“As Republicans dust off their Election Day drubbing last month, . . . .”
Did the GOP really get beat that badly??
BO won by a few percentage points. A few hundred thousand extra votes across 10 swing states would have changed the election.
Is that really a “drubbing”?
Was it a ‘drubbing’? At the Presidential level it was not, except in the sense that Obama has been such a terrible President that it should have been a landslide for the GOP. But we can blame that on the candidate inherently pro-Democrat demographic changes. It also wasn’t a drubbing in the House or in State races.
But it was a drubbing in the Senate. It was a widespread drubbing where both bad and good Republican candidates lost. We had idiots like Mourdock lose. We had solid sensible conservatives lose. We had popular moderates like Tommy Thompson lose (to a lesbian!). We had retreads like Allen lose to slimeball opponents. We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in allegedly very conservatives states like North Dakota and Montana. We lost to unpopular, extremely vulnerable incumbents like McCaskill and Nelson.
The Senate was an ass whooping. It was a disaster. Maybe we should have seen it coming after the disappointment of the 2010 Senate races. Taken together, the lost opportunities for 2010 & 2012 would equal a solid GOP majority if things had gone our way.