There is another element that I would factor into Barone's calculation. The second America is rampant with hypocrisy. Its components have given me something to laugh at for years. For instance, there are the delusional women -- usually single -- who apparently see themselves as luscious targets of libidinous ecstasy from the male of the species and occasionally from the female of the species. They must have, as a matter of rights -- thitherto overlooked in the Bill of Rights -- free contraception devices of all kinds. It is a very serious matter. In fact, it is a matter of national security. Then there are the cultural liberals. What enthusiasm they are advancing today is a matter of no particular blueprint or scheme of any kind. They are sometimes for freedom, say, legalization of marijuana or, who knows, heroin. They are at other times for government coercion, say, cap and trade, the sale of pop in 32 oz. containers. They follow only one unvarying value with regard to their ongoing projects, disturbing their neighbors, disturbing the peace. In most criminal codes that is a misdemeanor.
There are others in this coalition that Obama brought together in this election. One is the union member, not the can-do kind of American blue-collar worker but the congenitally angry covetous type, at times the thug. Another is the college-age student. The student is among my favorite seekers of more government. All of them are going to be paying for Obama's excesses for years to come and living in an economy with slow growth. Frankly, the older grayer Americans have lived prosperous lives, but these stupid youths are just setting out in life. They will pay the older citizens' Social Security and healthcare for years. It will not be very good healthcare but it will be better healthcare than stupid youths will eventually see.
That is unless in 2016, or preferably 2014, the conservative wave that we saw at the Republican convention can come in and save the economy. We have seen one of their kind on the campaign trail in 2012, Congressman Paul Ryan. Along with him will come Senator Kelly Ayotte, senator-elect Ted Cruz, Congressman Sean Duffy, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Tim Scott and Governor Scott Walker. Doubtless, there are others. The talent of the oncoming Republicans is inspiring. Against them I have read that Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are in the running. Apparently there is not much competition from the Democrats. Already the Republicans can count on 30 governorships. They have not lost a governorship in five years.