Not only was this election a loss for Romney and the Republican Party, but it portends a permanent shift to a more center-left national consensus. The country has been changing for a while, and the large dependent class that makes up the Democratic coalition–government workers, welfare cases, single moms, etc.–has now grown to the point of being a majority. More and more states are past the tipping point, such as Iowa or Florida or Ohio, that were once in play. Further, the fact that an economy this bad and a President with this mediocre results could win without seriously moving to the middle and with an opponent that made the case forcefully for fiscal restraint is a bad omen.
We have lost this election, and we will lose elections to come. Any revamped Republican Party that abandons core issues like immigration reform or abortion would not accomplish very much that is worth being enthused about. The damage has been done and in motion since the 60s with the decline of the traditional family, the growth of leftist Third World immigrants, and young people that are thoroughly indoctrinated in liberal thinking starting in kindergarten. Any future victories would be Pyrrhic at best, as any authentic conservatism will be missing from the national debate.
I don’t blame Romney the candidate. He was as saleable and capable as any other. This goes beyond “get out the vote” mechanics. The country is not the same. It is more liberal, less wealthy, less enterprising, and less traditional than ever. This is our future.
Worse, middle class whites are becoming a pariah class. We are openly mocked, hated, and resented by the Democratic coalition, and we are less numerous than before. We face blatant and open oppression and triumphalist hostility by the dependent coalition of the Democratic Party. Status-whoring leftist white fellow travellers will soon realize they are, at most, useful idiots whose chief function in life is to be productive and have small families so the legions of poor, fecund, and irresponsible welfare dependents can continue to live their lives without paying for most of the costs they incur for themselves and impose upon the broader society.
Further, Obamacare is a bad omen for all future elections. It will make every election a referendum on hot button issues of entitlement, whether birth control or mammograms or nursing homes. More and more wealth will be siphoned off into healthcare for the poor, and more and more drags will be imposed upon the private sector.
In short, we are doomed. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. Only permanent decline. The only hope for conservatives is to try their best to carve out some space and some institutions in which to transmit their values to their children and leave a flicker of civilization burning for some future, reformed generation after America endures some unbearable and inevitable economic and cultural crisis. Like the 9th Century monasteries of Europe and the samizdat underground universities of the Soviet Union, we have to “live not by lies” and not accept the goodness of this state of affairs, even as we accept its apparent inevitability. And we must steel ourselves for continued harassment, oppression, and the meltdown of a once great nation that we could rightfully call our own.