Last night, those of you who tracked our live tweetcast on #DDPElection saw my optimistic side. My call might have been reasonable given polling trends, campaign momentum, or exit polls, but I left out one major consideration. Whether due to oversight or ignorance, I didn’t realize that the Republican Party had completely and utterly lost its fucking way.
To put it simply, we got whupped last night, in almost every possible way, and the results need to be a wake-up call to the national party.
National trends indicate that Obama’s voting coalition – blocs of primarily African-American, Hispanic, Jewish, female, and young voters, among others – delivered huge margins for him, more than making up for his deficits among white voters, seniors and men. Romney seems to have made significant strides in many of Obama’s niches – namely Jews and young voters – but nationally, it can be argued that the demographic that doomed him the most were blue-collar white men. These voters had huge impact in the Rust Belt and other competitive Midwest states – Obama’s so-called “firewall” and the source of much of Romney’s recent momentum. (P.S. I don’t think this momentum ever existed. I feel pretty duped right now, especially after seeing the numbers expanding in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, etc.) It’s clear that these voters did not view the economy as gloomily as we thought the media thought they thought it was, and perhaps that was enough to give Obama the gap he needed for the win. (Giggity.)
However, the economy is far from the Republican Party’s biggest issue. [Read more…]