The rapid transformation of demographics in the U.S. ensured an Obama reelection--and will hamper any future rich, white, sixtysomething Republican from capturing the Oval Office. Consider that the voters who put Ronald Reagan into the presidency in 1980 were 88 percent white, ten percent black, and two percent Hispanic. The body politic that reelected Barack Obama in 2012 was 72 percent white, thirteen percent black, ten percent Hispanic, three percent Asian, and two percent "other." More dramatic have been changes among the native-born involving marriage and child-rearing. Read my article @ FrontPageMag positing that this isn't your father's America--it's not even your older brother's.
Barack Obama is divine retribution for the Republican Party's support of the Iraq war.
Yes, but what about all of those Democrats that were for the Iraq War until they were against it?
So is it ok to do this kind of an@lysis now? If so, will MSNBC hire Pat Buchannan back? I'm guessing not....
This liberatarian believes Romney wins with mandatory voting. 80 million eligble voters didn't vote, who will argue most of these people wouldn't break for Romney?
A little demographic change isn't some big shock, did anyone look at the Census?! Superior tactics won the day, the Dem get-out-the-vote machine triumphed.
I love it when atheists use the term "divine retribution" to frame an argument. LOL.
Some posit that many conservative voters stayed home rather than vote for Romney. I'm sure in the short and the long term, taking that stand will prove prudent.
Dan, could you please comment on the historical and factual conservative disconnect of "taking our country back" when it involves a diametrically opposed policy platform to that of our fathers and grandfathers? Our fathers and grandfather's generation had healthy, strong, growing unions, wages that rose commensurate to productivity gains, a finance sector that served productive manufacturing and industry, incredibly high marginal tax rates ranging from 50-90%, strong regulations against the merging of commercial and investment banking, and other business and capital regulations that prevented outsourcing and the liquidation of industrial apparatuses for short term individual material gain.
If you conservatives actually wanted to "take our country back," you would advocate for policies that put America in good stead during the Golden Era of American Prosperity, 1945-1979, namely, extremely tight business regulations and very high marginal personal tax rates.
The Democrats had to put up with Bush for eight years. So it is most fitting that Barack Obama win re-election. In Obama the deepest fear of every Republican is realized -- he is a Communist, a Muslim, a crazed impostor hellbent on destroying America and transforming it into something unrecognizable. In short, he is the very face of evil. But since Republicans went along with, even cheered and celebrated, the Iraq war -- a war based on abominable lies and executed with unconscionable terror -- they deserve to be under this reign of evil. If their only punishment is eight years of Obama, then God is indeed very merciful.
What you mean 'we conservatives' white man? Like evil and destruction are exclusive to the GOP?
Funny. We're all in this together now baby!! We're all f'ked with another four years of this incompetent Marxist fraud.
Lefties are so obtuse.
I am a Republican and I don't believe any of the things that you said every Republican believes about Barack Obama. I also spoke out forcefully against George W. Bush's Iraq War. Do I too "deserve to be under this reign of evil"?
Dan, I agree that we don't "deserve to be under this reign of evil". But what were GOP regulars and Constitutionalist Conservatives thinking, all getting in lockstep behind a man who basically governed Massachusetts as a farm-league version of Barack Obama?
Incidentally, do you have any thoughts on the various factions and viewpoints in the conservative movement (what's left of it)? Following this past primary and caucus season plus the GOP convention, It seemed to me that Ron Paul supporters and libertarians were about as welcome as members of the Hells Angels at a Mongols MC run, with Santorum and his fans being particularly nasty. Then came the last minute rule changes that unseated the better part of the Maine delegation at the National Convention, among other things. That was needlessly ham-fisted and high-handed, and convinced me that the "Law and Order" party's bosses only care about their rules when it suits their whims. Romney would still have been nominated, and could have shown to be more magnanimous (sic), especially since the GOP needed all the votes it could get.
Another thought was that Newt Gingrich (ugh!) was caught early on admitting that he would have voted for for Barack Obama in the (hypothetical) event of Paul winning the nomination. WTF?
And finally, Rick Santorum, who was the only GOP primary candidate who couldn't say anything good about Ron or Rand Paul. Just like Lindsay Graham, he showed a would-be authoritarian streak that doesn't sit well at all with people of a libertarian bent, even Pro-Life, Pro-Gun Catholics like myself.
Any thoughts on what the Republican Party stands for these days other than loathing Democrats wielding the whip?