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Where We Are

I’d be lying if I said I’m shocked. Romney had a real good shot, I thought. It appears that it wasn’t enough.

It’s hard to beat the president of the United States.

It’s hard to beat the president of the United States in the last month of a general election campaign, when Romney finally got traction.

The Senate is such a disappointment as it is was such the result of unnecessary errors.

It’s going to be a hard road ahead. For small businesses that have incentives to stay small on account of Obamacare. For religious liberty. On that latter front, hope remains in the courts to curtail Obama administration excess — even as the president gets another four years of Supreme Court appointments; two of his appointees have called him on this front already (in the Hosanna-Tabor case).

It’s a disappointing night, no doubt about it. Mitt Romney would have made a good, decent, competent, forward-looking president. But I guess people saw that too late.

The “war on women” nonsense is among what weighs on me most here. How insulting. And it worked?! As I asked Tuesday morning when Planned Parenthood pointed to girls asking their moms not to forget to vote for the right to abort children: Is this really who we want to be? I don’t believe it is. I think voters went with the devil they know, as it is said, vs. the one they only started to get to know, and not entirely. In the mainstream media, the religious-liberty fight didn’t even ever really get a hearing. Lawsuits? Who knew? We knew? But until the whole nation reads National Review … here we are. 

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