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GOP’s new message: The future wasn’t at stake in this year’s election after all

How’s THIS for a Republican flip-flop?

For months, conservatives yelled from the rooftops about how 2012 presented the sharpest choice ever in governing philosophies…[W]e were told relentlessly that Obama was a tax-and-spend liberal. That Obamacare represented the Europeanization of America. That Democrats were hellbent on class warfare. That Obama had contempt for the business community. That liberals were expanding the welfare state in order to lock up the votes of the masses forever. That religious freedom was doomed if Obama was reelected. That American exceptionalism was on trial. That this was our last chance to decide between being free men or sheep cared for by the state.

This kind of talk filled every nook and cranny of the election, and both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan joined in. But as soon as they lost, Republicans suddenly decided that it hadn’t been a big-picture election after all. It was about bribing Hispanics. It was about voter turnout machinery. It was about Hurricane Sandy. It was about Mitt Romney being a bad candidate. It was about everything except the actual governing philosophies at issue.

I don’t really blame conservatives for holding onto this delusion. If I lost an election, I wouldn’t suddenly decide that liberalism was a failure. But the contrast this year is far more striking than usual. More than any election in my memory, conservatives claimed that this one was truly an ideological turning point, America’s last chance to choose what kind of country we should be. But literally within hours of defeat, they turned on a dime and insisted that the American people weren’t given a real chance to decide between two competing visions. And they’ve maintained this claim despite losing the popular vote in the House, the Senate, and the presidency, and despite the fact that demographic trends very clearly spell even further trouble in the future for their hardnosed brand of social intolerance and slavish dedication to the interests of the rich.

Conservatism can never fail. It can only be failed.

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4 Comments

  1. If the GOP can’t get back to it’s roots and distance itself from if not outright refute the Tea Party’s delusions, they are doomed.

  2. I agree with Todd A completely. They have like 10 years to get it together, otherwise they are going the way of the Whigs.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    There idea of change is to promote Rubio and somehow that will bring in the Latino’s or Herman Cain to bring in the Black vote…But as long as guys like Lintball,Hannity,O’Reilly,and Carl Rove are calling the shots….Democrats will have No problem defeeting them on a regular basis and these bolw hards are NOT giving anything up…in fact all ive heard from these Enertainers is hate Obama !! hate him some more !!

    Lets see what happens with the fiscal cliff negotiations and who blinks first…!!

  4. Josep janes

    The only real solution is to vote against every republican as they they come up for re-election.Congress especially,governors,senate and even mayors.Cannot wait to see, Lets get back to work Scott,voted out of office.He has been nothing but a detriment to the state of florida and has run Florida out of business but of course has kept his personal business flourishing.All the new jobs he has created are part time jobs relpacing full time employment.Republicans are selfish wanting the poor and sick to just die by destroying the social security system and medicare.Even the tea party idiots have to see this by now.

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