One of the symptoms of Obama Derangement Syndrome is delusion. Another is denial, while a third is hypocrisy. And yet another is the creation, out of whole cloth, of fabulous fantasy scenarios, complete with white heroes, black villains, and, yes, conservative victims.
There’s something honorable and noble in losing with grace and dignity. Then there are the Republicans, who have chosen to ignore the flat line on the monitor and have decided to double down on their clearly lost causes. Excuses. Rationales. Best defense/good offense. Everything but the truth.
Conservatives have a lot to be angry about, but the re-election of President Obama isn’t one of them. They should be angry that their one news source, Fox, let them down with misinformation and pie-in-the-sky scenarios that guaranteed a win for Mitt Romney. They should be angry that right-wing pundits led them astray. They should be angry about Unskewed Polls, whose founder painted a pretty picture of a big Romney win. They should be angry that so many mean white men in their party created an environment that disallowed sane, sensible, rational dialogue. They should be angry about the many rape comments that starkly highlighted an insensitive, heartless Republican attitude toward women. They should be angry at the Tea Party’s extremism for causing their party so many losses on November 6th.
But they’re not. They’re mad at President Obama for beating them. They’re mad at the Democrats for succeeding in so many Senate and House races, races Republicans thought they had on lock. They’re mad that the money spent by the Kochs and the PACs and other rich donors wasn’t enough to buy the election. They’re mad that democracy prevailed. They’re mad – no, they’re furious – that this Kenyan-born community organizer who was lucky enough to win the presidency once has been overwhelmingly voted back into office. They’re livid that they couldn’t meet their singular goal of making this president a one-termer. They’re incensed that the economy Republicans tried so hard to stall, in the hopes of shattering President Obama’s second-term hopes, mattered less than the character of the man. They’re insanely angry that Americans saw through their ploy, and can’t understand why the usual stuff didn’t work. Buying the electorate didn’t work, trying to suppress votes didn’t work, and resurrecting 2008 dead-and-gone garbage to throw at the President didn’t work.
Conservative pundits and so-called Republican leaders have failed their followers. They’ve led them down a primrose path, and instead of admitting they were wrong-headed and that their current strategy hasn’t worked and isn’t working, are instead coming up with retreads of the same losing plans. Instead of looking inward, they’re focusing on a lone New Black Panther allegedly hanging out at a polling place. Instead of examining what they did wrong, they’re encouraging continuing Republican obstruction in the House. Instead of taking that all-holy responsibility they love to tout, they’re blaming everything from Hurricane Sandy to the Obama campaign’s nasty campaigning.
Karl Rove, for example, has a lot to answer for with his big-ticket donors – after all, with all the money his PAC threw at political races, they lost the big one, and only a couple of Senate candidates and a handful of candidates for the House won their races. $390 million dollars later, Rove has a plugged nickel’s worth of success. But that didn’t stop him from claiming that President Obama “succeeded by suppressing the vote.” In his fantasy world, the Obama campaign’s strategy of pointing out Romney’s many character flaws and plutocratic attitude was nothing short of suppression. Rove could have said that they ran a weak candidate with weak character, and they needed to do better. But he didn’t.
Rush Limbaugh denied that this election was a mandate on Republican platitudes and attitudes, claiming instead that Republicans lost because President Obama (dishonestly, he no doubt meant) “successfully painted Romney’s policies as caring primarily about the rich… successfully convinced roughly half the country that his policies will favor the middle class.” What Limbaugh should have said, if he wanted to do his party any kind of favor, was that Republicans needed to re-trench and re-orient and re-think, and that comments dismissing 47% of the population aren’t generally designed to win friends and influence people. But he didn’t.
Fox & Friends wasted no time gleefully pointing out that President Obama still has a Republican House to deal with, and Dick Morris – the worst pundit predictor ever – shared their glee, encouraging further Republican obstruction against the President by saying, “. . . [T]he Republican Party needs . . . to stand up against the socialist agenda and stop him from fundamentally changing the United States.” Fox’ Charles Krauthammer said, “They [Republicans] are not going to budge. There’s no way in which after holding out on Obama for two years they’re going to cave in . . . .” Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson blamed the Romney loss on stupid voters. Ann Coulter lamented that “we have more takers than makers and it’s over. There is no hope . . . .” None took responsibility for their own failed message. None admitted that they failed their own constituents. They could have, at least, admitted that they need a new message, instead of insisting that the old message would work if they only buckled down and blocked everything a little more. But they didn’t.
Donald Trump tweeted for a revolution. Glenn Beck is encouraging people to “get the hell out of the east… Get your kids out of the schools that are indoctrinating them… May I highly suggest you get grandfathered into the Second Amendment today and don’t forget the ammunition.” (See video.)
The Republican Party has proven itself to be devoid of a moral center and without hope for redemption. Despite the fact that Republicans held on to the House (for just how long, however, is questionable), this election was a mandate on Republican policies, Republican messaging, Republican sentiments and Republicans, period.
The only ones who can’t hear the death rattle are Republicans.