National Republicans are still trying to figure out how they could possibly have lost to President Obama. They believed the polling they followed was the correct polling (though two of them Rasmussen and Gallup were among the worst pollsters of this cycle), the fully believed what their talking heads on television and radio were telling them, that it would be a Romney romp.
The end result? They lost. Not only did they lose but they were embarrassed at the Presidential level, and they were completely unaware that it was going to happen. They were so unprepared for the possibility of a loss that when Obama won Ohio, Karl Rove had a meltdown on national television and they treated their audience to one of their co-anchors for the night walking the halls of Fox News to find out if their numbers crunchers stood behind their call in Ohio. They did.
So what has been their response to the resounding loss? For the most part they have hidden away in their alternate reality; a place where they have actually won the election and believe that even though Obama has won the election they are the ones that should dictate to Obama what he should do for the next four years (it mostly worked for the last four years so who can blame them for trying it again).
Then there is this little nugget of the ultimate hissie fit: A website that allows people to file petitions of grievances with the government has now seen twenty states file petitions of secession from the United States. At the surface it is silly as a person filing the petition does not even have to live in the state. New York had a petition filed by a man in North Dakota. Some other reasons not to take it so seriously include a state named S.C. filing for secession (yes I understand that S.C. stands for South Carolina, but S.C. is not the official name of the state and anyone that has ever tried to file petitions that any shortcut will see that petition thrown out), Nevada, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Colorado, New Jersey, Oregon, Florida have all filed for secession despite the fact that every one of these states voted for Obama in the election.
Granted this essentially happens every four years. People get a little annoyed that their candidate did not win election so they want to secede. I say go for it, if you are that sore of a loser that your candidate did not win the election that you want to quit the country (as it were) do it.
I only wish that Republicans could be as gracious in defeat as their candidate, but then again they live in an alternate reality where up is down, right is left, and Romney actually won the White House and Republicans control both houses of Congress.
Things to keep in mind. In 2004, Bush declared that he had won a mandate while on his way to winning 286 electoral votes, 62.04 million of the popular vote which was 50.7% of the votes cast. So far in this election (one in which several national Republicans are claiming that Obama has nowhere near the numbers needed to have a mandate) Obama has won 332 electoral votes, 62.2 million of the popular vote which is 50.7 of the votes cast. There are still hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be counted so those totals could change.
Real decisions have to be made about the future of our country yet we have a segment of our population that is throwing one of biggest fits in recent memory. It hasn't been this bad since the last election when dire predictions about the end of America, socialismcommunismnazismmarxismtotallitarianism and any other -ism they could think of. These same people have whined for four years about how terrible Obama is. They had their chance to put someone else in the White House but the majority of voters decided they like Obama just fine.
So they can either act like adults and go to work and help the country fully get back on the right track or they can continue acting like the spoiled infants they have shown us to be for the last four years. The decision is completely theirs.