"Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Republican party, root and branch, from its deepest grass roots to its highest levels, has become completely demented. This does not mean that it is incapable of winning elections; on the contrary, the 2010 midterms, as well as the statewide elections around the country, ushered in a class of politicians so thoroughly dedicated to turning nonsense into public policy that future historians are going to marvel at our ability to survive what we wrought upon ourselves.
The Democratic party has an obligation to beat the Republican party so badly, over and over again, that rationality once again becomes a quality to be desired. It must be done by persuading the country of this simple fact. It cannot be done by reasoning with the Republicans, because the next two generations of them are too far gone. The state legislators now passing all manner of crazy laws represent the next generation of national Republican leaders. They are proudly unknowing."
Mitt was wildly unpopular in Massachusetts, his home state. Obama carried Massachusetts by 23 percentage points. Romney claimed to have been an effective Governor who practiced bipartisanship, but the word got around that he had been an arrogant, dogmatic prick.
Romney told one too many lies. After securing the Republican nomination for president, Romney waged an exceedingly dishonest campaign. An independent fact-checker, Politifact, reported two-thirds of Romney's statements ranged from "half-true" to blatant lies. The media didn't report all of these falsehoods but a week before the election Mitt was caught running an extremely deceptive auto bailout ad that torpedoed his chances in Ohio.
No Republican can win at the national level. A year ago, when the slate of Republican presidential candidates formed, it was Mitt Romney versus the "seven dwarfs:" Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, Pawlenty, Perry and Santorum. Romney struggled in the first primaries and had to turn on his money machine to defeat the others in the conclusive primaries. It was an indication that Romney was the best of a weak field and that Republicans were lukewarm about him.
Romney had to tack to the right to secure his base and this turned off self-defined centrist voters. Obama overwhelmingly carried both liberal and centrist voters. The electorate has gotten wise to the Republican Party; they understand that they are radical conservatives -- out-of-touch with the middle class. Ultimately, that's why Romney lost. It indicates that no Republican presidential candidate would have been electable.
"Part of what drives people crazy about him — and if you wanted to see crazy, you should have seen the fugue state that overcame the Fox election all-stars last night, because I've seen jollier police lineups — is that he so clearly understands his own genuine historical stature, and that he wears it so easily, and that he uses it so deftly. It is not obvious. He does not use it brutally or obviously. It is just... there with him, a long and deep reservoir of violence and sorrow and tragedy and triumph out of which comes almost everything he does."
Romney learned the harsh reality that the "47 percent of the country who are government-dependent, self-identified victims" have a voice at the ballot box, too; and collectively, they kicked HIS no federal income tax return disclosing, Bain Capital, hedge fund a@@ straight to the curb.
I'm not trying to gloat, but come on. What were the Republicans thinking??? They trot out a Romney/Ryan ticket and then think that the majority of voters will actually fall for their "message" that they better embody the values and ideals of America's middle-class? An uber-rich venture capitalist and a granny starver that's still wet behind the ears? Really??? Really????
At the end of the day, when the votes were all tallied, the final count reflected the fact that they basically could only find appeal with southern & mid-western rednecks and the wealthy. That's it.
Politics does indeed make for some strange bedfellows as Charles Dudley Warner, an American essayist and editor once opined.
Sounds like the TeaBaggers and Republicans are already lining up their litany of excuses on why they lost. Again. When a McCain/Palin or Romney/Ryan ticket is the best you can trot out there, what do you expect?
Clay, you absolutely nailed it.
Oh just shup up all of ya, I want to watch football. All that's left is for Biden to throw Ryan a handkerchief: "Here, clean yourself up kid." - Bill Maher Tweet during the Debate
"Hello 9 1 1? There s an old man beating a child on my TV." - comedian Bill Maher