Mitt Romney and the Republicans' white guy problem
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Some fun election analysis that's worth making time for before you get too sick of it all:
Sasha Issenberg on the Obama ground game; Steve Kornacki on Romney's importantly liberal legacy; Blake Zeff on the Paul Ryan squib; Nate Silver on the primacy of state polls; Alex Pareene on abolishing the electoral college; Ross Douthat on what conservatives shouldn't blame for the result; Maggie Haberman on everything.
Before any of that, though, one of the best explanations of what was happening with this election, or certainly one of the most succinct, came from Senator Lindsey Graham, who said back in August that his party wasn't "generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term."
There's more to it than that, of course, because there always is. Obama, for example. Most voters like him, personally, and blame his predecessor for the state of the economy. Obama was never going to be the sitting duck that the conservatives who despise him assumed he would be. And maybe he ended up running the better campaign, too.
Still, the simplest explanation of what happened to Mitt Romney, more compelling than the storm and the ground game and Nate Silver and Chris Christie and the up-ticking economy and "47 percent," even though all of those things mattered, is that there aren't enough voters now who like the agenda that the Republican Party sent Romney into the general to sell. It's not good enough to cater to the angry white guys.
"Obama wins because it's not a traditional America anymore," Bill O'Reilly said, darkly, as the results were coming in."The white establishment is the minority. People want things."
Well you know what? Sure.