OK, Mitt lost.
Now, can we please quit playing games and work on stuff?
I sincere hope the Republican Party tells the Tea Party caucus to stuff it. That block of hard-rock ideologues and screamers has been a burr under the saddle of the nation for far too long. Its total refusal to compromise is driving everyone, even a lot of Republicans, batty.
Frankly, it cost the Republican Party the election. Its senate candidates all lost after their essential battiness leaked out, the GOP presidential candidate who had to make nice with them to get nominated could never return to his human mode fast enough or completely enough.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it now: Nominate Jon Huntsman, who has a few stands I dislike but an attitude I admire, you will have a real run at election. While you are at it, pick someone who has been moderately consistent in his/her political stands over the years. Give me fiscal plans based on reality, treat me like an adult, you could easily get my vote.
Sadly, none of that was present here. Romney got a lot of votes because a lot of people don’t like Obama simply because he’s Obama — whether its his skin or his politics or the ecomony or where he was born (God help us, that’s still an issue to some), and a better candidate could have tapped into the very real discontent with Obama on the left to carve out a win.
Romney couldn’t, and you see the results.
Meanwhile, would you guys in DC please pass a budget — something with reasonable budget cuts, reasonable tax hikes (and tell Grover Norquist to shove it sideways), reasonable policies that benefit or hurt as evenly as possible, and get on with things?
Because we really, as a nation, can’t afford another four years of making damn sure the other guys loses.