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Dunkirk

Dunkirk

I’ll have more in the morning, but my quick thoughts.

Of course it was a bad defeat tonight.  Let’s not kid ourselves.

We had a chance to stop the decline, and we didn’t.

We held the House pretty strongly, so that’s good, and a reflection that candidates and ideology matter.  We nominated candidates at the District level who could make the case; we didn’t make the case at the national level.  It also looks like we did well in state races.

Wrong lessons will be drawn from the Senate races.  We nominated a moderate who lost in a Wisconsin which rejected the recall of Scott Walker.  Todd Akin was not a Tea Party candidate, Sarah Steelman was and a divided field allowed a weak candidate to win the nomination.  Richard Mourdock’s comments, while not Akin, were damaging, but that is not why Mourdock lost; Lugar and his supporters undermined Mourdock all summer and fall before his comment, and had Republicans in Indiana been unified, Mourdock would have won.  Other Senate seats were successes — Ted Cruz and Deb Fischer are good additions.

Understand that liberal candidates will be forgiven and protected by their base, as Massachusetts proves.  It’s always been that way, and always will be.

So what is the path now?

Stand with House members, they will need all the support they can get.  Don’t compromise on principles, and push the eventual legislative compromises to the right as much as possible.

View Tuesday as a substantial setback but not the end.

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How is it not the end? Obama are? Permenant. Taxes? Up. Coal? Destroyed. Justices?

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to rdm. | November 7, 2012 at 2:26 am

    The Dunkirk comparison is good one. We’re the BEF survivors, standing on a hundred docks of our homeland, unshaven, wounded, hungry and wet. We were plucked from the jaws of disaster by sheer luck and pure pluck, but for what? This is where it breaks down, because there is no Churchill in sight to sort it all out.

    We need a Winston Churchill.

No Dark Things | November 7, 2012 at 12:40 am

It sure feels like the end.

Love you Bill but no, Steelman was not the tea party candidate in Missouri. John Brunner was. Steelman was the candidate of the tea party outside Missouri, and that’s a problem we have to fix going forward: the national players have to start listening to local groups instead of trying so hard to tell them what to think. Tea Party candidates lost all over the map in primaries this year. We have got to do a better job recruiting for 2014 (which, btw, will be an excellent year for Republicans. Bank on it.) And the establishment needs to take a seat in the corner; they lost this election, not us.

    Yeah. I think I am convinced that the electorate is irretrievably idiotic.

      legalizehazing in reply to rdm. | November 7, 2012 at 12:55 am

      I have no confidence in the people of America at this point.
      It just became a dirty all out political war. The left has the school system, universities, the media, free give aways, character cop-outs, and now a story to forever rally them.
      Luckily, it’s become abundantly clear, at least to me, that it has become plainly a battle of good versus evil.

We took seats in the House, but Boehner is said to remain as Speaker.

WHY IS THE GOP SO ADDICTED TO FAILURE???

The stupid bastards who voted Obama in still blame Bush. I blame Bush for never defending himself, and the GOP for refusing to defend him by sticking Obama with the request he made of Bush to have the TARP money available for him. Sad. Mad. Ashamed.An ignorant no-nothing more interested in wasting the public trust and good! I want Palin, dammit! One good thing to come out of this is we shall see Sarah in 2016 ready, willing, and able to clean up the disaster Obama has four more years to shovel on us.

WHat oh what part of unemployment did the f’n blacks who voted for Obama not understand? It’s hard to believe that Americans want Communism, Islam, and the repression of Christianity.

    CalMark in reply to Juba Doobai!. | November 7, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Sorry, Professor. This isn’t Dunkirk. It’s Appаmatox Courthouse.

    Obama will gut the military and disarm us. He will institute speech codes and persecute Christianity. He will crack down on dissent. He will sign the U.N. anti-gun treaty, and start enforcing it regardless of what the Senate does. Don’t be too surprised if he finds some dodge not to leave in 2016.

    The GOP is not the “Stupid Party”; it is the “Treacherous Party.” Since 1992, every one of our candidates has specifically rejected embracing the conservative base, in favor of seeking “moderates” and Democrats by moving leftward.

    As for “conservative” media: time for a reckoning. Romney was their creature, too. They assisted the MSM in “taking out” every conservative who was a threat to Romney, Cain and Gingrich in particular.

    Finally, this is the legacy of George W. Bush.

    He never stood up to the radical Democrats and media; he reserved his invective for members of his own party — conservatives, that is. In so doing, he allowed the enemies of freedom to become virtually omnipotent.

    The United States of America is doomed.

      KRoyalll in reply to CalMark. | November 7, 2012 at 2:26 am

      It is arguable that Gingrich is even a small government conservative but there is no way he or Cain would have even gotten this close. The culture in this country has changed and the demographics do not favor us at this point.

      Single moms, hell single females in general, a higher percentage of minorities all prefer big government. You seem to be claiming a more Conservative candidate could have won the day but I am not seeing it. I wish it were true but it just isn’t.

        CalMark in reply to KRoyalll. | November 7, 2012 at 4:06 am

        How would you know that?

        Gingrich and Cain were enthusiastically undermined by their own side, often with demoniacal glee (I stopped reading American Spectator because of the vicious way they piled onto to Cain.) It’s impossible to survive that.

        From 1992 through today, people like you keep saying that “The country has changed” and “Conservatism won’t work.”

        And I suppose 2010 never happened?

        When Republicans run on sheer, unfiltered conservatism, they win. And win big. 2010 proved that, and a country doesn’t change overnight.

        Romney ran an incompetent campaign. He conceded the entire late spring through summer to Obama’s attack ads. Romney neither responded in his own defense, nor did he run similar ads himself. He was MUCH nicer to Obama than his conservative primary opponents.

        Romney ran a better campaign than McCain. That’s not saying much. It was still a rotten campaign that allowed the other side to paint him as a bad human being. Not to mention that the Establishment who forced him onto us never defended him or attacked Obama.

        In short, Romney lost because he richly deserved to lose. He allowed his opponent to define him.

Those are good words, Professor Jacobson, and I’ll do my best to live by them, but I fear that we’re going to have to learn a hard lesson in this country before enough of the mistaken group of people wake up, one that will involve a great deal of pain to many people.

Anyway, you’re a light in a dark night and I appreciate it very much.

This is pretty much the end, sadly. I’m kind of bewildered by it because even in the left wing cesspool of NYC I’d seen so little enthusiasm for Obama – in comparison to ’08 – that the prospect of a big turnout for him seemed ridiculous. But when you have a man who routinely displayed complete and utter incompetence as he did nonetheless winning rather easily against an opponent who ran a competent campaign, you can either deduce that we’re a nation of morons or much of what our party stands for no longer resonates the majority will of the American people. Both can be true at the same time, obviously.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Abe Froman. | November 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

    You’ve omitted the possibility of massive voter fraud. As green eye-shade types do the math in the weeks to come, we will learn the MINIMUM extent to which fraud was a factor.

    Remember with whom we are dealing.

      …all those reports of votes for Romney registering for Obama.

      And the GOP? They sent a letter. Horrors!

      I honestly think the GOP prefers losing to winning. That way, the big government cabal gets what it wants while pretending to be conservative for the folks back home, but…can’t do anything, ya know.

      I think all is pretty much lost. That means we’ve got nothing to lose. Time to go for broke. Let’s start by dumping Boehner and McConnell in ’14, if we have to start a Third Party to do it.

      Proposed New Motto: better the Democrats win than faux Republicans who don’t listen to the base.

Well, folks, my glorious state of Texas did our part. Romney took the state 59/38, inspite of the fact that Texas is now almost 40% Hispanics and only 45% white. And we elected another Hispanic to the U.S. Senate.

