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Before you go to bed tonight wondering what the heck happened to your America, let’s review the message the American people sent tonight — and more importantly, review what has changed.

How things look in 2012:
President?  Barack Obama
U.S. Senate?  Democratic hands.
U.S. House?  Republican hands.
Virginia’s Senator?  A Democrat.
Sequestration?  Happening.
Budget?  A mess.
Spending?  Out of control.
America?  In trouble.

How things are gonna look in 2013:
President?  Barack Obama
U.S. Senate?  Democratic hands.
U.S. House?  Republican hands.
Virginia’s Senator?  A Democrat.
Sequestration?  Happening.
Budget?  A mess.
Spending?  Out of control.
America?  In trouble.

In Richmond, there was a gentleman who threw his hands in the air outside screaming “it’s all over!  America is done!” — or something to that effect — outside of the Allen/Cantor Victory party tonight at the Omni.  Similarly, there was a group of about three hipsters at a local restaurant who clearly had no clue what they were supporting or why they were supporting Obama… but made rather daft comments about “those damn farmers” as the explanation as to why the American map looked so overwhelmingly red in a county-by-county layout.

Hyperbole abounds.

…but nothing was lost tonight folks.  

Everything remained tangibly the same.  Just like the week before when you felt good about America.

So… buck up your spirits.  The hard work officially begins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Britt-Howard/100000731720931 Britt Howard

    If you don’t think we lost anything, you didn’t understand the problem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Britt-Howard/100000731720931 Britt Howard

      This isn’t my current Facebook picture. I’m not sure why it was used here.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Britt-Howard/100000731720931 Britt Howard

        Ah, there it is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

      …and if you think something was to be gained tonight, then you didn’t have the solution.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Britt-Howard/100000731720931 Britt Howard

        Was there a gain, Shaun?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Britt-Howard/100000731720931 Britt Howard

          There was the amendment on eminent domain…..but wouldn’t there be somthing to gain? Why run if nothing was to be gained?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Britt-Howard/100000731720931 Britt Howard

            I voted your way. I encouraged my friends to vote for Romney and Allen. I’m not sure what else I was supposed to do, but yes. Tonight, I didn’t have the solution and neither did Romney or Allen.

          • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

            Just trying to point out that — at the end of the day — we aren’t any worse off than we were yesterday. We still have the House, we still have a ton of work to do…

            Not what anyone wants to hear — but facts are facts at this point. We’ve got a safety net in the U.S. House of Representatives, and we’ve got a lot of work to do over the next 2 years. In 2016, Rand Paul (or someone similar) needs an unobstructed shot at the White House, and our job is to build that army. Because clearly, it isn’t ready for prime time… even in states where we had Tea Party candidates (IN, OH, MO).

            Lots of work to be done.

          • Susan

            You’ve learned nothing. Rand Paul, really, Rand Paul? Tea party? Good, lord, Boys, you’re going down again. Look around you. See the brown skins, see the skirts in the workplace, things are a’changin’ and if you don’t modify your stances, you’ll win a few here and there, but lose the really big one every time. We’ve got Hillary all ready to go. She’ll take red West Virginia and red Rand Paul Kentucky.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Britt-Howard/100000731720931 Britt Howard

    Where are all the posts by individuals?

  • Christopher Stearns

    And hard work it will be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.eggleston.963 David Eggleston

    My concern is that since this was such a high turnout election, where are we to find the voters to turn next time around with espousing some principle that drives off a portion of the base? One argument I kept hearing from the insufferable hipster element was, “Why are you Republicans voting against your own self-interest?” I’ve always viewed voting like the LSAT; you vote for the least wrong candidate of the two offered. But I have never voted for a candidate because his policies were in my best interest. I have always voted for a candidate because his policies were in the particular jurisdiction’s best interest. I chalk Obama’s victory up to this growing hipster demographic with their lack of substantive education, their perversion of the concept of tolerance (“I HATE people who hate”), and their personal greed wrapped in the trappings of concern for others. How do you debate with bigots who can’t think critically and have a vested interest in expanding government programs?

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.eggleston.963 David Eggleston

    My concern is that since this was such a high turnout election, where are we to find the voters to turn next time around without espousing some principle that drives off a portion of the base? One argument I kept hearing from the insufferable hipster element was, “Why are you Republicans voting against your own self-interest?” I’ve always viewed voting like the LSAT; you vote for the least wrong candidate of the two offered. But I have never voted for a candidate because his policies were in my best interest. I have always voted for a candidate because his policies were in the particular jurisdiction’s best interest. I chalk Obama’s victory up to this growing hipster demographic with their lack of substantive education, their perversion of the concept of tolerance (“I HATE people who hate”), and their personal greed wrapped in the trappings of concern for others. How do you debate with bigots who can’t think critically and have a vested interest in expanding government programs?

