How Romney Blew an Easily Winnable Race
I've learned the that worst way to console a friend grieving a recent disappointment or loss is by showering him with uplifting biblical verses and sugary platitudes.
People with fresh emotional wounds aren't open to flowery words of encouragement and can even respond in anger or resentment to your well-meaning efforts. Grieving people need a little time to decompress and work through their dark thoughts and emotions. At the onset of grief, what works best for me goes along the lines of "Bartender, another double-Scotch, straight up, for my friend here. And keep 'em coming." A sad country song playing in the background always seems to help a bit, too.
I think I speak for many of my friends on the right when I say: "To all of you trying to cheer our side up -- please stop. We appreciate your efforts and concerns, but you're not helping any. It's not yet the time. No one's in the mood to hear that crap right now."
If you're angry, sad, disappointed, shocked, and full of grief in the wake of the election results, you have good reason to be. If not -- you're not paying close enough attention. Tuesday evening was a disaster for the future of our nation, but it was something I have been eventually expecting.
I admit I was clearly wrong about who was going to win Tuesday's election. However, I was correct when I wrote in a Sept. 28, 2002 American Thinker article of my growing pessimism about the future electoral prospects of the Republican Party. They're dismal. The GOP has allowed itself to be seen as too white, too old, too rich, and too suburban. Sadly, there's a lot of truth in that perception. It's not a winning formula in a nation that's becoming rapidly of color and full of people who are taught unchecked that someone else is responsible for paying for their housing, health care, groceries, ObamaPhone, and other bills.
I was convinced of a huge Mitt Romney victory on Election Day. The mistake I made was believing that the Republican Party had a few more wins in it before our nation's changing demographics caught up with it. The party's day of racial and ethnic reckoning merely arrived a few years sooner than I anticipated.
Barack Obama won more than 94 percent of the black vote this year and about 73 percent of the Asian vote. The president also received about 75 percent of the Latino vote. If only Romney had done as well as George W. Bush did when he carried 40 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, for instance, then Obama would be a lame-duck president today.
The real tragedy of it all is that in the light of all that, Romney and the Republicans didn't even try to make an effort to woo minority voters -- and I'm not talking about pandering to anyone. Sure, they showcased a few prominent Republican minorities at the Convention -- Condoleezza Rice, Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio, and Susana Martinez, to name a few -- but that was about it. The truth is, Republicans conceded the minority vote, thinking they could pile up enough white votes to offset it. Wake up, GOP: this isn't the 1950s, '60s, or even the 1970s anymore. Times have changed, and the party and its message have to change also to reflect that reality.
It's not just the absence of minority support that's dooming the Republican Party, though. More and more whites have become enamored of free stuff and big-government control and dependence. For years I have been warning that liberty will survive in America only up until a sizable number of whites begin to vote like minorities who have been conditioned to always opt for the candidate promising the most freebies. The election result was a vindication of that belief -- and of Alexis de Tocqueville when he said:
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
That's what happened Tuesday night -- democracy (a form of government I detest) has entered its final meltdown phase. America is the brokest nation in the history of the planet...maybe even of the universe. Our fiscal situation is so bad that the good news would be if our national debt were only $16 trillion. Our real national debt is $202 trillion and growing when you factor in all of the federal government's obligations. There's no way to pay that much money back, and we're going to default on it. Something that has to happen will always happen. There's no way around it. Then, it's anybody's guess about what's going to happen to America.
Some good did come out of this election. I made a lot of new friends in likeminded people through conservative websites like American Thinker. The election also got me back into the habit of writing a weekly column, something I enjoy immensely. Also, the outcome of the election made me realize that I have to get up off my rear and double down on finding a way to relocate to Texas or somewhere else in the South. Anyone know anyone looking to hire a smart-alecky black conservative writer like me? E-mail me!
In the meantime: another Scotch, straight up, for my pal here, bartender. And keep 'em coming.
The Drive-By Pundit is the pen name of Perry Drake, author of two recently published e-books, The Book of Racist Democrat Quotes and "Democratic Nigger!": The Long, Racist, Bloody Account of the Democrat Party's Hatred for Blacks. Both are available on Amazon.com. Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/perry.drake.10, and on Twitter at @Perry_Drake.