A second reaction to the election by an American living abroad, Philip Quinn. I am responsible for the bad formatting.
“A full account of the election would also include a county-scale map, which
would show this is essentially an urban-rural divide, which in turn reflects a division between the self-reliant and the culture of dependency.
Yet another aspect of the story is why the high-tech sector (Google,
etc.) is funding its own demise. Guilt, probably. New Money isn’t comfortable
with itself. Why me?, it asks. I don’t really deserve all this wealth: I have to Give Back. Then I’ll Feel Better About Myself. Then I can go on raking it in with a Good Conscience.
I know what you mean about the surprise-less mourning. Having handed Obama the next election on a silver platter in 2008 with the trillion-dollar
stimulus-pork, it seems the Republicans really don’t have it in them to win
national elections. They don’t have the guts to face down the affirmative-action mindset — the way Thomas Sowell does, for example. The Dems can go on playing the race card till the cows come home, adding the gender card and all the other cards for those seeking undeserved preferences, to get electoral majorities.