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"It Doesn't Get Any More Bleak Than This"

2:48 pm - 11/07/2012
The news moved slowly through the crowd. There were no boos, no hisses, no dropped glasses. Country singer Jamie O'Neal and the band had just finished the last song of their set. But there was Fox News anchor Bret Baier, on the big screen at the Republican National Convention's election night party in downtown Washington, soberly delivering the news: President Obama was projected the winner of Ohio's 18 electoral votes.

"That's the presidency," Baier said.


Tom Lea, a tall, suited Republican from Southern California, was standing near a table piled high with baked pretzels and mini-slices of cheese and mushroom pizza when the call was made. Lea was angry—at the voters who'd inexplicably handed President Obama a second term, at a Congress divided by gridlock, at the direction of the country as a whole.

"It doesn't get any more bleak than this," Lea told me. "This is not hyperbole: This country is done. The writing's on the wall. Dead."

Lea said he believed newly elected Senate Democrats like Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren and returning Democrats like Claire McCaskill would do nothing to fix what he called our "divided government." He also hammered the president for doing nothing to bridge that partisan divide. "This president has not reached across the aisle to work with the members of the House," Lea said. "This government isn't working. We just inherited a worse government than what we had in 2008."

The RNC's election party was expected to attract 2,500 to 3,000 guests, RNC spokesman Tom Kise told reporters early in the night. And the main space at the Ronald Reagan Building did indeed fill up fast as polls closed across the country. The party roared with the sound of rollicking country tunes and chatter among the crowd. The guests nibbled their snacks and sipped their cocktails and watched the returns, the men dressed in suits, the women in tight dresses.

As the news trickled in—big Democratic wins in Senate races in Massachusetts, Missouri, Indiana, and Connecticut—the energy ebbed. At just past 11 p.m., the night's emcee urged partiers to keep their spirits up, wait for all the results to come in, and to have "one or two more drinks" while they were at it.

But the party had thinned by the time Baier called the race for Obama. Half an hour later, it was abandoned but for a loyal few. A few couples still danced to the sound of the band while the catering crew cleared the food and the bartenders began stacking their cocktail glasses. Guests streamed toward the exits, arms interlocked, dressed in wool coats and scarves against the November chill.

DC residents Jonmarc Buffa and Liz Kelly made for the exits as the party died down. Buffa held a miniature American flag, and an "I voted!" sticker was affixed to his jacket. Buffa was at a loss to explain why, say, a working-class single mother in Cleveland would vote for Obama. "You have to admit: If you're unemployed right now, continuing what we have currently is not going to get you very far," he said. He added, "I think Democrats this time were able to convince people to vote against their own self-interest, which to me was shocking."

Buffa did give the Democrats some credit. He said their get-out-the-vote operation was superior, and GOP voters just weren't as motivated. "Republicans once again didn't do what they should've done, which is show up."

Kelly, Buffa's spouse, had her own take: Republicans from Mitt Romney on down let themselves get too entangled with social issues like abortion. "Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot," she said. Conservatives are "completely right on economics, but they're completely wrong on social issues."

Kelly said she'd recently graduated with a master's degree in social work. The job market she entered was bleak—and she didn't see President Obama doing anything to improve it. But so long as Republicans fielded candidates such as Missouri's Todd Akin or Indiana's Richard Mourdock—both candidates tripped up by controversial gaffes about rape and abortion—the party wasn't going anywhere, she said.

Buffa was even grimmer with regard to the next four years. "I think at the end of the day," he said before heading out into the cold, "people are going to regret this day."


motherjones

The cognitive dissonance of that bolded part...
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sesmo 8th-Nov-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
The thing that boggles my mind, completely and utterly, is that Republicans are complaining about partisan gridlock CREATED ENTIRELY BY THE REPUBLICANS. Someone called into an NPR show I was listening to today and said the reason he opposed Obama is because Congress and the President didn't work together. HELLO? That would be the Republicans creating gridlock? HOW is that an argument for electing a Republican president?
mirhanda 8th-Nov-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
OMG THIS so hard.
forthelulz90 8th-Nov-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Liz Kelly seems incredibly reasonable. She should run for office herself
mirhanda 8th-Nov-2012 12:12 am (UTC)
"I think Democrats this time were able to convince people to vote against their own self-interest, which to me was shocking."

