Republicans took a beating yesterday on many fronts.   No doubt many socially conservative Rs are currently blaming it on Romney in manner similar to this: “It’s our own fault for nominating that squishy RINO Romney.  I nearly died when he said he believed in abortion exceptions.  Barack Obama would be packing his bags right now if we’d just nominated a staunch social conservative like Rick Santorum!”

To these people, I present the following facts about yesterday’s election:


  • Three states voted to legalize same sex marriage (Maine, Maryland and Washington).   Minnesota voted down a same-sex marriage ban.


  • Two states (Washington and Colorado) voted to legalize marijuana.


  • Barack Obama overwhelming won the Hispanic vote.  This was certainly impacted by the anti-immigrant policies promoted by Republicans.


  • Women overwhelming voted for the President, many because of archaic Republican positions on abortion and contraception, and highly publicized statements by Republican candidates that clearly showed the old white men of the Republican party have absolutely no clue what they are talking about when it comes to women and their private parts.


  • Senate Candidate Todd Akin’s campaign crashed and burned after his comments about women not being unable to get pregnant from “legitimate rape”.  His state of Missouri went for Romney by 10 points, while he lost to Claire McCaskill by over 15 points.


  • Indiana’s Richard Mourdock faced a similar fate after he claimed rape-related pregnancies are what “God intended”.  He lost to his opponent – who also claims to be anti-abortion but supports reasonable exceptions – by 6 points.   (Indiana went to Romney by 10 points)


  • Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay person elected to the US Senate and the first women elected to the Senate from Wisconsin


  • Josh Mandel adopted such strong anti-abortion and anti-gay positions that his own family wrote a letter publicly shaming him.  Mandel called Mourdock a “class act” the after his controversial comments, which he refused to denounce.  Josh lost by 5 points to Sherrod “the most liberal member of congress” Brown.


  • PRWatch reports at least 19 women have been elected to the U.S. Senate “the most ever in U.S. history” thanks, in no small part, to the Republican “war on women”.


Listen Republicans: I know you all REALLY believe that America is a Right-leaning country and the reason Americans aren’t voting for you has to do with the way you delivered your message instead of the message itself.   But this election AGAIN proved you are wrong.

You can’t support anti-immigrant policies, building huge border fences and making English the nation language and asking anyone who doesn’t look like you for papers, and expect Hispanic voters – who increasingly make up a larger and larger portion of the electorate – to respond positively to your message of freedom and liberty.

You can’t tell same-sex couples they don’t deserve the same rights as other couples and expect to win them over – or the growing number of “straight” Americans who support them – with promises of lower taxes.

And you can’t try to insert yourselves between women and their doctors, and insist they don’t deserve the same pay as men, then expect women – who make up over half of the electorate – to sign on to your plan to shrink the size of government.

Listen guys :  I know you THINK you had a bad year because you nominated a candidate who wasn’t socially conservative enough.   But that’s not the problem.  Not. Even. Close.


  • Alex

    This reminds me of the “WTF, GOP?” cover of Mother Jones. 🙂 You can type “CTRL-+” to zoom in:

    — Alex

  • John W.

    It’s true that Republicans shot themselves in the foot.

    I disagree with Joseph that their backward social policies caused their losses, though. Their insistence on making life easier for executives is what hurt them the most. They have alienated the middle class with their anti-worker policies in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

  • I wasn’t necessarily saying they lost because of their backward social policies. At least that wasn’t the only reason.
    Instead, I was saying that some Republicans will continue to believe they could have won had they only nominated a more extreme, socially conservative candidate.
    These people continue to misinterpret – or simply ignore – the changing demographics and views of the country and these people will continue to pull the Republican party down.
    You can still win some properly-designed house districts with extreme views like this – but bigger races require smaller amounts of crazy talk.

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • westparkguy

    I heard it yesterday on Right Wing Radio. They think it’s just a “messaging” issue. The Dems do it better and that’s why we lost was the main topic of conversation.

  • missskeptic

    Before the election, I really thought that the most of the GOP didn’t really believe the crap they were spewing, it was just expedient for them to do so. But after watching their reactions, I gotta say these folks were truly shocked that the majority of America didn’t support their wacky ideas. That’s because they believe America is still 87% white, as in 1950, instead of only 57% white, as in reality in 2012. They got a come-to-Jesus moment, that’s for sure, let’s see what they do with this newfound information now.

  • I am Progressive except for one thing. I am Prolife. Over 50 million babies have been killed so far in America so far. Even that lady who brought Roe vs Wade in the beginning is now Prolife. Give me a candidate who I am SURE will do something to stop abortion and I will give that person my vote, even if I disagree with every other platform he stands for. The GOP failed in this and that is why Catholics like me went for social and economic justice rather than the GOP.

  • Cowtown Girl

    Lynda – That is a lovely sentiment. Problem is that so many people who claim they want to stop abortion want to do so by making it illegal. Making it illegal will not stop it. It will just drive it underground. What WILL stop it is comprehensive, fact-baseed medical sex education and access to free or affordable family planning including all forms of contraception and Plan-B medications. Unfortunately, most of the people who want to stop abortion also are opposed to these initiatives and want to make contraception illegal, reduce or eliminate access to Plan-B and preach abstinsence-only education.

  • I hear the muttering from here:

    “center right … center right … center right … center right … center right … center right …”

  • TJsClone

    Let the teabag-kooks continue their path of group self-delusion.

  • John W.

    I see what you are saying, Joseph. I agree. I think that you will see the Republicans move to the middle, though. They’re going to reject the Tea Party and adopt views that are closer to the mainstream of America.

    But even if they change their opinions to pander to different demographic groups, they’ll still lose based on their kowtowing to the rich.

    They pushed the middle class farther away from them in favor of agendas that support the super-rich. Nobody likes those policies. Not blacks, not Hispanics, not whites, not Asians, not anybody!

  • John W.

    Yes, it’s a messaging issue. Their message resonates with the heirs of Fortune 500 companies, but not to the rest of Americans!

  • Madrigal Maniac

    Let’s see if R’s figure out that there is actually someone sitting in Eastwood’s empty chair. They’re called Americans.

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