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Republican Party Brand Is in Tatters as the Changing Demographics Help President Obama Deliver a Romney Shellacking

The finger-pointing in the Republican Party has started and it’s about to hit a fever pitch with President Obama’s shellacking of Mitt Romney at the polls. Let me reiterate, President Obama won 303 Electoral College votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. The president also edged out Romney in the popular vote — 50% to 48%. The message the Republican Party should take from this is that it’s time to kick the lunatics out of the party and stop allowing people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter (who, by the way, accurately predicted Mitt Romney would lose), Donald Trump, John Sununu, Joe Arpaio, Bryan Fischer and other right wing extremists, to set the tone for their discourse. Mitt Romney allowed himself to be mired in the Republican race-baiting and extremism. In a word, positive is the new black. The beginning of a new era. Mr. Obama’s success speaks to the need for cooperation in Washington D.C. Trump tweeted that the “world is laughing at us.” Um, not really. It’s laughing at people like him for his idiocy. To put it succinctly, the Republican Party is too old, too white, too male and too extremist. Mitt Romney’s 1950s persona was a joke to the younger and more diverse American voters. The Republican Party is in dire straits.

Blacks and Latinos, with 93% and 73% margins, showed that what the Republican leaders in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, meant for bad, in terms of voter suppression, failed miserably. Nobody who wants to commit voter fraud stands in line for five or seven hours. So, the Republicans’ trick backfired and I hope the lesson that will be learned is glaring. Mitt Romney, who built his career on data, didn’t rely on that in this election, but on fomenting racial tensions, while Obama, who won on raw emotions in 2008, won with strong data in 2012. Latinos had some issues with President Obama, but they were terrified of Mitt Romney and his immigration stance (self-deportation) and embracing the controversial illegal immigration legislation passed in Arizona by Gov. Jan Brewer, for example. He also embraced Kris Kobach, who helped draft the controversial immigration legislation. The Republicans blocked every effort President Obama made to pass immigration reform, ultimately issuing an executive order to halt the deportation of young adults brought to this country by their parents when they were young. Call George W. Bush what ever you want, he recognized the importance of diversity. He won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004. Four years later, John McCain took 31 percent of Hispanics. This year, Mitt Romney took only 27 percent.

Social issues can no longer be ignored by the Republican Party in exchange for self-righteousness. Paul Ryan promised the end of the Western world, in terms of Judeo-Christian values if President Obama won. Um, really? This was a desperate and disgraceful attack on the president and an insult to all Americans. The Mitt Romney who stood alone on the stage and delivered his concession speech was wonderful and if that was the Mitt Romney who ran for the presidency, the result could have been different. He took the high road and the Republican Party should learn from this and change its ways.

Republicans like Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Charles Krauthammer and websites like The Drudge Report and Breitbart dismissed the polls as false and denigrated Nate Silver, who was dead-on in his prediction that President Obama would win by big numbers. Intrade also bet that the president had a 70 percent chance of winning the election.  Matt Drudge and Michelle Malkin led the charge on the Internet painting President Obama as a foreigner, who was hellbent on destroying this country. Really? Wrong. The Republican Party destroyed this country and its brand by coddling wingnuts like them. NJ Gov. Chris Christie was openly mocked by some in the Republican Party, for his effusive praise of President Obama’s response to Superstorm Sandy. When did bipartisanship become a dirty word? Even News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch slammed him for reaching across the aisle to help the people of his state who was devastated by the hurricane. Some are even laying the blame for Mitt Romney’s loss at his feet. SMH.

Mitt Romney isn’t without blame in the mess. He was nothing more than an out-of-touch plutocrat, who cared nothing about the least among us. How else can you explain his comment that 47 percent of Americans are deadbeats? He owned the decision to pick Paul Ryan as his running mate, saying that was one of the best decisions he made, next to marrying his wife. Um, Paul Ryan was a card-carrying member of a highly unpopular Congress. He was a part of the problem in the Washington gridlock. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment was repudiated, but Richard Mourdouck’s “pregnancy from rape is from God” comment was embraced. Let’s not forget Ron Paul’s honest rape comment. These three lunatics should never have had a place in the party, much less to run for higher office. Let’s not forget some of Mitt Romney’s lines: “some of my best friends own NASCAR teams,””corporations are people” and that $10,000 wager he tried to make with Texas Gov. Rick Perry during a Republican presidential debate.

The problem is Mitt Romney’s campaign was about nothing that made a calculated risk to pander to the lunatics and extremists in the Republican Party. The outcome was decisive and the shellacking was deserved. All the dark money and Super PAC money that was meant to trick voters into distancing themselves from Obama for no other reason but hate, backfired. Sheldon Adelson and Karl Rove were the big funders of the negative ads and the millions they spent could have been better spent helping the poor in this country. But, they would rather foment hate and coddle nuts like Donald Trump with his birtherism nonsense. Problem-solving and bipartisanship should be embraced, not shunned. It’s a new day for America and the electorate has spoken. Good morning Mr. President.

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  • Willwright

    Amen, good article.