So we got out part of the Hispanic bloc to vote for Romney. And what the hell was the other states doing? Signing up for food stamps and extended unemployment benefits?

Kiss this “last best hope for mankind” nation good by for the next four years. We have unleased the beast who has nothing to lose.

    CatinTexas in reply to retire05. | November 7, 2012 at 6:09 am

    You know what? We sure did. And the GOP needs to start sending people from all over the country to see what we’re doing right here — esp with our Hispanic outreach. Irony of (bitter) ironies is that John Cornyn is in a position to get things done, and is utterly clueless and tone-deaf.

      retire05 in reply to CatinTexas. | November 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

      CatinTexas, get ready for some p!ssed off Texas conservatives. Obama’s EPA is working overtime to shut down coal mines and make our electric bills skyrocket.

      Add to that California idiots voting to increase state income tax. We are going to see a steady line of U-Haul trucks/trailers fleeing Loonafornia for the more business friendly state of Texas, but the trouble is they will all be liberals who are just too stupid to understand it was their liberal policies that put California on the path to fiscal ruin to begin with.

      There is enough oil in Texas to fuel our state for the next 60 years. Perhaps it is time to tell the rest of the nation to pound sand, no more refined oil to California, New York, Ohio and Florida. They can build their own refineries to process their own damn oil. No more cotton, corn, beef, nada. Do without. If you buy from Texas, it will bankrupt them. We’ll sell to Europe.

      And can someone please lock up Shiela Jackson Lee?

      Obama hates Texas. We are in for a long, hard road.

[…] House of Representatives is even firmer in the hands of Republicans and they will not be in a giving vein after the way Obama has attacked and smeared. There is no […]

The Dumbing Down of America may now be complete. With the re-election of the inexperienced community organizer instead of the seasoned well qualified business executive, it is abundantly clear that people have become addicted to free stuff in lieu of earning earning their living through honest work. Pushed aside are nagging issues such as the terrorist attack in Libya and the human cost involved with Fast and Furious. Accountability in this administration is virtually nonexistent.

Never in my lifetime did either political party present two more qualified candidates than Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Both were squeaky clean, very knowledgeable in their field and had a solid record of achievement. Yet, the public chose to retain the worst team ever even eclipsing Jimmy Carter for incompetence. At least Carter was somewhat honest while the current occupant of the White House has been a consistent liar along with his incompetent cabinet.

The bright light that was shining the way for this country to recover some of its past successes has now been extinguished which will lead to an uncertain future. This does not bode well for the young people who are inheriting a country ridden with debt in an insecure world. It also may well mean an end to the two party system that managed to keep a sort of balance to an ever increasing division of opinion within the country.

Where this will all lead is something that I do not wish to contemplate but I am thankful that I’m not one day younger than I am…

    Centrist Central in reply to GrumpyOne. | November 7, 2012 at 1:09 am

    But Romney and Ryan contributed to the dumbing down of the citizenry. They never tried to educate voters about Obama and they never explained their plans for the future. They relied on how bad these 4 years were, but given the crash hit during Bush II’s term, that was not enough. I voted for Romney and contributed, but I never heard a convincing case during the election. They let Obama have the narative that Bush II caused these 4 years. That is the default and they did not fight it at all.

Centrist Central | November 7, 2012 at 1:05 am

McCain and Romney ran two of the worst campaigns possible and I was writing that for months.

Exit polls show the key to Obama’s victory was that voters blamed Bush II for the “Great Recession.” Romney never challenged that narrative and merely repeated over and over again how bad the last 4 years were.

He should have explained that Bush II did not cause the crisis, bi-partisan housing policy did. Moreover, Obama wasted so much money for so little results; Romney had to explain the how and the why of it, e.g., Obama spent $2,000,000 in deficits for every “job created.” There is that graph on Instapundit and International Liberty that shows where Obama claimed the economy would be and where it is. Romney never mentioned it.

I don’t think he mentioned education reform very much at all. That is winner.

Reaganomic advocates have a great case. Reagan helped the poor and minorities more than anyone. Romney had to make the case that his policies would help the poor and middle income Americans. He did not other than vague chanting about “job creators.” He did not provide details.

Obama played a lousy hand masterfully; he got the battleground states easily.

Well 1997-2000 were some pretty good years of divided government and while Obama and Boehner seem more divided than Clinton and Gingrich, maybe they’ll do well. I do hate all the pork that goes along with a united federal government.

    Sorry, but this is an “if only shoulda woulda,” reaction which is now moot.

    Perhaps something more to contemplate is just how many of the votes for Obama in toss up states fell under the fraud category.

    I’d bet the farm that a squeaky clean election would have resulted in a Romney victory.

    Something smells but I suppose that it will pass…

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | November 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

Obama has been re-elected.. and cheers from liberal socialist marxists across the country are deafening.. As Padme Amidala in Star Wars III said- “So this is how Liberty dies, with thunderous applause”- Sadly, the forces of evil have prevailed. History is full of great civilizations that perished from their own hands- society, citizens, govts.. Sadly, the US Constitution, and this great American Republic is no more, and the anti-American anti-Constitutional socialist marxists, and along with it the Islamic forces of evil have triumphed over the Good, and the Western Free World will plunge into a thousand years of darkness, which history will record this being the pivotal point at which it all happened.

My predictions of America’s and Israel’s survival is now like a candle with the flame of light and truth all but gone out.. You can forget about Freedom and Liberty from here on out, as Obama has full rein of unlimited power now.. and the fate of Israel is now sealed in a coming nuclear holocaust..

    Centrist Central in reply to TeaPartyPatriot4ever. | November 7, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Dude. The GOP has about 245 v. 190 in the House and at least a neutral if not conservative Supreme Court. Lighten up.

    I don’t care what happens to Israel. We are the U.S.A.

    Israelis have no more right to that land than Palestinians, i.e., only the claim based on violence. The Israelis won in 1948 via imperialism and terrorism and they are suffering because of revolution and terrorism.

      One; Obama can now appoint justices, and two …

      Jews were living in that area well before the group of jordaniansmand the like that now call themselves Palestinians ever were.

        GrumpyOne in reply to rdm. | November 7, 2012 at 6:48 am

        One more SCOTUS appointment will complete the process to bring us to the same status as Mexico. When peaceful regime change cannot be affected, a descent into total government control becomes inevitable.

        It’s only a matter of time now and the only question that remains is how long for the full effect to manifest itself…

Oddly enough, the evil of the Cult of Personality was detailed by Nikita Khrushchev in his speech, “The Crimes of the Stalin Era” more than half a century ago.

The damage which will be done to our country on energy, over-regulation, the destruction of our health care system, and gutting of defense will not be something which can be undone in a single generation – assuming we have another election.

    GrumpyOne in reply to Estragon. | November 7, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Oh, I’m sure that there will be another election but I not at all confident on what it would or could bring.

    The country missed the opportunity to replace incompetence with experienced achievement. Now we will have to endure the culture of corruption that the administration fosters.

    Maybe the next step could be a revolution…

My county went for Romney by 88% and he was not our first choice. I will give up when I can’t resist it anymore. The worst problem is that, over many years, the Executive branch has been given nearly dictatorial power. It was lazy Congresses that did it.

We do not need a hot revolution, so I will keep my guns locked away. Better: Let’s get our House guys to trade higher taxes on evil rich people for a big reduction in the power of the Executive branch…and some other stuff. A 90’s level top tax rate won’t do anything for the economy, so let’s call their bluff and get some good stuff at the same time.

Hey Ann Coulter – you got your nominee, after calling those of us who weren’t as impressed with him stupid. And what happened? Why, your other crush, Chris Christie, sold you and his party out for photo ops, so he can win another term.

