Reflecting on the exciting election coverage last night:
Failed Coup of Fox News
Never seen anything like that – Karl Rove was Fox News’ black eye last night, having a meltdown reminiscent of Peter Finch’s performance in the movie Network. Then Megan Kelly pretends to make an impromptu challenge of Fox’s numbers guys (despite acknowledging they’d practiced it earlier.)
Worst Day Evuuurrrr
After the American public denies his Number One Goal, Mitch McConnell issued a tersely worded statement last night, attempting to signal a shot across the bow. But nobody likes a sore loser who loses sorely.
McConnell's statement: "Now it's time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office.”
Oh No You Don’t!
Despite the efforts of Republican Secretary of States in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida to discourage them from voting, citizens in those states were willing to stand in line for four, six, and even eight hours to perform their civic duty. The fact that they were forced to go through that is appalling and embarrassing. We are not a third world country, and must do better in the future.
Not So Much
According to Jamie Dupree, at least eleven Republican house members newly elected in 2010 were ousted last night.
Dan Quayle once said “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Last night was a repudiation of the Nut Wing’s attack on common sense nationwide. With names like Scott Brown, Todd Akin, Allen West, Joe Walsh and Richard Mourdock going down in defeat (and Michelle Bachmann barely escaping the same), America sent a message last night.
"Was it Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor??"
The Republican Party has to change. The status quo is clearly choking them to death. The demographics of this country are changing, and much like climate change, the Democratic Party is much better prepared and positioned for those changes.
You’ve got an ever-increasing Latino base and an endless influx of youth, both of which gravitate to the Dems. There’s clearly a declining presence of core white male voters. Further, the GOP’s current stance on women’s issues doesn’t seem to be very appealing to women. (Duh!)
Put it all together, and it leads to a relegation of the GOP to a bi-annual obstructionist party. Without major changes by 2014 and 2016, like it or not, they will be unable to lead. Will they follow, or simply get out of the way?