I know that’s a bit radical, but maybe it’s a wise choice. After all, we all believed Fox News and its band of pundits such as Sean Hannity, Karl Rove and Dick Morris. We all thought we were going to win the presidential race in an electoral landslide with more than 320 electoral votes. It was told to us on a daily basis.
”The polls were wrong. They were using improper turnout models. They did not factor this. They did not factor that.”
It went on ad infinitum; every day, every hour, almost every minute. Well, my good friends and readers: The polls were right. They were right pretty much across the board. They were right on both state and national levels. And, unfortunately, I won my bet with my fellow writer on this web site, Tom Donelson. You see Tom bet me that Romney would win with more than 300 electoral votes. And, this was in May or June. I told him that if Romney won at all, it would be between 270-290. From 290-300 was a push. This was one bet, I was hoping to lose: Not this time.
I have been arguing with fellow Conservatives for the past eight days about voter fraud. Well, ladies and gentlemen, there was no voter fraud; at least, not enough to make a difference. And, if there was any, it probably cut both ways. So, let’s stop that argument. It is useless and makes us look like bad losers. We got beat. Plain and simple. I will say it again – We got beat. We got beat because they got more votes than us. They got 72% of the Hispanic vote; a majority of the women vote and a large majority of the black vote. We got old white men and a few others along the way.
And, let me throw you all for another loop: We still could have won. Those demographics are not why we lost. If we got as many votes as John McCain got in 2008, we would have won. You see, the Democrats came and voted. WE DIDN’T! End of story.
We got complacent.
They had enthusiasm. They had turnout. They did everything necessary.
We stayed home.
The only question left is why? Now, here is where I’m going to lay a theory on you that many of you don’t want to hear and many of you are not expecting. We were complacent because of what happened in 2010. We shellacked the left in 2010. We thought we were going to do it again. We were sure we were going to to do it again. In fact, so sure, we got lazy. And, Fox News is one of the reasons why. We just bought into the bull shit they were feeding us on a daily basis.
Let’s continue this rant with a quick history lesson? After the 2008 election, Conservatives were angry. In fact, we were livid. The Republican Brand was being touted as dead, but we were actually livid. Then, came the stimulus. Then came Obamacare. Then, shortly thereafter, came the Tea Party (the best and worst thing that could have happened to the GOP). The Tea Party immediately caused a grass roots movement all over the country. There were Tea Party rallies everywhere. There were anti-government protests everywhere. Andrew Breitbart was all over the place complaining. We were going to take over and we were telling everyone we were. As a result, we had the left on the run. It kept growing and growing until the election of 2010. Not only was the Republican Party not dead, it was alive and well and people were actually saying liberalism was dead or dying.
Shortly thereafter, there wasn’t one protest or rally by anyone on the right. There was Occupy Wall Street on the left, but, it petered out and became meaningless. We were home watching Fox News and being told how wonderful and powerful we were. Meanwhile the left was fortifying. We stayed home and watched thinking we were omnipotent. I even saw it on this web site. Our readership was down more than 50% from the time of Breitbart’s death until just before the election. They continued to arm and we stayed home slapping each other on the back. Well, we were beat and we deserved it.
So, getting back to my opening comment, “Maybe we should all stop watching Fox News.” Let’s sit at home and watch Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow – Maybe a little Bill Maher. Maybe, that anger will not dissipate if we do. Maybe that anger will continue to grow. Maybe that’s what it takes. The Republican Brand is not dead. It’s just dormant. And, it is going to take constant anger and frustration to bring it back. It is going to take unwavering enthusiasm. It is going to take that to beat the left.
My original thought was to write an article similar to “A New Strategy” which Tim Ross wrote on Monday. But, I don’t think that’s necessary. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and that is why I haven’t written in over a week. I wanted it to all sink in and germinate. I think what Tim wrote is what everyone wants us to do. That is what John Boener wants. That is what Eric Cantor wants. That is what Barack Obama wants. Yes, that is what Barack Obama wants. Then, he gets his tax increase on the rich; he gets to keep Obamacare and he gets to throw his left wing agenda at us. Meanwhile, the country slowly dies.
So, please stop watching Fox News. Well, maybe not all the time – watch the other side just enough to stay angry.