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President Obama re-elected

Wed 7 November 2012, 4:14am

President Obama projected to win in Ohio; Democrats hold Senate; GOP hold House – Tea Party loses big.

And the fight kicks off in conservative circles.

David Frum:

How? Why? The short answer is: The Tea Party struck again

Bill O’Reilly:

Why dwell on the fall-out among the defeated side? Because how Republicans react to this defeat – a defeat despite an unemployment rate north of 8% – may shape American politics for the next 4 years.

Will Republicans dig in?

Having purged moderates in primaries, only to lose Senate races where holds and gains looked their’s, for example in Indiana and Missouri, Frum’s argument has more potency than O’Reilly’s. Put another way, one man is saying, “let’s get real about the future” while the other is angrily lamenting the loss of more than an election. O’Reilly Republicans are lamenting the loss of the country they knew.

Democrats didn’t just win here, demographics have confirmed a whole new era and, to paraphrase Ta-Nehisi Coates, the end of Whiteness as a the primary organizing force in the United States.

The current GOP cannot live to fight another day, it must change.

The question now, surely, is how long will Republicans grieve?

With sequestration posed to take effect on Jan. 2, 2013, as the military industrial complex faces serious budget cuts and 1%-ers are facing the end of the Bush Tax Cuts, we’ll know the answer very soon.

I’m going to bed. Tomorrow is Morning in America.

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Comments (1)

  1. Ruarai (profile) says:

    Here’s Morning in America:

    • Obama re-elected with a huge electoral college lead north of 100 (Dems retaining Senate with net gains in Senate and even a one seat pick-up in the House
    • Pot is legalized in Washington and Colorado
    • First openly gay woman, Wisconsin’s Democratic Representative Tammy Baldwin elected to national office
    • Marriage equality was passed at the ballot in in Maine, Maryland, Washington and Minnesota
    • Catholics rejected their hierarchy and voted for Obama
    • It’s obvious that the GOP is working for FOX, not vice versa, but FOX’s sensationally successful business model is no longer compatible with the GOP’s busted national brand; trouble’s afoot – watch this one closely

    Some fools think it’s “as you were” in the US. This country just changed overnight.

    Simply outlining the above sceaniaro would have made for a decent End of Days GOP election ad. Well it’s the end, all right, in one respect: A GOP will win again, but never the one that lost last night.

    Just watch, for example, Senate Republicans rush to support the Dream Act (immigration reform) in the months ahead.

    America: It’s hard to keep up.

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