I’m over it – where’s my free stuff???

    GrumpyOne in reply to Jake Blues. | November 7, 2012 at 6:53 am

    You bet!

    Foodstamps, superfluous grants, free health care! Whatta world… It’s just waitin’ for me!

    We’ll show ’em but good…

Death is not something that comes over a being in an instant – it is a process – it will take time for all signs of life to become still.

Make no mistake, this was our last stand and we lost.

The United States of America, as originally established and constituted, died today.

The manifestations and consequences of the decisions made today will play out over the course of the next four years, but the trajectory is set and is now unavoidable.

That Republicans hold the House is of no consequence – the power of the House is in the power of the purse. We have not had a budget in three years and are running trillion dollar deficits and piling on debt at an incredible rate. There is no mechanism to stop this.

The president can be found with both a live boy and a dead girl (never mind a dead ambassador) and need not fear impeachment. Harry Reid would never allow a trial.

Death will come to a number of Supreme Court justices over the next four years as their life spans come to a conclusion – expect nothing short of living constitution advocates to be appointed.

Taxes will hit us like a sledgehammer come the first of the year and no one in government need worry about Tea Party protests or anything else – they can just laugh at the sight of anyone that bothers to show up.

No, folks, I hate to be a sour puss but you can go out front of the house and take down the stars and stripes.

Your liberty is gone. You are no longer a free man – you live in bondage to your government.

It’s all over but the suffering.

    GrumpyOne in reply to turfmann. | November 7, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Yep, one more O’bammy SCOTUS appointment and all legal remedies will be squelched. Toss in some Cap ‘n Trade, union card check, suppression of energy resources along with a good dose of gun control and government controlled health care to complete the recipe.

    I’m glad that you young’ns will hafta face whatever comes down the pike. Hopefully, I’ll be able to check out before the final event…

Srsly, far too many of you resemble this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy8FSyI_Djg

Quit shrieking like Democrats and stiffen that upper lip. The adults are still in the House.

Centrist Central | November 7, 2012 at 1:41 am

Yes. This was a big loss. Four more years with this leftist is going to be long. And now he has nothing to lose by being even more leftist. What is worst is that he totally worked the city boss angle. Get taxpayer money to special interests, get kickback contributions, and have enough patronage generally to defy his own fiscal idiocy.

But Romney ran an inane campaign; I wish he had explained how Reaganomics was wonderful for the least among us.

Midwest Rhino | November 7, 2012 at 2:00 am

What a mess the new president will inherit. I guess we get four more years of POTUS blaming Bush and the Republicans in the House.

If Obama sticks to his ideology, with no concern of reelection, who knows where he goes from here. He has already been so outlandish, there was no way he could win … except he did.

My concern is Obama really is the product of Rev. Wright and Frank Davis Marshall. What if the Muslim Brotherhood “alliance” really is stronger than the concern for our ambassadors and military? And what about Van Jones and others in Obama’s cabinet that praised Mao or Chavez?

The populist uprisings of the banana republics strike me much the same as Obama’s base. They are willing to make demands for massive redistribution, and ready to be violent, with support from dear leader.

“We” need to coalesce around some great conservative ideals, but the Tea party gets co-opted by the evangelicals, and the churches have been co-opted by liberals and their “social justice”. And the war against our freedoms is international, as our apologizing president demonstrates.

Somewhere the rainbow promises meet hard reality. It may be a dirty nuke in some port, resulting in market collapse. Or a funding crisis, where our bonds are rejected, and our currency falters. We are on a course where perhaps a calamity is the only thing that will bring real change.

But in the meantime we can be building a foundation and framework for after the calamities. Watching so many enamored with Obama’s rhetoric, in the face of his broad based failures, is rather disturbing … even as Obama now again says we are not red states and blue states but united states. (though he will punish his political enemies)

    You have some kind of hang-up about religion. You’re obviously a “social liberal.”

    The Tea Parties haven’t been “co-opted by Evangelicals.” In fact, the national Tea Parties are scrupulous about staying away from issues that aren’t rooted in taxes and spending.

    Your constantly-displayed anti-religious bigotry is showing…again.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 7, 2012 at 2:01 am

For Americans to have voted out Obama it would mean they would be acknowledging their own failure. People will not want to know they were wrong in 08.

If it was against

Not much you can do if you can only count on conservative white people to vote for you.

You’ve lost women.
You’ve lost gay people.
You’ve lost young people.
You’ve lost anyone who care about the environment and global warming.
You’ve lost Hispanics.
You’ve lost moderates.
You’ve lost independents.
You’ve lost the black vote (forever)

And your answer is to go harder right?

Good luck.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to donsmith7777. | November 7, 2012 at 2:11 am

    And you’ve lost your mind.

    We saw what a billion dollars spent in nine states and the complicity of the Fourth Estate can buy.

    CalMark in reply to donsmith7777. | November 7, 2012 at 2:16 am

    No…the problem is, we run on American ideals.

    We had a lousy candidate who didn’t fight back against leftist smears (like, f’r’instance, the piece of garbage you posted above) and didn’t hit Obama hard enough with Obama’s very real failings.

    2010 still happened. Then…2012. What went wrong? Not the fact we didn’t descend to divisive hate-mongering like you.

TrooperJohnSmith | November 7, 2012 at 2:09 am

Well, the “coup” has failed against Teh Chosen Won. We’re now officially The Chicago States of America, and Valerie Jarrett is already talking about payback against muthafu*kas like you and and like me. Yes, The State, with all its attendant power and inertia, will be turned against us for real, now.

If you’re one of the 53% or, heaven forbid, the 1%, you are now Emmanuel Goldstein.

Oh, and Bill Clinton and Hitlery have already been paid off in 40-pieces of silver. She’s already writing her 2016 speeches.

God help us. Please.

    God doesn’t listen to people who try to live decent lives anymore. If he ever did.

    The 2012 elections are proof positive of one or more of these: a) there is no God; b) God is a Marxist; c) God hates those who struggle to live by his laws.

    Out here.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to CalMark. | November 7, 2012 at 2:53 am

      God answers all prayers. Sometimes, he just says ‘no’.

        legacyrepublican in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | November 7, 2012 at 3:46 am

        God allows free will. Sometimes it is the majority who say no.

        Remember, God had led them safely into the desert when they said they would be better off back in Egypt and made the golden calf.

        The next four years will increase the debt by another $6 trillion and when Obama leaves office, the national debt will be $24 trillion or more unless the speaker of the house gets balls and finally shuts down the government forcing a balanced budget.

        For once, if we are going to lose, lets lose doing the right thing.

America is not dead, this is no dunkirk, the dem’s aren’t nazi’s, and I am not british. This is just something that goes on and on. Put a weak candidate, get your butt kicked. There was a reason the media went through every candidate and dropped him down. America didn’t fail the party the party failed america.

I’m very disappointed. Three theories: a) keeping abortion legal is critical to enough people that… we might as well forget a Republican coalition; b) the integrity of elections is hopelessly compromised, especially with early voting; c)Americans are way too susceptible to propaganda and/or are generally stupid; d) (yeah i can’t count) a combination of two or all three of the preceding.

(b) is suspect because we kept the House, but not too suspect. Needs more study.

I didn’t like Romney. I’m a libertine conservative. But I’m disappointed, disgusted, annoyed. I see no hope for capitalism now. I’m in the mind of the New Foundation. Especially since i think teh fundamental problem we have is demographic rather than Democratic. We’re going to gave to wait for the slow process of working through that problem first before we can rescue liberty. Not i, not my children, but my grandchildren -if they are lucky and work hard- will finally recover a shred of what we were.

