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THE GOP DIED LAST NIGHT ^ | 11/07/12 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 11/07/2012 5:42:23 AM PST by shortstop

The Republican Party died last night.

Somewhere in the suburbs of Cleveland, on the shore of Lake Erie, in the decisions of some suburban voters, the Republican Party stopped being a nationally viable political organization.

Oh, it will continue to exist.

But it will likely never again truly contest for the presidency. The nation has changed, the values have been replaced, the demographics are different.

The demographics are insurmountable.

Last night was a tipping point, a dance on a razor’s edge, and it went the other way. What was undoable last night will become increasingly impossible with each passing year. The margins will grow, the base will shrink, the tide will turn and the day will pass.

The Republican Party died last night.

Oh, it will continue to exist.

There will be the name and the elephants, but nationally, conservatism is playing against an impossibly stacked deck.

The nation had a clear choice. Each party ran candidates who were true to type. The Republicans ran conservatives and the Democrats ran liberals and it was a rout. Nothing changed except that Republicans got rebuffed across the board.

America wants Democrat.

More specifically, America wants liberal. It wants an activist, empowered government, imposing fairness and supporting entitlement.

That’s what America wants.

At least half of it wants that. Half and a tiny bit more.

And the inexorably shifting demographics of the nation ensure that that tiny bit more will grow steadily, cementing the liberal majority and creating an electoral impossibility of replacing it.

Last night was the last chance.

It was the last chance to gain a last national electoral victory over the Democratic coalition – Latinos, blacks, gays, feminists, trade unionists, government employees and welfare beneficiaries. The last chance to let a Republican president advocate the conservative, constitutional principles upon which American society was built.

But America said, “No, thanks.”

The majority preferred more of the last four years to anything Mitt Romney and the Republicans were offering.

The constituent communities of that majority are only going to grow in size and prominence in American society. They are going to increasingly dominate our society and politics.

Four years from now, more of the older conservative voters will be dead, and more of the younger liberal voters will be registered to vote. The Latino community, essentially co-opted by the Democrats into an aggrieved permanent minority status, will, like black voters, be larger and more Democrat. Four years from now, the cultural shift away from traditional values will be more advanced, thanks to more brainwashing by school teachers and sitcoms.

Those members of our society who typically identify with the Democratic Party are increasing. Those members of our society who typically identify with the Republican Party are shrinking.

You do the math.

Certain, Republicans will keep running. And some of them, no doubt, will win. But they will be a different sort of Republican.

They will not be conservative. Certainly not socially or morally conservative.

They will bend over backwards to avoid the principles of moral conservatism, so as to not disrespect a social norm.

They will be Democrat-lite.

Or they will not win.

Last night was our best chance.

And America chose the other team.

Almost $3 billion was spent on the presidential campaign. Untold tens of millions of dollars were spent on congressional campaigns across the country. And nothing changed.

Obama is still in the White House. The Democrats still control the Senate. Republicans still control the House of Representatives. The pundits say America voted to break the grid lock, that it voted to demand team work. It did no such thing. It voted to maintain the status quo.

So we have gone on a long, painful and expensive national journey, and it has left us exactly where we started.

A couple of House seats this way, a couple of Senate seats that way, and Obama on top of the whole thing.

That isn’t change, that is business as usual.

Conservatism has become a regional philosophy, the Republican Party a regional party. It will win governorships, it will win seats in the House or Senate, but it will essentially be a phenomenon of the South and Midwest.

Where traditional values endure and dwindle, the Republican Party will still be relevant.

But those places will shrink and shrivel. And each year, the gap between those who support conservatism and the number needed to win a national victory will grow.

Last night was conservatism’s last stand.

And it lost.

The Republican Party died last night.

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To: kabar

We are all sad, I just see too many here giving up.

181 posted on 11/07/2012 2:01:01 PM PST by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: littleharbour

I want to go steal Michael Moore’s millions. Who’s with me?

182 posted on 11/07/2012 2:34:18 PM PST by Terry Mross (Once again I wasted my vote. But I have learned my lesson.)
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To: cotton1706
What nonsense! The republican party supposedly “died” after 1932, 1964, 1974, 1992, and 2008.

I don't think the demographics and the moral structure of our society will allow another Republican to gain the presidency.

All that was consider moral will now be classified as 'Hate Speech'. It's over. America is dead.

183 posted on 11/07/2012 2:47:45 PM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: CriticalJ

The GOP is no longer the vehicle to push the United States toward free markets and free minds.

One peaceful and legal way remains. Despite what the new Lincoln movie will probably preach, the Constitution allowed the sovereign states to be free from the tyranny of the Federal govt.

184 posted on 11/07/2012 6:49:13 PM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: ReaganGeneration2
One peaceful and legal way remains. Despite what the new Lincoln movie will probably preach, the Constitution allowed the sovereign states to be free from the tyranny of the Federal govt.

Peaceful? It sure wasn't peaceful the last time. What state's government has the resources to defend itself from the Feds?

