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The Republican Strategy of Defeat

On November 6, the Republican Party and its leaders suffered a stunning defeat. This defeat clearly exposed the weaknesses and flawed ideology of the GOP.

In the sports arena the way a team and its leaders react to defeat tells far more about their character than a win. Winning is a validation of your values, losing generates the need for deep soul-searching. If you lose and yet refuse to examine the factors that resulted in your defeat then you risk becoming inconsequential. In this way, the sports arena and the political arena are similar.

On November 6, the Republican Party and its leaders suffered a stunning defeat. This defeat clearly exposed the weaknesses and flawed ideology of the GOP.  The established Republican mouthpieces on Fox News, particularly Karl Rove, can only offer delusional excuses as they remain shell-shocked by the extent of their election loss and the agony of watching one state after another go to President Obama and the Senate seats fall away.

It is pure fantasy for the Republicans to interpret their loss as a result of the storm, or NJ Governor Chris Christie, or the ridiculous claim made by Bill O’Reilly of Fox News that the Republicans lost the election because there are too many Black, Latino, and young voters who voted for “free stuff”. These paltry excuses completely ignore the slash and burn ideology that has radicalized the GOP.

The Republicans seem to believe they can throw money at an election and somehow that is supposed to translate into votes, they underestimated the voters. The Republicans tried time and time again to suppress voters, again they underestimated the voters. When state polls indicated their brand was losing they created an alternate reality and sponsored their own polls. These Republican Polls turned out to be nothing but denial or maybe outright lies.

But right up to the point where the GOP was routed by reality they believed their own lies. The reality is that the future is not in the hands of old, white, rural, voters but rather America's diversifying and increasingly liberal youth voters lay claim to the future and that fact alone will likely establish a lasting Democratic majority.

Even more problematic for Republicans is the fact that President Obama won 55% of the women’s vote. Women comprised 53% of the overall count meaning an advantage for Obama of more than 7 million in the women’s vote alone. The GOP needs to get out of peoples' lives and get out of their bedrooms. Republican Senate candidates, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock cemented the bond between women and the Democratic Party when Mourdock said it was God’s will when a child is conceived by rape and Akin declared that “legitimate” rape rarely causes pregnancy. Both statements elevate stupidity to a level that only Republicans can achieve these days and both of these men lost their bid for Senate seats.

Since the 2008 election, much as been made of the growing importance of Latino voters, apparently the GOP didn’t get the memo. Instead of coming up with a strategy to capture some of this voting block the Republicans decided to systematically alienate Latinos with talk of “self-deportation” and promises to veto the Dream Act. It appears that the Republican Southern Strategy vowing that, if elected, you will cancel a widely celebrated reprieve from deportation for some young immigrants and then calling them ”illegals” every chance you get is not an effective strategy.

The Republicans can’t sit back and hope no one who finds their ideas insulting turns out to vote because they did turn out to vote and represented 10% of the electorate of which 71% went to President Barack Obama. It is critical for the GOP that they run, not walk, from their fanatical “southern strategy” because there is no future in cultivating angry, white, male voters.

The white vote that is the GOP’s traditional electoral foundation dropped to 72% of the turnout, its lowest level ever, while women and Latino voters became the fastest growing segment of the American electorate, an electorate that tilts strongly toward the Democratic Party and will likely allow the Democratic Party to rule the next generation.

