When historians look back on Mitt Romney’s bid for the Presidency, one trend will be clear: no Republican candidate ever ran a similar campaign again. For four decades, from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan through the two Bush Presidencies, the Republican Party won the White House by amassing large margins among white voters. Nixon summoned the silent majority. Reagan cemented this bloc of voters, many of whom were former Democrats. Both Bushes won the Presidency by relying on broad support from Reagan Democrats. In that time, Republicans transformed the South from solidly Democratic to solidly Republican,
Identity politics is a creation of the Left. There is no doubt that various voting blocs exist and are fostered and exploited by the Left. These blocs can indeed affect the outcome of elections. They cannot, however, change the laws of economics, human nature, the problems of governance, international relations or the national interest. Leftist fantasy ideology is founded upon untenable illusions about the nature of human beings. Schemes and social engineering based upon such illusions cannot possibly deliver the results that are desired and are certain to cause unintended and unpleasant consequences. There is, unfortunately, no cure for such fantasies but the school of hard knocks. Skin color and ethnic background are blips on the political radar, significant only in the short run. The basic problem is a world view peddled in academia and the liberal establishment that does not correspond to reality. Argument and expostulation are useless, as are citations to history. True believers in this world view will have to see and experience for themselves the consequences of acting on it.
Neil Cavuto gave Romney glowing marks on him as a man. He ripped into the Repubs now criticizing Mitt, and had especially harsh words for the media. It was one of the best opinions I have heard Neil give. Made me feel better.
FTA: Cruz, who has a thick head of pomaded, neatly combed hair...
Well, at least the dung-slimed, fully encrapulated Noo Yawkuh can admit what is the most important political imperative: Good Hair! And so The OBAMMUNIST is obviously The Most Brilliant Politician ever
The only real hope is to reform the voting process to make it harder for demonrats to cheat.
There were several states this time that ALL went to Obama that had those laws placed on hold by demonratic judges. Those laws will be in place next time. That might help but they can always find another way to cheat.
A good state law might also be 1. No results are announced until all votes have been counted 2. Once the precinct closes the election judges have 45 minutes to get the ballot boxes to the central voting location. Once they are turned in NO MORE WILL BE ACCEPTED PERIOD. 3. Exit polls may be conducted but not published until after the polls are closed 4. Eliminate all early voting and absentee voting. If you are too sick or too lazy to get to the polls then too bad. However the size of polling places should be doubled. Also make the election day a national holiday so that people can if needed stand in line
Well, as Mark Steyn pointed out, Mitt Romney did better overall than Republicans farther down the ticket. He simply won more votes. I would think Paul Ryan would have helped, too, if many Americans were serious about reigning in spending. I can´t say I care too much who runs next time. We get four more years of Obama before we get there. Wake me when it´s over.
Americans have generally voted for the principles of Liberty & Justice for ALL, safely secured by the U.S. Constitution. The results have produced the most generous, most free and most productive country on the planet. The USA has always been as a magnet for those seeking Liberty and a refuge for those fleeing tyranny. American history is an open book.
The Constitutional future now, after the questionable 2012 election, seems uncharacteristicly clouded. ...What will Americans be thinking when watching the ´winning´ candidates AGAIN take their oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution and defend & protect the U.S.A., when some have ignored their oaths after the ceremonies? ...And the media cheers the statist pols cavalier disregard and covers for ´em. mmm mmm mmm
While there may be demographic issues ... and the concern that large demographic blocks that seem to vote in unison, I remember reading loads of articles about the death of the Republican party -- and the Democrat party after Presidential losses.
And for some reason, the other party finds a way to rise from the dead an election or two later.
With the expected rule by fiat of Dear Leader(US), may his name be praised, and his minions starting with Dingy Harry and the RAT infested media whores, and the resulting economic calamity, 2016 may be the Republicans´ 1932.
Welcome to The Resistance. I´m still working on the secret handshake.
the media is nothing more than an Ezra Klein jornolist Pravda ... and they don´t even realize what they have become.
An overstatement you say? Lena Dunham wins Glamour Magazines Woman of the Year award.
Folks here are whistling past the graveyard if they do not understand the implications of that .... the media is going to go all-in for the ´fantasy´ of Team 44´s transformation of the USA into Western Europe if not Greece
The Grinch — and anyone else trying to dampen the holiday spirit — should stay away from Texas this year. A group of Texans is coming out in full force to protect Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday celebrations and to make sure students, teachers and parents have the right to observe their holidays at school. “It’s time to end the war on Christmas and stop forcing our schools to bow at the altar of political correctness,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, which is spearheading a Merry Christmas Texas effort. After legal battles that prevented a student a decade ago from handing
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
Because you probably need a respite from gloomy Obamacare news… Putting Together My Christmas-Party Mix Tape Over in the Corner, Shannen Coffin offers his worst Christmas songs. To end the week on a cheerier note, let’s try to find some of the good modern Christmas songs. In response to the Jolt section on the post-war boom in good Christmas carols, some folks argued that there were no good modern Christmas songs or carols, and I’d pretty adamantly disagree. Given all the musicians, singers, and bands that have existed since, say, 1960, some of them were inevitably destined to write, compose,
President Obama acknowledged Saturday that he’d prefer to see a much harsher agreement with Iran, one that not only shuts down the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear program entirely but also eliminates all of its “military capabilities.” Such an option, however, isn’t on the table and is simply unrealistic, the president said, which is why critics of the recent deal with Iran — both domestically and across the globe, particularly in Israel — should be content with what has been achieved thus far. “If we could create an option in which Iran eliminated every single nut and bolt of their nuclear program
"Tommy” and other chimpanzees are the subjects of several lawsuits in New York seeking writs of habeas corpus and “immediate release from illegal detention.” These lawsuits, the doing of the Nonhuman Rights Project, are not a surprise. As already noted in these pages (“Animal Desires,” April 9, 2012), NRP volunteer lawyers have spent years researching the common law of states, looking for legal precedents that can be twisted to support declaring intelligent animals such as chimps and dolphins to be “legal persons.” The New York litigation is based on a 1772 King’s Bench ruling that ordered an escaped and recaptured
They’re two of the most powerful African-American politicians in the land. And by most accounts, President Obama and Rep. Charles Rangel hate each other. The most recently revealed salvo in their war of words — Obama’s assertion that Rangel is a “hack,” according to the political tome “Double Down” — is just one element of a long-dysfunctional relationship. Rangel supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary, but the seeds of mutual disdain were planted before that, according to Democratic insiders and staffers for both pols.
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a
Former President Bill Clinton shared an anecdote regarding Nelson Mandela and the aftermath of his impeachment Friday on CNN. Clinton revealed shortly after the “impeachment business” finished on Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Hyde (R., Ill.) who managed the impeachment trial requested a meeting at the White House. The former president granted the meeting out of lessons of humility and forgiveness he learned from Mandela, he said: BILL CLINTON: I remember one day, oh, about a month after the whole impeachment business was over, Henry Hyde, who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe a few months after, it was
One definition of a pathological liar is someone who lies where the truth would serve just as well. When President Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, was arrested in 2011 for drunk driving, the truth — that Obama had stayed with his uncle years earlier for several weeks as a Harvard law student — would have served the president just fine. No potential Obama voter would have held it against him that an uncle he had stayed with two decades earlier was picked up for DUI. Yet the White House went with a lie, claiming that Obama had never met his uncle. Now that