Open Thread : May I suggest a 2016 campaign theme song ?

After the 2012 electorate voted against the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful’s candidate, they may be ready for this one. One size fits all, applicable to any party, Dems, Repubs, Thirdies …. get it while it’s hot 😉 Afterall, Roseanne Barr placed 5th, right behind Jill Stein.

You’re welcome for the ear worm /snork.

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121 Responses to Open Thread : May I suggest a 2016 campaign theme song ?

  1. good morning Denise VB and everyone else!!!! I like the theme “Woman president in 2016” !!!!!!!!!!!

    Here’s where the 3 million McCain voters went who didn’t vote for Romney:

    http://womenwintoo.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-know-where-those-2008-voters-came.html

    • votermom says:

      They are still counting – it may end up less than that.
      But i agree – many women were inspired to vote in 2008.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think the GOP has the best chance to field a viable woman for President in 2016 at this point. Susanna Martinez and Nikki Haley come to mind, Hmmmmm, Martinez/Rubio 2016! May as well take advantage of the amnesty voters 😀

      • cj says:

        The Dems seem to be pinning their hopes on E. Warren, but I hate to say it, after yesterday’s presser, something seems to be seriously wrong with that woman.

        And I started out really, really liking her, but lying may turn out to be the least of her problems.

        • catarina says:

          she is clueless and she’s part of the machine that dragged obama’s ass over the finish line. fuck her and the palomino she rode in on.
          warren voters voted for a liar and a cheater but im glad they feel good about having a “woman senator.”

          Senator Brown helped write and pass a law preventing insider trading in congress so I guess they had to get rid of him quick.

        • DeniseVB says:

          That hasn’t hurt Obama 😉 Hot Air has the first PPP Iowa 2016 up. Hillary, Biden, Cuomo, Warren at the top of the favorites among Dems right now. Here we go ……

        • cj says:

          Are you f’n kidding me? Warren AND Biden??? What the hell are they spiking the kool-aide with? Good lord, Biden’s getting close to the point where someone’s going to have to start pinning his name & address on his lapel.

        • Constance says:

          I seriously doubt Hillary will run. Obama and his acolytes are now the power brokers in the Democrat party, the only other two term President is Clinton and they are not going to give strength to Clinton’s faction by electing Hillary. Also her age doesn’t fit with the Democrat branding.

    • britgirls says:

      Excellent piece, Cynthia!! I am heartily sick of the notion that Sarah Palin dragged down that ticket.

      Remember how freaking sad John McCain’s Straight Talk Express campaign bus was? There would literally be a handful of people at stops. Then Sarah Palin joins the ticket and it was total rock star frenzy level. And the haters in the MSM came out in force. They were scared, and with good reason.

      So, yes, after what happened to Hillary and Sarah I changed my voting strategy to voting for as many women as I’m able to. I know many think that’s a stupid strategy. Don’t care. In fact I’d love to see quotas enforced until we get to gender parity in government. Because as this rate I don’t even think my 4 year old daughter will see it in her lifetime.

    • carol haka says:

      Being a woman was one factor, but being Sarah was the most important factor. She is the IT GIRL! Smart, positive, pure guts and the ability to formulate the message on the spot to her audience because she has a core that cannot be compromised. She will drive the mid-terms with her impecible record of chosing winners with the Tea Party at her beck and call. And, hopefully straight to the White House. 👿 I love this WOMAN!

    • lyn5 says:

      Well said, Cynthia. OT, I was hoping my political donation jinx would end. I donated to Romney and Mia Love.

  2. votermom says:

    Pass the dutchie – that means pass the choom, right?

  3. britgirls says:

    OMG … this song brings me back!!!! Right back to the 80s, baby!

    Would rather the 90s … but that’s okay. 😉

  4. britgirls says:

    Also, I hope we never see campaign spending at this level ever again. It is pure insanity!

    John McCain took public financing and did better than Romney. WTH??? That blows my mind!! The best thing that happened to Romney was the first debate when everyone got to see him at his best and without the media twisting his words. And Obama … well, seriously, it demonstrated what an egomaniac he is because he obviously did not prepare and failed miserably.

  5. carol haka says:

    Instead of trying to explain her positions and counter an idiots dissing of Sarah Palin, the new retort will be STFU! 👿 ….. or, STFU ASSHOLE! 👿

  6. cj says:

    Hang onto your hats & watch the stock market, BO will lecture us about the fiscal crisis today. No plan will be offered, of course.

