No, there just weren’t enough votes. I was a poll watcher and they were calling these votes in through the ORCA system, but the problem is that there simply weren’t enough Republicans to make up the difference.
We need to increase our registration, stop relying only on elderly white males, and realize that we have a message and any American of any race, age, or creed should be thrilled by it. This wasn’t a computer failure; it was a message failure.
We’ve got to do better and we’ve got to start NOW.
I’m right there with you. When my wife texted at 0615 with a picture of a 200-deep line of Obama voters, I knew it was over.
Our brand needs to be reinvented and we have some serious studying to do. As my wife might say, “you don’t know your market.”
But we also need to relax a bit. In 1996 it was “Soccer Moms”, in 2000 it was “The Moral Majority”, in 2004 it was “Nascar Dads”, in 2008 it was “Anybody But Bush”, in 2012 it’s “Pale, Stale and Male”.
Politics is cyclical and Obama has already shown he’s prone to missteps. Who thought in 1996 that Clinton would be getting impeached? I don’t think Obama will be impeached, but there’s a very real probability that the “Curse of the Second Term” will get him on something and we’ll see an R back in the White House by 2016.