The dirty little secret -- and it apparently remained a secret to millions -- is that under the Romney-Ryan plan, seniors, and everyone else, would have received their "entitlement" benefits. Under Obama, they very well may not, because those programs, and the nation along with them, are going bankrupt.
When you also consider exit polling data showing that people were duped into believing the anemic economy was still George W. Bush's fault, it's clear that Obama's despicable strategy of deceit, slander and divisiveness worked. He dedicated millions to depicting Romney as a felon who reveled in killing and firing people, exporting American jobs and illegalizing contraceptives, and as one who didn't care about the poor or minorities and would rob seniors of their government retirement, and the voters bought it.
So before the GOP panics into believing the country is irreversibly changed and reordering its priorities or abandoning time-tested conservative principles, it might reconsider its messaging techniques and strategies. It might want to reevaluate its approach to so-called negative campaigning and how to respond to Democratic lies. Indeed, it's time to jettison its pristine approach, take the gloves off and warn the people in bold, stark terms about the hellish nightmare that awaits them under Democratic policies.
It is sobering to realize that a substantial majority probably agrees with us, but there is so much misinformation and propaganda in the air that they can't see through the fog.
Surely there is a way to figure out how to win the votes of people who actually agree with us but have been led to believe they don't. Surely there is a way to convince seniors of the truth: that Romney's plan would have preserved their benefits, while Obama's greatly jeopardizes them. And, yes, surely there is a way -- somehow, someday -- to convince Hispanics and even the black community that we are not ogres who don't care about them, and that our party actually stands for policies that many of them prefer.
Republicans must learn how to level the playing field by discrediting and neutralizing Democratic propaganda before the GOP can even begin to sell its superior ideas.
If we can't figure out how to win elections when the majority of the electorate actually agrees with us, demographics and the rest are academic anyway.