    • carol haka says:

      Good. Let the stock market hit rock bottom. People need to know elections have consequenses!

      • Unfortunately my husband never listens when I talk to him about his 401k. We lost most of it in the last crash. Did he listen and rebalance when he hit 62 this summer?
        Fuck no. He listens to the adviser his company pays to come in a make “recommendations.” So there goes the tiny bit we had recouped- and then some.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’ve been reading lists and lists of layoffs planned by major companies due to the Obamacare requirements. The Obama voters own that. So sad.

      • cj says:

        Obama voters own it, and in a just world they’d be the only ones suffering the consequences.

        • Lulu says:

          Yesterday I returned and switched some small purchases (new tee shirts) in a department store. The clerk did not say one word, had lips pursed the entire time, handed me my receipt and bag and looked at me as if she wanted to stomp me. I turned around to leave and a manager was standing off near another counter watching. They are looking for whom to layoff. I smiled at him and walked out. Things are going to get really rough between now and December 31st. The Obama voters are about to get a clue.

        • indigogrrl1 says:

          yeah well…so are the rest of us. Im a small business owner and the local banker I work with said don’t be planning on a small business loan any time soon. I was waiting for business to pick up to replace some equipment. Either way…I’m fucked.

        • Lulu says:

          Everyone is. The difference is we are aware of it and a lot of voters and workers are not. Long term business planning is going on and it is grim. Many are looking at taking the hit now to survive now that it is known that nothing is going to change for four years. Businesses who have considered what is good for the community and their workers have tossed that model and are looking at survival or getting out while the getting is good. It will have a domino effect and the further contraction of the economy is now set. It is awful.

        • DeniseVB says:

          lulu, I remember reading about some businesses claiming they would be laying off if Obama wins. The left got outraged equating announcing that to employees is like buying votes, or some sh*t like that. Probably why it was hidden from the news ?

          Oh, and union members given a paid day off for the election is not buying votes ? Hmmmm.

        • Lulu says:

          DeniseVB, yeah I read some of that but it sounded ideological in some regards the way some owners were framing it. It is past that now and every business is looking at costs. A lot of businesses were holding off to see if Obamacare would be repealed or changed. This is not ideological but dollars and cents and survival and profit. Anyone with employees that says they aren’t is lying or has a vanity business and don’t care if they have losses. Expect more out-shoring, cost cutting of everything, and mergers. I keep seeing Obot arguments in comments on business news sites saying things like greedy owners could pay for everything if they wanted to do so. This is patently false as few are willing to go in losses indefinitely just to benefit workers because soon they are bankrupt. They seem to want business owners, stockholders, and bondholders to get nothing so they can have a job and bennies. The ignorance is astounding and the sense of entitlement is cultural.

    • tommy says:

      O and Boehner will begin negotiations on the ‘fiscal cliff’. And bang on time, you got Krugman at the NYT demanding that O not give in, that O got a huge election victory mandate, and to tell the pubs that its O’s way or the highway. Yeah, thats a fantastic way to ‘negotiate’. Go figure.

      • cj says:

        Not give in? Obama won’t even be part of the process.

        We have 52 days, according to the New York Post, to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and the consequences of last year’s budget deal. Businesses will prepare layoff notices to deal with the consequences of sequestration. Thanks to the complexity of the negotiations and the number of people involved, the leaders of both parties will have to work full time to get a deal in place and passed before the consequences of Taxmageddon push the country into another full-fledged recession.

        Well … make that one party. The leader of the other — the one who just won re-election — will take a tour of Asia first:

        http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/09/obama-heads-to-asia-while-congress-handles-the-fiscal-cliff/

        • DeniseVB says:

          GMTA cj, was just going to post that tidbit. These are the kind of things the SOS attends. Wonder if Michelle is going with him? I’m waiting for her BIG thank you reward for her campaign efforts.

        • cj says:

          Oh I’m sure Michelle will go, probably with her 50 of her very special girlfriends & family, her personal chef, hair stylist, make-up artist and various other pillow fluffers … on a different flight from Barry, of course.

          The photo-ops will be laughable. She still hates Hillary; I just hope that Hillary hates her right back.

  7. votermom says:

    • carol haka says:

      Amy is a moron. I am pretty sure I told her so when she commented at RD’s. :evilo. Money drives her agenda.

    • elliesmom says:

      The New Agenda will be just another branch of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Democratic Party before she’s done.

