For when you sift through the rubble from the Republican Party's 2012 nuclear catastrophe, you find consistent clues pointing to a simple explanation: We lost because Barack Obama convinced enough voters that he cares more about people than Mitt Romney, a rich white guy who is contemptuous of the poor, women, blacks and seniors. Never mind results; Obama cares and Republicans don't.
In his fundamentally transformed America, Obama has replaced "e pluribus unum" with "us against them."
So before the GOP rewrites its party platform, it better study the tricks its community organizer opponents used so successfully against it. Before it surrenders to the conclusion that its policies are unpopular, it might contemplate a simpler explanation: The voters neither rejected our policies, nor endorsed Obama's failed record. Rather, they bought into Obama's lies and distortions.
For example, a friend told me his retired, intelligent mother-in-law voted for Obama because she believed Romney didn't care about her as a woman and a member of the "47 percent" and would take away her Social Security benefits. I kid you not.
Common threads connect these rationales: They are all grounded in fear, they are products of Obama's divisive politics, and they are completely untrue.
While Romney took the high ground and presented a substantive critique of Obama's failed record and offered his own concrete solutions, Obama mostly ignored policy, refused to put forward his own agenda, grossly mischaracterized Romney's agenda, blamed his predecessor, demonized Romney and worked up various identity groups into a frenzy with the politics of fear and division.
We are headed inexorably toward financial collapse because of overspending, especially on entitlements, and Obama won't even suit up for the game. He's on the sidelines mocking those competing their hearts out in trying to save this nation. To this day, he has not presented the first syllable of a plan to reform entitlements, which he casually referred to as recently as last week as "long-term impediments to growth."
No, they are not merely long term, and growth is not the only thing they will impede. We now begin every fiscal year in the hole some $250 billion, the figure by which our entitlement layouts and interest on the debt exceed our revenues, before we spend a dime of discretionary spending. This is a real, present problem, and Obama is denying it even exists.
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