Rachel Explains The Election
[ UPDATE 11/12/12: Rachel Maddow's post-election monologue has been so popular that someone made a poster from it that you can download in four different formats HERE ]
The Post this morning had a page A-13 headline: "GOP to review tactics and message to gauge what went wrong." This seems so backwards. What if there was a political party that believed in something, and then figured out how to win votes?
This week's election marked the collapse of an angry political movement. Conservatives need more than tactics and "a message," they need to think about their long-term vision for this evolving country, which is changing under them too fast for them to keep up. Rachel Maddow's summary of the election is a masterpiece. I don't usually link to TV shows on this blog, but every Republican should sit back and watch this.
It is worth it to watch the entire sixteen minutes and hear all she has to say, but if you don't want to take the time, at least read what she had to say toward the end:
[ After showing Karl Rove stunned and denying that Ohio had gone to Obama ] Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately president of the United States, again. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math. And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And evolution is a thing. And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us. And nobody is taking away anyone`s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And U.N. election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as communism.I am optimistic that this GOP meltdown will be a good thing in the long run. There can be more than one solution to a problem, and we need grown-ups in Washington to suggest ideas and debate them and move us forward.
Listen, last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for very obvious reasons, but it was also, possibly, a good night for this country as a whole, because in this country, we have a two-party system in government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides, both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate between those possible solutions.