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THE GOP DIED LAST NIGHT ^ | 11/07/12 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 11/07/2012 5:42:23 AM PST by shortstop

The Republican Party died last night.

Somewhere in the suburbs of Cleveland, on the shore of Lake Erie, in the decisions of some suburban voters, the Republican Party stopped being a nationally viable political organization.

Oh, it will continue to exist.

But it will likely never again truly contest for the presidency. The nation has changed, the values have been replaced, the demographics are different.

The demographics are insurmountable.

Last night was a tipping point, a dance on a razor’s edge, and it went the other way. What was undoable last night will become increasingly impossible with each passing year. The margins will grow, the base will shrink, the tide will turn and the day will pass.

The Republican Party died last night.

Oh, it will continue to exist.

There will be the name and the elephants, but nationally, conservatism is playing against an impossibly stacked deck.

The nation had a clear choice. Each party ran candidates who were true to type. The Republicans ran conservatives and the Democrats ran liberals and it was a rout. Nothing changed except that Republicans got rebuffed across the board.

America wants Democrat.

More specifically, America wants liberal. It wants an activist, empowered government, imposing fairness and supporting entitlement.

That’s what America wants.

At least half of it wants that. Half and a tiny bit more.

And the inexorably shifting demographics of the nation ensure that that tiny bit more will grow steadily, cementing the liberal majority and creating an electoral impossibility of replacing it.

Last night was the last chance.

It was the last chance to gain a last national electoral victory over the Democratic coalition – Latinos, blacks, gays, feminists, trade unionists, government employees and welfare beneficiaries. The last chance to let a Republican president advocate the conservative, constitutional principles upon which American society was built.

But America said, “No, thanks.”

The majority preferred more of the last four years to anything Mitt Romney and the Republicans were offering.

The constituent communities of that majority are only going to grow in size and prominence in American society. They are going to increasingly dominate our society and politics.

Four years from now, more of the older conservative voters will be dead, and more of the younger liberal voters will be registered to vote. The Latino community, essentially co-opted by the Democrats into an aggrieved permanent minority status, will, like black voters, be larger and more Democrat. Four years from now, the cultural shift away from traditional values will be more advanced, thanks to more brainwashing by school teachers and sitcoms.

Those members of our society who typically identify with the Democratic Party are increasing. Those members of our society who typically identify with the Republican Party are shrinking.

You do the math.

Certain, Republicans will keep running. And some of them, no doubt, will win. But they will be a different sort of Republican.

They will not be conservative. Certainly not socially or morally conservative.

They will bend over backwards to avoid the principles of moral conservatism, so as to not disrespect a social norm.

They will be Democrat-lite.

Or they will not win.

Last night was our best chance.

And America chose the other team.

Almost $3 billion was spent on the presidential campaign. Untold tens of millions of dollars were spent on congressional campaigns across the country. And nothing changed.

Obama is still in the White House. The Democrats still control the Senate. Republicans still control the House of Representatives. The pundits say America voted to break the grid lock, that it voted to demand team work. It did no such thing. It voted to maintain the status quo.

So we have gone on a long, painful and expensive national journey, and it has left us exactly where we started.

A couple of House seats this way, a couple of Senate seats that way, and Obama on top of the whole thing.

That isn’t change, that is business as usual.

Conservatism has become a regional philosophy, the Republican Party a regional party. It will win governorships, it will win seats in the House or Senate, but it will essentially be a phenomenon of the South and Midwest.

Where traditional values endure and dwindle, the Republican Party will still be relevant.

But those places will shrink and shrivel. And each year, the gap between those who support conservatism and the number needed to win a national victory will grow.

Last night was conservatism’s last stand.

And it lost.

The Republican Party died last night.

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To: Puppage

Re: Yup, stuff over freedom.

Thomas Jefferson once said “if you sacrifice freedom for security, you will have neither”

21 posted on 11/07/2012 5:55:46 AM PST by jesseam (eliev)
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To: shortstop

Way too defeatist. Romney lost because the economy, while anemic, is recovering from the recession of 2008 due to a Federal debt binge and money-printing by the central bank, and Obama is getting the credit, just as Bush got the credit for the boom that followed 9/11, as Greenspan opened the credit spigots and Congress practically forced banks to lend to NINJA (no income, no jobs or assets) borrowers. When the inevitable economic crash occurs before 2016, the GOP will be in a position to participate in another wave election like Obama’s in 2008, but this time in the GOP’s favor.

