Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The GOP? They've come a long way, baby.

A few months ago:

A few years ago:

(pic. sources: top | bot)


Jack said...

I honestly still cannot wrap my head around the enormity of what just happened.

The whole future direction of the country will be shaped in profound ways by the next 2 or 3 appointments to the Supreme Court. We were right on the knife's edge between the realization of the most draconian kind of libertarian nightmare -- had more Scalias and Alitos been appointed -- and a real hope for continued membership in the club of civilized, modern nations.

But that's just the start of it.

Obamacare lives. Medicaid won't be blockgranted to the states. Medicare won't be voucherized. For these three reasons alone, millions of lives will be saved, and millions more improved. This is just a staggering, incomprehensible fact.

There will be no reward for four years of lies amplified by billions of dollars and tens of thousands of paid foot soldiers, organized and directed by America's oligarchs to destroy Obama from the moment he was elected. There will be no reward for birtherism, for Muslim-hate, for the war on women, for Paul Ryan, or Donald Trump. There will be no reward for the billionaires who tried to buy the election. No reward for the thousands of activists intimidating voters at the polls. No reward for all the GOP vote suppression laws, or the millions spent on phone calls, fliers, and billboards telling certain voters that the election is on Wednesday. No reward for everything Fox News has done for four years. There will be no reward for hate, or homophobia, or racism.

Obama's defeat would have validated all of those things; all the lying, the cheating, the hate, the division, and the monstrously evil social and economic policies.

If Obama had been defeated, conservatives would say Obama was a one term fluke, elected only because the GOP had crashed and burned so badly during the Bush years. So badly that *anyone* could have beat them. Now they must wake up to the stunning reality: Obama was reelected on his own terms, by voters who chose between him and Romney on the basis of their actual policies. It ain't their America any more.

Jack said...

Love this:

Many of the lightning bolts were aimed at none other than Karl Rove, the former Bush administration political genius who oversaw the deployment of nearly $400 million in campaign spending through outside groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS toward the presidential race and toward numerous Senate and House races.

"The billionaire donors I hear are livid," one Republican operative told The Huffington Post. "There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don't know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing."

(h/t atrios)

Uncle Ebeneezer said...

"I don't know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing."

How bout "mistakes were made."