Of course people probably don't read The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy any more, nor is it the 80s any more. Like we now know that tax cuts never trickle down.
Anyway, the election is over so. You know it is really over when Romney drops all the fake "Moderate Mitt" routine and says PRESIDENT Obama was re-elected by promising free things to African Americans, Hispanics, and the youth. No wonder it took him two weeks to walk back from the 47% video - it really was him speaking what he thought was the truth.
To think ... Romney kinda sorta of could have been President ... only he wasn't going to despite the titanically terrible debate performance by PRESIDENT Obama in the first debate. It was momentarily disquieting but the Mittmentum had peaked just prior to the 3rd debate and it was in the bag before Sandy showed her horrific face.
Anyway - it was I predicted last year - Obama over Romney in a close election.
So I'm just saying I told you so - last year.
I'll admit that I have been taking a somewhat guilty pleasure from watching the GOP's reaction to the Romney's fail:
Karl Rove's insane Denial on Ohio was epic. Let alone the epic failure of Rove's $300M+ money trap for millionaires. What was Rove's consolation for them: if you hadn't wasted $300M+ the results would have been more one-sided. Ha ha ha ha. You got nothing - it doesn't matter if the vote % would have been worse because you still got nothing for $300M+.
Donald Trump's Twitter rant calling for a revolution. Only to be deleted. Few proved themselves to be a bigger jack-ass than The Donald. OMG.
Romney's shock that he didn't win. OK, I guess if I had spent 6 years and $100Ms running and could only pick up one swing state, I might be a bit shocked too. But really, after the 47%, the "severe conservative," the flip-flopping, the binders of women, and the implausible $5T in tax cuts + $2T in new ships at the same time as balancing the budget, I was severely shocked that Romney was as close as he was.
The loopy attempts to "unskew" the polls only to find out ones not based on 2004 turnout patterns (unlike Gallup and Rassmussen) were pretty darn accurate. One of the best, PPP, had early on identified the most motivated voters were African Americans ... and, surprise, they showed up.
"Patriotic" conservatives looking to secede from the Union. (Man, you really are poor losers.)
Paul Ryan's idiotic contention that because the GOP still has the gerrymandered House, that the GOP didn't really lose the election and still has some kind of mandate. (Frankly we saw enough Man Dates and Bromancing between Ryan and Romney).
I could go on . . . but you get the point.
Anyway, I am still worried by how the close the election was. If the GOP can manage to suppress 0.5% or 1% of the voters they might be able to budge the election results in some key states, and frankly they'll think nothing of disenfranchising any number of voters to win an election.
So let's get on with it. Drop the tax cuts for the wealthiest so we don't have to let all of the Bush tax cuts expire and start cutting. Make it easy on yourselves - just aim to almost balance the budget in 8 or 10 years. Then go ahead with immigration reform. There are plenty of things to be done.
But please, but the hate out the gate (for Democrats, progressives, liberals, blacks, hispanics, and gays), it ain't working for you.
Post note ... my daughter is signing her DI commitment letter this week to play women's lacrosse. So the world keeps on turning and it is time to move on.
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