I’m greatly relieved that Barack Obama has been reelected to serve a second term as President of the United States. True, he’s been disappointing in many ways, such as his failure to close Guantanamo Bay, his use of drone strikes in Pakistan, and his failure to reform broken financial systems. But his opponent Mitt Romney would have been worse on just about every issue, beholden to a party where the extreme right wield far too much influence.
There is a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth in right-wing circles this morning. For example, it’s hard to believe Donald Trump’s Twitter feed is for real.
Actually, Mr Trump, we’re not laughing at America. We are laughing at you.
Those election night tweets have been compared to the final rant of the villain-of-the-week in Scooby Doo just before he’s hauled off to jail. “We would have achieved everlasting hegemony if it hadn’t been for those meddling liberal voters“.
Given the sort of insults the right used to throw about during the Cold War, the irony is that the plutocrats, theocrats and Galtiopaths would probably feel right at home in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I wonder how many of them will actually relocate?
Of course the real reason Romney lost is because the hard right of his own party was a big turn-off for moderates. Every time he tried to tack towards the political centre, a troglodyte from the far right would pop out spouting some medieval drivel more appropriate for the Taliban. The likes of Todd “Legitimate rape” Aiken or Charlie Fuqua probably cost him the election.
One interesting link – If Muslim-Americans voted the way they did before 9/11, Romney would have won.