There's a saying about losing: Winning is a habit; so is losing. After the 2012 presidential election, one political party continues their downward spiral into the abyss.
For five out of the past six election cycles, the GOP has been on the losing team. One of the things we're taught as we grow into adulthood is that losing humbles you to acknowledge the superiority of your opponent, but if you're a member of the GOP, you revert back to the actions of a ten-year-old by saying the winner cheated and you should've been declared the winner despite the end result. These actions have encumbered the mindset of top Republican representatives within their party's ranks. It has been a sight for sore eyes for some, but for others it has been pure comedy.
On a call to his donors and faithful supporters last week, Mitt Romney insinuated he lost because the president gave "extraordinary gifts" to minorities and women. His dubious campaign partner, Paul Ryan, also engaged in the absurd notion that the reason why the GOP lost was due to the "urban" vote. It is still unknown what gifts Romney was referring to. Those comments made his gracious concession speech seem quite fraudulent. By playing the blame game and using code language, it shows the American populace made the right decision on November 6th to reelect President Obama. The voters delivered another smack in the face by choosing to retain the Democratic majority in the Senate and adding 19 Democratic seats in the House of Representatives.
A sane political party would retreat and go back to the drawing board to see why they're getting annihilated on a continual basis, but not the good old GOP. The top officials in the Republican Party continue to do their damndest in discrediting this president and his overwhelming victory from two weeks ago. It seems a handful of Republicans are finally getting the memo such Governor Chris Christie, Governor Bobby Jindal and to a certain extent Speaker John Boehner, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell along with many others still subscribe to the lunacy entrenched in the Tea Party movement, which may end in a civil war between the two coalitions.
Some pundits have offered the analysis that President Obama's sweeping triumph will result in the demise of the Tea Party. This assessment is severely misguided and unrealistic. This faction of the GOP is resolute and they're not going down without a fight to the bitter end. Their latest attempt of concocting a scheme to take down the president is trying to vilipend and denigrate UN Ambassador Susan Rice and her role in releasing immediate details pertaining to the terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. From Karl Rove's incessant denial of President Obama winning Ohio to Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham launching a classless witch-hunt on a highly qualified Cabinet member, this depicts an unbecoming picture of the GOP.
They've referred to Ambassador Rice and President Obama as being lazy, unintelligent and un-American for the prestigious positions they hold. Their continuation of code language signifies that this is more than a troubling trend. In fact, it has been their insalubrious strategy for the past 50 years dating back to the trouncing they received in the 1964 presidential election. The usage of code language during the Republican primaries and the 2012 presidential election brought to light that the GOP has a grand problem with minorities and women in America. The terminology used by former Senator John Sununu, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Newt Gingrich and Governor Romney reveals the quandary the GOP finds itself in today's political and social climate.
Watching the Republican National Convention in August, many things stood out like a sore thumb. The heart of the GOP is dominated by the baby boomer generation. The lack of diversity in the audience was astounding. A good number of those citizens held their respective noses when casting their vote for Mitt Romney because their fervent desire of not wanting to be led by a Black president remains. The disparaging incidents since President Obama's reelection lends credence to the narrative that reigned supreme during this election cycle.
Mitt Romney won the majority of the White male vote, but demonstrably lost in every other conceivable category with Blacks, Latinos, Asians and women. President Obama's diverse voting base exposes the harsh truth that Republicans refuse to acknowledge: the demographics of the nation are rapidly changing. The president has a clear mandate in his second term. It is time for the GOP to pop their collective bubbles and rejoin us in reality. Our nation has a substantial amount of issues to fix in the coming years and we're going to need authentic bi-partisan leadership.
A message to the GOP: Stop the unnecessary division, intolerable disrespect and bitter displays.
Then, maybe your party will stop getting outperformed.
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