    • Ryan Gleason

      Hey David,

      It’s going to be a while before we know the exact numbers, but early turn out shows about 13 million fewer voters than 2008 according to the below.

      http://www.kypost.com/dpps/news/national/turnout-shaping-up-to-be-lower-than-2008_7991483

      The assumption on the conservative side was that there would be lower turnout but it would be primarily dems that wouldn’t turn out, and that GOP voters would turn out it very high numbers. That assumption might not have held. We’ll have to wait a few weeks to see for sure, but it is very possible that alot of GOP leaning votes were left out there and if that is the case we need to figure out why.

      • http://www.facebook.com/david.eggleston.963 David Eggleston

        Interesting. The polls sure seemed a lot busier here than in 2008. Now I have at least a shred of hope. Maybe the Chinese One Child policy adopted by many hipsters will have similar demographic effect in the Democratic electorate.

  • Loudoun GOPer

    Shaun, last week we felt good about America because we all believed that Barack Obama was no longer going to be President.
    Last week we believed we would retake the Senate.
    Last week we believed we would have a realistic chance to repeal Obamacare.
    Last week we believed we would be able to stop sequestration.
    Last week we believed we would stop this country from going over the fiscal cliff.
    Last week we believed the American people would never be stupid enough to swallow the lies told be the Democrat party, it’s standard bearer, and the media, and saddle us with another four years of dismal leadership.

    In short, last week we had hope. Now we don’t.
    You say nothing has really changed, and that’s true. But that is not good enough. We were in a race against the clock. Once Obamacare is fully implemented we will never get rid of it. Now we can’t stop that from happening. Now we can’t stop the Bush tax cuts from expiring, which will hurt our economy. Now we can’t stop sequestration from costing VA 200,000 jobs.
    We can’t stick our heads in the sand and make believe things are just A-OK. We have some real problems to address as a party, and we can’t do that if we pretend that losing a race that never should have been lost is anywhere close to acceptable.

  • Dry Viking

    You are wrong Shaun.
    This was a last chance. Demgraphics drive it now and they are stacked against us. The country is moving away from us ideologically as well. The biggest determination for voting was religious belief or lack thereof. Pollsters can tell you that regular church attendance is the most reliable determining factor in which party people support. Those Red States aren’t Confederate only like Chris Matthews says, they reach to the Canadian border. They are Bible Belt areas. That is the key factor. The Blue areas have little or no religious affiliation. That is the national divide. It is not even class anymore as the rich are predominantly liberal on moral issues. Sunday morning is the revealing factor. We all know, fewer and fewer Americans attend church. We have become just like the Europeans. And we are accelerating in that direction.
    Next election our chances will be near impossible.
    Four years from now will the country be more or less Christian?
    Four more years of government school indoctrination for many new voters. They will vote heavily Democrat.
    Four more years of increasing numbers of people on the government dole, they will all vote Democrat.
    Four more years of illegal immigration. They will all vote Democrat.
    With control of the Senate, new extremist justices will be appointed for the SCOTUS and they will make it impossible to maintain our freedoms, and they will be in office for a generation.
    Four more years of Ellen DeGeneres and TV show indoctrination and the electorate will be even more radical than it is now.
    There simply won’t be more Patriots next time, but far fewer and many more Democrats.
    This loss was huge.

    • Sad Virginian

      This is scary true, dead on.

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

      All that was lost in 2008. Or long before.

      If we delude ourselves to think that this election was the battle to save the republic, we’re putting confidence in the god that fails.

      As for me and mine… the fight for the heart and soul of America is still on, the cowards will leave us, and the true believers that remain will be my friends and allies.

      That’s what I’m looking for. Nothing was lost last night, and we have a ton of work to do to take back America for freedom.

  • Lloyd

    Nothing lost….. what about 2 to 3 supreme court appointments and dozens of lower court positions. How about the affirmation of Obamacare. The House can only slow the tide ever so slowly. The GOP has to seek broader racial and gender support to ever see the White House again. There is a very relevant article in the Richmond Times http://m.timesdispatch.com/richmond/db_37627/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=QVGsGnRe

    Ok go ahead and ax me personally for disagreeing…….

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