I was wrong. I was cocky. I predicted that Romney would win in a landslide and I was way off the mark. At least I was in good company. George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Peggy Noonan, Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Michael Barone, Doulgas Holtz-Eakin, Steve Forbes, Peter Morici, Joe Scarborough, Brad Woodhouse, Gallup, Rasmussen, and the Bickers-Berry computer model that has never been wrong all predicted a Romney win. Not since Truman defeated Dewey has the dinner table had so many seats and crow been put back on the endangered species list.
The moment that it was clear that Romney lost, I was in total disbelief. So, I put my thoughts down on my Facebook page:
Romney concedes. I guess it’s over. I am in shock. Total shock. I cannot reconcile how America could say no to a war hero and experienced senator 4 years ago in lieu of a pot smoking community organizer and amateur senator… then, when the economy and debt are at a critical point in our nation’s existence, we say no to a successful businessman & successful governor in lieu of a man who went from 7.8% unemployment to 7.9% in unemployment and indebted every man, woman and child in America with $5.5 trillion more in debt. It’s irreconcilable. I have few words to express my disappointment in this once great nation. Simply put, we’re a nation that is lost.
After several hours of trying to digest the indigestible and trying to make sense of the senseless, I had to try to get some sleep. So, I signed off with the following post, one that was similar to one I wrote four years prior:
Good night all. I am hoping that I go to bed and wake up in the morning and realize this was all a very, very bad dream.
The next morning, I woke up, saw that it was not a bad dream on GMA – double-checked the Drudge Report for good measure – then I typed this:
Woke up and realized it was not just a bad dream. I am still stunned. Baffled. Shocked. To put it in perspective, 2008 McCain beat 2012 Obama [by this time, Obama had three million fewer votes]. It just goes to show what $1 billion in character assassination attacks and ignoring a failed record can do. I am sad for Mitt Romney, but even more sad for America because it will not know a Mitt Romney Presidency. I am also sad for an America that put “small issues” (birth control pills, tax records, etc) ahead of major issues (unemployment, economy, debt)… and re-elected an unpresidential man with an undisputed record of failure to the office of the President. I am also sad for my unborn son who, on the day of his birth, will owe $52,000 in debt to the federal government and $16,500 to the state of California. Today is truly a sad day in America.
As the day went on, I learned that the state I live in, California, passed several tax-raising measures. It was like pouring salt in an open wound. What a horrible, horrible day.
I found myself saying over and over to my Left Wing friends, “Today is your day to gloat, go ahead.” And they gloated… and gloated some more… and they are still gloating.
CBS News recently wrote a story titled, Romney “shellshocked” By Loss, which detailed the grief and pain that was felt within the Romney campaign. It detailed the moment from when Romney knew it was over to the final moments on stage with his and Paul Ryan’s families saying farewell to America.
It described Romney as stoic as he talked to Obama; it stated that Romney’s wife, Ann, cried; his running mate, Paul Ryan, appeared genuinely shocked; Ryan’s wife, Janna, was shaken as she cried softly; and a close Romney advisor stated, “There’s nothing worse than when you think you’re going to win, and you don’t. It was like a sucker punch.”
The article went on, “Their emotion was visible on their faces when they walked on stage after Romney finished his remarks, which Romney had hastily composed, knowing he had to say something. Both wives looked stricken, and Ryan himself seemed grim. They all were thrust on that stage without understanding what had just happened. “He was shellshocked,” one adviser said of Romney.”
That’s exactly how I felt… as well as 58 million of my closest friends.
@MrTim29 @Romney #Shellshocked #Election