Okay so I needed to reflect on the election for some time before I wrote anything meaningful on this. Quick statements just to fill air time have over the past couple of weeks mainly been ignorant, self-serving or just stupid.
Why I was wrong
I was wrong because I made the incorrect assumption to trust that polls like Rasmussen would continue to be the most accurate.
I was wrong because I made the incorrect assumption to trust equally respected polls that showed huge Republican enthusiasm which would usually mean that the Rasmussen polls were off in favor of Republicans.
I was wrong because I simply assumed PPP polls would continue to hack partisan polls that were never all that close.
I was wrong because I assumed Democratic cheating wouldn’t be as effective as it was.
I was wrong because I, even I who have a very low opinion of people, couldn’t possibly conceive of people being so fucking dumb that they would reelect this idiotic wanna-be-despot. I really couldn’t believe America could be that dumb.
Why We Lost
First off, between counties that had over 100% turnout, military ballots being sent out at wrong times and then going missing, programmers saying every electronic machine was rigged, and buses of immigrants showing up to vote out of the blue, the fact is that there appears to be a heavy amount of cheating going on by the Democratic party. I’d say I’m shocked but I’m not. This is what democrats do. Now is every accusation of cheating real, doubt it, and fewer still are provable, but you’re living in la-la land if you think elections have been on the up and up when it comes to Democratic votes…it’s how they’ve won elections ever since Joe Kennedy bought the election back in 1960.
But I was expecting cheating and fraud…which means either the Democrats have gotten even better at it, or, as I’m more afraid is the truth, people were kind of dumb on November 6th. The fact that cheating was enough to sway the election means that we have problems because this shouldn’t have even been close, this should have been a landslide against Obama and yet it wasn’t. So that can’t be the only problem. What else went wrong?
We can also blame the media. Almost every reporter on the Romney trail and most of the major outlets were trying to find gaffes and slip ups. They were actively trying to portray him in the worst possible light. And they were conveniently ignoring everything about Obama and his record, including, low and behold that Obama let 4 Americans die through his depraved indifference because he thought going in might be bad for his reelection. But we can’t lay full blame on the media, because as annoying and biased as they are, there’s Drudge, there’s FOXNews, there’s Breitbart and the Blaze and Twitter and NewsBusted and the Washington Times and the Heritage Foundation and a 101 other sources. The information was there if people just listened.
Well apparently the ground game was abysmal from the GOP and great from Obama’s side. Now part of this is that Obama used his obscene huge data mine to play his usual game of divisive politics (more on this later) Part of the problem is also that Romney’s system which was supposed to help make sure all GOP voters got to the polls, ORCA, failed on election day—hmmm, an online system to help conservatives failed…I’m going to offer 50/50 odds that the terrorists known as Anonymous might have had something to with this. But whether they did or not, I have to ask where was the ground game for the GOP House, for the GOP Senate, from local state parties? As usual the entire party disappoints me. We had a terrible ground game and did not do enough to get people to the polls.
Now many idiots (Santorum, Gingrich, Levin, etc) want to blame Romney. This is beyond wrong because Romney didn’t do anything wrong. As Ann Coulter points out Romney wasn’t the problem. Romney was a conservative’s conservative. Now I think Romney was not as much of a fighter as he could have been…but I don’t think that would have made a difference because every time he tried to hit the worthless jackass hard the media spun it as Romney was a terrible person…so is it Romney wasn’t a fighter or is it that Romney just knew to avoid a fight he couldn’t win?
But even with all of that why did we lose? Well because Romney was right. There is a portion of this country that thinks they’re entitled to shit and Obama targeted specific groups and pandering to them by giving them gifts.
Oh before you dare complain about that statement, let’s look at a few facts.
According to the exit polls here are the groups Obama did really well with (I’m defining really as over 10%) Women, those under 30, non-white voters, those with a high school diploma or less (he was +29 with those with no diploma), the LGBT crowd, those people who never get out of academia known as the post graduate crowd, those making under 50K, people who do not go to church very often.
Hmmm let’s look at those groups again.
Women…pandered to with the fake war on women and Fluke’s endlessly whining.
Under 30…pandered to with promises of more college money (by the way you do know he’s cutting Pell grants right?)
Those without education and making less than 50K pandered to food stamps and welfare and a whole lot of other entitlements. As Dennis Miller points out you can make close to 45K just by living off the dole these days.
And those with Post Graduate degrees (already being fairly clueless of how the real world works) he pandered to with promises of more teaching jobs.
The LGBT crowd with promises of gay marriage (then turned around and said it wouldn’t be a priority for him).
And the largest group with the non Caucasian crowd, Latinos, he gave that Dream Act amnesty with the implication more was on the way.
Yes how terrible of Romney to point out that that Obama’s giving out things and making promises to specific groups was giving out things and making promises to specific groups. How dare he pay attention to the man behind the curtain and not just fall in line with the typical intentional ignorance of what is going on?
Obama divided people into groups, played on the most base impulses and fears of any individual and treated them as he sees them, only as groups. And this worked for him because education, media and the government have treated people only as groups for years. And we lost because of that.
Now the knee jerk reaction might be to start playing their game of identify politics, as some have suggested. But this is a losing strategy. The only way to win identify politics, to say that this group values things that other group don’t, is Obama’s way to give out gifts. We are conservatives, we believe in ideas, in values and in individuals, and to treat people as only members of groups is to betray our values and forget everything that makes America, America. Now there are things we need to do, and I’m going to go into more detail on that soon, but we must realize we lost because for years they have been playing this game of divisiveness and hatred and that we haven’t confronted it head on is the reason we lost.