I’m done. Support the House Reps? maybe, ask me in a few weeks. tonight i feel like switching sides just to hasten the crises coming our way, on the [admittedly dumb and risky, but I’m tired and dejected] theory that the sooner we get to experience those crises, the sooner we’ll overcome them. Right now i want the House to give O what he wants, to let all the consequences thereof obtain ASAP. Why come back from the ledge? eyes open now, all the way down. I’m an agnostic, but tonight I’ll pray.

I should add that the dems I’ve spoken to were either all about abortion and gay marriage, or lefties (nearly, if not actually marxists). This whyi am hopeless tonight. There I’d no way to build a coalition that supports economic (and other) liberty w/o those who want abortion kept legal and w/o those who want it banned; the former will remain captured by the left.

    CatinTexas in reply to kemmer. | November 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Me too!! “I voted Obama because Romney doesn’t support gay marriage and it’s a civil right issue.” “well, I’m just so worried about the environment and I think anyone that doesn’t want the whole world to turn toxic voted Obama” and “Republicans are not friends of women.” And these are all normal, rational people….who do not educate themselves, clearly.

Also I’m utterly confused about all thus. Strongly rep House, way left pres anf senate. huh??

America voted for Obamacare and increasing our $16 trillion deficit. God help America. I’m out of here.

Dunkirk may be a good analogy, but it’s years really to tell. Right now it feels like armistice day sine other surrender. it’s over. now we live in Europe, basically.

    GrumpyOne in reply to kemmer. | November 7, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Dunkirk unfortunately had a way out… Flee to the motherland and a helpful big brother would eventually bail you out.

    Unfortunately, we don’t have a motherland to flee to and even if we did, there’s no friendly big brother to do the bailing.

    Make the best with what you have and don’t foster unrealistic expectations…

All of these exhortations:

“Cheer up, chaps! Keep fighting! Despair not! Remember Valley Forge!”

What utter nonsense.

Obama was supposed to lose. Everyone apparently expected him to lose. And yet, he still won. By the narrowest of margins in most battleground states (probably fraud-driven).

So: we now live in a country ruled by Marxists (Democrats) and their enablers (Republicans), Chicago-style fraud and corruption have taken over our government, and the elected “representatives” refuse to listen to the people.

Our government no longer cares what we, the producers want. They no longer fear us. Time for a revolution.

Careful of the gloat trolls, they love posts like this.

At last count, 53,202,337 people voted against Obama, that is something we can use to build on towards the next election, the next battle.

I can’t give up the fight. There is no where else I can go. If you’re a socialist, you could flee to Cuba, or England, or Venezuela, or even Canada to get your fix.

Personally, I believe that Republicans, and specifically conservatives should start to think about how to improve our education. Everything starts with an informed, educated electorate. Before you tell me that ‘Democrats and Liberals own the public schools!’ remember that conservatives oppose government solutions, even for education.

So no, I’ll speak for myself, I will never give up, my work is just beginning. If you ask ‘why keep going?’, I’ll give you 53,202,337 reasons why.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to quiznilo. | November 7, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Great perspective. Thanks for that.

    CalMark in reply to quiznilo. | November 7, 2012 at 2:58 am

    The problem is that once corruption and fraud become entrenched in government, it is virtually impossible to win. It started with Clinton, continued under “New Tone” Bush (who kept a huge proportion of Clinton’s bureaucrats), and accelerated alarmingly under Obama.

    This is what happens when a corrupt machine politician moves into national government.

    On top of which, even when conservatives win, we lose. We ALWAYS lose. Even in 2010, when we won a stunning victory for the Republicans; their response: “Thanks for the House. Now shut up and go home while we work with Barack and Harry. We’ll tell you when we need your votes and money again.”

    P.S. I thought this was supposed to be a “big turnout” election for Republicans. 110 M or less? Nowhere near ’08. What gives? Perhaps a whole bunch of GOP votes got “lost” by the voting machines? Just a thought.

America is toast. Done. Dead. Every household owes the world’s capital markets $160,000. Obama is going to increase that. The math doesn’t add up. But Americans are too stupid to understand that. They deserve what happens, which won’t be pretty.

Sorry, professor… but we were crushed today… that popping sound you heard was our neck bones snapping under the weight of the heels of that jack-booted thug we just put back into the White House.

It truly is the end.

But another way of looking at it is, it might be a new beginning towards a future free of the coming socialist oppression.

But it will be a long, long road. And it will be much,much longer and painful with John Boehner remaining as House “Squeaker.” We need a warrior, and we need one fast.

Two nations lost yesterday. Obviously, the U.S. of A. The other Israel, for there is no doubt that Mr. Another Four Years OR MORE, favors Islam by a wide margin.

Kinda’ makes one think, he REALLY IS a Muslim.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to JP. | November 7, 2012 at 5:16 am

    He told George Snuffalupulous on live tv that he’s a muzzie. Didn’t you ever see that?

    The GOP should have looped that over and over with the benghazi stuff.

    The GOP won;t fight. We need to form a new party.

      Honestly, no I didn’t see that.

      A new party, completely agree. This Repub party cowered in fear when racism was constantly shouted and PEOPLE (and there is most assuredly a difference) such as Condi Rice, Allen West, Thomas Sowell, Ken Blackwell, Artur Davis, et al were painted as Uncle Tom’s and sellouts.

      “We have met the enemy and he is a majority us”

      Thank you Walt Kelly and Pogo..

Wonder how many more years it will be before, Harry the Idiot and fellow criminals of the Left, pass a budget.

OH and what cabinets, would Bloomberg and Christie be best suited for?

NC Mountain Girl | November 7, 2012 at 4:42 am

My advice is to wait a couple of days and then look at the numbers in detail.

We have 30 governors and two years to line up better Senate candidates. First step. Push hard for voter ID laws and an end to early voting. It is too hard to effectively monitor in major cities.

If you haven’t yet, please read ‘1776’ by David McCullough.

We’re akin to Gen Washington’s soldiers at Valley Forge – bleak, disheartened, deserting, lacking supplies, freezing and losing the will to fight.

Against all odds and a feckless congress, Gen Washington eventually prevailed against the King of England and America was born.

Keep fighting.

He lost many battles but won the war.

Maybe we can too, but it will take determination and a fighting spirit.

We need a George Washington to step up and lead this rag tag army;

Post-election thought: Did the welfare vote win Obama the election?

It is entirely possible that food stamp /welfare entitlement assault by Obama’s handlers may have won the him election.

But there are consequences for those who voted for him: the money for their benefits cannot possibly last. In fact, it won’t.

The conclusion: these voters will be relegated to devastating poverty that they themselves helped create for themselves.

An ugly truth. But an equally ugly justice.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to TheFineReport.com. | November 7, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I await that day with joy. When they can get no more from public largesse, they will come looting. My happiest moment will be when they reach my door.

      Heh! Maybe we need to change the name of this blog to illegal inssurection and carry the campaign to the streets. Should be easy pickin’s since most liberal democrats are unarmed.

      A great Texas solution to a nagging problem…

    No, this is the scary part, this is exactly what they want, a complete collapse of the system. Cloward-Piven writ large.

    Once the entire system has collapsed, there will be no where to turn to except the government, and they will be in complete control at that point.

NC Mountain Girl | November 7, 2012 at 5:01 am

After some more dispassionate analysis of final results I suggest the following. One. Resolve to be every bit as cooperative as the Democrats were in 2004. Two. Be prepared to say I told you so a lot as all the stuff Obama pushed off into 2013-2014 comes to pass.

In 1936, FDR won by playing the class warfare card and blaming everything on Hoover. The economy got much worse and the Democrats were shellacked in 1938.

    I agree with your strategy. Unfortunately, Republicans don’t have the stones to do it. John Boehner? Mitch McConnell?

