Brian Birdnow

The Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media are now galloping along in full-throated triumphalist mode, which, of course, is their right given the results of the November 6th elections. Despite the efforts of some GOP operatives to accentuate the positives of this election, such as the victories of Republican gubernatorial candidates in various states, it certainly wasn’t a win for the Grand Old Party. Last week many mainstream media scribes took their turns at “interpreting’ the meaning of the election, most of them barely concealing their glee.

Eugene Robinson, the newest Washington Post columnist addressed this question in his weekly Op-Ed piece following the election. Robinson confidently predicted that November 6th was simply the coming out party for the new America, now a “…multihued and multicultural…” nation. He ascribes the Democratic victory to the fact that the old America is gone, and has been replaced by one that is no longer white, no longer male, and no longer middle aged. It is interesting that Robinson and other liberals have labeled the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly “racists” for saying the same thing recently! In any event, Robinson looks at some choice numbers and claims that a huge minority turnout for Obama won the election. He points out the fact that 93% of black voters chose Obama, but he steered clear of the minefield, by declining to discuss racial solidarity as a possible catalyst for such numbers. Robinson then went on to point out that Obama won 71% of the Latino vote and 73% of the Asian-American vote.

He speculated that black Americans are offended by the Republican Party’s “…open disrespect…” for President Obama, although he forgets the Bush Derangement Syndrome of his own Party members one Presidential term ago. Robinson declares that the GOP has “…no compassion for undocumented (read: illegal) immigrants, and that this angered Hispanics. Actually, many naturalized citizens of Hispanic origin are openly critical of illegal immigration, but no matter. Finally, Robinson states that Asian-American voters found the Republicans supposed China-bashing to be insulting, although this would presuppose the preposterous notion that China is the motherland of all Asian-Americans.

Brian Birdnow

Brian E. Birdnow is a historian and teaches at a university in the St. Louis area.