Well, I certainly had a busy day yesterday. I was working as an election judge, so I was at a voting precinct from 6 am until 9:45 pm and then got home around 10:30. Fun and rewarding day, but very long. Came home and turned on the news to watch the election results. Kept fading in and out, so I missed alot, but I did get caught up this morning.
Late last night my sister asked me if I thought the Republicans would learn from this election and distance themselves from the Tea Party. She also asked me if I was pleased with the election results. I want to deal with the first question first.
I certainly hope the Republicans learned from what happened. Based on history, this should have been a relatively easy election. You had an unpopular incumbent and a troubled economy, which usually spells trouble for the incumbent. Unfortunately, the Republican party took a dramatic (although not sudden) turn to the right as a result of the rise of the Tea Party in 2010. The GOP lurched so far to the right that they have to look to their left to see Genghis Khan. As a result of this lurch, all of the GOP presidential candidates had to turn to the right as well. Another result was many more moderate Republicans (voters and officials) ended up getting pushed out of the party because they were not conservative enough.
My hope is that the GOP will realize that the xenophobia and intransgient reactionary conservativism of the Tea Party will doom the GOP. They need to accept more conservative members along with more moderate or liberal members. Sadly, I do not think this will happen. Given the history of the conservative movement, I suspect that they will say that Romney was not conservative enough and that he ran the campaign wrongly. If only he had run more solidly on "conservative" (not really conservative, more like reactionary) principles, he would have won.
As for my reaction to last night, while I can appreciate a lot that President Obama brings to the table, I could not bring myself to vote for him. Nonetheless, I was relatively pleased that he won. I am annoyed that the Congress is still split between the parties, but hopefully they will actually try and work together. In Maryland, I was delighted to see that most of the questions I voted for went the way I wanted, particularly Question 6.
So, overall I can say that I was pleased with the results. We'll have to see if it stays that way moving forward.
[Edited 11/8/2012, 9:21 AM] I just had to throw this in. A little after I posted this, CNN.com had the following article up: "TRENDING: A day after loss, conservatives point fingers" As I predicted, the leaders of the conservative movement are saying that Romney was not conservative enough and that "Tea partiers will take over the Republican Party within four years[.]" Sigh....