BECAUSE CUTTING TAXES FOR BILLIONAIRES WHILE RAISING MY OWN IS SO MUCH BETTER FOR ME.
lamardeuse 8th-Nov-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
You just don't know what's good for you! You'd feel much better if you let Romney turn you into a serf! I hear he gives them all rides on the top of his car and an hour off on their birthdays! And come on, did you really want to keep worrying about what to do with your vagina? Let someone else worry about it for you!
gretchystretchy 8th-Nov-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
"It doesn't get any more bleak than this," Lea told me. "This is not hyperbole: This country is done. The writing's on the wall. Dead."

PLZ CRY MOAR.

The schadenfreude is so fucking delicious.
chessiekitty 8th-Nov-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
I love shadenfruede... unless, of course it's at my expense. :)
evewithanapple 8th-Nov-2012 12:30 am (UTC)
But so long as Republicans fielded candidates such as Missouri's Todd Akin or Indiana's Richard Mourdock—both candidates tripped up by controversial gaffes about rape and abortion—the party wasn't going anywhere, she said.

At least she sort of gets it . . . ? but I don't know why a social worker would want Romney in office.
bleakwinters 8th-Nov-2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
To crack down on welfare queens, of course! One of my boyfriend's friends is training to be a social worker, and we were talking about the cuts in this country (UK) in terms of security nets and welfare, as well as the clusterfuck that is ATOS and their policy in dealing with disabled people. My boyfriend grew up in poverty, so although he's more fiscally conservative than me, welfare is among the last things he would cut. This woman though, just does not get it. She keeps talking about how the Tories do have it right, because she's seen ~so many welfare queens, and how the food stamp system in the US is amazing and should be brought over to the UK.

I mean... I lost a lot of respect for her that night. She sounds like she'd get along swimmingly with this other woman.
kishmet 8th-Nov-2012 12:31 am (UTC)
But of course, if (when) the country's not ~dead~ and has actually improved even further after four years, none of these idiots will recant. They'll probably give all the credit to the obstructionist House.
beokitty 8th-Nov-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
Lol, shortly after NBC called the election for Obama I turned the channel to fox news cable to revel in their despair & it was commercials for 5 min straight while every other news channel was reporting the win. Choking on their pride. My husband and I were laughing so hard.
mirhanda 8th-Nov-2012 12:43 am (UTC)
They probably had to take the time to repair their makeup after all that crying.
kuhori_rei 8th-Nov-2012 12:43 am (UTC)
Kelly said she'd recently graduated with a master's degree in social work. The job market she entered was bleak

I'm sorry, but what the actual fuck, Kelly? I'm in an MSW program now and already getting job offers for a year from now when I graduate. There is a HUGE shortage of qualified social workers, so either she's not looking for jobs or she's just horrendously bad at life.

Although if she voted for Romney, it's probably the latter.
jessalae 8th-Nov-2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Is this shortage of qualified social workers in any particular region, or for any particular kind of job? (I ask because I'm graduating from college in the spring, and getting an MSW sounds like something I might want to do.)
redstar826 8th-Nov-2012 12:54 am (UTC)




I missed all the fun last night because I had to be up early this morning...
wrestlingdog 8th-Nov-2012 01:06 am (UTC)
LMFAO
nitasee 8th-Nov-2012 12:58 am (UTC)
I can't resist using this image"

title or description
shortsweetcynic 8th-Nov-2012 01:57 am (UTC)
tonight i'm drinking the champagne (barefoot moscato spumante) that i couldn't get last night.

OH CONSERVATIVE TEARS. YOU SO BITTER. I LOVE IT.
jessalae 8th-Nov-2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Buffa was at a loss to explain why, say, a working-class single mother in Cleveland would vote for Obama.

Hm... Obama supports equal pay for women, early childhood education programs, social safety net programs like WIC, welfare, and food stamps, doesn't want to defund Planned Parenthood, won't increase the tax burden on working-class people so he can decrease it for millionaires, and got a healthcare law passed that requires that women not be charged higher premiums just for being women and that kids with pre-existing conditions be covered. I just have no idea why any single mother would want to vote for him! It's a mystery!
fishphile 8th-Nov-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
A+ comment.
tinylegacies 8th-Nov-2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Kelly, Buffa's spouse, had her own take: Republicans from Mitt Romney on down let themselves get too entangled with social issues like abortion. "Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot," she said. Conservatives are "completely right on economics, but they're completely wrong on social issues."

