Compassion trumped politics and realism prevailed.
It has been quite
entertaining watching the post election results analysis, particularly among
Republican strategists, pundits and commentators. “The pollsters lied to us.” “The
Romney campaign operatives lied to us.” “The party leadership lied to us.” The
Republicans, including the likes of Newt Gingrich, Joe Scarborough and other
prominent conservatives, are looking for someone to blame for their election
day embarrassment. Obviously, none of them have a mirror in their home. If they
did, they wouldn’t have to look very far. Their false reality has been exposed.
The Anti-realism that they created to take back power was a cloud that
dissipated when true reality blew through it. Nobody lied to the Republicans.
They lied to themselves. Now they’re lying about how they can’t figure out how
and why they lost.
Figures. Well, here’s how the Republicans lost…
They couldn’t sustain
the extreme rhetoric that was coming out of the party…some of which was beyond
real. Unbelievable beyond reason. Yet, the Republicans
lied to themselves and said this was good for the people and were convinced the
American people were believing their nonsense. They weren’t. Mitt Romney seemed
neither rational nor reasonable, and flipped so many times, he didn’t seem
credible. Romney and Ryan couldn’t “Etch-A-Sketch” away their policy records
and their ideological pasts. Romney as a moderate, playing
conservative, and Ryan as an arch-conservative, trying to play reasonably
Why did the Republicans
they were trying to “gangster” the election with the Super-PACs, and the Voter
Suppression policies and the racial and class-based scape-goating. Having twenty-six to thirty people drop hundreds
of millions of dollars into political action committees to buy elections is not
democracy. It’s plutocracy (rule by the wealthy). The Plutocrats (which we
call the 1%) owned the media, owned the pollsters and owned the strategists for
the anti-real message Romney advanced. The Republicans tried to act
surprised that the polling didn’t hold up. Well, the polling was skewed from
the outset. When you disproportionately poll in the South and only among
“likely voters,” of course Romney is gonna’ be ahead.
The flawing was in ignoring 35 million young voters (unlikely voters) who
follow Obama as a “pop culture” figure (and not a politician) and ignoring 50
Latinos you frame as illegitimate voters. Asians were invisible in the polling.
That’s why the Republicans lost. They couldn’t bring themselves to see the new
realities in America’s
culture shifts. They pretended that these segments didn’t exist and got blown
One of my favorite
scenes, in one of my favorite movies, Hoodlum, is when Vanessa Williams’
character (Francine Hughes) is about to leave Laurence Fishburne’s
character (Bumpy Johnson) after she discovers the extreme realities of his
gangster lifestyle. Francine screams, “You lied me,” to which Bumpy retorts,
“You lied to yourself Francine. When you left that stiff in
the bathroom.” His point was, she knew who he was when she lay with him.
She contrived her own reality to cover the conflict she had with his true
reality. That’s what the Republicans were doing. They had convinced themselves
that their political gangsterism was an acceptable
form of politics, just because it has worked for them on some levels (largely
during the anti-intellectualism period of George W. Bush). The Republicans have
constructed a political reality that some of them believe with all their
hearts. No taxation. Small government. Individual accomplishment. Personal
responsibility. Family values. No (racial, gender, sexual) “favoritism.”
They even created lexicon to justify their reality of maintaining the social,
political and racial status quo. Terms like “colorblind,” “Trickle down,” “Weapons
of Mass Destruction,” “Job Creaters,” “Amnesty,” “Obamacare”
(which was meant to be a bad thing) and “Constitutionalists.” The Republicans
just make up sh#t to rationalize their anti-realist
Well, they went overboard
this election with extremist lexicon like “birthers,”
“Self-Deportation,” “legitimate rape,” “rape being God’s will,” “the 47% being
‘freeloaders’.” Oh, they got besides themselves this time. They offended every
identity group they could offend, except white males - and even offended some
of them when they tried to convince them that the same corporate raider that
closed their auto plant was the same one that would bring their jobs back from
Really!!?? Yeah, there was some crazy talk goin’ on. And you can only insult people’s intelligence for
so long. The nation separated crazy talk from reality. The post election
discourse refers to them as the party’s “loonies,” but “cra
cra” is what they are.
It is what the
Republican party has become known for, when Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are
the party’s opinion leaders and frame the media discourse for all to follow.
Crazy is as crazy does. Then they found some crazy millionaires and billionaires
to bankroll that crazy message and they convinced themselves that they could
inspire enough crazy people to get out to overturn the truth with false
political doctrine. Well, that was the old (20th Century) America.
They couldn’t bring themselves to see the new realities in America’s culture shifts.
It almost worked. Had
Hurricane Sandy not come along, it might have been a different story. That’s
how you know God is in this mix. President Obama demonstrated a rational,
pragmatic (and effective) response to disaster - to which the highest profile
Republican (not running for President) reciprocated and chose not to play
politics with people’s lives. Chris Christie couldn’t pull off the anti-realism
agenda when, as the people say, “Sh#t just got real”
for the people of New Jersey.
Christie couldn’t have given a damn about politics at that moment and it should
what politics should look like (cooperation) outside of the rhetorical,
anti-real construct. The American people observed this and they said, “this is
real.” True reality showing what was best for all people in a time of
desperation. Compassion trumped politics and realism prevailed.
The Republicans lost
because they lost sight of the truth and their sense of true reality.
Anti-Realism can’t keep
reality from being REAL for very long - though the Republicans have mastered it
going on 30 years. But…at some point in time, it has to be exposed. A lie
cannot live forever. That point in time was November 6th, 2012.
Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad,
is a national columnist, managing director of the Urban
The Race: Empowerment Through Wisdom. His Website is AnthonySamad.com. Twitter @dranthonysamad. Click here to contact Dr. Samad.