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There's not much room for debate on where Americans stand, given the outcome of the election.

 Eric Cantor's re-election campaign spent $6.6 million, or $30 per vote.
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Date published: 11/18/2012

By Richard Amrhine


I would "kind of" beg to differ, based on the election results. The president won the electoral vote by 126, the popular vote by more than 3 million, and eight of the nine battleground states--including Virginia.


A nice piece of news I got on Election Day is that I was gerrymandered into the 7th Congressional District. I got to vote against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Woo-hoo! Although my vote didn't do any good, it's the thought that counts.

The GOP may have held its House majority and Cantor may keep his leadership post, but I found immense satisfaction as voters completed the Republican anti-abortion triple play: Rep. Todd "Shut that thing down" Akin--gone; Rep. Joe "No abortion exception" Walsh--history; Sen. Richard "Something God intended" Mourdock-- bye-bye.

There's a message here that Republicans are refusing to hear, or at least acknowledge. It's that while some of their fiscal policies appealed to otherwise undecided voters, their inability to moderate on social issues and accept demographic reality continues to cost them.

Some conservatives actually blamed the election outcome on Republicans not tilting far enough to the right. They need to seek professional help.

Perhaps the No. 1 most obvious factor in Mitt Romney's defeat was his loss of credibility as he shifted from far right to center after nailing down the nomination. Everyone knows the center is where the votes are. In this partisan era, Americans have learned to recognize impossible rhetorical contortions.

These are the same Americans who relish their individuality. They don't want their personal beliefs or lives pigeonholed, and, today, a party that looks to impose its ideology on others loses. White men, and older white men, is not diversity. Pew Research Center data show the nation's white population dropping from 82 percent to 63 percent between 2005 and 2050, with the Hispanic population rising from 6 percent to 17 percent over the same period.

Meanwhile, there were four states that voted favorably on issues involving same-sex marriage when previously such measures had gone down to defeat 32 times without a victory.

One conservative pundit says it's not up to the party to change, it's up to the voters to change. Somebody needs to keep these guys out of the catnip.


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Richard Amrhine is a writer and editor with The Free Lance-Star.