nominated.

And what we got was four more years of fear, leftism and amateurism.

And we got what we deserved.

(For other clear analyses, check this out over at GeeeeZ, and this at Teresamerica.)

20 comments:

Fredd said...

DeToqueville's prediction has come to pass, effective two days ago: once the voters realize they can vote themselves money from the common trough, our great American experiment is over. Done. Kaput.

We have crossed over the point of no return....

Joe said...

Fredd: Yeah. It is extraordinarily sad.

Dave Miller said...

As many conservative and Republucan strategists are now realizing, the GOP lost not because it could not mobilize the base, but because their base of older, white male voters is not large enough to win an election any longer.

In 1988 Bush I carried over 400 electoral votes with 61% of the white male vote. This year Romney got just over 200 with the same percentage of white male voters.

The GOP will need. To find a way not to get more of the same, as you posited, but to teach people who are not now inclined to vote Republican.

Doubling down and becoming "more" conservative or to use a Romney phrase, severely conservative, will doom the party for years.

Darth Bacon said...

Dave you wanted him, you. Got him , now you are going to suffer with him like the rest of us. All I can say is that I hope he Fails Nd is thrown out on his ass along with Ms. "I've never been proud of my country"

Xavier Onassis said...

Wow.

Even after taking time to mull it over, you still don't get it. You've completely missed the point.

Let me spell it out for you.

You are in the minority.

You are part of a diminishing electorate. Like the Whigs or the Bull Moose party.

You are fading into the past because your archaic and failed ideals don't work!

The vast majority of Americans are progressive, liberal, secular, humanists.

America will move forward and bring ALL of her citizens along with her.

The age of White Christian Privilege is over.

The age of American Citizen Opportunity is at hand.

Dave Miller nailed it. "Doubling down and becoming "more" conservative or to use a Romney phrase, severely conservative, will doom the party for years."

It wasn't your candidate that lost.

It was your entire philosophy about how the world works that lost.

Humanity is moving forward. We have little patience with small minded people who desperately cling to the past.

Embrace the future or choke on our dust. The choice is yours.

Darth Bacon said...

Joe, sorry for all the typing errors. I am using a cellphone in the dark. No power, no water, no house, and no FEMA . Thank you mr. President, I hope that dumb looking Air Force One jacket is keeping you nice and toasty warm, I'm freezing.

Darth Bacon said...

I'd rather choke on the dust then embrace that SOB

Dave Miller said...

Darth... I hate posting from mobiles...

Ducky's here said...

Anyone want to make book on the reason Darth has so much hate for Obama?

I'm giving 1-4 on racist.

Darth Bacon said...

Like I give a damn what you think. I'd be banned from here if I told you what I think about you..
PS. That "racist" crap is getting to smell bad from over use already.

Joe said...

DM: "...because their base of older, white male voters is not large enough to win an election any longer."

I work in a place with about 200 employees. The majority of them are young. The majority of them are Republican conservatives. The majority of them did not vote.

That is sad.

XO: "The vast majority of Americans are progressive, liberal, secular, humanists."

Not true.

Actually, we're not the minority, we are only the minority of those who voted in this election.

That's our bad.

Democrats have become the party of free stuff, not freedom.

Ducky: EVERYBODY who disagrees with you is a racist.

In fact, it is YOU who are the racist for seeing everything as a race issue.

DB: "Inept" is his second middle name.

Dave Miller said...

Joe, your anecdotal evidence runs counter to all the polling we have seen.

Young people went for Obama.

Now you can claim, as many in the GOP did, that the polling data we are looking at is skewed, but the evidence, and the facts from election night seem to contradict that viewpoint.

What we saw, as Nate Silver correctly analyzed, was that the polls that showed Barack Obama winning the presidency again, were exactly correct.

Joe said...

DM: "...your anecdotal evidence runs counter to all the polling we have seen."

None of my co-workers were polled. If my assessment is anecdotal, then so be it. That does not change what is and was.

Ducky's here said...

Ducky: EVERYBODY who disagrees with you is a racist.

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Hardly, Joe. In fact on several occasions I have stated that I don't believe that is the source of your criticism.

However, the hatred for Obama is often so blinding that there aren't many explanations for something so pathological.

I do believe darth is an example of that pathology.

Darth Bacon said...

My hatred for Obama is due ONLY due to my love for America. That's. more than I can say got you, Heir Doctor.

Ducky's here said...

Joe, did you notice that not only did Obama win but the tea Party took a serious shellacking?

Xavier Onassis said...

Joe - "Actually, we're not the minority, we are only the minority of those who voted in this election."

Wow. you really don't get it. It isn't your "turn out the vote effort" that got defeated. It was your world view, your ideology, your religion, your whole political philosophy that got slam dunked into history.

The majority of Americans disagree with you. They think you are unintelligent and uninformed. And they are right. And they vote.

Xavier Onassis said...

Darth - "My hatred for Obama is due ONLY due to my love for America." LOL! What a laughable crock od crap! You are a blatant, unrepentant racist and everyone knows it.

Darth Bacon said...

If you say so.....then so be it, Like I give a flying fig what a creep like you thinks......

Joe said...

To all: See, y'all are not conversing, you're just attacking each other.

Do I need to reinstate comment moderation and/or list some of you as spam again?