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At PJ Media, Ron Radosh, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, offers a cogent analysis of the Republican losses. See: http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2012/11/06/why-obama-won/?singlepage=true.
Republicans lost two presumably Republican Senate seats because of outrageous, incredible comments about rape from candidates Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Murdock in Indiana. Had I been in either state, I would have voted for the Democrat, just to keep the lunatics from the Senate.
Romney, Radosh said, simply said he disagreed with Akin and Murdock. A pat on the hand, in other words. Had Romney gone to the two states, held a news conference, condemned the statements and withdrawn support, that would have meant something. Romney’s response fueled the Democrats charges of a “war on women” by Republicans.
In New Mexico, Romney’s response allowed dishonest demagoguery from Michelle Lujan Grisham, congresswoman-elect. Though Heather Wilson and Lujan Grisham’s opponent, Janice Arnold-Jones, both promptly called for Akin to drop out, weeks later Lujan Grisham ran an ad including an image of Akin. Arnold-Jones was aware of the ad, but did nothing. (I endorsed Wilson and Arnold-Jones.)
Heather Wilson lost a second senate race to a strong, well-spoken, well presented candidate. Wilson’s candidate dynamics—those personal elements that excite people—have never been good. She’s a geek, after all, and this comes from someone who is a huge Wilson fan.
Martin Heinrich won’t be our most leftward senator. That honor goes to Tom Udall, who replaced Pete Domenici four years ago. Udall’s term ends in two years. Presumably he will seek re-election. Briefly considering a possible opponent for Udall yields an abyss.
Heinrich beat Wilson with the aid of a couple of million dollars from national environmental groups, folks who are always pure of heart, mind, intent, with virtue as the only agenda, and who, for sure, are not special interests. Wilson helped Heinrich by following the Republican immigration line.
Even The Economist, the British magazine, endorsed President Obama on the grounds of sticking with the devil you know. The country needs better presidential candidates and better presidents, the magazine said. Mitt Romney wasn’t it.
Romney lost Hispanics by 44 points, a true accomplishment. Romney’s advocacy of “self deportation” for illegal immigrants was just stupid. The GOP says to Hispanics, “We share your values, but we don’t want you in our country.”
Besides bigotry, the GOP attitude toward Hispanics is impractical. On a net basis, Mexican immigration has dropped to around zero due to the improving Mexican economy and the poor U.S. economy.
The 11 million people here illegally are not going to be deported.
Not a chance.
That they will stay means some version of amnesty, whatever the name.
Abraham Lincoln put the immigrant bargain another way. America is based on a declaration of moral principle, he said. It is “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 313 points the day after the election, offering a vision of the economic outlook. Those prospects appear to be economic stagnation and bitterness driven by the religious statist passion of the left.
The good news is that Republican idea people should be back in charge, starting with Catholic Packer fan Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville, Wisconsin.
The previous GOP idea ace, Newt Gingrich, said 2016 will likely be a time for a “next generation” of Republicans, pointing to several GOP governors, CNN reported.
Gingrich used to preach that Republicans “have to stop being a cheap and narrow party that continually says ‘no’ and become a party that says, ‘How can we...’”
It’s time. The early Baby Boomers like Mitt Romney are done.