    Your FDR comparison is apt. This was a replay of the election of 1936.

    While Tea Parties have shown we can win big during midterms, the Establishment has rigged the Presidential nomination process like the bosses of a century ago. We’ll never win as long as that keeps up.

    Interesting point: how is it that the Republican ticket lost every single important battleground state? Often by thin margins? I don’t think it’s coincidence, and I’m tired of the feckless, spineless GOP not demanding integrity.

    Time for the GOP to go the way of the Whigs.

      quiznilo in reply to CalMark. | November 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Third party is absolutely the wrong way to go, after an incumbent president ekes out a 2% victory, and more republicans than last time decided to sit this one out.

      http://precinctproject.us/ is the solution. Before we ‘take back the country’ we need to ‘take back our party’.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 7, 2012 at 5:12 am

I have read that R numbers were down. Maybe even lower than 08.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | November 7, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Bullshit.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to JackRussellTerrierist. | November 7, 2012 at 6:05 am

      Would you like to apologize?

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | November 7, 2012 at 6:35 am

        I didn’t mean it was BS that you read it. I believe you. I just don’t believe ‘pub turnout was lower than ’08. If someone’s making that claim, then a whole bunch of voting records have been tampered with.

        Something I’ve already noticed is that the real red states all came in gangbusters for RR, but the battleground states where it was close almost all seem to have gobe for obastard. I find that odd.

        Hugh Hewitt wrote a book titled, “If It Ain’t Close, They Can’t Cheat.” With the media playing such a big role in this, and hiring pollsters and then telling them to re-weight a poll when they didn’t like the result, and then the battleground states almost all go to obastard, I’m already smelling a huge rat. I watched a lot of the battleground states SOS sites. The urban areas sat on their tallies until the pro-RR counties came in. Then, shortly thereafter, the urban counties would unload.

        Do you remember Cathy What’s-her-name in Waukesha County, WI? She’s the lady the rats went after because she was on to them and held Waukesha back so they wouldn’t have a good number to work with to know how many votes they needed to manufacture in Madison and Milwaukee. They were super pissed about it. Why should they care when Waukesha Co. got their tallies in if it wasn’t because they needed to know that number? I think we just witnessed them doing that on a massive scale, with the help of the media commissioning polls that they then had the pollster re-weight so it could later be said that ‘pub turnout was down.

        Never forget the massive rally turnouts. Then look at the numbers. Then consider the Chicago ‘rat machine that is obastard’s M.O. all the way. It stinks to high heaven, in my opinion.

          Your explanation is well within the realm of possibility.

          The Chicago machine is dirty, dirty, dirty. I’ve seen it in action personally: fraud, intimidation, dirty tricks.

          NC Mountain Girl in reply to JackRussellTerrierist. | November 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

          Nationwide about 3 million fewer votes were cast for Rommey than McCain. In fact Obama will have won 2012 with perhaps a shade fewer votes than McCain had in 2008 when all the counting is complete.

          It is possible that the unanswered negative ad barrage against Romney this summer worked as planned to suppress Republican/Independent turnout in these states. That may have allowed the Democrat machine to get enough public employee union members and urban underclass members to the polls to narrowly win those states. I used to work in a building that contained the regional offices of AFCSME and could watch the building fill up with “volunteers” every election cycle for their GOTV efforts. I’d also marvel at the incredibly high turnout in public housing complexes. largely because the administrators would threaten residents if they didn’t go vote.

          Watch for the relative change in turnout rates in strong R precincts and the inner city in swing states.

          Why didn’t Republicans turn out for Romney?

          Another possibility. Maybe the same reason they didn’t turn out for McCain: they hated Romney too much.

          Mitt Romney was a perfect bastard to his conservative counterparts during the Primaries. He lied brazenly and viciously about Gingrich during debates and in commercials; no one ever called him on it because everyone (“conservative” media including talk radio, MSM) wanted Romney to win. (When Gingrich fought back in kind, though, HE was savagely attacked for impropriety.) After Gingrich, Romney dismantled Santorum only slightly less nastily.

          In short, some conservatives were concerned about Romney’s scorched-earth campaign against fellow Republicans. Conservative leading lights like Rush Limbaugh jeered at them. Maybe they were right.

A majority of people in the freest nation on earth voted yesterday to return to the slavery of Egypt and forsake the Promised Land. The smells of the leeks and garlic reminded them of “home.”

“Welcome to the State.”

I am going to have a hot chai latte and wait for the sun to come up. The solutions to these problems (Alinsky, Obama, unions, green energy, big gov’t, huge deficits, sequestration,unchained EPA, dumb-down schools, the rise of Islam, etc.) are out there.

Let’s take a deep breath and figure out a way forward.

    CalMark in reply to jhstuart. | November 7, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I like your optimism. Wish I could share it, because I don’t think there’s any way out.

    Particularly since we’ll probably be awarding the Dems upward of 7 million new voters with bipartisan Amnesty. Marco Rubio (a RINO in conservative clothing, if ever there was one) insists that’s why Romney lost.

    I don’t think the GOP exists to win elections. I think they’re part of a cabal whose main purpose is to keep conservatives from winning important Federal offices.

The McCain Palin ticket, despite being confronted with a financial collapse at the end of 8 years of a Republican administration with dismal approval ratings received a total of 59.9 million votes.

The Romney Ryan ticket, facing a President with a dreadful economic record and no plan for recovery received a total of 53.7 million votes.

The Obama Biden ticket went from 69,5 million votes in 2008 to 54,8 million votes in 2012, loosing 14.7 million votes, but still won, because the Romney Ryan ticket was not able to hold on to the voters that had come out for McCain Palin in 2008, let alone increase on that vote total.

When the Republican Party turns it’s back on movement and independent conservatives, along with libertarian leaning conservatives this is what happens.

    CalMark in reply to john.frank. | November 7, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Exactly.

    Where was this huge “conservative Tea Party” wave everyone was going on and on about? Why didn’t the alleged “enthusiasm gap” work for us? Maybe too many Romney votes went for Obama on electronic voting machines? Still doesn’t explain why so many fewer people voted Republican than in ’08.

    Romney and the Establishment stuck their thumb in Palin’s eye and made it a point to blow off the Tea Parties. Also seems to me that Romney took great pains to avoid the term “conservative.”

    I don’t think the GOP wants to win so much as they want to stop conservatives from winning. They’ve succeeded again, perhaps forever. There is no escape from socialism.

great unknown | November 7, 2012 at 6:06 am

Sorry Professor, wrong parallel. Not Dunkirk, but Waterloo. And I grieve not only for the death of this wonderful country, but for the coming expansion of totalitarianism in Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.

    Yes, Waterloo seems like the better analogy. 1932. It took 48 years to get us from then to 1980.

    I get that Romney must have been toxic to many people. OK. Was it abortion? Mormonism? What? This is what we must know, though it won’t make a difference because we are now committed to this path we’re on; only disaster will get us off it.

    Not that it matters now, but, what mix of policies, platform planks, can we get in a candidate that could win?? That could win our primaries (the missing R voters this year won’t participate in 2016 primaries). That could draw the bloody evangelicals and the pro-choicers for the general? Or was the issue something much less divisive and so we have hope yet?

    No, we’re committed to this path. I told you so won’t cut it. The worst case is 50 years of wilderness — oddly about the time it will take to get through the demographic humps in our way.

A uick thought. It seems to me that the Democrats are expanding the electoral map with each presidential election. The traditional core of the Republican Party – the white male voter – is also diminishing.

We have to figure a way how to attract more Females and Hispanics and Jews…just to name a few.

We can’t keep depending on the religious conservatives any longer. Their importance is being fragmented by these other groups

America is changing rapidly.