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James Manser November 12, 2012 at 03:05 AM
clearly this is another moron talking out of his pie-hole... America is screwed for another 4 years...
Laura November 12, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Keep thinking he's a moron and get back to Mr. Griffith's after the next presidential election to apologize.
OC Raiders November 12, 2012 at 03:45 AM
An American Conservative today is like a boisterous drunk at a party. No matter how much you tell him he is out of line and offending other people, he only gets worse. Why? Because from birth he has been taught that his kind is exceptional and anyone who struggles is inferior.
Hingle mckringleberry November 12, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Apologize for what voting for Santa Claus? Obama won the election with only 40% support from white voters who represent 75% of the population. You can write all you want about the reasons but it is simple. 55% of Americans think the country is going in the wrong direction. Obama needed to win the House to validate his support was broad based. He failed. Republicans have a 40 seat majority. That means 40 more districts oppose Obama than support him. http://www.brookings.edu/research/opinions/2012/05/01-race-elections-frey
OC Raiders November 12, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Hingle mckringleberry.........first off, I'm sorry your house was flooded by 3 feet of water by the climate change that the old testament God won't allow. Second of all, voting for Santa Claus is the Rush Limbaugh sour grapes of the week. Think for yourself.....if possible hingle mcringle.
D'isiah T Billings-Clyde November 12, 2012 at 04:49 AM
OC let me axe you a question. If obamie is so smart and his policies work, how come we still have poor, homeless and unemployed people? If they work how come more people on welfare and food stamps now then 4 years ago? When can I expect to sees when the borrowed spending fixes something?
OC Raiders November 12, 2012 at 05:25 AM
You can axe me a question. Moreover, I would be the first to admit that the character of the American people has taken a nosedive in the past 20 or so years. Did Barack Obama create welfare and entitlements for the American people? Or did it already exist and he kept people from being beggars in the street and crawling in your back window for whatever they could get? And is intelligent racism much better than ignorant racism?
oldsoldier November 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Mr. Griffiths - Obviously, your political and ideological positions have proven to win out. I must unfortunately agree with some of what you have wrote, but I do not agree with some of your underlying reasons. I believe the GOP has lost its way through a changing society. However, in my opinion, the American voter has shown a shift from working for their needs and goals to having government provide those needs and meet the goals for them. The President's reelection, along with numerous incumbents that may have taken their reelection for granted were rewarded by the voters' dependency and apathy to look for another way. But the Democrats have capitalized on those factors, using a variety of venues such as academia and the courts, along with false accusations (but that is for another discussion) to pursuade a couple of generations that they can not only get many things they want or need, but they don't even have to work for it. What's more, they can feel good about themselves, too. Big business has been made to be the bad guy, although government (including the reelected ones) has given them bailouts galore. But the Democrats have succeeded in still making themselves the good guys, even though they were complicit with the GOP. Again, just my opinion, and I join Gov. Romney in praying for our elected officials to do the right thing and pray for our country.
Chico Little November 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM
This is really silly, but the sort of thing you expect from extreme partisans. In 2010, Republicans won huge victories in every election down to local city races. I didn't see anyone run to panic about the position of the Democrats. These things are cyclical, which is why they call them election CYCLES. Walter Mondale lost all but one state to Ronald Reagan in 1984, and that by just a few thousand votes. Nixon also won all but one state when he ran for reelection. Nobody but fools started singing eulogies for the Democrats in those years and only fools will do so now for the GOP. And by the way, the Republicans held the house despite a billion dollar campaign by the Democrats. How strange that they say that doesn't matter now. People rarely spend billions on things that don't matter to them.
James Harrington November 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Didja miss the Bush Admin? President Obama has a lot of cleaning up to do! James what is the republicon plan for the debt ? Note praying is not an option
James Harrington November 13, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Romeny? lol Please do you think bring corp s into bk is a good moral thing to do? Do you think saying what he did about 47% of the ppl in this country is fair? PPl dont pay taxes because in corp america profits is more important Henry Ford was once asked why he paid his employees what he did His answer ? so they can afford to buy his cars Corp america is the Roman empire about to fall
George Clark November 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM
chico, so your saying nothing good gets done so we keep electing the other side and still nothing gets done? Oh, we might have a bigger problem the just the gop.
James Harrington November 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
How are Reublicons doing leading Ocean County? tax increases every yr due to the friends and family plan Local Boe are run by? right republicons who dole out the contracts yall hate How about the OCUA? 13 Commissioners each with FREE MEDICAL BENEFITS AND 5 K ? Funny I hear what a GREAT JOB Gov Chrisco is doing so why are my taxes not going down? Republicons lost because their polices dont work and neither does their religion
