David Rivera is gone. Allen West may be on his way out. Elizabeth Warren is on her way in up there in Massachusetts. Marriage equality amendments were passed in Maryland and Maine. Wisconsin sent a lesbian to the U.S. Senate. And on and on.
If 2010 was a mandate for the Tea Party, then last night was our veto of their ideas. America is changing and moving forward, but the Republican Party and its radical offshoots want to remain mired in "the good old days," where contraception is bad, race is pure, the rich are the "job creators" that we defend, and everyone knows their place...and acts accordingly. They have truly become the minority party in every sense of the word.
Last night, America left them behind and declared there is no room in the USA for the bigotry, anti-intellectualism, divisiveness and fear that they continue to bring to the table.
They've already started pointing fingers. For example, NJ Governor Chris Christie is being singled out because of his praise of Obama following the hurricane. Because, you know, it's always that you praise a Democrat versus demonizing 50% of Americans that helps you lose an election, right? It's important to note that many of these same people were loving Christie when he was harshly criticizing Obama not too long ago. There will be other excuses that these 20%'ers use, including the upcoming blame directed at Mitt Romney himself, but they will never, ever grasp or understand how their own behavior contributed to their party's demise this election cycle.
Their lack of principles in selecting their candidate while feigning a commitment to their own outdated ideology is apparent to everyone but themselves. And as long as it continues, they'll continue to lose elections.
This morning at South Florida's Babalu Blog, the local repository for the above, there was no discussion of what this loss means or what needs to change. Quite the contrary. There was a lot of anger and there was this...
I suppose they can put that bumper sticker over the Romney/Ryan one.
They are indeed the most hapless, helpless and obtuse of ideologues out there.
And, with that...