22 posted on 11/07/2012 5:56:13 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Paradox
Well said. 2 years ago we couldn't lose. We swept the races and the initiatives. So this idea that we're all done for is nonsense. We have some adjustments to make sure, especially with women and Hispanics, but NO ONE has any idea what next year will bring let alone 4 years.
23 posted on 11/07/2012 5:56:13 AM PST by paul544
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To: shortstop


24 posted on 11/07/2012 5:56:18 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: littleharbour

I don’t think it will be that dramatic. I think the standard of living will simply go into a long, slow decline, and most of today’s youth won’t really care as long as they can mentally check out with iPods and gameboys, drugs and sex. If the surging populations of Hispanic Catholics and Middle-Eastern Muslims are eventually sucked into the same fat, lazy spiral, humanity will just gradually sink into petty, squabbling mediocrity with a life-span of about 65 years, and an acceptance of very limited personal space or freedom (rather like a zoo animal). And let’s face it: it’s all most of them want, need, or deserve. Those of us who are different will carve our own quiet path away.

25 posted on 11/07/2012 5:56:55 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: shortstop

Meh......probably not.

26 posted on 11/07/2012 5:57:13 AM PST by me1og
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To: shortstop

Bob’s blog summed up everything I thought last night. He is 100% correct.

27 posted on 11/07/2012 5:57:29 AM PST by henkster (If you let them do it to you, you got yourself to blame.)
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To: shortstop; All
The GoP died when it put forth a lame pro-abort "god-in-embryo" who embraced socialist healthcare...[ died last Early Spring]

Conservatives have just been in denial about all that...

So what did they do?...they seared the consciences of MILLIONS who for the FIRST time voted for a pro-abort RINO under the auspices of the lesser of two evils' crap...

28 posted on 11/07/2012 5:57:49 AM PST by Colofornian (Some say "we're not voting 4 'pastor-in-chief'" --as if "gods-in-embryo" were divine only on Sundays)
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To: shortstop

Let’s all send a nice condolence letter to “Reince” Prebus

29 posted on 11/07/2012 5:58:32 AM PST by Mr. K (What The World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: BubbaBasher
"The demographics are insurmountable."

That is the reality.

30 posted on 11/07/2012 5:59:02 AM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Paradox

Indeed, the financial facts will dictate a new situation. Add in the soon to be nuclear Iranians and many other unforseen problems and it may force obamas hand in directions he never intended. It’s not the end of the world. Chin up!

31 posted on 11/07/2012 6:00:30 AM PST by refermech
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To: shortstop

What nonsense! The republican party supposedly “died” after 1932, 1964, 1974, 1992, and 2008.

Once again the party will need to be remade with new blood, the old leaders thrown out and new ones will rise up.

The senate remains in democrat hands but Lugar, Snowe and Brown are gone! Replaced by Flake, Fischer and Cruz.

32 posted on 11/07/2012 6:00:43 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: shortstop

We aren’t going to ever win again at the ballot box until we create new voters that understand freedom and individual responsibility. That won’t happen overnight and it won’t happen through government.

The liberals won this country by playing a long game. They pretended to be moderate and slowly took over many of our institutions outside of government, primarily academia and the media, but even some religious organizations. They spent the better part of the last forty years doing it.

Now they have generations of indoctrinated voters.

Conservatives need to understand we have to now do the same thing in reverse. We need to concentrate politically on local issues and on playing defense where we can. Outside of government, we need to start hiding our beliefs (like they did) going into the media and academia (like they did) and slowly turning things around.

As I said before, it won’t be quick...and it won’t be easy. But we have nearly a half century of socialism ingrained in the population that has to be stripped away and replaced.

33 posted on 11/07/2012 6:01:00 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: shortstop
The Republican party establishment believed you could take a Liberal candidate to beat a Marxist. What a colossal blunder.

Old uncle Joe is laughing his a$$ off in hell.


34 posted on 11/07/2012 6:01:24 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: shortstop

Perhaps we should all join the Democrat party and try to change it from within.

35 posted on 11/07/2012 6:01:47 AM PST by Venturer
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To: shortstop
The GOP died a while ago, but has been a living corpse wandering around for a while now...

I guess the stench from the corruption is finally becoming evident.

36 posted on 11/07/2012 6:02:01 AM PST by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: jpl

How about in 4 years.

37 posted on 11/07/2012 6:03:23 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Paradox

Sorry, but I cannot but LOL here.

And what do you expect to miraculously happen in the next 4 yrs? The GOP to hold yet more hearings w/ no outcomes? The GOP to voice their opposition strongly/loudly?

Where have they been (Boehner/McConnell) but white-washing the same shit the Dems put out....F&F, Benghazi, etc.

No, they died when they force fed everyone Mitt, last night was just the death knell

38 posted on 11/07/2012 6:03:36 AM PST by i_robot73
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To: AlexW

That makes two of us .

39 posted on 11/07/2012 6:03:36 AM PST by sushiman
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To: Zhang Fei

Not to be too pessimistic, but By 2016 even if that were to happen, and considering the end results yesterday, the only guys we will be running for the R ticket will be the likes of Chris Christie or ex RINO Jeb Bush. GOP may have one last shot of winning, but the idea of conservatism still being a part of the party platform is hard to imagine as the GOP-E will shift hard left just to compete. Dinesh D’Sousas Obama’s America 2016 might still come to fruition.

40 posted on 11/07/2012 6:03:51 AM PST by Blue Highway
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