Sure it would have been more fun to win, but the next four years will be awful for our country financially, and they will always have Obama’s name on them. His presidency will be remembered as eight of America’s worst years. I know it’s unkind, but I’m ok with that.
So I kind of suspected it wasn’t going to end well. I knew when I booked a flight to Oklahoma about September that there wasn’t going to be a reason to hang around and hold my breath. Sure you get hopeful, but for so many, the tipping point has already come as to all the free stuff they want from the government, and Obama gives them that. I also think there were a lot of voters who thought as I often do: divided government is much better than one side getting too much power. You have to watch politics much more carefully to know the Senate was going to stay Dem. But the average voter could figure out the House would stay Republican, and didn’t want to give into a Republican president.
In hindsight Republicans should have known sooner that the results would be so hard to swallow. I really think FOX News let us down with all that Karl Rove/Dick Morris landslide baloney (that was my nice “b” word). I don’t watch much television in the first place, but wow. Done with them. Might reconsider if the network apologizes for getting it so wrong.
On election day I knew for certain Obama would win when I saw the RNC/Romney campaign touting internal polling numbers. Any campaign flaunting internals is admitting defeat. That night I told folks it was over when PA was called very early for Obama. By the time WI was called a few minutes later, I left the watch party I was attending. I’m not one to wallow in misery.
What went wrong? Well, I have to think a primary where the candidates beat each other senseless for months didn’t help. But in the end, it was the candidate who lost. The base took too long to coalesce, and without a resounding base, the conversions don’t take place among the independents as no one is proselytizing. It came down to independent voters content to look at the devil they know for four more years.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus never properly absorbed the Tea Party nationally like he did in WI, but he came close. Heck, in the end even Red State’s Erick Erickson was welcoming Priebus – the literal personification of the establishment – with open arms at his conference. But the delay to combine forces was costly.
So yeah. In some ways I blame the Tea Party. Although I will remind everyone that the Tea Party is not one group but dozens and dozens of small businesses raising money to fund their own delusions of influence. In my opinion conservative gets to stick around as one philosophy included in the Republican party, but the Tea Party gurus need to be done with their sense of self importance and habit of self promotion.
The base did not believe in Romney until the first debate because of all the negative (collective) Tea Party influence. By then, it was too late.
Add to the Tea Party interference some excellent Dem strategy in key states, and also the debacle of a Republican ground game, and Republicans lose.
Wisconsin was supposed to have an excellent ground game sealed into place because of the June Walker recall. It flopped. Nationally Romney’s campaign was supposed to have something called project ORCA; it became the new Fail Whale.
There’s one thing to losing a race to a worthy opponent. It’s entirely more dissatisfying to lose from tripping on one’s own untied shoelaces.
As to voting blocks: For all the trouble I give men sometimes, the spouse reminded me a couple of nights ago that if it had been up to men, we’d be looking at President Romney. Also, it became obvious that Catholics don’t have control over their pew sitters as 50% voted for Obama despite the Church’s request they do otherwise. White Catholics voted Romney, but Hispanic Catholics went to Obama at 75%.
Republicans lost on the issue of immigration. No, I’m not in the mood to debate it right now. Yes, WASP is the new minority. No, it’s not going to be easy. Yes, if Republicans ever want to win again, they need to find a policy that gives Hispanic illegals every single thing they want with a pretty bow tying an extra great big entitlement check to it.
Would that be worth it, though? Or is there another way to establish a majority block of voters without giving in on every single issue. And before we get started: Abortion is not a voting issue. Gay marriage is not a voting issue. Age is not a voting issue. Education is not a voting issue.
The Republican rebuild of a platform for a majority is a freaking mess I can’t even begin to get my head around right now. Good thing I have a basement workroom to clean out today.
Let’s end with a little fun:
My least favorite moment in the campaign was the Sandra Fluke fiasco. So much stupid from both sides on that one.
My very favorite moment: That smoky exhale Mark Block made in the Herman Cain video. I don’t care about the personality of the manager or the candidate. That in-your-face act rocked my little housewife world. I’m grinning now just thinking about it.