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The Dirty Little Secret of 2012

Harrison Bergeron Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 2:54 PM
No, I held my nose and wasted my vote on the lesser evil -- RINO socialism-lite -- just like last time. And if 4 million other Republicans had done the same, the only thing different would be... well, nothing. He still would have lost. But if every true Republican had voted Libertarian rather than RINO, and Gary Johnson had wound up with 30% of the popular vote, four years from now the beltway bozos wouldn't be telling us how "electable" the next RINO in line is.

A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST.

To paraphrase the traditional Passover formulation honored in Jewish homes: why was this election different from all other elections? What makes 2012 stand out in recent political history, either as a temporary anomaly or a significant, long-term shift in the electorate?

The most striking change in the results this year involved a precipitous and alarming decline in voter participation, a drop-off that stemmed from a deliberate strategy by the Obama campaign and almost certainly provided the president with his margin of victory. Meanwhile, much of the conventional wisdom about...