  • slamfu

    We are still in trouble. Despite that massive and accurate laundry list of the shortcomings of the GOP and its chosen candidate, this election was insanely close. Despite the lies, guys like Akin, Allen, etc…, the obviously disconnect with facts and figures, Romney putting his foot in his mouth just about every chance he got, THEY ALMOST WON. That to me is scary. Obama has had a rough ride, not delivered on several key issues, and the economy is experiencing only tepid growth, but he hasn’t committed what I would call major blunders. Meanwhile, Romney has produced some gaffes and statements that just 12 years ago would have stopped the needle on the record, he was a joke of a candidate, the best the GOP Primary clown car could produce, and THEY ALMOST WON. Just 3% more of the vote and we’d be swearing in Romney the Bush clone come January. I do not rest easy. The Tea Party influenced leaders of the GOP still hold a great deal of power and Boehner has already stated they have no intention of giving an inch on taxes. This is going to be just as ugly tomorrow as it was yesterday.

  • Willwright

    Slamflu, you may be right but the win by Obama changes the conversation. For the last 4 years the GOP has railed against everything proposed with idea of making Obama a failure so they could recapture the Whitehouse. This strategy has proved to be a complete failure. Will they try the same thing hoping for a better result in 2016? I think not. Although I don’t expect miracles I think the GOP may recognize the futility of their of their past efforts and try something different. Heck they may even try to propose things themselves and seek compromise. We should know fairly quickly what tack they will take.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Excellent points, Willwright. Let us hope the GOP can still listen to good advice.

  • slamfu

    “This strategy has proved to be a complete failure.”

    I totally disagree. The strategy was a near success. Massive swaths of the electorate ate it up. If the GOP had run someone slightly better, didn’t have backwater downticket candidates spewing 14th century social value absurdities, and basically were able to tack to the middle a month or two earlier than the Tea Party would allow, the GOP would have had this election sewn up. The strategy had plenty of voters tee’d up to vote for someone other than Obama, the campaign Romney ran just could deliver is all.

  • sometimes

    . Um, Paul Ryan was a card-carrying member of a highly unpopular Congress. He was a part of the problem in the Washington gridlock

    The problem with this logic is that the GOP still controls the house. So basically more gridlock! And 50-48 really isn’t a mandate for anything other than (hopefully) moderation. I would agree that demographics are concerning for the right, but I think suggesting that the Republican brand is in tatters is a little much. Go back to 2002…I wonder if the Democratic Party was in more trouble then compared to the 2012 Republican Party. I think it would be interesting.

  • Rcoutme

    I actually think that this IS a mandate. Given the HUGE amounts of stealth (read: Super PAC) money spent against the Democrats in general, the fact that they gained ground in each aspect except the presidential popular vote and that they won that election speak volumes. How much more often are billionaires going to be willing to spend $100,000,000 on elections only to see their candidates lose? In addition, the Republicans’ insidious plan to sabotage Obama’s first term failed to obtain the stated goal (i.e. one term only). That also speaks volumes.

    Where the Democratic Party went wrong (Harry Reid in particular) was in trying to compromise with their Republican colleagues when the latter had already stated that they were not going to play. Each time that the Republicans forced a cloture vote, they should have been called on their insidious tactic. For those less versed in the Senate rules, it takes a sixty percent majority to force cloture, otherwise those who wish to can keep on discussing a bill. Cloture means that the bill goes to the next phase: voting on the damned thing!

    Thus: the Republicans made it a virtual requirement that all bills have sixty votes in the senate (out of one hundred) to pass anything. However, the alternative (i.e. if there are not sixty votes to force the end of the discussion) is the filibuster. Harry Reid failed in this aspect. That is what caused the Democratic losses in 2010. Reid should have forced the Republicans to filibuster or STFU. If the Republicans had been forced to filibuster for 260 or so days out of every year, the general public would have had no delusions about who was holding up legislation. Reid did not require ANY filibusters.

    If Obama wants to get legislation through, he will need to have Reid force the Republicans to play ball or prove their willingness to face constituent backlash. If Reid won’t do this, then new leadership needs to be put forth by the Democrats in the Senate. Anything else will lead to four more years of pain, misery and gridlock.

    Btw, I am not suggesting that the Democrats force their own plans down the throats of the Republicans. The reality for the last four years has been the opposite of that, i.e. the Republicans insisted on their own way and when they got only part of it, they refused to cooperate.

  • sometimes

    Rcount: You make a lot of good points, though I still don’t believe it’s a mandate. It would be great to see Reid make the right filibuster!

    Ultimately though my hope is that there can be some “gang of x+1” that can work together. The problem is that if Simpson-Bowles isn’t going to get much traction, I’m not sure if there really is any hope. I mean, what is so frustrating to me about the Affordable Care Act is that it was essentially a Republican idea that nary a Republican voted for. Party over country, I guess. (I’m also not suggesting that the right is alone in this regard, though I do think a good question would be to figure out if it’s 50/50 or something else.) Perhaps Obama should started the health care negotiation with Universal Care and compromised on Romney Care, rather than starting negotiation with Obama Care, not getting anywhere, and voting strictly along party lines.

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