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Nov 8, 2012

Further right would be wrong for US Republicans

Republicans have to learn from this loss, writes David Smith of Sydney University's United States Studies Centre. Moving even further right would only alienate more American voters.

Republicans are accepting defeat today. How they interpret that defeat will play a major role in determining what Barack Obama’s second term looks like.

The American people have collectively chosen to return to the fractious configuration of the last two years: Democratic president, Republican House, Democratic Senate. None of these results, in relative terms, was close. But even though everything has remained in the same column, there have been some notable changes.

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9 thoughts on “Further right would be wrong for US Republicans

  1. Limited News

    The shocking mathematical truth that the US govt is already collecting less revenue than its legally mandated expenditures (basically social security and interest payment on debt).

    Even if it cut all discretionary spending (no more defense dept etc), it would still run a deficit of over $250 billion.

    This is in essence what motivated the Republican base but their man had no plan to fix this. Neither does Obama. The Fed already prints 40% of the deficit – banana republic stuff.

    The fiscal crisis will only accelerate post-election, there is no plan to fix it, we are talking QE to Infinity.

    The only plan either candidate had is how to distract from this crisis. I’m expecting fireworks of some kind.


  2. Peter Ormonde

    Now now … why do you want to be giving the GOP sensible advice? I hope they reject it outright as another egg-headed liberal attempt at co-option.

    I’ve spent a few pleasant hours this morning scanning the web for the Tea Party’s responses to the Romney debacle. Most enjoyable in a schadenfreude kinda way.

    The most illuminating comes from the Tea Party Patriots. They knew all along that Romney would lose … too rich, too elite, not tough enough on welfare, on small government, on minorities, on women. The US voters were looking for someone much redder in tooth and claw apparently.

    The idea is that by putting the boot into Blacks, Latinos and women the GOP will inspire the fat rich white men of America will rise up off the sofa, waddle down to the polling booth and swamp these fringe groups.

    Trouble is they’re not fringe groups – as this poll just amply demonstrated. This is the USA 2012…. full of foreigners, Blacks and women. Stroppy women at that. And isn’t it all too shocking!!!

    So don’t you go throwing these fellas a set of directions or a lifeline. Let them paddle themselves and the GOP out towards the horizon in search of their mythical country.

    Even better send them a few dollars and a condolence note. Wish them well and encourage them in their good work. With friends like this lot, the Romneys-in-waiting don’t need any enemies, and we can all sleep safe in our beds.

  3. The Pav

    With California & NY the Dems have the best part of 100 Electoral College votes locked in

    Texas is the only large red state.

    If the demographic moves to math that of its western neigbours the Democrats could have a lock on the White House for years

  4. Venise Alstergren

    It is passing strange the way Republican leaders think it to be a God given right to pontificate about women’s reproductive organs. I would dearly love to know the voting figures for disenfranchised female voters.

    I mean, why does the subject of rape and abortion sit so high on a Republican candidates’ soul? Perhaps it gives them their jollies?


  5. Venise Alstergren

    MISSOURI SENATE CANDIDATE, Tod Akin, would have loved living at the time of the Pilgrim Fathers. His statement, “” who said he had been reliably informed by doctors that in cases of “legitimate r-pe” women’s bodies do not allow pregnancy, thus invalidating the argument that abortion should be legal in cases of r-pe.””

    This appalling statement fits neatly into the pilgrim fathers’ philosophy of trying witches-NB guess what sex witches tend to be? If the witch, when tied into a chair, and flung into a river, didn’t drown, she was guilty of witchcraft.

    Work out that little doozie!

  6. klewso

    What a lot of pundits seem to be overlooking is how close those votes are in those swing states – a little more to the Right and those electoral colleges tip the balance to the GOP.

  7. Peter Ormonde

    Not necessarily Monsieur Klewso…

    One of the things that amazes me about the US ballots – since the 1980’s – is the increasing polarisation of voters between states … the blues become bluer and the reds get redder. Huge majorities in their heartland – 70% of the vote or more in some of them. The reduced vote for the GOP in its “Southern strategy” heartland states has been disintegrating steadily … demographics and ethnic minorities.

    There’s a useful little interactive graphic of the state by state outcomes here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/06/us-election-2012-results-live-blog

    The interesting thing to do here is to superimpose this map over a map showing Black and Latino populations. The GOP is on a long term decline down there.

  8. Steve777

    It would be interesting to know what the national percentage of House of Reps votes was obtained by the two main parties. I cannot find this, only district or State results. While the national percentage is not relevant to the number of seats won by a party, it would give an indication of what the US electorate overall wants. House districts have been in many cases egregiously gerrymandered by State administrations to favour their party, so I am wondering if the Republican House majority reflects what the voters actually want, or whether it has been distorted to favour the Republicans, given the Presidential and Senate results. Are Americans more likely to vote for an individual or do they tend to follow their party’s ticket?

  9. Steve777

    Just heard on ‘Planet America’ on ABC News 24. The Democrats won about one million votes more than the Republicans. OK, close considering that over 100 million votes were cast, but the Republicans look to have won about 55% of the House seats. The House of Reps result does not reflect the will of the US electorate.

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