    • angienc says:

      I answered her:

      U voted 4 a misogynist based on lies he told & fake “memes” he created about his opponent UR an embarrassment to all women

      • catarina says:

        i was hoping you’d give her a piece. thank you.

        • angienc says:

          Here’s a 2nd one I sent her:

          Psst: guy u voted 4 pays women 18% less than men; other hired women 2 high level positions his entire life. U got punked

      • carol haka says:

        Someone that stupid and in denial won’t. And can’t get the point!

      • carol haka says:

        Ask her what her real agenda is as she can’t possibly think any of this was about anything but getting her vagina into a voting booth. 👿

      • britgirls says:

        Well said! Thanks for doing that. I had high hopes for the New Agenda, but quickly gave us on them.

    • catarina says:

      She is so full of shit with her cherry picking. what a sellout.
      yes, forcible rape. thats what sarah palin, susana martinez and nikki hailey really support.
      forcible rape and a “1950’s meme.”
      fuck you, amy, you are the problem.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Amy hated HATED Paul Ryan. And the two idiot candidates whose rapey comments sent her over the edge. And believe me, she’s not for all women, just liberal women. I really was an early fan when TNA was on track to be the antidote to NOW.

      • swanspirit says:

        Amy should really just realize her TNA = Tits N Ass , I wonder if she even knows that old saw

        • She does. TNA is a cheeky acronym.

          I understand why people are upset, but I’ve met the woman, and I’m giving her a pass. Yes, she was subsumed by BS liberalist rhetoric this year, but she does really want to change the feminist discussion to economic issues. She just hasn’t completed her journey, and like most liberal elites, has somewhat sexist and racist views of entitlements. I can’t blame her for not breaking every mold. She’s doing enough.

        • angienc says:

          Sorry Lola — actively supporting Obama over Romney who flat out said the economy was number 1 issue for women, who did not treat them as little more than a vagina but talked to them as PEOPLE & who actually hired many women throughout his time at Bain, the Olympics & MA governorship based on “forcible rape” (one of the BIGGEST LIES on the Left to attack the right — any prosecutor/defense attorney can tell you “forcible rape” is a common term used to distinguish it from statutory rape) isn’t trying to change the discussion to the economy.

          Her interactions with me on twitter –completely changing the subject, telling me I’m anti-woman & then blocking me proves it. I don’t care if you met her — her *actions* speak louder than her words.

        • Constance says:

          Amy didn’t actively support Obama on her New Agenda website so I am giving her a pass. She has the right to vote her own vote and she didn’t try to sway the rest of her readers to Obama. Now what needs to happen is the bunch of young “Julias” with their Ivy league indoctrination need to get off their sweet butts and educate themselves and other young women about the reproductive rights they have according to each state, then they need to write and submit legislation in states that need it the legalize women’s reproductive rights. And just like the Gay folks if they lose the the election they need to come back the next year with new legislation. They should see to it that Democrats can never again wave the abortion flag around to scare up women’s votes.

    • angienc says:

      Ha, ha, she answered me with a complete non sequitur:

      • angienc says:

        My answer:

        @AmyTheNewAgenda Wow that has absolutely no logical connection 2 my comment to u –no wonder u fell for Obama’s fearmongering #justsaying

        To which she replied:

        @TheAngieNC2 You’re not #prowomen Just anti. #justsayin’

        To which I replied:

        @AmyTheNewAgenda You aren’t #prowoman you’re #proAmySiskand & your non sequiturs & personal attacks prove it. #hack

    • angienc says:

      Ha, ha the coward sent me this message & blocked me:

      @TheAngieNC2 That’s a pretty personal attack. And horribly misspelled. Good luck.

      So I responded with this (and RT’d from my other account so she’d see it):

      https://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2/status/266938530780041216

  8. indigogrrl1 says:

    I think we all need to face the fact that the MSM keeps installing presidents…. its been happening my whole life starting with Reagan. The only anomaly was Clinton and he only won because of Perot. And then they did their best to sink him at every point. They installed W and now their Golden Boy will get 8. And since they’ve perfected the voter fraud…. the days of the people actually having a say are over.

    I’m really really depressed. I would not be depressed if there had been fair contest to let the best person win. I could accept that and move on…

    • yttik says:

      I hear you. The media now has far to much control over our elections.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Yep, there is a state media.They push what the powers that be want. Not so much in a behind the scenes, smoke filled room, conspiracy. They don’t have too, they think alike. It’s how things work. Maybe they’ve worked that way for a long time and we’re just noticing.