    CalMark in reply to PhillyGuy. | November 7, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Stop with the Balkanization. We lose precisely when we try to be like Democrats and “tailor a message” for various racial/ethnic/religious groups.

    That’s what Democrats do, because they have no ideas that they can openly express. Obama won because he successfully demonized Romney and his agenda. And Romney was fool enough to let him.

    Your ideas aren’t original in the least. We’ve been hearing it since 1992, when Bush Sr. started it:
    “America has changed.”
    “Reagan is long-gone, we can’t do things that way anymore.”
    “Conservatism can’t win.”

    Conservatives win with pure ideas. Oh, wait. That’s right. 2010 never happened. Pipe dream.

      PhillyGuy in reply to CalMark. | November 7, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Even Mia Love and Allen West lost.

        CalMark in reply to PhillyGuy. | November 7, 2012 at 6:52 am

        Quite likely fraudulently.

        Mia Love’s district went OVERWHELMINGLY for Romney.

        West looked like he was going to pull it out.

        And BOTH lost? I smell a rat. Two smart, able conservatives…both of whom just happen to be black…lose in unlikely circumstances?

        The Dems CANNOT allow such people to gain a foothold. They’d lose their minority monopoly. I think these losses were rigged.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 7, 2012 at 6:17 am

Yes I first started questioning the RR campaign’s thinking when I read on another site 2 REpublicans dissing Palin’s rally numbers as compared to Ryan. I went back & checked & of course Palin did triple the rallies plus getting more at each venue. They are on Yutube mostly .Furthermore Palin did 3 in Ohio alone Oct 30 -Nov 2.

In fact I thought the pics on Ryan’s first rally on LI was looking a bit thin way back when. I have nothing against him except he validated Gamechange by attending the premiere. Though he was not VP then -he was still a front runner.

I don’t know the full story on the convention but That thing Christie was a bad choice.

Oh well KA R MA .GOP Central.

Do not diss with Sarah.

The above comment by john.frank’s is remarkable. My sense is that a large number of 2008 Obama supporters would not show in 2012 — and that was correct. I am blindsided by the fact that a big percentage of 2008 GOP voters also failed showed up in 2012.

Frankly, I question the quality of information we have been getting from the conservative blogosphere with respect to election prospects. Particularly troubling are the challenges to polling samples with “D+7” type models and the derision of Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com analysis.

Conservatives used to label many opposing view websites as a “fever swamp,” but it’s our side with a delusional fever. I wonder if all the false bravado at Fox News, Hotair, Powerline, NRO, American Thinker and even LI on election prospects actually contributed to the decline in GOP voter turnout. We could have used a lot more sobriety and a lot less cheer-leading on how difficult this election would be.

    CalMark in reply to Mark30339. | November 7, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Someone wrote a few days ago that Evangelicals were supposed to be Romney’s secret weapon. The fact that voter totals were way down for the GOP when they should have been way up tell me these folks didn’t show up.

    Romney blew it. He returns to his life of privilege; the rest of us suffer the consequences for his arrogance, his blatant disrespect for Sarah Palin, Tea Parties, and conservatives.

      Mark30339 in reply to CalMark. | November 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

      With respect to the portion of the electorate that sees profoundly less government as the answer, the “he wasn’t conservative enough” conclusion is a rather empty analysis that fails to share responsibility for the loss. The election was a referendum on Obama’s leadership, and the country was not sufficiently persuaded to change (which apparently shocks only 48% of us).

      Yet you’re saying that a large block of smug voters on the hard right didn’t show up because the candidate didn’t stroke them sufficiently. We’ve gone through a lot of primaries since Reagan won re-election in 1984. Like it or not, candidates that are “kinder, gentler” or “compassionate conservatives” seem to have prevailed every time within the GOP primaries. If your analysis is right — i.e. that conservative hardliners insist on staying home every November because they can’t win fair and square in the primaries — we are in for a long period of American decline. I just don’t buy the analysis, it smacks of unhelpful sour grapes finger pointing by arch-conservative purists.

      We are in this loss together. The President overwhelmingly raided the US Treasury so as to pay off all of his essential constituencies and they showed up to re-elect. Let’s tip our hat to the victors, rally the GOP team to greater unity and seek better clarity in both policy and messaging.

I agree with you professor. The war has not been lost, but a battle has been.

My gut reaction is Obama won a personality contest not an ideological contest.

Now America will pay through the nose for that error in judgement.

Will the ensuing damage be enough to break the liberal juggernaut in 2016? Well one thing is for sure, the “preezy” effect will be removed via term-limit.

    No. At this point, with four more years of Obama, the war is lost as well as the battle. Mits. Over. Turn out the lights and shut the doors.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to VotingFemale. | November 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    “Well one thing is for sure, the “preezy” effect will be removed via term-limit.”

    What makes you think The One will be “term-limited”? If Mike Bloomberg can get away with changing the rules, why can’t he?

    Remember, the Constitution is nothing but a useless piece of paper to him.

In the end, Bill O’Reilly was right. People feel like they’re falling behind and instead of fighting back, they just want more stuff.

Sometimes the best salespeople are the ones who hide the truth just enough to make you buy.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 7, 2012 at 6:31 am

Mark – I think Americans have given up hope. About 8 weeks ago there was a survey that found only 67% of adults had even thought about the election. I posted this showed a very low turnout prospect but got no response/interest on LI.

I think all the pundits got this wrong .I think Obama is very surprised to win & totally unprepared.

2013 -is a poisoned vessel . We know he does not have the bones for it nor are there any decent advisors left.

Ouch.

    I must have missed your post.

    Obama DID look like a man expecting to lose and surprised to win, while Romney looked like a man expecting to win.

    Given the total number of votes, the Obama/Romney reaction, I think your answer is probably the best one.

    Looks like what the Prof called “Operation Demoralize” worked fabulously well.

      kemmer in reply to CalMark. | November 7, 2012 at 6:50 am

      What if they weren’t demoralized by that, but they just didn’t like Romney? I think we need to consider that question. I didn’t love Romney, but was behind him and donated to him. But the missing Rs… we need an explanation, and Operation Demoralize does not seem like enough of one. Those people… we can’t even exit poll them. We just have no clue, none. Or i don’t anyways.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | November 7, 2012 at 6:55 am

    You may be right. They are still counting on the West Coast but turnout is down by at least 13 million from 2008. Right now Obama’s winning vote total is below McCain’s losing total from 2008.

    What happened to the 3 million who voted for McCain who didn’t vote for Romney? It certainly wasn’t that Romney was too conservative for them.

      Another possibility: Romney votes registering in huge numbers for Obama on electronic voting machines.

      There’s no paper record, so it’s impossible to track. Who’s to know?

      Profoundly suspicious: Obama and his followers seemed completely demoralized (Harry Reid ranting about blocking а Romney аgenda on Friday), and yet they have their biggest-ever turnout? Districts/states going big for GOP went for Obama for President? Oh, and districts (in IL, of course) where Dems weren’t doing well all flipped Democrat. Something very fishy.

      I think this was voter fraud on a massive scale never seen before. And with the idiocy of electronic voting, impossible to prove.

The watershed year was 1992. The year CA went from reliably R to reliably D. The reason? Abortion and gay rights. Reagan had cred as not being a homophobe, and abortion had yet been a huge electoral fight. 1992 changed that. Reagan was off the map, the reps misread the electorate and committed itself to a future of more of the same. There is no recovering now except via the same path that Reagan trod: a dem turned rep after a long spell of dem rule. If we’re really lucky the next dems won’t be as far left as bammy, but if FDR is any guide we have another leftist admin coming up after the one that’s coming up, at least!

Oh well.

