What Happened?

"What happened?" That's the big question Republicans have been asking each other all day. Of course, the spin machine is working over time trying to produce believable excuses for the stunning defeat in both the presidential election and also the gain in an already democrat-controlled Senate. Dick Morris, who worked for the Clinton administration before his conversion to the G.O.P. a few years ago, had predicted a 'landslide' in favor of Romney -- even when other conservative zealots were being very cautious.

There is definitely one thing I can agree with them about: the G.O.P. needs to find ways to reinvent itself and appeal to non-white voters, such as Hispanics and African Americans. If they can do that, they have a chance of selling their smaller government, more fiscally responsible form of government. Personally, I don't mind all that much if they fail -- but that's my inner Democrat crying out!

I supported President Barack Obama and was filled with hope and enthusiasm when he won in 2008. I still want to feel that way, but need to see some cooperation with those who have ideological differences. Because I am afraid I won't see it, I voted for Mitt Romney. I am not a Republican and do not agree with many of Romney's viewpoints. I have a hard time believing he actually cares for the less fortunate in the way he would like us to believe. The 47% comment he made when pandering to his constituents in hope of contributions really irked me. But I figure he has experience with working "across the aisle" and was hoping he would work some of that magic again and get things moving in stalled Washington again. Now we'll never know if that would have happened. But it's not just President Obama or Senator Reid (who I really dislike), it's also the House and the Republican spin machine which has, at every turn, tried to undermine his presidency and cause him to fail. That has always angered me, because as he fails, so the nation fails. Shame on people like Rush Limbaugh who devote their careers to the downfall of the president and the Democratic party.

So, while the Republicans try to figure out what happened, we should work on what will happen and find ways to compromise -- so we can reduce the deficit, establish a budget and avoid the financial cliff we are racing toward.

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