      Best thing to do IMO is work locally, get your own things down for family and business, etc., and be consoled that the country is so big that this stuff moves more slowly and has less effect than we might fear.

      Americans voted for gridlock in the end. That may not be a stupid thing for them to do.

    • Constance says:

      Agree. We could campaign to take media out with a campaign to help people cut the cable cord. Installing cable is easy but it means you subsidize advertising venues being shoved into your home, cutting the cord is harder since you can’t hire a guy to come and set up your alternate system but it can be done and we should encourage it. Much of the media we have now could not survive in a free market where people would have to choose them or they were out of business and that is the system they would be forced into if we could get people to save money and cut the cord. It would take people who are good writers and could write clear non rambling directions for people to follow. Clearly not me.

  9. elliesmom says:

    Some thoughts about 2016:

    I’ve been an independent all of my life, but I worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. There were a lot of women (and some men) like me. We couldn’t officially be PUMAs because we weren’t Democrats to begin with, but we hung out with the PUMAs online. A lot us who weren’t Democrats, just Hillary supporters, were motivated by the idea of having a woman on the ticket more than anything else, and we easily moved to McCain when he put Palin on the ticket. Some of the PUMAs came with us. Other PUMAs were unwilling to vote for Obama, but were too entrenched as Democrats to vote Republican. They either voted 3rd party or went “topless”. When election day came, some of the PUMAs realized their Democratic identity was stronger than their anger at Obama, and they voted for him.

    Move forward to 2012, and it’s not hard to track where those voters went. The Hillary independents who didn’t like Obama in 2008 still didn’t like him. Some of the Democrats who left the party stayed out of the party. Those who comfortably voted for McCain supported Romney. Those ex-Democrats who were still uncomfortable voting Republican went 3rd party. But some of the ex-Democrats needed to go home. For some people even an abusive home is better than no home at all, and Democratic tribalism is very strong. The interesting PUMAs were the ones who gave their votes to the Republicans in 2008 believing it would wake the Democratic Party up enough for it to change. Those PUMAs went to Zucotti Park, some figuratively, and some literally.

    The sad thing is there really is a viable 3rd party in this country. Most 3rd parties spring up at the outer fringes of the political spectrum. But it is the vast middle that is ripe for the picking. The people who believe in moderation in all things. Hand-ups for people, not handouts. A strong social safety net that keeps people whole when they need it, but discourages generational dependence. Abortion, safe, legal, but rare. People who believe a woman who is carrying her rapist’s child should have the right to abort the pregnancy, but who look at the 50 million + babies who have been aborted since Rose v. Wade as a national disgrace. People who believe all criminals, even the ones who represent us in government, should be prosecuted, but our civil liberties should trump all else. People who truly believe we should judge people on the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, and that women deserve rights as full human beings. People who really don’t care what you do in your bedroom and who would support civil unions for all of us, gay or straight. Those of us who believe a strong national defense is important to our nation, but that we should be investing in energy resources here at home instead of going to war in the Middle East for oil rights.

    The thing is I know people who call themselves independents, Democrats, and Republicans who all want these same things. We all have focused on the divisions over race, economic status, and gender in this country, and we are angry at the politicians who use those divisions to keep us at each other’s throats. But the real success lies in their ability to keep us from forming coalitions with others who share our views because ultimately, our political party affiliation trumps all.

    • cj says:

      You laid out a good 3rd party platform, a really good platform. I’d support it.

    • angienc says:

      The only problem is that the “middle party” as you describe it had their as-perfect-as-you-can-get candidate in Romney& he lost when he should have won big.

      • yttik says:

        I think you’re right, angie. The problem is the middle is a too small of a minority. Before the election many Republicans/conservative were telling me Romney was too left, too liberal, too moderate, and he wouldn’t be able to capture the conservative majority. I didn’t hear what they were saying, but I get it now.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I couldn’t believe the Romney nit-picking on the right and not conservative enough b.s. So then, another Obama term is sooooooo much better? aholes.

        • elliesmom says:

          I don’t think the middle is too small at all, but there are a lot of people in the middle who just won’t admit they agree with someone from a different political party. And it happens on both sides, although calling a liberal a conservative appears to be a bigger deal to them than calling a conservative a liberal appears to be. Most “moderate conservatives” will agree most of what they believe is classically liberal, but the Democrats have bastardized liberalism.

      • elliesmom says:

        But one of the reasons he lost was because of tribalism. If Romney hadn’t changed any of his positions from when he was governor here in MA, he could have run as a Democrat and millions of Democrats would have been “pleased as punch”.