    CalMark in reply to kemmer. | November 7, 2012 at 7:01 am

    You “social liberals” are basically concern trolls.

    Just because someone opposes gay marriage and special “gay rights” doesn’t make them a homophobe, which you are implying.

    As for abortion…well, if you think killing unborn babies is a minor issue that should be shelved in order to win elections, I’m not with you.

    Some moral things are important. If gay rights and abortion are so important to you that you feel the ned to insult and demean social conservatives, then vote Democrat. Don’t let the door hit you as you leave.

      kemmer in reply to CalMark. | November 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Actually, I’m very much against abortion. It’s not that i’m a social liberal, but that i believe in liberty (capitalism) above all other things in politics, so i’m willing to be a realist on abortion: majorities think it’s wrong, but majorities want it to remain legal. You must be as angry and despondent as I today to read words i didn’t write into my comments.

        CalMark in reply to kemmer. | November 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

        “Reagan had cred as not being a homophobe,” you said.

        Your post is about social conservative values. In that context, the quote implies social conservatives are homophobes.

        Busted.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to kemmer. | November 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Social Security would be in much sounder shape today if those millions who were aborted in the 70s, 80s and early 90s had been allowed to be born and were now adults paying into the system.

    Social liberalism is nihilism with a pretty face. It cares only for its own pleasures and seldom, if ever, seriously plans for the future.

      Again, i’m only pointing out the mutual exclusion between different otherwise-would-be-Republican groups. I have watched ultrasounds of my then-unborn children; for me abortion is morally wrong and Roe should be overturned, but that’s not a position that will win elections.

      Roe vs. Wade may well be the greatest protect-the-Democrats horror perpetrated on us. Horror first because it’s incorrectly decided given the Constitution, second because Roe is morally repugnant, thirdly because it has nationalized the issue in such a way that politicians can do nothing about it yet must state unequivocal positions on the matter, fourthly because it’s politicized the Court, thus greatly furthering the destruction of one of our most important institutions. Notice which i put first: the Constitution, because that’s what the Court must put first, not morality.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | November 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Paying into the system……from what jobs?

Secession.

    kemmer in reply to david7134. | November 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

    No! No violence. Trust me, you do not want to go down that route. And how would it work? If you can’t get your governor/lege to secede, are you going to take over your state’s govt by force? when our brethren, whose support you’d need to count on, did not come out and vote yesterday?? No, it can’t be done now or anytime soon (barring crazy dem schemes in the immediate future, but i hope they’ll have some sense). And if you could do it (in Texas, Oklahoma, say) would you really be able to resist the U.S. Army?

    No, you’ll have to wait for a galvanizing, outrageous dem act, which -god help us- won’t be coming our way anyways.

      lichau in reply to kemmer. | November 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Secession needn’t be violent and won’t be this time. IMO, it is the right solution.

      I never did understand what was so all fired important about keeping the Union intact that it was worth killing off a generation on both sides and impoverishing the South for a century.

        Libertymike in reply to lichau. | November 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        The Republican party should cease being the party of Lincoln. After all, he was a mass murderer who deported a sitting congressman, urged colonization for blacks, incarcerated thousands of northern newpaper editors, publishers and writers and the grandson of Francis Scott Key because they opposed his blood bath.

Clearly, at this stage in the game, a better strategy would have been to funnel at least $100M plus into promoting the Green party to siphon votes away from the Democrats. A 5% pulldown on Obama would have probably have given us a President-elect Romney.

In searching for a small glimmer of good news this dreary morning, I discovered that the Republican Party pretty much swept my home state of North Carolina. Notable exceptions are the Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Secy. of Public Instruction. Romney won by only 1% over Obama, which is disappointing.

In my local area it was a total Republican sweep down to the dog-catcher level except for the Registrar of Deeds who ran unopposed. The vote was 58%-41% Romney-Obama.

NC now a Republican governor (and probably Lt. Gov.) for the first time in 20 years. Personally, I now have Republicans representing me in the U.S. congress, State Senate and the State Assembly. By my count:

Only 2 of 13 U.S. Congressional districts in NC went for dems.

Only 18 out of 50 seats in the NC State Senate went to dems.

Only about 38 of 120 State Assembly seats went to dems.

My wife swears she’s never voting again.

Just think of all the big name pundits that look foolish and ignorant today…

but the 2 biggest..Ann Coulter and Dick Morris.

    jimposter in reply to PhillyGuy. | November 7, 2012 at 7:28 am

    During the primaries Ann Coulter was all in for Romney and devoted her considerable talent for sharp-tongued critique to attacking any candidate who opposed him. Gee thanks Ann.

    abenson229 in reply to PhillyGuy. | November 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I haven’t paid much attention to Coulter since she decided to treat Palin the way most liberals treat Palin. Morris though I did follow.

    He should probably look into retirement or a career change now.

Obama won by a smaller margin than any incumbent has in the past 60+ years.
If the numbers on Drudge this morning are correct 23 million fewer Americans voted than in 08.
McCain rec’d more votes than either Obama or Romney. Where did all the voters go?
We know why Obama couldn’t connect to them but why couldn’t Romney?

    Uncle Samuel in reply to dacama. | November 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

    The votes for McCain were because of Palin. She drew larger crowds than either candidate.

      Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | November 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Also – DO NOT ignore the real fact of wholesale voter and election fraud.

      There are a dozen ways/tactics the democrat/progressives use to steal elections.
      – Many democrat voters are registered under AKA names in several locations.
      – Thousands of servicemen/women did not get to vote.
      – Voting machines were set to register votes for Obama that were cast for Romney.

        Electoral fraud is a problem, but it didn’t make the difference last night. Obama lost a lot of votes, enough to lose by, but Romney couldn’t get the R’s out. Proof? We kept the House. if they’d commit fraud in the presidential, why not the House elections too? (Perhaps redistricting left rep districts with less population than dem districts, and the fraud in dem districts won the presidential but couldn’t have won the House? maybe. that thought worries me, a lot.)

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to kemmer. | November 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

          The cost of a state recount and the threshhold for getting a recount are far greater than those for a congressional district.

          That’s why.

Now that my gut reaction is over and after doing some reading… in particular, john.frank’s comment, a light bulb went off in my head.

I suspended my blogging after the news that the GOP was not going to allow Sarah Palin to be a 2012 contender. The intensity of the pain I suffered and still suffer, was as deep as an irreplaceable loss of a mother or father and time is not helping heal that wound.

I opposed Romney as a governor in Massachusetts and lived in Massachusetts while he was in office. I got to know him and opposed him in the 2008 primary. Fox news was pushing Romney in 2008 like MSNBC pushed Obama.

I opposed Romney in the 2012 primary cycle for the same reasons I opposed him in the 2008 primary.

After he won the primary, I accepted the fact he was the nominee.

But my focus from that point going forward was not cheer leading Romney, my focus was bashing Obama. If I couldn’t cheer lead for Sarah Palin I could still oppose the opposition.

I never got over what the GOP did to Sarah Palin… I am not over it today, and I wont be over it tomorrow or a million tomorrows.

But I voted anyway… and I voted for Romney because he was by far the lesser of two evils but he is no Sarah Palin and never will be.

Sarah Palin is hated by the left for only one reason… they fear the mass appeal of her personality… which instantly outshone Obama’s when she emerged on the world stage.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to VotingFemale. | November 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

    A commenter at Right Scoop said the 2016 GOP candidate has already been decided – Jeb Bush.

    If so, then the GOP is defunct.