I don't know that I agree with her about Conservatives being completely right on economics, but I do agree that the right wing religious social issue stances are what lost the election for the Republicans. Maybe the party leaders will finally figure that out.
othellia 8th-Nov-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Exactly. I know a lot of independents and moderate Republicans that switched to Obama and other democrat candidates because of the GOP's insistence on keeping one foot in the 19th century with regards to social issues.
tabaqui 8th-Nov-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
QQ moar.
lovedforaday 8th-Nov-2012 01:20 am (UTC)
LMAO O'Reilly just said if Obama fails during his second term, the Democratic Party can kiss its ass goodbye. They really are that clueless.

This whole garbage about the US being unrecognizable comes off as so racist to me.
fishphile 8th-Nov-2012 01:24 am (UTC)
Well, some of us aren't "traditional" Americans, ya know.
window_girl 8th-Nov-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
So, because I'm unemployed due to some corporate pencil-pusher who is following along with the "MOAR SEASONAL, PART-TIME WORKERS! LESS BENEFITS! $7.25/HR FOR ALL! MOAR PROFITZ!!!" trend...and I voted for the only candidate that will do anything that even remotely opposes said (absolutely disgusting) business/management trends...that means I somehow voted against my interests?

So, because I have a vagoo and don't want some rich white man to tell me what I can do with it...and I voted for the only candidate who was standing up for women's rights to do with their own bodies what they will...I somehow voted against my own interests?

I could go on about more things (that don't directly affect me but) I strongly support, but I doubt any Republicans would ever understand. They're all in this mindset of "PATRIARCHY KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU NOW SHUT UP AND GET BACK IN THE KITCHEN WHILE WE FIX THIS FOR US ALL."
shadowwolf1321 8th-Nov-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Heard all about this at work tonight. "America used to be white and Christian, now it's brown and Agnostic." That was from my boss. All night was bitching and complaining about "We are going farther and farther away from Traditional America.'

I was soaking up republican tears tonight.

Times change I guess it is really hard for people to believe.
poetic_pixie_13 8th-Nov-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm loving how salty-as-all-hell these motherfuckers are right now. Their tears are delicious.

celtic_thistle 8th-Nov-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
omg I love this little girl. As soon as I saw her I knew _P would gif her. <3
365reasonswhy 8th-Nov-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
"This is not hyperbole."

Someone needs a dictionary.
tiddlywinks103 8th-Nov-2012 04:53 am (UTC)
Right?
free_spoons I'll just leave this here:8th-Nov-2012 01:58 am (UTC)
White People Mourning Romney
shadowwolf1321 Re: I'll just leave this here:8th-Nov-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Lmao.
sio 8th-Nov-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
omg....YOU voted against your own self-interests. Romney would have destroyed America. maybe if the elephant asses quit fucking around and WORK with Obama instead of obstructing him at every turn, we'd GET SOMEWHERE.

so educate yourselves or SHUT THE FUCK UP, YOU BLIND IDIOTS.
wrestlingdog 8th-Nov-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
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"This is not hyperbole: This country is done. The writing's on the wall. Dead."

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ohloverx 8th-Nov-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
OMG! Do I spy a Music Man gif? <3
glamoursnipe 8th-Nov-2012 02:09 am (UTC)
Is it strange that I just happen to be listening to this song while savouring the far right's crocodile tears?

http://youtu.be/R-O3kYrDPbI
teacoat 8th-Nov-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Kelly, Buffa's spouse, had her own take: Republicans from Mitt Romney on down let themselves get too entangled with social issues like abortion. "Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot," she said. Conservatives are "completely right on economics, but they're completely wrong on social issues."

Nah, y'all are completely wrong about economic issues too.
teacoat 8th-Nov-2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Not to mention that economic issues ARE social issues.
angelofdeath275 8th-Nov-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
they are so self aborbed they really think everyone else lives as them
redstar826 8th-Nov-2012 02:48 am (UTC)
celtic_thistle 8th-Nov-2012 04:57 am (UTC)
lolololololol
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