What a Shame: Mitt Romney’s Life of Traditional American Achievement was Rejected and Barack Obama Gets a Do-Over

Rush Limbaugh says today …

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None of it makes any sense.

None of it makes any sense! Mitt Romney and his wife and his family are the essence of decency. He’s the essence of achievement. Mitt Romney’s life is a testament to what’s possible in this country. Mitt Romney is the nicest guy anybody would ever run into. Mitt Romney is charitable. He wouldn’t hurt a fly. He doesn’t hate. He’s not discriminatory in any way, shape, manner, or form.

And no such charges were ever leveled.

But what did Romney do? Romney presented a picture … This is very frightening stuff to me. He presented a picture of the traditional view, the traditional roots, the traditional way things work in this country. And part of his campaign… There was an assumption, I think, that that’s what most people were looking for and wanted a return to. Instead we’ve got the Mulligan presidency. We’re gonna give Obama a do-over!

They’re gonna give him a do-over so that he can do in the second term what we all hoped he would do in the first term. There’s nobody singing Obama’s praises in terms of achievement. There’s nobody singing his praises in terms of a good job done. They’re singing his praises as it relates to marketing, campaigning, strategizing, getting out the vote. All that matters. It clearly does. I don’t…

This is not sour grapes on that. Campaigns matter. Lot of things were illustrated and confirmed last night. Campaigns do matter, strategy matters, all that stuff matters. But for many of us, the country’s at a point where it’s never been in our lifetimes economically. We figured we had one chance to stop this direction and reverse it, take it back to the traditional path of American greatness. It was rejected. That America is not desired. That America is not wanted.

It’s difficult to accept that.

It’s a challenge that we’ll have to meet in reclaiming it.


Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption

By Robert Stacy McCain  The American Spectator

GAHANNA, Ohio — Late Tuesday night, the pundits on TV began jabbering incomprehensibly along the lines of, “What does it mean?”

The American people — or, at the very least, a sufficient plurality of them — decided that they want another four years of clumsy policy failures and vengeful “progressivism,” as Democrats nowadays describe their agenda for wrecking what remains of our constitutional republic. Even before the unmitigated political disaster of November 6, 2012, a date that will live in infamy, the prospects of salvaging the United States were not particularly hopeful. Now, however, we are permanently and irretrievably screwed.

Let’s not mince words, eh? It was one thing, obviously, for the electorate to choose Barack Obama in 2008, when Bush-era “brand damage” was still a fresh irritant in the wounds of a war-weary nation. Four years ago, Obama was untested and enshrouded in the glowing mantle of Hope. No intelligent person could possibly believe that “Lightworker” crap anymore, but then again, it’s been a long time since any intelligent person believed anything a Democrat said. The cretins and dimwits have become an effective governing majority, and the question for conservatives at this point is perhaps not, “What does it mean?” but rather, “Why should we bother ourselves resisting it any longer?”

Alas, as always, the duty of the Right is to manfully endure, to survive the defeat and stubbornly oppose the vaunting foe, and so this brutal shock, this electoral catastrophe, must be absorbed and digested. At some point next week or next month or next year, then, we shall recover our morale and plot some new stratagem for the future. In the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s debacle, however, it is difficult to see any glimmer of light amid the encroaching gloom. Surely, there are many Americans who now sympathize with that New York infantryman who, in the bleak winter of 1862, when the Union’s Army of the Potomac was under the incompetent command of Gen. Ambrose Burnside, wrote home in forlorn complaint: “Mother, do not wonder that my loyalty is growing weak.… I am sick and tired of the disaster and the fools that bring disaster upon us.”

The search for scapegoats always attends political defeat, and Republicans have no shortage of candidates for the role, beginning with Todd Akin, whose ill-considered remarks about “legitimate rape” during an August interview set off a nationwide demand that he quit as the GOP nominee against Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Akin went down to ignominious defeat Tuesday, as did Indiana’s Richard Mourdock, who upset Republican Sen. Richard Lugar in the primary but then imploded after making Akin-esque comments about rape and abortion. Perhaps pro-life groups should sponsor a training session for political candidates, teaching them how to answer “gotcha” questions without either ceding anything to the abortion lobby or offending voters with off-the-cuff comments about rape. But Akin and Mourdock were just two names on a long list of bloodbaths for GOP Senate candidates, a massacre that also defeated Republican candidates in Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine, Massachusetts and elsewhere.

The list of fools who have brought this disaster upon us certainly also will include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the gelatinous clown who (a) hogged up a prime time spot at the Republican convention to sing his own praises; (b) embraced Obama as the hero of Hurricane Sandy; and (c) then refused to appear at campaign events in support of Romney’s presidential campaign. Good luck with the remainder of your political future, governor. It is unlikely Republicans shall soon forget your perfidious betrayal.

