Conservative pundit Laura Ingraham filled in for Bill O'Reilly Thursday night and discussed what she called the pervasive despair spreading within the Republican party.
"Since Mitt Romney lost in an electoral landslide Tuesday night, I feel like I've become chief psychologist for conservatives," she said. "Voters who were young conservatives, thinkers who were young conservatives in the 1980s are now wondering whether all is lost."
She replayed a clip of a somber Ann Coulter lamenting the presidential outcome on Wednesday. "If Mitt Romney cannot win in this economy, then the tipping point has been reached. We have more takers than makers and it's over. There is no hope," Coulter said.
She later added, "Mitt Romney was the president we needed right now, and I think it is so sad that we are going to be deprived of his brain power, of his skills in turning companies around, turning the Olympics around, his idea and his kindness for being able to push very conservative ideas on a country that no longer is interested in conservative ideas. It is interested in handouts."
Ingraham told Coulter to "pep up" during their interview, and echoed the same sentiment on Thursday evening. "This frustration and dejection is understandable...and I, like many Republicans, am extremely disappointed." Ingraham said that Romney ran an "overly cautions and defensive campaign, which allowed the other side to define him."
She said she found it more discouraging that some Republicans were responding to Romney's Tuesday night loss by demanding the party become less conservative and more moderate. "Now that is depressing," she said.