Skip to comments.THE GOP DIED LAST NIGHT
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 razors 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.
Thats 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 isnt 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 conservatisms last stand.
And it lost.
The Republican Party died last night.
Take the time to read the comments from Lonsberry;s column on his website. Interesting.
The Republican Party FAILED last night. America died.
The Democrats are now the “natural party” of government like the Liberals were in Canada.
Republicans can still win but it will be to serve as caretakers for the next Democratic President.
Like it or not we are now a center-left country and we have to come to terms with that fact.
Yup, free stuff over freedom.
Buy gold and buy guns. When the inevitable economic meltdown occurs, it will be the only way to survive the chaos. Someday soon welfare and social security recipients and public sector unions will be cut off the gravy trains - not by any political decision - but simply because the government will no longer be able to borrow money to keep the ponzi scheme going. Greece is run by leftists who are as much in love with public spending as Obama but they have had their day of reckoning. America is next. A slim majority of Americans want to use government power to steal what the other 49% has. That is a recipe for economic armagedon and destruction of the social order. The die has been cast.
The GOP became the 47%.
People should avoid drawing conclusions until the emotions have quelled. Both sides are misreading this right now. We are in for some interesting times over the next 4 years, much of it, at this time, unexpected.
I don't like seeing it, but it is becoming increasingly obvious the GOP is on the fast track to its death spiral.
The silver lining here may be I do not think the reasons so many grifters have come to this country over the past 25 years will survive four more years of Obama.
I don’t see what Democrat voter fraud has to do with the Republicans
The greatest country the world has ever known has voted for theft on a national scale. Looting is now legal.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
As goes the GOP, so goes the country.
AMERICA died last night.
I will not return.
I believe you are correct.
With the dems winning over 70% of the hispanic vote you can be sure that there will be no enforcement of immigration laws and amnesty is just around the corner. The makeup of the electorate will continue changing for the worse at an accelerated pace.
Polosi said she knew something that WE didn’t know. Is this election that something?
Yep. If you want to see what our future looks like when the goodies are in danger of disappearing, watch the riots taking place in Greece. That’s us in about ten to twenty years.
Re: Yup, stuff over freedom.
Thomas Jefferson once said “if you sacrifice freedom for security, you will have neither”
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.
Actually, AMERICA DIED LAST NIGHT!
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.
Bob’s blog summed up everything I thought last night. He is 100% correct.
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...
Letâs all send a nice condolence letter to âReinceâ Prebus
That is the reality.
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!
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.
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.
Old uncle Joe is laughing his a$$ off in hell.
Perhaps we should all join the Democrat party and try to change it from within.
I guess the stench from the corruption is finally becoming evident.
How about in 4 years.
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
That makes two of us .
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.
I think the results would have even been worse if we had Santorum or even Newt as our nominee. We need a conservative like Ronald Reagan. But I don’t know if such a person even exists anymore.
I will be out buying firearm and ammunition stocks this morning.
” Buy gold and buy guns.”
What if obama issues an executive order banning private ownership of gold? FDR did that in 1933 and it wasn’t repealed until 1974 by Gerald Ford.
I don't believe that's the problem. The problem is the inside the beltway Repubs keep choosing our candidates for us, and they're always Rinos. The majority has given up, because they have no one to vote FOR. People are tired of voting "against" just to get a simpler version of a democrat.
Who here actually wanted Romney? Most here didn't want him, and my guess is a lot of people sat it out because he was was just like all the others - another Rino.
That's the Republicans problem. Give us someone we can actually, fully support next time.
Give the majority a voice! Give us a candidate we can happily vote FOR.
When Rush started his radio program, people freaked. His bosses thought no one would listen to him. To peoples surprise, there was half a country crying out for someone who'd speak for them, and Rush became the best loved radio host in the country, because he spoke for that silent majority. For once, people actually got to hear Rush say what they've been thinking and feeling for generations.
Our country is becoming deeper and deeper divided. Especially geographically.
There is much truth in your article. The statement above is only partly true. There is a huge swath that love the big government, but a huge chunk of voters indicated sharing many of our beliefs of smaller government, too, but don't seem to be aware they are supporting the opposite. Many uninformed voters. They vote against their own preferred interests. They either like to be lied to or seem to only take one side's word to define their view. I see countless people online placing full blame on Republicans for obstructionism, and that is lie. Lot's of Americans are being bamboozled. Hopefully we don't face another flim-flam artist like Obama for awhile in elections.
Moderate Mitt really cleaned Ubama's clock last night right?
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