#1 Blogson has issued his mea culpa. I come not to gloat, but to strategize. Believe me on this, I wanted so desperately for Borepatch to be right and for me to be wrong; I wanted public sentiment to sweep Mitt Romney into office so that we could start having checks and balances again. But when Romney secured the nomination, I knew that Obama had just won a second term. Mitt Romney is a Big Government Republican. I will not use the term "RINO", because it has become abundantly clear that the Republican party, by a wide margin, is every bit as rah-rah big government as the Democrats.
I guarantee you that the GOP has learned all the wrong lessons from this election. I am certain that whoever the Democrats run in 2016 will be running against a Republican along the lines of Rudy Giuliani, Paul Helmke, or Michael Bloomberg (when he was a Republican). The GOP's solution will be to run further to the left, when the truth is we want them to run further to the right.
Now, I mean fiscal right here; here's a nickel's worth of free advice to the GOP: Conservatism is best served by leaving people the hell alone. We don't just want the .gov to stay out of our financial decisions, we want them the hell out of our personal ones as well. The instant one of you clowns starts babbling about rape, abortion, or contraception, you turn off 10X more people than you bring into the fold. People do not want the government involved in their bodies - the universal condemnation of the TSA ought to tell you that.
But you won't listen - you haven't listened for decades, why would you start now?
Socially moderate, fiscally conservative - you run a candidate with those qualifications, you will mop up the floor with the Democrat nominee in 2016. Leave people the hell alone, reduce spending, task the military with killing people and breaking things. THAT is what we want. We don't want Uncle Sam telling us how many liters of water our toilets can use per flush. We don't want to be told how many ounces of soda we can consume at one sitting. If it doesn't hurt anyone else, leave it the hell alone. It is positively stunning how easy that message is, yet how difficult it is for the GOP to get it.
The Democrats *own* the nanny state. Look no further than New York, with a ban on trans fat and large sodas. Look to places like New Jersey, where non-union electricians were turned away from helping in the clean-up of Sandy. These are not the actions that people really want, they're reactions from Nanny State plutocrats who want to be seen as "doing something". Here's a hint: doing something stupid is worse than doing nothing any day of the week...
But if there's one thing we can count on the GOP to do, it's something stupid...
This election should have been an absolute no-brainer. The economy is in the toilet; unemployment is high - and the "official" number is lower because people have stopped looking for work; gas prices - and everything else along with it - are up; the GOP candidate could - SHOULD - have done NOTHING but hammer the "it's the economy, stupid" and "are you better off now than you were four years ago"? But no, we got Aikens and "women can't get pregnant during rape" and Mourdock's "even rape babies are God's Creatures" - stupid, pointless, idiotic soundbites that were used effectively against the entire Republican party.
Helpful hint to the GOP: If you're going to open your piehole about rape, abortion, etc., DON'T. Shut your mouth and keep it closed. NOTHING you can say is going to help you or your party - it will only be used to beat you about the head and shoulders - and rightly so. I know smart, good people who refused to vote for Romney based on the uneducated drivel coming out of the mouths of other Republicans. I know for a fact that Fauxcahontas used Aiken's comments against Scott Brown - and look who the new MA Junior Senator is. Shorter to the GOP: SHUT THE FUCK UP.
The folks that gobble up the hardline social conservatism are dwindling, and the folks that want to be left the hell alone are growing. The Tea Partiers? The ones you dismiss? That's the wave of the future. Folks, by and large, want to be left alone. Yes, there are those that want the government to provide their every want and need. You will never reach those people. Don't even try. Instead, drop the social conservatism, work on the fiscal conservatism, and let folks do what they want so long as they're not bothering anyone else.
And to the left? You can read all you want into Obama's win. He was blessed with a lousy opponent, just like George W. Bush was in 2004. He failed to energize a large portion of his base - between his support of the Assault Weapons ban and RomneyCare, it was hard to distinguish him from his opponent, and the turnout reflected that. Had the GOP nominated someone that folks were energized to vote for, this would have been a different election indeed.
I doubt either party will listen. The GOP will move further to the left - and so will the Democrats. There is a crisis looming as our spending increases more and more and revenue decreases - but everyone who points that out is shouted down amidst calls for Obamaphones and free birth control. We aren't going to have a serious discussion about the economy until it hits rock bottom - and the folks freezing and hungry in the dark in NY and NJ are going to be but a taste of things to come.
Enjoy the victory, President Obama - Mitt Romney made certain you earned it.
That is all.