“Republican Turnout in 2012 Less than 2008 and 2004″
Obama got 10 million less votes last night than he did in 2008; and yet the only “electable” GOP candidate — I know this, because so many of the pragmatists and pundits told me so, over and over and over again — couldn’t beat him.*
Which can mean only one thing: the GOP can’t win. Or, for the conspiratorially-minded, didn’t want to win. So we’re going to need some other party that can — or else we need to gut the GOP and remake it in our image.
Because clearly, the GOP as it is currently controlled and run is simply not appealing to enough voters. Largely because they play scared, act defensive, despise their own base, and are less concerned with first principles than they are with winning.
People can smell that. And many of them evidently just decided there wasn’t enough of a difference between Obama and Romney to bother.
I think they’re wrong — Obama is a socialist / liberal fascist who will puncture the Constitution and destroy the rule of law, while Romney is a mere congenial technocrat — but the fact is, the GOP was unwilling to make that case for fear of alienating “independents.”
Well, they secured more “independents.” They just lost the conservatives in the process. And a party that insists on shitting where it eats is a party that shouldn’t act surprised when the people it believes it has wrapped around it’s finger — what are you gonna do, vote for Obama? — has other ideas about the relationship.