    • carol haka says:

      100% on target. Sad that anyone on this site could and would have been able to clean Obama’s clock in aing debatemm and we had to watch this country lose its grasp on the last life vest! We have to have a real leader with the ability to rally the troops. We have to be able to financially punish the media who lie and carry Obama’s water including Fox News. Sarah needs to break into the other markets so people can see who she really is. There is hope but the base has to be in place by 2014. Stalling Obama as much as we can until then is all we can do. There are fabulous people willing to do the right thing right on this site – Run Lola Run! Those who voted for Jail Stein or Fauxahontas because they had female body parts – DO NOT APPLY, Please! 🙂

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m on board with that ! I don’t recognize the Democrats anymore and really can’t be a Republican, too much liberal blood. For the Dems, it seems like winning is everything and they know how to do it better than governing. It’s how we got Alan Grayson back, revenge ! Party before Country ! Ugh.

    • votermom says:

      elliesmom, arturo davis has a great post here
      http://www.officialarturdavis.com/2012/11/the-new-republicans/

      But the tactical missed chances by Romney’s operation are history. The current challenge is finding a GOP pathway to do on the right what Clinton did in the salvation of the left 20 years ago: first, restoring the party’s bona fides as an institution capable of thinking and governing and not just pawing under the commands of its base. Second, overcoming a resistance to smart, fiscally disciplined innovation and reform.
      It’s a repositioning that would demand taking on some of the party’s strongest rhetorical and ideological streams. There is an element in conservatism that distrusts government enough to fear even market based reforms to education or healthcare; it is a dead ringer for the liberal skepticism a generation ago of any rethinking of welfare on the ground that a changed course was tantamount to yielding to a right-wing backlash. The fixation in some circles on the cultural threat from immigration, and the Fox News inspired drumbeat about an untaxed, freeloader class have a political currency that requires courage to ignore or criticize.
      The Republican Party is not about to abandon its status as a conservative vehicle committed to the protection of unborn life, or the defense of traditionally defined marriage, or its resistance to a spending course that robs the future, or to taxes and mandates that destabilize business confidence. But it is worth noting that Clinton’s willingness to mix it up with the status quo in his party earned him ground to defend the unshakable parts of the liberal orthodoxy. Had Clinton not recast welfare as a privilege rather than a right, for example, affirmative action would have been deeply vulnerable in the mid nineties. In the same vein, a Republican who rescued the pro-life movement from its farthest edges is better poised to defend Catholic institutions from the Obama Administration’s healthcare mandates. A Republican who acknowledges that a conservative party should refrain from ripping immigrant families apart is a far more credible advocate for a tighter border and a crackdown on the hiring of low wage, undocumented labor.

      • elliesmom says:

        When Obama took over the Democratic Party and moved it to Chicago in every way, I suggested to some moderate Democrats they might have better luck becoming Republicans and changing that party from within to better reflect their political views. I still think the “Romney Democrats” might be on the right track. The last thing those of us in the middle want is for the Republicans to think Santorum would have had a better shot.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Is there room in that mix for “smaller government” fans? IMO they were a significant part of the missing 6M right-leaning voters compared to ’04.

  10. votermom says:

    its’ a shame – I’m a fan of his toons.
    but GOP is too eviiil

  11. SimoFish says:

    Thanks for the info above regarding Siskind. I am now going to dump her from FB !!

  12. votermom says:

  13. swanspirit says:

    The next fight , and it will be coming to us and we need to bring it right back

    Elections for the United States Senate will be held on November 4, 2014, with 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested in regular elections whose winners will serve six-year terms from January 3, 2015 until January 3, 2021. Additionally, special elections may be held to fill vacancies that occur during the 113th United States Congress. Currently, Democrats are expected to have 20 seats up for election, and Republicans are expected to have 13 seats up for election.

    The elections to the House of Representatives, elections for governors in states and territories, and many state and local elections will also be held on this date.The 2014 Senate elections will mark 100 years of direct elections of senators. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_elections,_2014

    • carol haka says:

      33 possible candidates need to be identified and fully vetted. If they are currently in office they need to be read the rules on how their future conduct will be be evaluated for acceptibility to proceed in office. Replacements should be fully vetted for their understanding of all issues on a National and Local level. Idiots need not apply. 👿 I’m thinking “Tea Party Stepfords” 🙂 Works for me.

