by Yvette Carnell
In so far as conservatives are concerned, the world ended on election day. Fine, I’ve got no problem with that. Don’t care. What is striking, however, is how many Republicans, in the midst of their meltdown, are making up outlandish excuses for why they didn’t take back the White House. Here are the top five:
- The electorate is just ignorant. We heard this rant from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who said, “If you aren’t properly informed, if you don’t understand the problems facing this nation, you are that much more prone to falling prey to demagoguing solutions. And the problem with demagoguing solutions is they don’t work.” He continued: “I am concerned about people who don’t fully understand the very ugly math we are facing in this country.” Johnson, of course, doesn’t recall that this very same electorate reelected George “Dubya” Bush in 2004. Was the electorate stupid then? Or is choosing a Democratic president somehow evidence that we’re sloughing off I.Q. points? If Sen. Johnson really wants to see stupid, he should look no further than the closest mirror.
- The folks who voted for Obama just want free stuff. OK. Well. Let me know where the line for all this “free stuff” begins, because last I checked, Republicans were the biggest welfare kings and queens in this country. According to Bloomberg: “Seventy percent of counties with the fastest-growth in food-stamp aid during the last four years voted for the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data compiled by Bloomberg.”
- Hurricane Sandy did it. Although Sandy may’ve provided President Obama a boost, polling had Obama up long before then. Nate Silver, who predicted this election exactly, never had Obama’s chance of losing at below 60 percent.
- Romney was just an awful candidate. Well, yes, he was, but Republicans selected him. They voted for him in the primaries. They chose him. They could’ve had a smarter, more moderate candidate in Jon Huntsman, but they chose that android Mitt Romney instead. In that sense, Romney’s rise to the top says just as much about conservatives as it does Romney. There’s no escaping that.
- We just need more brown faces. Nope. Tokenism is not a feasible strategy anymore. (Good riddance Rep. Allen West. What’s up Mia Love?). Republicans don’t need more brown faces. They need more polices that appeal to black and brown people. There is a difference.
Republicans just need to admit it: You suck. Do yourself a favor and take some personal responsibility. Try to suck less next time.