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Election should serve as wakeup call for GOP

“The billionaire donors I hear are livid. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don’t know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing,” one Republican operative told the Huffington Post.

After a surprising (to them) and demoralizing loss, instead of reflecting as to why President Obama’s voter coalition combined to cream them in this election, the GOP has settled on finger pointing rather than epiphany. A stocked Bush Supreme Court opened the money floodgates to the 1 percent to create a climate ripe to buy this election. How did that work out for them? Having lost all connection to working-class and lower-income voters, as well as minorities, the GOP is now stuck with a demographic that sees this loss as nothing more than a win for Godless liberals and stealthy politicians. We can only hope they continue down this slope to irrelevancy.

Obama’s America has somehow changed before their eyes back to the mindset from which it began: an inclusive, welcoming, big tent place to live that sees a need for government. The GOP may well continue to urge its base to spew hate and misinformation, but clearer thinkers are refusing to buy it. From a denial of global warming, to a reticence to believe exacting polling information or jobs reports, to accepting as dogma information coming from right-wing radio, the GOP really needs to recognize that America today does not match the one that dwells in Rush Limbaugh, David Koch and Rove’s mindsets.

Stephen F. Saracino

Buffalo