Thursday, November 8, 2012

The end of the world as we know it...

"Now the two Americas disagree, sharply. Government decisions enthuse one and enrage the other. The election may be over, but the two Americas are still not on speaking terms."
Michael Barone

As you probably know, I have friends and confidantes across the whole political bandwidth. I assume that most of you do too and I have a piece of advice for you.

Walk very softly around the Republicans for a couple days. Some of them are feeling quite aggrieved right now.

I called S this morning and thought that I would play the gracious victor and extend the olive branch, time to work together for the good of the nation, etc., etc. Guess what, he would have none of it. In their minds they are the party of ethics and principles, and any talk of bipartisanship can well, wait until hell freezes over, thank you.

They were sunk by a lamestream media in the left's and the President's pocket, minority voters who are the real racists, how come over 90% of blacks voted for the biracial president?, 47% of the population that are takers and not makers, not to mention those damn fact checkers. "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers!" Rejecting advice to temper their message to respond to a changing electorate, instead they are set to move in the opposite, counterintuitive direction. "If only we had elected a real conservative" and "We are going to get that Chris Christie turncoat bastard."

Of course, as you would expect, some are calling the election a clear win for the right. Grover Nordquist basically did. McConnell and Will see it as a mandate for House Republicans hanging tough and the continuation of the status quo. "Americans put us here because they want gridlock and by god, we will give them gridlock."

America's favorite past time, well after football anyway, is watching crow being served and I acknowledge getting giddy on occasion post national re-set. Here are some of my favorite comments and tweets from the last several days.

"I've long believed that elections reflect which side voters hate more. To the extent that's true, 50 percent of Americans hate Republicans, and 48 percent hate Democrats."
Debra Saunders

“It has never made sense that my party, the party of individual freedom and personal responsibility, thinks the government should be involved in issues” like abortion. We are the party that trusts individuals to make their own decisions. That is one of the defining issues of the differences between Republicans and Democrats. So this is just bewildering to me.”
Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins

"People are suffering. The country is in disarray. If Mitt Romney cannot win in this economy, then the tipping point has been reached. We have more takers than makers and it's over. There is no hope. Mitt Romney was the president we needed right now, and I think it is so sad that we are going to be deprived of his brain power, of his skills in turning companies around, turning the Olympics around, his idea and his kindness for being able to push very conservative ideas on a country that no longer is interested in conservative ideas. It is interested in handouts."
Ann Coulter

Obama succeeded by suppressing the vote.
Karl Rove

Great nations and proud empires have always collapsed from within before they were conquered from without. President Obama's re-election mirrors the self-indulgent, greedy and envious nation we are rapidly becoming.
Cal Thomas

"There were two mandates last night. Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans got reelected in a very substantial way, and I think that Speaker Boehner can claim a mandate fully as much as the president. So the near future of this country, the next year or two, is going to be a question of how those two mandates work things out together, not how we assume that Obama has a blank check just for his single mandate."
Newt Gingrich

"I just cannot believe that the majority of Americans believe that incurring more debt is good for the economy, for our children's future, for job creators. I just cannot believe that the majority of Americans believe that it's OK to ignore the constitution and not have a budget. It's a perplexing time for many of us right now."
Sarah Palin

If, in celebrating his victory Obama wanted to give credit where credit is due, he might want to think about calling some of America's top journalists, since their favorable approach almost certainly made the difference between victory and defeat.
Fox News Editorial

In a country of children where the option is Santa Claus or work, what wins?
Rush Limbaugh

“Take your message of equality of achievement. … You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”
Allen West

We conservatives, we do not accept bipartisanship in the pursuit of tyranny. Period. We will not negotiate the terms of our economic and political servitude. Period. We will not abandon our child to a dark and bleak future. We will not accept a fate that is alien to the legacy we inherited from every single future generation in this country. We will not accept social engineering by politicians and bureaucrats who treat us like lab rats, rather than self-sufficient human beings. There are those in this country who choose tyranny over liberty. They do not speak for us, 57 million of us who voted against this yesterday, and they do not get to dictate to us under our Constitution. We are the alternative. We will resist. We're not going to surrender to this. We will not be passive, we will not be compliant in our demise. We're not good losers, you better believe we're sore losers! A good loser is a loser forever. Now I hear we're called 'purists.' Conservatives are called purists. The very people who keep nominating moderates, now call us purists the way the left calls us purists. Yeah, things like liberty, and property rights, individual sovereignty, and the Constitution, and capitalism. We're purists now. And we have to hear this crap from conservatives, or pseudo-conservatives, Republicans.
Mark Levin

TonyZ told me at coffee that the country needs to craft a center right party, so that we can have a competitive fight in the future. Not our job to fix them, Tony. They always say that if you are stuck in a hole, quit digging. But hey, feel free, dig away.


Anonymous said...

I can understand how Republicans feel as I once was one. I have three keynotes for the results of the above. Obamney Wins. Republicrats Control Congress. Republic Screwed. And no - the Electoral College isn't going away. It's actually one of the Founding Fathers' more inspired bits of Constitutional Separation of Powers.


Blue Heron said...

I fail to see anything remotely inspiring in rewarding a bunch of fire and brimstone heartland hicks with magnified voting power as compensation for living in a remote hayfield. Quite unfair to those of us who live in more urban or metropolitan areas. The tyranny of the sticks.

Randy Walters said...

That Susan Collins quote is great. It's also rational, which is key to understanding why the Republicans lost so badly.

Right now, they're talking about demographics; Hispanics, women, young voters, etc. But they're missing the forest for the trees.

They need address reality. Facts. Science, objective truth, rationality. Look at Rove's quote about suppressing voter turnout. Was it the Demos who were passing so-called "voter fraud" legislation?

If they're serious about "getting government off people's backs," they should completely abandon efforts to muck about in people's private lives. Abortion, gay marriage, marijuana use, "self-deportation" - all off the table, because it's nobody's damn business.

I'm enormously relieved Obama is still in office, but he's got to step up to the plate and abandon the policies he's simply maintained from George Bush. I was expecting better, and we deserve better. Here's hoping.

Anonymous said...

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Dag nab gentiles.

Thank you.


Elder Jerryl Bowden

Ken Seals said...

I suppose we won't really know for a couple of years if any of this is correct or not.
Your Republican friend (:-) Ken Seals