The left's response to the election results
Begin with the facts: A 51-48 percent victory is not a mandate. Even Democrats have talked about their party being confined to an "enclave." Enclave? Blue America includes the entire Northeast, all of the West Coast but for Alaska, and much of the upper Midwest.Democrats have deluded themselves into believing that they were not thoroughly defeated n this election. In a majoritarian electoral system 50% plus one vote is all you need to declare victory. Obviously, in American presidential elections, it is the electoral college vote that actually matters.
If Kerry had switched a point and a half in the popular vote and roughly 70,000 votes in Ohio, we'd be talking about the Republican "enclave." Rove's strategy has largely confined the GOP to the South and the Mountain West, rural America and the outer suburbs. Two nearly equal sides are engaged today, as they were on Tuesday, in a long-term struggle to make inroads into the other's patch.
Here is a good picture of the regional Republican party's states:
Clearly, the Democrats are on equal ground. There has been little talk of why the party is disconnected with American voters. The left seems to believe that we should just swallow their garbage and accept that "they know best." Telling 51% of Americans (and their children) that they are dumb is not a good strategy for earning their votes in the future. Belittling those with strong value systems and *gasp* religious inclinations show that the Democratic party is just out touch with people. If they ever expect to win another election they need to recognize these issues and address them. That said, it does not bother me to see them lose.