Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:23 AM
DonViejo (25,497 posts)
5 glaring contradictions that sank the GOP
Republicans will point to the country's shifting demographics, but they ultimately have only themselves to blame
BY ROBERT S. BECKER, ALTERNET
Enough uplifting, all-purpose notions of why Obama and Democrats prevailed, some pertinent (like demographics), many laughable: it was Sandy the storm, tons of “stuff” Obama promised, or Democratic voter repression (right!). “No, no,” disbelievers shout, “Mitt was too moderate, or too extreme, his V.P. too fixated.” Or Obama was simply superior on the stump. Below such media noise rumbles a larger tectonic, thus my nomination for what made this election significant: a gang of rightwing contradictions reared up, then crashed and burned.
While this trend transcends any one folly, Romney was the ideal, fossilized Republican awash in a fantasy golden age when bountiful bosses generated jobs and pampered laborers. Likewise, what bizarre political deviance tabbed Paul Ryan as more than a shrill ideologue with zero national clout? For the first time, both misfits atop a national ticket lost their home states. Remarkably, even that matchless twosome, McCain-Palin, outpolled (and outwinked) the votes to Romney-Ryan.
And the good news rolls on: fake debates came and went, gaffes didn’t disqualify, and America survived another suspense-packed media circus. Reactionary donors didn’t buy the election, as feared, though they warped the discourse by exiling climactic issues: energy planning, Wall Street reform, drone killers, global warming, Afghanistan, education and immigration. Minor stuff, really. Did more billionaires ever waste more treasure failing to convince more doubters we all share the same economic interests? And the president got away with never fleshing in what a second term presaged, his pitch reduced to: “Not Romney.” Oddly, Mitt the bereft plied the same waters: “Not Obama.”
Frivolities aside, Republican dinosaurs tanked because they fell into their own quicksand of contradictions, exposing both intellectual fraudulence and ideological perversity. Even gullible Americans, eager to endorse UFOs and angelic (or satanic) intervention but not evolution, are growing up (and growing younger). Despite sham indirections, Romney-Ryan personified the rightwing swamp, swarming with deception, denial, blarney, and delusion.
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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:31 AM
Warpy (92,353 posts)
1. Most of the reasons these nitwits are coming up for losing
are managing to piss off even more people since they're so incredibly insulting and betray a total lack of knowledge about the people in the country they mistakenly thought themselves qualified to govern.
Part of this is the fact that he's truly in shock, the man had utter faith in charlatans like Newhouse and Rove, both assuring him that the polls were weighted incorrectly and that Democrats would stay home.
Republicans are now confronting the limit of propaganda: it's effective when you want to pull the wool over the eyes of stupid people. It's a lot less effective when you want to create your own reality at the top.