Every single pundit and political writer has been been weighing in on this since Tuesday late evening. So now, that everyone has pretty much done their opining, it's my turn. Stand by because it's going to blister like the sun. The short answer - Romney lost because his team was too timid and over confident, and Romney himself, didn't believe in himself until after the first debate.
Now for the future of the GOP. It will carry on, sluggish,
imperious, and fail to do what is necessary to reach out to people that
have conservative values yet may appear very progressive in their lives,
i.e. the gay community.
A line I like to use in describing what happened Tuesday night is
this: It was the night Mayberry RFD died. What do I mean by that? The
United States will never, ever, go back to where the majority of towns
resemble Mayberry. The racist headline of Newsweek's coming issue: GOP
You're old, you're white, you're history, actually rings true though I
admonish Newsweek for using such a blatant, derogatory racial headline.
The USA, will continue it's move towards becoming more of a melting
pot where within 20 years, we will resemble Mexico more than Canada.
The population of non Caucasians will continue to grow as immigration
and inter-racial marriage/child birth continue their growth. As these
populations now are exerting their political power in voting, so will
their values take hold on daily living.
A good example of how change/shift happens is what happened to the
States of Colorado, Oregon, and Washington specifically as Caucasians
'fled' California in the 1990's. Though it's hardly discussed, this did
happen. But when these 'pseudo-Liberals' fled growing minority
communities, they took their 'liberal' values with them and it changed
the political landscapes of each of these States to become less 'Western
values' States and more 'progressive', as we seen in Washington's
marijuana laws being passed in favor of open use in small amounts.
Florida has seen such a change as well as the often talked about I4
corridor, as many New Yorkers, East coast 'liberals' moved out of the
high taxes to the no State taxes State of Florida. Elections have often
delivered in favor of the Democrats in Central to South Florida now due
to the huge Caucasian East Coast and Hispanic communities. There are
very few 'native' redneck Floridians living there anymore.
America has to take a series long look at the growing trends all of
these population shifts are causing and political parties will need to
pander and/or honestly talk with these groups to involve them. This
too has another serious repercussion that needs to be openly discussed
in our National Security. Whose allegiance does the people of these
groups really lay? Are they political, religious, ethnic? How does the
non-Caucasian identify with the 'Founding Fathers' of the United
States? Do they believe in and share the same ideals and values of the
I fear that the current trend of so many people being ill-informed,
poorly educated, politically indoctrinated, that within the next 30 to
50 years, the United States will go through a Balkanization as groups
begin to huddle together under same value lines of mainly ethnic,
religious, and somewhat political. The great Melting Pot will become as
most good food dishes do, you add bit of this/that and make something
great, then continue adding all kinds of ingredients and end up with a
The wild cards that remain in play is radical Islam and it's
complicit moderate Muslim brethren, a surging China that may use
external war in order to maintain internal integrity, and the occasional
mad man dictator that a wholly incompetent, impotent UN can never truly
confront. Also to consider is natural resources v World population.
How did the 2012 election affect all of this? Did you see reaction
from the Stock Market? Money managers reacted quickly to protect their
monies, and companies in the following days have done the same with
layoffs. And the outward effect is only going to continue as a very
weak, incompetent, U.S. President starts his second term. And the GOP
already offered 'concessions'.....another sign of weakness in our
political system that dangerous enemies have taken note of.
Is there a chance for a brighter outlook? Current trends say no, sorry.