I’m still processing, so I’ll post others’ comments throughout the afternoon.
Mark Levin — “Tyranny won last night. … It happened, and it’s terrible.” Listen to the whole thing. I insist.
Ace — “Ten Reasons Why Romney Lost.” Read the whole thing. I insist. His conclusion: “He (Romney) walked into the same trap McCain did, and suffered the same result.”
Roger Simon — Obama got “a boost from a Republican governor more interested in his own survival than the country’s.” More: ” The enemies of democracy are laughing. There is only one thing left to do: roll up our sleeves. All the way.”
- “According to the exit polls, only four in ten voters thought the economy’s getting better, and they voted for Obama. What? Scratch your head. According to the exit polls, in addition to that, just 25% of voters thought they’re better off financially today than they were four years ago, and they still voted for Obama.”
- “A lot of it doesn’t make sense until you accept that we have allowed the understanding of what creates prosperity in this country to be blown up into smithereens.”
- “(The government and country’s fiscal and economic collapse) will continue and continue until it collapses. It could happen in 18 months; it could happen in three years. But if nothing changes the track we are on, we are facing a financial collapse. And as we’ve seen in Greece and Spain, the people that live there don’t care that their countries are collapsing. They just want their pensions, and they want their checks, and they want their union contracts to continue to be paid. They don’t care what’s happening to their government. They don’t care what’s happening to the country. They don’t care who’s paying for it. By God, it better not stop. The same thing will happen here.” … “The only way the average Obama voter is gonna care about that is if it’s gonna personally interrupt the flow of goodies, income, or whatever that he’s getting from government.”
There’s one option that still hasn’t been tried in a long time. It’s called conservatism with a capital C. It still hasn’t been tried. This was not a conservative campaign. It was a good campaign, I don’t want anybody misunderstanding me here ’cause I think Mitt Romney is one of the best people, human beings I’ve ever met. … But I’m telling you: We’re gonna have to go back and redefine how prosperity happens in this country. And conservatism and the Constitution are the best way to do this!
Glenn Beck — “We are going to double down.”
David Horowitz, in an email — “What lies ahead is not only an opportunity to change the course on which we are headed but a solemn obligation to our children and to ourselves. ”
Ron Fournier (formerly of AP), at the National Journal — “If the president begins his second term under any delusion that voters rubber-stamped his agenda on Tuesday night, he is doomed to fail.”
Michael Barone (“Two Americas “) at National Review — “The election may be over, but the two Americas are still not on speaking terms.”
Jonathan Last — “I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again: In terms of political ability, Mitt Romney is not only the worst major-party nominee since World War II (at least), but his weaknesses were particularly ill-suited to this particular race. This isn’t to say that Romney had no chance of winning. But I’d argue he had the worst chance of any of the major candidates in the 2012 field.”
Krauthammer — “I think the real story here is that Obama won but he’s got no mandate. He won by going very small, very negative. We are left as a country exactly where we started, but a little bit worse off.”
At the Hill — “In a warning to President Obama, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday night that the reelection of the House Republican majority means that there is ‘no mandate for raising tax rates’ on the American people.”
J. Christian Adams, at PJ Media — “When governments gain power, individuals lose freedom. Looking out toward the horizon tonight, I wonder how much more freedom Americans will be willing to surrender.”
Charles Hurt, at the Washington Times — the Achilles heel of a democracy … (is that) Politicians simply tax those who do not support them and give the money to those who do. Or give the money to those they would like to have support them. It is the end of the line. Game over.”
In a Wall Street Journal editorial — “this is best described as the voters doubling down on hope over experience … the definition of winning ugly.”
Investor’s Business Daily — “… the old “hope and change” of 2008 has devolved into ‘no change.’ The American people, by a slim majority, have chosen to go through four more years of a presidency that doesn’t seem to have a clue about bipartisanship. What’s worse this time is that America has lost four precious years to work out the tax and entitlement reforms it needs to ward off fiscal disaster. Another four years of gridlock brings national bankruptcy that much closer. Then there’s the dead weight of ObamaCare, which will soon hit the economy with full force.”
Adina Kutnicki (“THE DAY LIBERTY DIED…THE WEST TRULY HANGS IN THE BALANCE”) — “(Israeli Officials) fear that the second Obama term will usher in a nuclear-armed Shiite Iran which will quickly reach out to the Sunni Muslim Brothers, starting with Egypt, for a joint bid to terminate the life of the Jewish state.”
Mark Macina at American Thinker (“What Have They Really Won?”) — “So mourn Romney’s loss today, but tomorrow pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off, and carry on. Do what conservatives always do — work hard and thank God for our great nation, which will see better days. Let the other side thank government… as far as that goes. They will be the ones mourning soon enough.”
Hyatt Seligman at American Thinker — “Our newly re-elected, incompetent President is good at one thing: Chicago style politics. Kill your opponent by character assassination and promise freebies to your base. … the community organizing, empty-suit incumbent won by pandering to the Democratic base and defaming and distorting Romney into an evil caricature. His simple plan of dividing and conquering through fear, envy and class warfare trumped all else, barely. Appeals to race, gender and emotion triumphed over economic reason and self-interest and the good of the country.”
Erick Ericksen at RedState — “Like when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, we now know what happens when a candidate so weak anybody can beat him meets a candidate so weak he cannot beat anybody. Americans vote for the status quo. $6 billion later, Americans voted for the status quo. … The next two years are going to be some of the most fun and exciting years within the modern American conservative movement.” I’m not having fun yet, good buddy.