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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Endangered species

The real message of the 2012 election is not simply Barack Obama's victory. The Republican Party is a huge loser -- and faces extinction if it does not change its ways.

And there's an unnoticed winner -- we the people -- who managed to sidestep an attempt by rich conservatives to buy the White House.

The GOP's woes are obvious, at the state and national level. Massachusetts Republicans have always been a top of the ticket party, ignoring the grassroots that have now shriveled to near nothingness.

The GOP lost four House members and remain a lonely Gang of Four in the 40-member Senate, incapable of challenging any rulings without the goodwill of Democratic leadership.

Richard Tisei, the GOP's best hope to capture a seat in the U.S. House in a generation, fell short in his effort to oust tattered incumbent John Tierney. It's probably a safe assumption that the "R" next to his name hurt as much as the Libertarian candidate who siphoned off precious votes.

And while speculation is rife about next steps for Scott Brown after losing his Senate seat, he, Tisei and Charlie Baker make up the entire GOP bullpen. One of them could very well capture the Corner Office in 2014 given what is now a less-than-overwhelming Democratic field.

But the same notion held true in the Senate race until Elizabeth Warren emerged to save the Democratic majority.

Nationally, the GOP is older, whiter and angrier than it was on Tuesday. The most prominent conservative voices are that of Rush Limbaugh and the New York City real estate megalomaniac.

Of the four states where non-whites make up the majority of the population, the GOP can claim only one, Texas, an advantage more than matched by an ever-deeper blue California.

During the 2012 campaign, Republicans stumbled over each other to see who was more anti-immigrant, with Mitt Romney winning the dubious prize by coming out in favor of "self-deportation."

Tea Party rallies have been vast seas of white faces whose principal call has been for reducing all federal spending -- except of course for their Medicare and Social Security. It's a dying demographic, literally.

In its place is a fast-growing younger cohort, one that rejects some of the party's other cornerstones, a fervent embrace of (selective) religious beliefs, a party that wants government out of the boardroom and into the bedroom where it can dictate who can sleep with who and how they live their lives.

If that wasn't enough trouble, there's a likely backlash coming over the effort by one-note billionaires -- from the Koch brothers to Sheldon Adelson and Foster Friess -- to try to buy the election.

The billions that flowed into SuperPACs, overwhelmingly on the Republican side, were an outright assault on a democracy modeled on the one person, one vote model.

We should rightly be thrilled that the assault failed, even as we recover from the fatigue of the endless commercials that spewed venom and outright lies.

That failure, along with the collapse of the demographically challenged vision, rests firmly on the shoulders of a man who was an even bigger loser than Romney -- George Bush's beloved Turd Blossom.

Karl Rove's on-air Fox News meltdown, challenging the propaganda outlet's surrender flag in calling the race for Obama, was a vivid representation of the failed effort.

The fact it came despite the GOP's triumph in creating Citizens United and its subsequent kidnapping of political speech, makes that loss even more bitter for a party and a movement that is barely operating on fumes.

Politics is a process of change and liberals have had similar low points. They listened, learned and adapted. A rebirth is possible for conservatives if they do the same thing,

The big question is whether they can honestly look themselves in the mirror, cast out the crazies and come up with a strategy that appeals to more than a dying demographic.

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Anonymous RhoninFire said...

Outraged Liberal, I saw this note from blog network checking in at UHub and read this.

I find your gleefulness disturbing. Does it not concern you that an incumbent whose wife got convicted of tax fraud can still get re-elected? Why do you write with such glee of "vast seas of white faces"?

A man that close to a crime like that should not get reelected. A party should not be dismissed because of the color and/or age of the supporting group.

To think ahead here that you might dismiss me assuming that I'm white, I'm not. I really do not like reading something like this without voicing my dissension to why this is a good thing. Because if a politician get reelected despite having a scandal so close to him, how much can a politician get away now as long an "R" hurts so much and a "D" helps so much (while third parties gets negligible support and/or not removed/challenged by his own party either).

November 08, 2012 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted Kennedy got re-elected after a crime that most of us would still be in jail for. 3 Speakers of the House in this state indicted, Dems rule here. Wait till we see the destruction of the lower classes from our new casino gambling, brought to you by the Dems who profess to care. It's just to provide jobs for their relatives on the gambling commissions.

November 09, 2012 4:46 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

The last I looked Patrice Tierney's name was not on the ballot. The 6th District voters made their decision and if we believe in a democracy, that's the way it should be.

And no I am not gleeful about the GOP's suicidal tendencies. But unless they decide no longer write off vast segments of the population who are not white, they will disappear. As it should be in a democracy.

November 09, 2012 5:02 AM  

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