A great blue wave
Armstrong Williams | 11/8/2012, 4:12 p.m.
To put it mildly, many in the GOP were not pleased with the outcome of Tuesday night's elections. This represents a national repudiation of reality: We have tossed out the doctor because we don't like his prognosis. The spending addict does not want an intervention; he wants more spending, no matter what.
The Democrats banked on their 2008 coalition and won big--bigger than big. This wasn't just a narrow survival by a weak incumbent president; it was a nationwide wave, a sweep at every level, from the president down to ballot initiatives like redefining marriage and legalizing marijuana. You can't blame Hurricane Sandy for that. The unfortunate fact is that the Millennial Generation is the most secular generation in American history, the most socially liberal. They will be shifting every election to the left from now on.
The Obama campaign--Axelrod, Plouffe, Cutter--looks even smarter than it did four years ago, when they got a freshman senator elected president by seven points over an experienced war hero. This time, they got President Benghazi, President Obamacare, President Contraception Mandate re-elected after a historic midterm loss. And they did it all without actually revealing a second-term agenda or any evidence that their policies had done any good.
The Democrats have a mandate to govern, and Republicans are now in an uncomfortable position everywhere. The policies of the last four years have not only been affirmed but, with these ballot initiatives, shown to now be mainstream. Our nation's culture has shifted to the left, validating that self-fulfilling epithet of "Republican extremism." It is apparently extreme now to balance a budget, to stay out of people's lives and respect tradition. Obama almost ran the table with swing states: It was a landslide.
If Obama were not already hailed as the One by the left, he will be now. He has made history all over again. In the 20th century, Republicans had a lock on the presidency, the Democrats on the Congress. Now, that seems to have changed forever. There is simply no way to sell conservatism to people anymore: People have other values now. Obama has fulfilled left-wing dreams that go back decades, not only bringing universal health insurance to a once-limited government and outlawing Catholics from owning businesses but getting rewarded with four more years for doing so. I can only tremble to wonder what Valerie Jarrett meant when she said that Obama's second term will be about punishing their enemies, if this is what they have already done.
The Republican Party lost multiple unlosable elections (see Mourdock, Akin, Romney). They did not merely let winnable elections slip away, but actively gave them to Democrats--a situation much more heartbreaking than the narrow defeats of 2010. At best, the Republican Party has even more cautionary tales for its younger members, more examples of what not to do, but that is small consolation for two more years of Obama and Reid. In the same way, the only good that will come out of this for the country is suffering, which is the greatest teacher. The Democrats will continue to show us what does not work.