Few things in life are as revealing in the harsh light of the morning-after than a political tsunami, and a lot of Republican bigwigs must be clutching their purses on the corner of Wall Street and Reality Boulevard today...
When the choir has been listening only to the preacher for its information and news, the bracing gust of cold air from the opened cathedral doors can be a shock to the system. And you can believe this: the Republicans who put all of their trust into the spin doctors of talk radio and Faux News Channel are in shock and denial today. "How could this happen? We were told everything was trending our way!"
But when the finger-pointing grows tiresome and the Tea Party lectures about the GOP's failure to nominate a "true" conservative are all blustered out, pragmatic Republicans have to look to the narrow demographics of their base and wonder if this might not be the last election in which they even had a chance to be relevant.
There simply aren't enough angry, white, southern men, sexually repressed Evangelicals, and closeted gays in America to offset the new political reality. While individual state races will continue to be won by anti-abortion zealots and the occasional Ayn Randian, the future of the Republican Party on a national level is precarious, at best.
And hows this for irony? Republicans are privately beginning to curse the Electoral College, with some suggesting our elections be decided by the popular vote. Obviously, that's a turn of events in and of itself.
So where does the Party of Lincoln turn for voters in the future of national races? The Latino vote may be lost forever due to the clumsy and insulting language of the previous primary debates. No one candidate (Marco Rubio, anyone?) is going to cause millions of Hispanic voters to change party affiliation overnight, especially when the rhetoric of the Republican teabagger base is still screaming for electrified fences and "papers, please" legislation on the state level.
Think women are going to come back to a party that continues to rail about reproductive rights, contraception, and abortion? You might not have noticed, but 20 women are taking their binders to the Senate in January...
There simply aren't enough Kid Rocks, Ted Nugents, Hank Williams Juniors, and Sheldon Adelsons in America to make hate and anger a viable political movement anymore.
The last dinosaur must have looked around with the same confusion.
Where'd everybody go?