The GOP has been attacking Obama’s inauguration speech as partisan. I actually didn’t think it was particularly partisan, and neither did Newtie, so he and I agree on something, which is kind of creepy.
But what do they think a Romney speech would have been like? With Obama sitting there, Mittens would have declared that the country repudiated Obamacare and wanted less government spending, especially on social programs and entitlements, and less regulation and lower taxes. He would have said the country wanted the Ryan budget and privatization of Social Security and Medicare. He would have said his victory was a repudiation of everything from gay marriage to abortion rights to climate change. Given the failure to re-elect a sitting president, Mitt’s speech would inevitably have been highly, harshly partisan.
In attacking Obama’s speech, the GOP continues to blame their messenger, not their message, when the country soundly rejected both. Yes, Mitt was a terrible candidate who personified every negative stereotype and caricature of his party. But they still don’t get that they surrounded him with embarrassing nut jobs like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, and that they forced him to sell a fringe platform. They still don’t get that if Mississippi rejected a Personhood Amendment, such an amendment is not mainstream. On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, new polls show that less than a quarter of Americans want it repealed. It’s the same on immigration and gay rights and the Ryan budget and the environment.
The GOP somehow is still convinced that while we didn’t like their guy, we like their policies. In attacking Obama’s speech, they fail to accept that we like both him and the sentiments he expressed on Monday.
The GOP didn’t just lose the election, they lost their compass. They can’t find their way to the middle, the golden mean where the majority of votes will always be found.