    PhillyGuy in reply to VotingFemale. | November 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Well if I had known we were going to lose, I would have thrown Palin up there to see what she could do. But her time has passed now. She’s an interesting pundit and I think she is really good at that.

    snopercod in reply to VotingFemale. | November 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

    A most excellent post, VF. I wonder what Sarah Palin is doing this morning. My guess is that later today, she and Todd will be be riding their snow machines down some wilderness trail at 50MPH and laughing their a**es off.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to snopercod. | November 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      I don’t think Sarah is laughing her ass off. She loves this country and so clearly sees what the heart of the problems are. My guess is that she is heartsick, as am I and millions of others.

[…] We aren’t down. We aren’t out for the fight. This is our Dunkirk, as Professor Jacobson has said. We should be prepared, as my blogfather, Miguel, has said. Shit […]

    The real lesson of Dunkirk was not the Hollywood style evacuation, it was that Hitler abandoned the field and let a massive defeat become a victory. Had he continued the battle, he would have wiped out the British Army and an invasion of Britain would have been a walk over.

    I have no similar expectations of the Chicago Democrats. They will put the boot in.

    USA, RIP

BannedbytheGuardian | November 7, 2012 at 7:27 am

Florida voted 55-45 to NOT ban public funds for abortions & to allowhealth insurance to over.

That explains Florida.

It might not be the end, but I feel like I can see it from here.

Jusuchin (Military Otaku) | November 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

They haven’t lost me, people who remember and have seen what kind of trouble is brewing on the horizon.

Sometimes, it’s the gift of being a naturalized US citizen. We understand why we came here, and don’t want the US to become the same shithole we escaped from.

Brave New World.

Well, I’m no longer in a cold sweat. Just cold.

Impeach Obama, Biden and Hillary over Bengazi.

Texas to secede.

    It would serve no purpose to impeach anybody except to make a few people feel good. The Senate will not convict and the media will have one more thing to bash us with for the next four years while ignoring Obeyme’s antics.

    But as to your second statement, think I agree with you. I love my country, but I think it’s gone now. I’ve lost all faith in my countrymen to do the right thing. The socialists have won.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to [email protected]. | November 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Ben Franklin was a faithful subject of the British Crown. After the Boston Massacre and Tea Party, he had to give a report before the King as an agent of the colony, at the Cockpit. Franklin couldn’t explain a thing: he was being humiliated left and right by King George and his court. They dressed him down, chewed and spit him out to dry.

    It is said later that Franklin entered the Cockpit as a Brit, and left it as an American. Now I know what that means.

    Last night, I went to bed a disappointed American. I tossed and turned at the tragedy that unfolded before my eyes. I knew then that, yes, I didn’t leave America, America left me. I only had two hours rest.

    Then, I woke up this morning… as a Texan.

RefudiateGOPe | November 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

Cross posted from P4A and C4P

I have changed my usernames for both Disqus and Twitter. While I still feel strongly that we must refudiate everything Obama says or does, my focus will be changing.

As individuals, neither my wife nor I have experienced any deleterious effects of the last four years, and I don’t anticipate that we’ll experience any in the next four years of the scourge of Obama. That being said, I recognize that it’s not about my wife and me. It’s about what kind of country my grandchildren will live in and what hardships they will face living in a country controlled by takers who put more demands on the doers.

In World War Two, we fought in two theaters- the European and the Pacific. While the tasks were somewhat different, the objectives were not. We were committed to defeating our enemies and we would do whatever necessary to win. The rules of engagement were simple: Destroy our enemies by hitting them hard and not giving up until they were clearly defeated.

Today is the first day of a new war for freedom-loving patriots, and it must be fought in three theaters. If we have any expectations of ever restoring our country to the ideals that made it the greatest country on earth, we must take it to the enemies that want to destroy our country from within.

In my mind, the enemies and the theaters from which they operate are clear. We have three: 1. The GOP leadership and it’s cronies, the GOPe, 2. The media, and 3. The leadership of the Progressives which includes politicians, labor leaders, and educators(indoctrinators). I do not include the rank and file of the Democratic party on the enemies list. I see them as being recruits to fight this war. Not all will join, but many will when their eyes are opened.

In this war, we cannot let our enemies to set the rules of engagement. We cannot allow them to frame the issues. We must hit hard in our quest for sudden and relentless reform.

There are some things I’d like to see happen:

1. I’d like to see Governor Palin, Allen West and Mark Levin write a book. This book would be a bible of sorts and they could recruit the likes of Michelle Malkin, Rand and Ron Paul, Thomas Sowell, Steve Bannon and other constitutional conservatives and libertarians. The bible would serve as a guide and an inspiration for every member of the ground troops. Subjects in the bible could include how the media has failed at its job, with specific instances and specific names, a discussion on Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals showing how the left and the media have used those rules against us, and a how-to guide on recruiting soldiers in our army. Sales of this book would be enormous.

2. I’d like to see Governor Palin, Allen West and Mark Levin call a summit of all of the major Tea Party groups and to enlist them in this effort. I’d like to see all the Tea Party factions pool some of their resources and hire a good PR firm to undo and debunk all the lies told about the Tea Party either by the GOPe, the media, and Progressives. Let the various Tea Party factions to operate independently, but get them committed to a list of ideas and a common doctrine. Yes, let them adopt the Palin Doctrine on the use of military force, the use of our natural resources, and the use of our tax dollars. I’d like to see all the Tea Party factions get the Palin/West/Levin book into the hand of every Tea Party member.

On a level playing field, we can defeat the Progressives. On the issues, there’s no contest. We must find a way to defeat the media. Last night, after it became clear that Obama won, I saw many comments that had the same basic question: How could so many people be so blind to what Obama is and what he stands for? It’s really pretty simple. Our opinions are formed by what we are taught, by what we read, by what we see, and by what we hear. Too many people depend on the media to tell them what to think. A lot of Obama voters didn’t really vote for Obama, they voted against what they were taught to believe about the Republican Party.

Four years from now, I have no idea who may step forward as a candidate for POTUS. Maybe Sarah will feel like it is her time in 2016. Maybe she won’t. The one thing I do know is that it is Sarah’s time now to gather her troops, organize them, and to send the message #War!

And I thought the last four years were the longest years of my life. Get ready for some real hard times, folks. Hunker down even more if you can, but don’t do anything drastic. Take a few weeks to assess your situation, and see what needs to be done to adjust and take care of the family. The way I look at it we are on the cusp of a long downhill slide, and the magnitude of the upheavals will be determined by how well the decline is managed. The House speaker should have a ready list of demands made up if Obama extends his hand to try and govern from the center. The GOP governors can help by organizing amongst themselves a strategy for how to resist or cooperate as a group. These efforts can be coordinated as well. Make local contacts and organize for the future. It’s going to be a rough one. When I was a kid for some reason I always picked the roughest horse to ride (or maybe it was always the only one left–many times all the saddles were gone,too). Maybe I can saddle that sucker up one more time.

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You know, I never liked a government of limited powers, federalism, checks and balances, and an executive branch obliged to uphold the law and constitution anyway.

Our long national nightmare…continues.

This is a pretty easy result to understand. The 47% voted themselves a free lunch. As there is no such a thing, the markets are tanking, unemployment will go way up and we will be back in recession in the next quarter or so…Electing unicorns and leprechauns is not the path to a strong economy.

After Dunkirk, the Brits needed Russia, America, and a great deal of self-inflicted stupidity by Hitler to survive the war.
Americans have gone John Galt on world leadership. And there is no rival candidate who a vision of a decent world order and the power to make it real.

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This whole election thing (2008 & 2012) just p*sses me off.

No more hand-wringing.

No more whining.

The GOP needs to be taught how to fight.

And go in for the kill.

Election outcomes are not inevitable. You can make it what you want it to be so long as you are not afraid of your own shadow and are willing to crack some eggs.

We don’t need John Galt. We need John Connor.

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