oldsoldier November 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I don't believe mine to be an extreme position. I believe the GOP and the Democrats both have manipulated the American People. Of course, that is the object of campaigns, right? My issue in this thread is that Mr. Griffith's accuses the GOP of all the sins of politics, while singing the virtues of the Democrats. In my opinion, BOTH parties are guilty of the same thing. The key exception is that the Democrats have succeeded in making the GOP, Business owners, and the "wealthy" the bad guys, and themselves the good guys. How many celebrities are "wealthy", but are Democrats? How many Democrats in government are millionaires? Do you really think they will make life better for you at their expense? I don't beleive they would any more than the GOP's in government. How does a third party make out in your average election? Not very well, right? My goodness, an incumbent sheriff that so many posted here that should not be reelected was just reelected. Yes elections can be cyclical, but never in our history have we been faced with a deficit of the magnitude we have, possible cover ups in a government sanctioned gun-running operation that resulted in the death of a law enforcement officer. Also, in Libya that resulted in the death of an ambassador, and others (still under investigation?) and now the Head of the CIA resigning? Nixon had a burglary he was going to be impeached for, but no one seems to care about these others, the voters got their Healthcare. Again congrats to the Dems.
Bob Griffiths November 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I don’t think the problem is that the conservative Republicans miscalculated; rather I think the real problem is that the too many conservatives have become dis-attached from the majority of Americans. Too many conservatives have created their own insulated alternate universe. Too many conservatives only watch Fox News, only listen to Rush Limbaugh, only friend likeminded conservatives on Facebook then pass the same Anti-President Obama conspiracy articles to and from each other, and on top of that they home-school their children and spoon feed them only conservative revisionist history and right-wing interpretations of the nation and the world. I think these neo-conservatives have created a do-it-yourself brainwashed cocoon and that is why they are so surprised that Romney received fewer votes than McCain.
Forker November 14, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Bob it would help if you had a remote clue about the data when promulgating. There were millions less overall voters. In 08 O had 69.5M to McCain 59.8M In 12 O had 62.6M to Romney 59.2 Obama lost 7 million votes and you make the claim Romney did worse! That is why data always proves Democrats comments wrong Yes, Romney was short of Mccain by 600,000 which is a rounding error, Obama lost over 10% of his previous total More an indictment of Obama than of Romney don't you think Obama didn't win white voters or seniors. he won blacks and kids so who is it who is brainwashed? Are kids smarter than seniors? And for fun, we all know NY and CA are liberal breeding grounds. Take a look at the country without them Nationally O won by 3.4 M votes. O won CA by 2.3 M O won NY by 1.6 M California is bankrupt and is all Democrat proving Democrat policies don't work. Obama won. We still have 23 million unemployed, trillion dollar budget deficits and 16 trillion in debt. Celebrate that!
Sam Mays November 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Hey Chico, where do you live?
Jacob November 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM
@Forker By kids you do mean American adults with the legal right to vote, right? And sorry to break it to you, but most of these college educated "kids" are indeed "smarter" than seniors. The world is a different place than when a lot of seniors are their full wits about them. There are different problems and different issues. We aren't fighting the soviet union any longer and women can now show their legs in public. A lot of Seniors, not all, still have this 1950s mindset that just doesn't play out in the 21st century. A good deal of white seniors also almost always vote against their best interest. They complain about "socialism" yet reap the benefits of one the most socialist system we have in the US (medicare). If you want to talk about being brainwashed, take a look at the seniors who listen to AM radio. They get their news from on misinformed (and biased) source. Calling these "kids" brainwashed is laughable. You know why there is a correlation between voting against neo cons and education (as in, the more education you have the less likely you will vote for the contemporary republican party)...that is because once a person learns the skill of logical/rational thought and the ability to research topics, it becomes evident that the republicans offer close to nothing for middle america (except antiquated moral beliefs). I take solace in that fact that in 30 years most of these repubs will be the way of the dinosaur.
oldsoldier November 15, 2012 at 02:40 AM
How is home-schooling a tool of conservatives? There are many families of differing and diverse political and religious persuasions that home-school their children. I believe it's because they do not have the faith in the public school system to teach what they believe should be taught, and at a level they feel would benefit their children with success. I do not believe this is the first time you have also thrown Fox News and Rush Limbaugh out there to make your points. This is not about conservatives losing any figurative foothold in society. I for one, do not seek to accuse liberals or MSNBC or Chris Matthews (since you like throwing names and entities around) of anything. I blame the American Voter, but I don't want to keep beating this up. Regardless, I guess I'm on the wrong side of this big picture, as our President and numerous incumbents were reelected. But please, tell me where I am wrong, and why. Let's see where we are at next year, when we all start paying into "Obamacare". The voters have this $250K figure in their heads, and they don't realize that ALL of us will be paying into this. Check the internet for the calculators to tell you what you may pay (remember Speaker Pelosi - We had to pass THEN read it). Also, let's see if there will be any justice for the murdered Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry, or Ambassador Stevens. How about the senseless spending (16T and another 1T on the way)? Solyndra? And you want to talk about conservatives and cocoons?
