Any presidential candidate who mentions the phrase “self-deportation” — infuriating Latinos and driving up turnout — will find it difficult, if not impossible, to win.
Some of the initial GOP fury over voters’ incomprehensible ignorance, naturally, tended to be somewhat incendiary.
“We are in a war. We’re in a war to save this nation,” Michael A. Needham, chief executive of Heritage Action, an arm of the Heritage Foundation, said in a video message.
And highly regarded conservative legal analyst
, weighed in on National Review Online with this: “Great nations rise and fall. Anyone who takes for granted our country’s continued vitality is a fool.
“As I see it,” he continued, the election confirms “my fear that the great American experiment in constitutional republicanism is in grave peril, if not doomed. I very much hope that I’m wrong, and I will continue to work to prevent my fear’s ever being realized, or at least to defer as long as possible the date of the grand and awful collapse, but the fundamentals look terrible.”
Well, the GOP still controls the House. And Republicans — especially if they stop nominating the likes of Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin — should be able to retake the Senate in a few years. And by then the duck will be quite lame.
So not to worry.
The Day One that wasn’t
The Romney presidential transition office is closing up shop by week’s end, we’re told.
The operation had been in high gear in recent weeks as it looked as though the former Massachusetts governor could well become president of the United States.
But, of course, it was not to be. So the transition, housed on a couple of floors in a federal office building at Third and C streets SW, has been told to close things down. About 150 people have been working there.
The operation was “fully up and running,” a source said, with desks, telephones, computers and such. (The equipment and operating funds were set up by a 2010 federal law to ensure a smooth transition of power.)
The General Services Administration “has been exceptionally good to work with: very professional, cordial, responsive and helpful every single day we’ve been there,” transition spokesman Mark DeMoss told us. “I have not heard a single complaint.”
The Romney team even had its Web site all ready to go, and — whoops! — someone put it up online. Political Wire got a screen shot before it was taken down.
The Web site is for “The Office of the President Elect” and has a snappy picture of Romney plus a couple of quotes about how he’s “excited about our prospects as a nation” and how “The 21st century can and must be an American century.”