What happened? A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform. Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future, Obama used it as a vehicle for character assassination, replete with unrelenting and destructive distortion, derision, and division.
Mitt Romney distinguished himself and conservatism with a grounded,
courageous, forward-thinking problem-solving reform agenda for a nation
ready to renew and starved for leadership and maturity. He is a man of
integrity and character, as is his whole family. And unlike in the 1996
and 2008 Republican campaigns, which — though led by men of great
personal integrity — were marked by dead-end policy prescriptions,
Romney/Ryan laid a durable philosophical and policy foundation for the
next generation of conservative leadership.
Unfortunately and unfortuitously, forces of nature bookended the general
election: Our convention was compromised by one weather disaster and
our momentum stalled by another. Two human hurricanes also radically
altered the political atmosphere: Bill Clinton’s unique windbaggery
constituted a campaign updraft, while Chris Christie’s deplorable and
gratuitous gas-baggery infused the campaign with a toxic political