The Right Wing News surveys the right wing blogs concerning the presidential election:
1) If you had to pick one reason why Mitt Romney lost, which of the following would it be?
D) He wasn’t aggressive enough in attacking Obama and/or his campaign
was too passive in defending against attacks. 48.5% (32 votes)
E) He didn’t inspire voters to turn out for him and/or his get-out-the-vote operation was poor 43.9% (29 votes)
B) He was too moderate overall. 7.6% (5 votes)
A) He was too conservative overall. 0.0% (0 votes)
C) His campaign was too socially conservative. 0.0% (0 votes)
2) Was Mitt Romney your first choice in the Republican primaries or was there another candidate you preferred?
B) There was another candidate that I preferred. 81.8% (54 votes)
A) He was my first choice. 18.2% (12 votes)
Even in the post-election analysis, the illusion remains strong within Republicans. This is why they are in the process of rapidly going the way of the Whig Party. Republicans still think that pandering to the Left will pull people to the Right rather than moving the party to the Left. And they still fail to understand that people who prefer big government in their native lands are always going to prefer big government in the lands they’ve invaded. This is as true of Californians moving to Texas and Massachusetts residents moving to New Hampshire as it is of Malaysians and Mexicans moving to the USA. Very few people are abstract or long-term thinkers. Most people want the wealth produced by a society with limited government distributed to them more generously by bigger government.
The fact that this happens to be a contradiction when viewed from a long term perspective is totally irrelevant. The locust doesn’t stop to think about the consequences of stripping the field bare, especially when all the other locusts are busily devouring everything in sight. He’ll worry about next year when it arrives. America always had its share of native locusts, but they were always outnumbered by the ants and they were not capable of rendering the fields barren. Now, their numbers have been significantly boosted by immigration, but the Republican Party cannot hope to retain its viability by reaching out to the new locusts and attempting to convincing them that they are ants.
Romney lost for two reasons. He was too moderate for his white traditional base and there are too many new big government voters in the electorate. Republicans might complain that libertarians and conservatives staying home cost them a number of elections in 2012, including the presidential one, but then, that’s exactly what increasing numbers of libertarians and conservatives have warned they would do ever since George W. Bush revealed himself to be a fake conservative.