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Highlights From Last Night's Election - Karl Rove Meltdown, Worst Day 'Evuuurrr' and Nut Wing Repudiation

Highs and lows of the 2012 Election Cycle.

Reflecting on the exciting election coverage last night:


Failed Coup of Fox News

Never seen anything like that – Karl Rove was Fox News’ black eye last night, having a meltdown reminiscent of Peter Finch’s performance in the movie Network. Then Megan Kelly pretends to make an impromptu challenge of Fox’s numbers guys (despite acknowledging they’d practiced it earlier.)


Worst Day Evuuurrrr

After the American public denies his Number One Goal, Mitch McConnell issued a tersely worded statement last night, attempting to signal a shot across the bow. But nobody likes a sore loser who loses sorely.

McConnell's statement: "Now it's time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office.”


Oh No You Don’t!

Despite the efforts of Republican Secretary of States in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida to discourage them from voting, citizens in those states were willing to stand in line for four, six, and even eight hours to perform their civic duty. The fact that they were forced to go through that is appalling and embarrassing. We are not a third world country, and must do better in the future.


Not So Much

According to Jamie Dupree, at least eleven Republican house members newly elected in 2010 were ousted last night.

Dan Quayle once said “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Last night was a repudiation of the Nut Wing’s attack on common sense nationwide. With names like Scott Brown, Todd Akin, Allen West, Joe Walsh and Richard Mourdock going down in defeat (and Michelle Bachmann barely escaping the same), America sent a message last night.


"Was it Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor??"

The Republican Party has to change. The status quo is clearly choking them to death. The demographics of this country are changing, and much like climate change, the Democratic Party is much better prepared and positioned for those changes.

You’ve got an ever-increasing Latino base and an endless influx of youth, both of which gravitate to the Dems. There’s clearly a declining presence of core white male voters. Further, the GOP’s current stance on women’s issues doesn’t seem to be very appealing to women. (Duh!)

Put it all together, and it leads to a relegation of the GOP to a bi-annual obstructionist party. Without major changes by 2014 and 2016, like it or not, they will be unable to lead. Will they follow, or simply get out of the way?

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Watts November 07, 2012 at 08:04 PM
It has been the Republican goal to objectify people as "others." You could see it with the handling of Romney. When did we most hear about Romney was a Mormon? It was during the Republican primaries. Even if it was the repeated "Oh, the fact that he is a MORMON doesn't bother me;" it meant constantly making sure that his religion was at the front of every discussion, almost like a backhanded compliment; keeping it out there as a dog whistle because they knew that it struck a chord in the base. Then when the national election was between Obama and Romney, the mention of his religion was rarely ever heard about again. What you mainly saw from Republicans were these same portrayals of Obama as some sort of "other." Actually, not even a singular "other," but objectifying him as some other religion, some other nationality, some other completely different political philosophy, etc. This is the strongest tool that the Republican party has to fight their political races and to divide the country by compartmentalizing people into these groups with varying and conflicting (and mostly fictitious) agendas. For anybody who was spewing such vile rhetoric on sites like Patch, at family picnics or at the local pub, no matter the greater good that you perceived and used to justify it in your head, I think that today is a day for looking in the mirror as the whole Republican party ought to be doing right now. Yesterday, this great nation overwhelmingly rejected that way of thinking.
The guy in seat 24B November 07, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Well said.
GregRodgers November 07, 2012 at 09:59 PM
On point...good post!
George Wilson November 08, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Karl Rove was like the general who used the tactics and strategies from the last war than lost the war.
dacula_dude November 09, 2012 at 04:19 AM
An overall pathetic left wing tin foil column here. But I do agree that America is definitely changing. The average person now has no concept of individual responsibility. My education, healthcare, job should all be provided for by the government. "The demographics of this country are changing, and much like climate change, the Democratic Party is much better prepared and positioned for those changes." Agree totally, the democrats are perfectly positioned to promise to pick the pockets of the achievers to provide for the wants of the non-achieving electorate. They played up the wealth envy angle and it worked.
DeeBee November 09, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Its amazing how you assume that half the country (who voted for Obama) is like this. I am a minority woman born in '69, and highly educated with an advanced degree (Doctor of Medicine). Born and raised in the U.S., received a full undergraduate scholarship based on my achievements at a public high school (by the way the government is suppose to provide our education since we pay taxes), and graduated with honors in engineering. I currently pay a $2800 annual deductible for the health insurance I have for myself and family. What hand-out am I looking for? Any government job I do in medicine would most likely be with the military, which is what I choose not to do. Whose pocket am I picking? Not all republicans are achievers by the way. And what do you mean by the demographics of this country is changing? The demographics started to change when the pilgrims came over on the Mayflower.
dacula_dude November 09, 2012 at 12:29 PM
HI DeeBee, - I did say "the average person", not everyone that voted for Obama. My statements are about the general attitudes of people, like for example single women who voted overwhelmingly for Obama, which can be attributed to a desire for security. - "Demographics of this country" are the words of the author of the column, not my words. Actually demographics is not the right word, its more the attitude of what you consider the role of government, and this change is across all demographics. So you can put away the racist card you were implying. ;-) - where in the Constitution does it say the government is "supposed to provide our education?" It's not there, just like government run healthcare is not there, but we are moving towards it none the less.

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