Things we empirically know, for sure and with absolute certainty beyond a shadow of a doubt.
1. Numbers are absolute and not so easily refuted. Opinions are always important but numbers have an absolute value to them which demand respect. When 41 state polls are released in the election’s final weekend and one candidate is only leading in 3 of those 41, we benefit from respecting the numbers more than partisan political pundits. Now that we have witnessed such clear disdain for the school of Nate Silver and blind allegiance to the school of Dick Morris and can speak to who came out on top of that battle, should we not also reevaluate the value of the numbers on climate change and other matters of science? The case of “Silver v. Morris” is a clear and measurable example of the conservative dismissal of empirical evidence in favor of, for lack of a better term, “something else that makes me feel better”.
2. If I ever go down in an airplane in the Andes and am facing below-zero temperatures, blizzards and avalanches, no food, no hope of rescue and the Abominable Snowman, I want STINGER on my plane! I just read through the RCP Electoral Map Thread and I have never experienced such unwavering confidence in light of such an obvious losing cause. You are a stalwart of leadership when facing a 50 point deficit in the 4th quarter! Even HR threw in the towel on Romney last week. The only one who was even remotely as confident as you was TRAP, who we all know well enough…no comment needed. How do you avoid the reality of truth so well? I need you on my plane when it goes down. Blind allegiance to punditry is a cornerstone if not a foundation of the political problems in this country. It’s not as much the leaders which creates our problems but the citizens who refuse to look at measurable reality and then hold leaders accountable for that which we can measure.
3. When unfortunate incidents such as Fast and Furious and Benghazi occur, we should investigate them. After we investigate them and have been unable to indict anyone of neither negligence nor criminal activity, we should grieve our losses and move forward. If only one of the many media outlets continues to litigate the case, we should eventually get around to questioning the media outlet not those who are not guilty of any crime.
4. Laws which are written and passed by the Legislative branches, signed off by the Executive branch and validated by the Supreme Court are American laws. When pursuant elections don’t change these outcomes, these American laws are reinforced and solidified. Individuals can disagree with their preference for these laws but to call them anti-American is simply wrong. The Affordable Healthcare Act has stood up to and surpassed every single possible test in American politics.
5. Obama is not the worst President of all time as most of you have wanted to believe. Apparently, he also always had a chance at reelection. The “whistling past the graveyard” and “rearranging the chairs on the deck of the titanic” was all bluster. For Obama to be reelected after the unprecedented money spent against him and the negative imaging slung against him, is nothing short of astounding. The time has come for the conservatives to acknowledge the changing demographics of this country or they will become quickly irrelevant. The Tea Party movement funded directly by corporate interests and fueled by latent racist innuendo, has hurt the Republican Party and subsequently hurt the United States. Obama’s reelection grades Obama as no worse than a good President at this juncture and is a direct indictment of the Tea Party as a failing entity in American politics. Lindsey Graham: “If I hear anybody say it was because Romney wasn’t conservative enough I’m going to go nuts. We’re not losing 95 percent of African-Americans and two-thirds of Hispanics and voters under 30 because we’re not being hard-ass enough.”
The white, heterosexual male clinging desperately to his privileges is philosophically a sad sight but politically, it is and will continue to be a killer. We measured that outcome last night.
The above are essentially the underlying pinning of most of the discussions on this board that have occurred over the past several months and years of Obama’s administration. Never before has it been so possible to point to the correct side of these discussions as it is now in a post Obama reelection:
Yes, Obama is legitimate.
Yes, A.C.A. is law of the land.
Yes, quick Fox News cover stories such as Fast and Furious, Benghazi, et al. while unfortunate, do occur in a dangerous world. The Right’s perseveration with them speaks more to political partisanship than political integrity and prostitutes healthy investigative processes of our own government. .
Yes, the epic nature of Right’s refusal to recognize science over faith, academia over bluster, empirical evidence over ideology and reality over mythology could not have been illustrated better than in the Right’s absolute refusal to accept the polling data in lieu of desperate hope fed to them by the snake oil salesmen of conservative media. We can measure this now beyond the shadow do a doubt.
Yes, the electorate of this country is diverse and expanding. Just look at the crowd at Romney’s concession speech vs. Obama’s celebration speech. Those were two very different Americas. One is winning and one is losing. While the conservatives will be forced to expand their “tent”, it will only be because of the progressive force in this country that has always moved us forward and always moved us to a better place.