Hey, Senator McConnell. Pssst. How’d that whole making Obama a one-term president thing work out as the GOP’s top priority? You could have made jobs the top priority, or the economy, or the deficit, or national defense. You could have stood for something that benefited the country. You could have done something for the country. Oh, well.
As for the election, color me amazed. I went to be early last night (thanks, chemo), right after Pennsylvania had been called for Obama, and so really didn’t know anything until I woke up this morning. The polling trends notwithstanding, I was not optimistic.
I have a few small observations.
First, thankfully Obama scored a large enough victory in the popular vote that we won’t be treated to four years of Republican pundits and politicians tying themselves in rhetorical knots explaining why Obama elected with a minority of the popular vote in 2012 is a terrible political evil, while Bush elected with a minority of the popular vote in 2000 was a political mandate and good for the country. Or perhaps being conservatives, and thus blissfully free of any requirement for intellectual consistency or factual accuracy, they would have simply ignored that question and gone on the assault anyway.
Second, the GOP forgot that generating angry white guys also generates angry brown people and angry women of every color. They also can’t read a census. White men, angry or otherwise, are not a majority of voters.
Third, I’m beyond boggled that Mitt conceded gracefully. The lesson Republicans learned from Bush v. Gore1 was that if conservatives can cloud the popular vote sufficiently, a partisan judiciary will hand them the presidency regardless of legal merit. The Supreme Court’s own shame-faced disclaimer that their ruling in Bush v. Gore could not be considered as future precedent2 confirms this right on the plain face of the facts. I have been assuming all along that the voter ID laws and early voting shenanigans in GOP-controlled states nationwide were efforts to provide enough smokescreen for a legal challenge, should Romney not emerge with a clear electoral victory.
Apparently last night somebody did an emergency character transplant into the profoundly mendacious and opportunistic Romney, because he didn’t go down the Bush road. I’d like to say good for him, but I flat don’t believe this was for any moral or patriotic sensibility. Not given Romney’s extremely well documented track record. Someone was cutting their losses.
Finally, as I said to Lisa Costello last night, leftists and liberal-progressives are afraid of a Romney presidency precisely because of what Romney himself said he would do as president. Conservatives are afraid of an Obama presidency precisely because of what they themselves imagine he will do. That difference right there pretty much sums up the difference in political worldviews.
Meanwhile, as a good liberal-progressive, I’m confident that Obama’s black helicopters will be at my house shortly to seize my guns, enforce Agenda 21, and make me gay marry my neighbor. That’s why we re-elected him, right?
1. If you don’t know who John Ellis is and the role he played, then you really don’t understand what happened in the 2000 election, nor are you fully aware of the breathtaking depth of the Bush campaign’s political scam.
2. See the Bush v. Gore article on Wikipedia. I can’t link directly to the relevant subsection, but search for the word ‘precedent’.