But why do political parties allow their primaries to define their candidates, knowing they will have a difficult time convincing Americans they really "didn't mean to take those extreme positions?" Americans have a lengthy tradition of disliking "Flip-Floppers" and Romney was successfully portrayed as one by the Democrats (remember Ambassador Huntsman labeled Romney the "Weather Vane Candidate" in the Primaries). Additional Pro-Life GOP candidates promoting the positions of Evangelical Christians by demanding rights for fetuses under the 14 Amendment's Equal Protection Clause rattled educated Americans aware that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment banned such efforts. As much as the GOP denied engaging in a "War on Women", their candidates' language and their National Platform established during their National Convention in Tampa reaffirmed this objective. Adding Paul Ryan to the ticket did not help as he was one of the main architects of the Anti-Choice Pro-Life platform language (and he lost his home state in this election)!
The GOP also did not help themselves when their Governors began laying the foundation to erase Collective Bargaining in Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida. Folks, many police and fire fighters are traditionally Republicans. But attacking the Unions "activated" so many folks that typically vote Republican into moving solidly into the Democratic fold. Attacking teachers, firefighters, and police is perceived (rightly so) as attacking the majority of Americans represented by the Middle Class. When the GOP and their supporters continued to claim that Obama created "Class Warfare" (see efforts on Fox to do so on a pre-election daily basis), the American Public knew they were being lied to. Just listen to Karl Rove's spinning about his election debacle! Shameful.
When Mitt Romney and the GOP banked on their obstructionist efforts in Congress to tank the economy so they could tailor their entire campaign on Romney's "business expertise", the Democrats engaged a strategy right out of Karl Rove's playbook...attack Romney's strength...Bain Capital. When Romney tried to promote his success at the Utah Olympic Games, Americans found out the Federal government (the one the TEA Party hates) bailed the games out with over a $1 Billion. How hard could it be to save Games with an injection of that kind of cash? Anyway, aren't bailouts abhorred by Republicans?
Mitt Romney also refused to disclose ten years of his tax returns. Americans wondered what that was all about, considering he gave John McCain those returns and McCain determined Sarah Palin was a better choice to serve as his running mate. Sarah Palin! We have heard over and over that America is stacked with "low information voters" and unfortunately I believe that to be true. Why else would folks still be claiming Obama is a Kenyan, a Muslim and someone determined to turn the sovereignty of the United States over to the United Nothing (U.N.)? Someone actually wrote a letter to the editor in our local paper claiming that if re-elected, President Obama would "declare himself KING after four years and never leave office." Huh? Not only is the person writing this letter a real fool, but did she really think her ridiculous letter would impress others into believing this fantasy as well? It is insulting to the Constitution, to the political parties, our institutions and the American public.
Another GOP delusion is that Obama won because we no longer have a "Traditional America." As promoted on Fox News, Obama " suppressed" white voters (according to Fox and Rove) and won by driving the fringe elements to victory. Fringe elements? Are Fox and their supporters that mentally ill? With all of the long lines to vote early, even though GOP Governors signed legislation limiting early voting, are they still in denial that their efforts to really suppress voting was obvious? Fox and their "experts" repeatedly declared that all of the polling showing Obama leading was wrong. They declared Romney would win by a landslide. They claimed Obama ordered security forces in Benghazi to "stand down" not based upon an objective review of material still "classified" but upon their hopes of aiding Romney in the General Election. Why is it that when Hurricane Sandy hit, Fox showed more video relating to Benghazi than the disastrous storm? Why is it they openly attacked GOP New Jersey Governor Chris "Krispy Kreme" Christie when he was actually doing the job he was elected to do?
To top the GOP delusion off, many GOP leaders in Congress, including Speaker Boehner are demanding Obama come to them and compromise so that they can assert their legislative agenda (even if rejected in the Election). Sounds great, but the GOP Leaders claiming that Obama did not have a mandate conveniently have forgotten that when President George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004 with 284 electoral votes, he said the following;"The people made it clear what they wanted," he said. "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and I intend to spend it." If this was acceptable language from George W. Bush when he was re-elected in 2004 with 284 electoral votes, how can they demand that Barack Obama COMPROMISE and "share power" when he won re-election with 332 Electoral Votes! Why in the World would the GOP and their leaders demand Obama share anything with them? Because the GOP remains delusional. They cannot appreciate that they lost this election. They cannot fathom how it could have possibly happened. They had tons of money. They had many contributors supporting their Super PACs. They convinced themselves that their narratives and distortions were actually true! But one thing is for sure. Corporations may "be people too" under the screwy Citizens United ruling, but only REAL people can vote, and VOTE they did, for President Barack Obama! Allow me to make this prediction. If the GOP continues to demand Obama compromise and hold the economy hostage, they will be eliminated as a National Party in the 2014 Mid-Term elections when we all witness a major purge of Congress in 2014. Why is it that 33 Senators that are up for re-election in 2014 already agreed to "play ball" with Obama. When will Speaker Boehner and his GOP Caucus begin to play ball too?