What will Republicans conclude went wrong?
Given the slow pace of recovery after the Great Recession of 2007–2009, winning the White House seemed like a cakewalk to Republican strategists. Indeed, even when polling data began to show the win was outside their reach, they refused to believe the math, preferring the fantasy that the polls were terribly wrong and Romney would win in a landslide. Will this same refusal to face a reality they don’t like doom the party to slide slowly into oblivion as the demographics become increasingly aligned against them?
Here’s the reality Republicans face. And here’s how they face reality. Romney lost by massive margins with voters under 30, unmarried women and people of color. He lost among all women by 11%, and more women vote than men.
Listen to the Monday Morning quarterbacking though, and you get the impression that the quarterbacks are all operating in a parallel universe where reality is a polar opposite of the truth in the Universe we actually inhabit.
The Tea Party thinks Romney was too moderate.
Bill O’Reilly thinks the Obama demographics just want stuff and they know Obama’s going to give it to them. In reality, whites are still 72% of the US electorate, which is still a majority in the Universe where I live. And all they want is equality—an even chance to make it on a level playing field.
The list goes on. Rachel Maddow ran through a long litany of right-wing fantasies versus real-world facts in this video from her Nov. 7th show. Will the GOP be able to finally face facts, or will they stay forever locked in a universe where they constantly tell themselves what they want to hear, and believe their own propaganda?