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In November, Republicans were humiliated at the polls, despite circumstances and funding that should have favored them.

That signals a historic transition.  It clearly shows a changing nation--a smarter nation--beginning to turn away forever from privileged, patriarchal, entitled white male conservatives and their failed, increasingly stale and dated ideologies. The Romneys of this world have simply become... uncool.  And more and more people are realizing that.

Setting aside all factual and policy issues at hand, people are just turned off by the irrepressible nuances of condescension, the silent rays of smugness and divine right, that leak out of people like Romney despite their every effort to ingratiate themselves.

The November 2012 election foreshadows the end of the Republican Party, the Tea Party, and the final demise of the ghostly undead spirit of the Confederacy that still haunts the South. It will be another generation before that process plays out entirely, but we passed the tipping point on November 6.

There may never be another white male President. That might be a good thing.

As America continues its slow transition to a more modern, European style, socialized democracy, we can look ahead with optimism now to an enduring dynasty of agile, intelligent progressive leadership holding executive power, outmaneuvering a less-intelligent, dying right wing that has clearly become its own worst enemy, and that is now in its twilight, being left behind by history.

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  •  people on this site, (10+ / 0-)

    led by a number of the FPers, claimed in the months following November 2008 that the Republicans were over.

    Didn't happen.

    Just sayin'.

    •  Yeah... (3+ / 0-)

      ...the ball was dropped two years later.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:42:30 PM PST

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    •  Well like I said... (3+ / 0-)
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      lyvwyr101, cotterperson, Linda1961

      ...it's a generational process that will probably take a whole generation to complete.  There are often rallies and false revivals in any long-term decline.  But the Republicans are clearly farther down that slope now than in 2008.  The simple truth is that more citizens benefit personally from a progressive liberal leadership, and that (especially with modern media) more and more citizens are realizing that fact. Inevitably the numbers will favor Democrats more and more as time passes.  My point is that 2012 probably marks the tipping point where the American majority clearly showed that it's embraced the path toward liberal, European, socialized democracy, and  turned away from the remaining advocates of 19th-century style, laissez-faire, winner-take-all cowboy capitalism (aka, "organized crime").

      •  Let's see how we do in 2014 & 2016 (1+ / 0-)
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        qofdisks

        before we make any long term predictions. The demise of the GOP has been overstated. They have two key attributes money and patience. This is a party who went 40 years as a minority in the House and slowly built a new majority. Don't count them out.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 04:54:14 PM PST

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  •  They can & will create a lot of mayhem before (5+ / 0-)

    They become extinct.

  •  Republics Are Amenable to Permanent Ruling (3+ / 0-)
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    pdknz, lyvwyr101, VClib

    minorities. Ours looks like a good candidate for such co-opting.

    Even if the Republican Party fades, conservatism is very healthy here.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:50:05 PM PST

  •  Don't bet on that (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    Political victories are rarely more than temporary. Do you remember Watergate? In the wake of Nixon's resignation it looked like the Republicans were in a death-spiral, but they came roaring back in 1980 under Reagan to set back the cause of progressive politics for a generation.

    Likewise, Barack Obama's crushing victory of 2008 was followed by the rise of the Tea Party just two years later.

    I'll grant you that with President Obama reelected, some voices on the right are sounding discouraged. But Wall Street is still there. Speculative capital still controls the media. The corporate lobbyists haven' t gone anywhere.  The Koch brothers and the rest of the Republican money machine are still in business.  Come 2014, they will have a new legion of candidates and a vast array of media outlets to trumpet their message.

    After all, the real struggle is not between Democrats and Republicans, or progressives and conservatives; it is between a small but extremely wealthy elite and working Americans. The elite is well organized and conscious of its interests, while the working people are atomized and easily distracted by the bogeyman du jour (guns! terrorists! illegal aliens!).

    Make no mistake; this is a long, hard struggle, and one likely to stretch decades into the future.

  •  Republicans control too many statehouses. (2+ / 0-)
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    helfenburg, qofdisks

    Do you know that there is a congressional district in northern Illinois that stretches all the way west to east across the state?  And 3 in Ohio that cover the entirety of the Cleveland, Columbus and Akron.

    The result? The Dem districts are crammed into the cities leaving the rest of the state districts safely Republican.

    The cause?  Gerrymandered redistricting at the state level and extremely safe Republican House seats.

    Then, there are the blatant efforts to disenfranchise those heavily democratic inner city voters in order to manipulate the senate and presidency.

    The battle needs to move to the states where we can keep the pressure on.  Otherwise, they will continue to hold on to the House.  And unless we get a liberal majority on the Supreme Court to rule on the voter suppression laws they will eventually have the senate and presidency too.

    They may be bleeding, and it may prove their demise.  But they are still lethal......

  •  Fantasyland (3+ / 0-)
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    helfenburg, qofdisks, barleystraw

    The country could live with one party because both parties now are virtually the same. Very little would change.

    The Democratic Party that is currently ruled by Wall Street money and has a leader who seems not be troubled by indefinite detention and the so-called "kill list."  The current leadership of the Dems have barely any differences with the GOP leadership.

    Not voting for a party because it is not "cool" is just about the silliest reason I've ever heard -- though I don't doubt that is the reason many people didn't vote for the GOP!

  •  We wish..... (0+ / 0-)

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 03:43:32 AM PST

  •  I won't bet the farm on it (0+ / 0-)

    Just like a fungus infection they keep on coming back.

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