The Romney Revival Tour is under way.
After a winter’s shame-cation at their beachfront La Jolla, California, estate—replete with reports of crying jags and aimless days—Mitt and Ann are reaching back out to the American public with a Chris Wallace interview on Fox News Sunday, followed by a pilgrimage to the conservative enclave CPAC midmonth.
The question is whether anybody cares.
The transition for would-be first families after the election can be brutal. Expectations and adoration evaporate overnight.
This is especially true for the Romneys, who by all accounts genuinely believed they were going to win the White House until the final results came in. In a sign of just how insular the hyperpartisan echo chamber has become, they trusted their own pollster more than all the other, independent polls—setting themselves up for a rude awakening. Read More…
Quick – name your favorite line from an inaugural address.
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
What do they have in common? All of them are from first inaugural addresses.
Ever since Abe Lincoln delivered his second inaugural masterpiece—“With malice toward none; with charity for all”–just one month before he was cut down by the coward John Wilkes Booth, second inaugurals have been well-written after-thoughts in the eyes of history, lacking memorable lines or defining pronouncements. Perhaps there’s a second-inaugural curse, or perhaps it’s simply that after four years in office it’s more difficult for a returning president, hemmed in by his time and actions in office, to simply lay out a compelling narrative for his political vision. Read More…
Republicans need to “stop being the Stupid Party.” That was a blunt postelection declaration of independence by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism,” continued Jindal. “We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people, and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”
After being demographically left in the dust by President Obama, conservatives are regrouping, reassessing, and recognizing the need to evolve on social issues if they are going to connect with the millennial generation. Read More…
Mitt Romney made his final newsworthy post-election pronouncement, explaining to a conference call of big-dollar donors that he had fallen short because President Barack Obama had bribed liberal special interests with expensive gifts.
Here’s what he said, according to The New York Times:
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift…Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008 … You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity, I mean, this is huge … Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.” Read More…
Sifting through the wreckage of the 2012 election, conservatives are realizing the price of staying inside their cocoon. The unskewed polls, the partisan cheerleading and complaints about the MSM’s liberal bias, the rigid think-tank reinforcement—it all led the right into a state of denial about the election, and a disconnect from modern American culture.
Perhaps the most powerful driver of this galloping group-think? Money.
The rise of partisan media has created financial incentives for columnists, pundits, and pollsters to try and please ideological employers with pronouncements that resonate with the faithful. After all, nothing gets clicks like confirmation bias. Read More…