Smiley Whiplash November 15, 2012 at 05:52 AM
The stock market over the last 20 years: Under 12 years of democratic leadership (Clinton +225%,Obama +50+%) compared to 8 years of Republican leadership (Bush -21.78%) Job creation over the past 62 years: Democrats 42.3 million, republicans 23.9 million Republican platform- constitutional amendments to take rights away (abortion, same sex marriage) All facts. Check them. No Fox News smoke and mirrors (since when does a "news" network feel the need to call themselves "fair and balanced"???). No B.S. chain emails riddled with lies. No factless opinions. When will the other 48% wake up??
oldsoldier November 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM
You are being fact checked: Perhaps you may want to define your measurement of stock market performance. For sake of argument, I will use the Dow Jones. It has averaged upwards for decades (yes there has been dips under several presidents including President Obama), but the general trend has been upward, regardless of party. As far as jobs created, how many were lost under the same period. How much government spending was wasted to "create" many of those jobs? I really do not want to make this a partisan issue. Please READ the sources of the data you cite FULLY and hopefully you will see that the same trends apply for either party since the 1990's. As far a the issue of abortion and same-sex marriage goes: Why are they so important to you? Remember, you brought it up in your post. Please give the down to earth truth if you care to answer.
Tony Orsini November 16, 2012 at 07:59 PM
So you think folks should get free medical care and not have to pay? If not, then what is your basis of opposing it? Do you oppose denial on the basis of underlying conditions? Do you think government should not step in when health insurance companies made rapacious profits in a down economy and denying the ill coverage? Are you aware hospitals cannot deny treatment to ANYONE, whether insured or not? Do you know what "cost shifting" is? There are 3 reasons why anyone understanding health insurance reform would oppose it: partisan politics, greed, and ignorance.
OC Raiders November 16, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Bob Griffiths is just telling many of you what the majority has already decided.....that older, conservative, mostly white males no longer dominate politics on the national level. And you had better refresh, turn off the Fox News and the Hannity and the Drudge and get outside and talk to people who won't parrot back the ideology that makes you feel good about being a Republican. The world changes. Adapt. Technology is a wonderful thing and it can give you a cable channel, a radio station and a website that tells you what you want to hear. But even technology cannot turn back the hands of time.
NBew Jersey Art November 16, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Try looking at Hudson, Essex, Passaic and Camden counties for real political corruption. How are the Democrats doing there? Just fine - business as usual - stealing the people's money to line their own pockets.
Jeff November 17, 2012 at 01:36 AM
The problem with your position is that you're not taking into account the massive shift in business to focus on short term results rather than building great companies with great people. The reason that more and more people are looking to the gvt to provide for their basic human needs is because companies no longer will, regardless of how hard you work. Corporations used to be loyal to employees and vice versa, so you could count on long careers with venerable companies. In exchange for that loyalty and your hard work, you were treated with respect, fairness and didn't have to worry about losing health care, pensions or your livelihood. Now, companies will slash well-performing employees if they have a bad earnings report. That's the reason that more and more voters want security from the government. I need to support the candidate who wants me to have health care and a safety net, because who else will help? When it takes a person with a master's education and 15 years industry experience 12 months to land a job that pays 1/3 less than they were making before, there needs to be something there to make sure that person has a fallback. To say that a person like that hasn't worked for it is ludicrous. These are the people who have worked for it, but now, through no fault of their own, are in a position where they can't feed their families. I don't want to count on the government, but the state of corporate America has given us no choice.
oldsoldier November 17, 2012 at 08:51 PM
To OC - Mr. Griffiths is certainly articulate and well read, as I have read his other posts. What I object to is cherry-picking bits of facts to buttress an opinion. To suggest that the GOP is the only party to throw money at an election is twisted to say the least. I agree with him that Sandy did not cause the Romney's loss. I agree that not only the GOP, but the Government in general needs to get out of people's live and bedrooms. Let people make their own decisions, and let them either reap the benefits or suffer their own consequences. The problem is you and many others (including Mr. Griffith) cannot seem to grasp the simple truth: Those in Government, both Dems and GOP, are still doing the same thing they had been doing for years. You want to make this an silly ideological battle of Liberals vs. Conservatives, yet you are simply making a tool of yourself. You wish to support his suggestion that the GOP embrace hspanics using illegal immigration as your point? What about those hispanics that are here legally? Why have immigration laws? Why have laws? Using these ludicrious positions, then Officer Brian Terry did not have to die. Perhaps that does not bother you, as long as you have yours. Technology is a wonderful thing. Ideology is only as good as the ideals that are its foundation. The President and others were relected. Let's pray they do the right thing by us all.


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