  14. votermom says:

    • angienc says:

      He wasn’t prepared for the massive cheating – the MSM is pretending it is because DailyKos/SEIU poll PPP & Nate Silver were “right” (and all the other polls were wrong) but that’s the cover story (and unfortunately people on the right are falling for it too).

      Obama lost almost 10 million votes from 2008 yet lost almost NONE of his votes in the important swing states.

      Nothing fishy there at all.

  15. gxm17 says:

    Well, I’m an old skool lefty liberal and I’m still here. Truly one of the best upsides of 2008 was getting to *know* people with very different political ideologies and finding out that A) they aren’t the least bit evil and B) they were more accepting of me than people who supposedly share my political views. It’s been an unexpected benefit on an unplanned journey, and much enjoyed.

  16. swanspirit says:

  17. piper says:

    I’m designating today as my day of mourning then will try to let go and somehow live in the beauty of today’s life. Even pupster wants to sleep away the day – don’t blame him as he has given us 15 years of unconditional love. First time in my life that I’m glad that I’m older and retired. Still praying that somehow our country recovers from this madness.
    BTW – what kind and how much of that alcoholic beverage do I get with my pill?

  18. swanspirit says:

    Amy Siskind blocked me on twitter LOL

  19. wyntre says:

    Just a reminder of what awaits us. The Valjar administration is about to go full throttle.

    “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”

    UM

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/11/09/obama-machine-prepares-2nd-term-agenda-blitzkrieg-jarrett-related/

    • angienc says:

      I’ve never bought into theulstermanreport. I think it reads like a spy novel — extrapolations based on *some* truths that are apparent. Interesting but nothing more.

      However, I do believe this term of Obama’s is going to be way worse than anything we imagined — after all, he was more of a SCoaMF then we thought he would be the first time & he did promise to be “more flexible” now that he will not have to answer to us again.

  20. votermom says:

    LOL

    bad link though http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1061173343

  21. swanspirit says:
  22. swanspirit says:

    A time for courage, and action
    http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2012/11/a-time-for-courage-and-action.php
    Mitt Romney wasn’t a bad candidate. He ran a fairly strong race. He made a few errors. And he made many good moves.

    Certainly he was adequate. And he was probably the strongest Republican candidate among the primary field of contenders. That is, he was the best man available to run against Barack Obama.

    And he did a pretty good job.

    Obama, on the other hand, was a horrible candidate. He was mean and vindictive. He was contemptuous and superficial. He ran on irrelevancies like abortion and a fictitious Republican war against women. He didn’t give his supporters any reason to feel good about themselves.

    Instead, he used class warfare to stir them to hatred of their countrymen.

    Yet Obama won. And Romney lost.

    In retrospect it is possible that the race was over before it began. A strong case can be made that Obama secured his reelection in 2009 when he bailed out the US auto industry and so temporarily stanched the hemorrhage of jobs in Ohio and Michigan. And maybe, with the youth of the 1960s now the Medicare recipients of the 2010s and ’20s, there are simply too many Americans dependent on government handouts to care about what happens in the future.

    An equally strong case can be made that Romney lost the election before he secured the Republican nomination. He may have squandered his chances when he took a strong position against illegal immigration in one of the early Republican primary debates and so arguably made winning Florida, and perhaps Colorado, a mathematical impossibility.

    Many have argued that demography is destiny.

    And the American electorate has changed tremendously in the past decade. Government dependency among the white working class has grown. Government dependency among an aging population and a rising tide of single-parent families has grown. And the Latino share of the vote has grown. Today some are arguing that Republicans today simply cannot win the presidency, regardless of their candidate.

    All of this is important because for the past four years, most Republicans, and most non-leftists throughout the world, had been hoping that the Obama years would be an aberration. They had hoped and trusted that he would be a one-term president. All the policies he enacted during that term, on domestic and foreign policy alike, would be reversed by his Republican successor, elected by voters who understood they had been taken in by a huckster in 2008. The US economy – the anchor of US power and the engine of the international financial system – would come roaring back.

    In international affairs, the US would reverse course. It would stop supporting the rise of its enemies from the Middle East to Asia to Latin America. It would embrace its allies. The former would be weakened. The latter would be secured and strengthened. America would be safe and defended.

    Alas, apparently it could not be. The American spirit has been overwhelmed by the European model of social democracy at home and appeasement and treachery abroad.

    But all the dependency champions who celebrated on Tuesday night cannot stop the coming storm. The greatest advantage Obama had going into the election was not demography but the fact that the full consequences of his statist economic policies and his pro-jihadist foreign policy have not yet been felt.

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