The 2012 Presidential election: why the Republicans lost

Sometimes, when good things happen – as with the reelection of Barack Obama – I begin to reassure himself that things in general are getting better.

And, I suppose, they are.

But some things don’t change.

I had hoped that the GOP would understand, after four years, that Obama is not a fluke or a trickster. I had hoped they would stop pretending that he was the lovechild of Kwame Nkrumah and Lenin. I had hoped also that they would acknowledge that, Obama having won both the Electoral College and the popular vote, that he definitely possesses a mandate from the American people.

I was wrong.

Their party line, after two weeks, is still crystallizing. Given that they can’t admit that they were well and fairly beaten at the polls, they have come up with some (moderately ridiculous, and mutually contradictory) reasons for their loss.


(Naturally they didn’t lose because of their message, or their candidate, or their poor organization, or their alienation of large chunks of the electorate.)

Here are some of their rationalizations:

1)    We were outnumbered! (This is from Rush Limbaugh. I let this one speak for itself. Imagine being outnumbered in a democracy!)

2)    Voter fraud was rampant! (See this ridiculous Wisconsin senator’s statement that, if voter ID were universal, we wouldn’t have any more of these silly Democratic victories.)

3)    Obama voters were bribed with “gifts”! (Romney himself said this recently.)

4)    Poor beautiful Paul Ryan – he of the big luminous eyes – recently commented that he and Mitt lost because of the “urban vote.” What do you think that means? Why, minorities, of course. Minority voters kept Obama in, and Romney out, of the White House. How uppity of them!

I recently found a wonderful graphic showing minority representation in the House and Senate (including women, who are certainly not a minority of the US population). Here it is:


Please examine it and tell me how many Republicans you find.

Now tell me what conclusions you draw.

Here’s to another combative – but, I hope, constructive – four years.

Why Ron Paul should not ever ever be President of the United States of America


I wrote the first draft of this blog just after the Iowa caucus, and I am revising it after the Florida primary.  The Iowa caucus is something between a state fair and a freakshow; it mostly demonstrates the voting preferences of white evangelical Christians with nothing better to do on a cold Tuesday night in January in Iowa.  The other primaries thus far have also been freakshows, as far as I’m concerned: Gingrich posturing in Florida about a moon colony, Gingrich in South Carolina making a particular point of disrespecting poor people and black people.



Ron Paul and Rick Santorum both made strong showings back in Iowa.   Santorum I’ll deal with another time.  Right now I just want to say a word about Ron Paul.



I used to think that, as a libertarian, he was (in the words of Douglas Adams) “mostly harmless.”  He was for the legalization of drugs, for example.  He seemed friendly to women’s rights and gay rights (at least in the abstract.)



Then, recently, some of the newsletter stuff from the 1990s has been coming to light. 


Here is a link to it.  Please read at your leisure.  It is abominable.  It basically rescinds all of the civil rights legislation of the last fifty years. 



In brief: Ron Paul says that the government has no right to dictate guidelines on hiring.  If you, as an individual, do not see your way clear to hire black people, or women, or Hispanics, or gay people, that is your right.  Those people whom you’ve disadvantaged (blacks, women, Hispanics, gays, et cetera) can just go out and find other employers.



Do you see where this leads?



Uh huh. 



If Citizen X doesn’t like black people and doesn’t want to hire them, for whom would he vote: Ron Paul or Barack Obama?






And would Ron Paul welcome his vote?  Naturally he would.  He welcomes all those who share his world-view, for whatever reason.



If, in some odd alternate universe, Ron Paul actually captures the Republican nomination (which he probably won’t, but I’ve been wrong about things before), how many black people, how many Hispanics, how many women, how many gay people would vote for him?  Not many.



Ron: we, the American people, do not choose to employ you.  Go find another employer.



(And if I should be wrong about all this, and he somehow through some reverse miracle climbs into the Presidency: Jesus Buddha Allah Krishna save us, it’s the Mayan calendar 2012 apocalypse after all.)


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