And, even if the Feds didn't want to fight about it, what would stop the Feds from just selling the state to a foreign country? Do you think that Obama might be willing to sell Texas to the Chinese if he had an excuse?

Think about that. Seriously. Obama's capable of just about anything.

185 posted on 11/07/2012 7:07:24 PM PST by Tau Food (Praise God. Trust God.)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
That is EXACTLY true. Every word. Today’s youth don’t care one whit about wealth accumulation. They are totally fine with just having enough to get by on. They just want to make enough so that they can have their toys.

As long as the government provides a safety net (funded by the Evil Rich) yes, that is all that matters. This is why I always say that liberals are not evil, they are simply not adults. They are 14, every one of them. If there is food on the table for the foreseeable future, a mall to roam in, and the scent of a mating opportunity in the air, well... what more could one want?

186 posted on 11/07/2012 7:46:12 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: duffee
After the nomination we lose big time if we turn to “NO VOTES” and irrevelant parties, we remove ourselves from the fight. I will continue to work to get Conservatives nominated, if I fail at that I won’t withdraw from the field but will work to defeat democrats and that will not be accomplished by ceding the elections to democrats of any ilk but working within the party that has a chance to beat them.

And the GOP Elite thanks you for allowing them to manipulate you and abuse you like a battered wife.

Next time, just like a battered wife, you'll be right there to vote for their worse candidate after they manipulate him/her into the nomination.

And all the while you'll be patting yourself on the back on how you did the right thing.
187 posted on 11/07/2012 9:38:47 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: Yashcheritsiy
Mitt Romney was a symptom - but ultimately, he’s not the cause for blame. WE are. WE fat, lazy, talking like we love the Bible when we really don’t American “Christians” who want a soft spirituality that makes no demands on us, that we can do on Sunday and live the rest of the week as we like. It’s time that judgment begins at the house of God.


I agree whole-heartedly with everything you said except this last part.

This election was Mitt Romney's to lose, and he chose to lose it by supporting two behaviors that he knew were sinful, and even an Abomination before God:

1. Abortion
2. The Gay Agenda

He had a choice, he knew bettter, being a Bishop of the Mormon Religion, a religion that considers these two actions to be sin as well.

As a Christian, willing to face the facts about our nation, you have to also hold Romney accountable for his failures.

He failed!
188 posted on 11/07/2012 9:42:40 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie

I heard alot of people hammering Romney today about failing to make Benghazi more of an issue.

I agree with that, but one thing I always thought made him extremely vulnerable was Romneycare.

Any other candidate could have spent alot of time dissecting the evil that lies in Obamacare - but Romney couldn’t go anywhere near it.
When it came up, he had to try to praise what he did in Mass while simultaneously criticize the ACA.

But...maybe I’m just dreaming.

I truly am stunned at the amazing number of extremely stupid people out there.
I knew there were alot of morons - I just didn’t know we were already outnumbered.

It’s possible alot of these people haven’t given this issue a passing thought.

189 posted on 11/07/2012 9:49:18 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: shortstop

Silly caterwauling.

While there is serious soul-searching to do, this election was very much like the 1948 elections, where Truman won by a few percentage points. The Republicans came back to win the next 2 presidential elections.

“The socialists have a firm grip on the mechanics of our government and are loading up their base for all future elections.”

Obama had a biased media, hollywood, academic elites and a billion dollar campaign PLUS billions in stimulus graft to grease his way to re-election.

What he lacked was a good record.

190 posted on 11/07/2012 11:30:39 PM PST by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: Tau Food

Yes, it can be peaceful. In the end, maybe not.

Unfortunately, this is never even considered as a lawful option. Barely a whisper.

191 posted on 11/08/2012 2:19:47 AM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: SoConPubbie

And you’ll be standing proudly in the irrevelance of your “NO VOTE” or reveling with your 3rd party that you made .95% mark, lots of progress, while leaving it to others to work at un-stopping the sewer. My plan is and always has been to work within the GOP and their primaries with the hope of being heard and making a difference. I haven’t seen a plan that appears to be anywhere as effective even though I cannot claim to have acheived any of my goals. Other than standing on the sidelines and withdrawing from the field because you don’t like the quaterback I don’t believe you actually have a plan or can make a case for one that is as good as mine. What I see is you do nothing but stand on the sidelines and disparage those who are actually working to un-stop the sewer.

I would be shamed to admit to anyone I didn’t vote against obama and I could never justify a vote for a third party knowing that they would never win and knowing that at least most of their votes would have gone to someone who had a chance to beat him and a “NO VOTE” is absolutly ceding the field. I’m not going to get into Romney was not my firsrt choice, you know my posting record, at least I supported a fiscal Conservative for the nomination. I am satisfied with my efforts and decisions in this campaign dispite my disappointment in the outcome, I hope you can say the same.

192 posted on 11/08/2012 7:42:14 AM PST by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: A_perfect_lady


193 posted on 11/09/2012 10:44:09 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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