It’s time for the GOP to stop its childish posturing and denial of why it lost. The party needs to accept what the electorate voted for: a fairer America. President Barack Obama ran on a consistent message — the wealthy need to pay a little more, their fair share. This was repeated in his ads, stump speech and all three debates.
Gov. Mitt Romney ran on cutting the taxes for the wealthy and for corporations under the theory that that will create jobs which, in turn, will increase tax revenue. In other words, a back-to-the-future Reaganomics and “W’s” economy, both of which exploded the deficit and hurt the middle and working classes.
The president brought Bill Clinton on the campaign trail with him after Republicans lionized Clinton as the bipartisan model Obama should have followed in his first term. What they forgot is Clinton, with no GOP support, raised the tax rate and instead of the sky falling, we had the first surplus since President Ronald Reagan, who turned us from the world’s largest international creditor to the world’s largest debtor nation.
The GOP needs to understand that, while their members have signed Grover Norquist’s No Tax Pledge, Norquist is not, nor will he ever be, president of the U.S. As Ann Romney said, “This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring.” Norquist will never step in the ring because when he surely loses the race, he loses his current power as well.