Monday, December 31, 2012

TPM: The GOP's Five Greatest 2012 Disappointments

Mitt Romney was "shell shocked" by his loss in November. Perhaps he should have taken heed of Sen. Lindsey Graham's remarkably candid words around the time of the Republican National Convention: “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” Indeed, if the GOP continues to fail to appeal to an increasingly diverse and progressive America, it will be in for more shell shocks. Talking Points Memo notes that 2012 has been "a bad year for the Republican Party" and outlines the party's five greatest disappointments:

1. Payroll Tax Cut Defeat–...Obama demanded a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut; House GOP leaders made a public showing of their resistance, insisting on offsets but resisting ideological compromise until the bitter end. Obama stood firm, as did House Republicans — until Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly called on them to give up the game...

2. Nominating A Presidential Candidate They Disliked-...After a series of embarrassing moments from the other candidates involving moon colonies, anti-porn crusades and the like, Republicans finally decided they had nowhere to go but Romney, crowing him their nominee on May 30. Conservatives never really warmed up to the former Massachusetts governor, and many lamented the selection. But, they consoled themselves, at least he had what it took to throw Barack Obama out of office.

3. Obamacare Upheld–On June 28, the Supreme Court broke Republicans’ hearts when it refused to strike down Obama’s signature legislative achievement. ...Even more depressing: the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling came from one-time conservative hero, Chief Justice John Roberts, whose vote the right had mostly taken for granted...

4. Obama Reelected–On Nov. 6, Barack Obama was re-elected in a swift and brutal victory, sending shock waves through conservatives who were convinced they had the election in the bag. Mitt Romney was among those convinced he’d win, his campaign aides said, until well into election night...

5. Taxes Are Going Up–...The path toward acceptance has been ugly and painful, and the dilemma on their defining issue unenviable. If Republicans strike a deficit-reduction deal with Obama, they’ll devastate and demoralize their base. If they scuttle a deal, they’ll face the wrath of a public that intends to blame them for driving the country off the proverbial fiscal cliff...

1 comment:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

I think that if you asked a republican, number 6 would be failing to gain control of the senate.