Well, then, what shall we say of Mitt Romney himself? He did not run a bad campaign. He excited the party’s conservative base with his choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, and Romney’s stunning victory in the first presidential debate Oct. 3 ignited a surge of momentum that seemed destined to carry him all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I fondly recall the night after the debate when, in Fisherville, Virginia, a crowd twice the size of the town turned out to cheer Romney and Ryan at a jubilant rally. A few minutes before 1 a.m. this morning, the TV networks called Obama the winner in Virginia, a result that seemed impossible a month ago. The margin of Romney’s defeat in Virginia — as in the other major battleground states of Florida and Ohio — was quite slender, but it was a defeat nonetheless.

Romney’s campaign staff furiously challenged the fact of their defeat, so that the loser’s concession speech was postponed until the wee hours of the morning. One can scarcely blame them for refusing to admit such a grim reality, but the reality could not be escaped. When Romney finally took the stage in Boston, he graciously said, “I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.” Prayers notwithstanding, the only success the current president is likely to have is in guiding our nation straight toward a destination that proverbially waits at the end of a road paved with good intentions.

What is left to hope for? That the American people will soon regret their choice? That another four years of economic stagnation and escalating debt will cure them of their insane appetite for charismatic liberals? If four years of endless failure have not rid them of this madness, the disease may well be terminal. Perhaps others will still see some cause for hope, and in another few weeks my friends may persuade me to see it, too. But today I will hear no such talk, and I doubt I’ll be in a better mood tomorrow. At the moment, I am convinced America is doomed beyond all hope of redemption, and any talk of the future fills me with dread and horror.

McSally Pulls Huge Upset over Leftist Congressional Incumbent


Conservative Martha McSally did something no conservative has done in distant memory: win a congressional district in Southern Arizona dominated for 30 years by leftists. She defeated incumbent Ron Barber, who won a special election in June to replace the retired Gabriella Giffords. The race is close enough for a recount. Note the Tucson Citizen’s view: Barber trailed, not McSally won.

Tucson Citizen report:

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Barber trailed GOP challenger Martha McSally for southern Arizona’s Congressional District 2. As of midnight, about two-thirds of the district’s precincts had reported results.

Barber, 67, has considerable name recognition after he won a special election earlier this year to finish the House term of Gabrielle Giffords, who stepped down to focus on recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. Barber is a former aide to Giffords.

Political newcomer McSally, the first American female pilot to fly in combat, made strides in courting female voters, veterans and independents.

Barber, who was also wounded in the Tucson shootings last year, joined Giffords’ staff in 2007 as district director. Before then, he managed state programs for the disabled in southern Arizona for three decades.

Since becoming elected in June, he has focused on military affairs and border security. His actions have sometimes led to criticism from both parties. He challenged Democrats when he supported suspending environmental regulations to allow U.S. Border Patrol agents to chase smugglers on federal lands. Republicans were critical of Barber when he opposed a vote to repeat President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan.

McSally, 46, is a retired Air Force colonel with two master’s degrees. She successfully overturned a Pentagon requirement that female personnel in Saudi Arabia must wear Muslim clothing off base. She moved to Tucson in 1994 on military assignment and retired from the military in 2010 after more than 20 years of service.

Congressional District 2 is in the state’s southeastern corner, a sprawling stretch of land that covers border towns as well as parts of Tucson. The area has elected Democrats to Congress in the past four elections, even though it has more registered Republicans. This year, with re-drawn district lines, the area still has a slight edge in registered Republicans as well as large numbers of independent voters. Even so, the Cook Political Report, a non-partisan publication that analyzes races, rates District 2 as leaning Democratic in this election.

McSally spoke to supporters in Tucson Tuesday night before the polls closed.

“We feel the energy is in our favor, and regardless of what happens, we ran with integrity, honor and authenticity,” she told a cheering crowd at the downtown Sheraton.

Democratic supporters gathered at the Tucson Marriott University Park to watch results. Tucson resident David Higeura described Barber as “one of the hardest-working people I’ve ever met.”

Higeura worked at an office next door to Barber, when Barber served as an aide to Giffords.

“He would still be there at 9 or 10 at night, when I’d leave,” Higuera said.

Mark Steyn: Live Free or Die

National Review Online

As disappointing for me as Mitt losing New Hampshire has been the down-ticket races in the Granite State. In 2010, Republicans won both House seats, the Senate seat, three-quarters of State Reps, 80 percent of State Senate seats, and 100 percent of the Executive Council. Two years later, Democrats have taken the governorship and may well take both House seats, and the vote tallies they’re racking up in hardcore plaid-clad North Country towns far from the Massachusetts border are remarkable.

A lot of the telly chatter is about how Republicans don’t get the shifting demographics: America is becoming more of a “brown country,” as Kirsten Powers put it on Fox. But New Hampshire is overwhelmingly white — and the GOP still blew it. The fact is a lot of pasty, Caucasian, non-immigrant Americans have also “shifted,” and are very comfortable with Big Government, entitlements, micro-regulation, Obamacare and all the rest — and not much concerned with how or if it’s paid for.

If this is the way America wants to go off the cliff, so be it. But I wish we’d at least had a Big Picture election. The motto of the British SAS is “Who dares wins.” The Republicans chose a different path. A play-it-safe don’t-frighten-the-horses strategy may have had a certain logic, but it’s unworthy of the times.