By Matthew Bramlett |Managing Editor|
It was as if a runaway freight train slammed into an unsuspecting and powerless village.
In the course of only a few hours, all the Republicans’ hopes and dreams of “taking back America” were crushed and destroyed.
President Barack Obama won a second term Tuesday night, handily defeating Mitt Romney and ensuring a new Democratic dynasty in America.
On the Republican end, it wasn’t a pretty sight. Television cameras zoomed in on crying middle aged men in Uncle Sam hats and conservatives such as Donald Trump and Karl Rove were reduced to sad, blubbering messes.
The Republican Party was so sure of victory on election day, it was widely reported that Romney didn’t even have a concession speech ready. Without question, the Republicans have a lot of soul-searching ahead of them.
The bubble they have been living in for so long has finally burst and the world that conservatives are seeing is a harsh and scary one.
The Republicans have now entered an “adapt or die” situation.
One of the reasons why the Right lost was because of its piss-poor relations with growing ethnic groups in the country.
Latino voters have become a demographic too large and powerful to ignore, which is exactly what the Republican Party did.
Their hard-line stance on immigration, an issue that hits so close to home for many Latino Americans, came off as harsh and xenophobic.
Latinos voted Blue by an incredible margin- 75 percent to 25 percent, according to The Huffington Post.
Coupled with the GOP’s diss of Latino voters is the party’s unwillingness to accept an increasingly multicultural America.
The country saw this outdated and racist worldview on election night, when an exasperated and thoroughly depressed Bill O’Reilly solemnly declared that, “The white establishment is now the minority in this country.”
He went on to claim that Americans who were not white men – women, Latinos, blacks, gays, etc. – were lazy, incompetent and only lived for free handouts.
Bill O’Reilly’s “traditional” world involves great, manly men grabbing life by the balls and pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.
Women and minorities knew their place in this ideal America that so many conservatives dreamt about.
But this world is just that – a dream. The “White straight male” is not the default setting anymore and America is a better country for it.
People can’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps anymore; the mailroom boy cannot rise up the corporate ladder to C.E.O in a delightful little montage.
The Republican Party needs to realize this and develop a platform that keeps conservative ideologies while including all Americans.
Interstingly, the Tea Party resurgence that dominated the political landscape two years ago can also be seen as a contributing factor that led to Romney’s downfall.
The party’s ultra-conservative rhetoric energized some but alienated many moderates and independents who saw them as crazy ideologues.
Although less influential now than they were two years ago, the fringe rhetoric of the Tea Party turned off many Americans from voting Red, giving Blue the lead.
Incredibly, many Right-leaning blogs, such as the National Review and FreeRepublic, have condemned Romney for not being “conservative enough.”
In their mind, a more hardline candidate would’ve won.
What the Republicans really need for 2016 is a young moderate (not Rand-worshiping Paul Ryan) who can appeal to everyone.
There are millions of registered Republicans in this country; this ideal candidate is definitely out there.
Ultimately, the Republicans need to realize that we are living in a changed world.
Demographics that have been marginalized and ignored for years are finally getting the power they deserve.
The Republicans lost in 2012 because they did not court these people and instead relied on fringe groups and the “white establishment.”
The task is simple: adapt or die.