The verdict is in and it makes for grim reading for America’s Republicans. Contrary to the pundits’ predictions, this election wasn’t even close.
Ohio, with 18 electoral votes decided this election, not California with 55. More money was in fact spent by both parties campaigning in Ohio than in California because the latter was already a foregone conclusion. The electoral college principle has again ensured that small(er) states are not trampled underfoot. The American system of democracy really works.
But that is not the real story of yesterday’s vote.
The real story, and the core problem for the Republicans, is that blacks, Latinos, women, young people, and Jews all voted for Obama in huge numbers. The Romney crowd were, ahem, trailer-park trash white males of middle America whose numbers are dwindling while the Democrat-leaning numbers are growing.
The math will be impossible for the Republicans to add up in 2016 if they don’t pay attention to minority and social issues such as immigration, gay marriage, universal healthcare, or if they keep pandering to the Tea Party that has dictated their strategy over the last 18 months.
Someone has argued that because the make-up of Congress and the Senate hasn’t changed, Obama is going to be up against yet more gridlock. Forget it – the Republicans bent over backwards to frustrate Obama over the last 4 years and it is their back that has been broken. They won’t dare play the obstructionist games after this sound defeat. This election has finally taken the wind out of their sails. Look for compromise and capitulation instead … unless, unless they want to be wiped off the electoral map totally in the 2014 mid-term elections.
Ladies and gentlemen: The tide has turned decisively against American trigger-happy, war-mongering, ultra conservative, rabidly right-wing, homophobic, anti-abortion, religious fundamentalist, racist conservatives. Welcome to a more liberal, centrist America.
Obama will forever go down in history as the Democratic president who finally broke the Republicans’ back.
Hip, hip, hooray!