The Pre-Post Mortem
So, no, I don't think we can just blame Romney and I don't think we can just blame the press. Even combined, those two aren't enough to explain what happened today.
There is something deeply wrong with our country. We've been living on borrowed time -- and trillions of borrowed dollars -- for a decade already. We seem to think that we can keep on doing so. That more than anything else is "the new normal."
Thomas Jefferson famously said of the slavery issue, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever." I tremble for my country when I think that the God of Compound Interest is a far more jealous God than Jahweh, Allah, and Zuul all wrapped up into a single, bloody package.
Maybe that truth -- the truth -- doesn't sell in a country that's been suffering for four years now, and with no real end in sight.
This election should have been something like a walkover for the challenger. But no. Our economic destiny is already written in stone, with four trillion in new debt run up by Bush and the GOP, and another six trillion by Obama and the Democrats. Our only hope is rapid and wrenching reform. The alternative is hyperinflation, Cloward-Piven, and all the rest of the Zimbabwe-like horror.
And that means Mitt Romney didn't fail us. That means people like me -- people like you -- failed our country. We had years to make the case, and we didn't. We worked our bottoms off, but it wasn't enough.
So we must redouble our efforts.
If Obama wins tonight, as seems likely, he has no mandate. He ran on a platform of "Mitt Romney is teh sux." I'm not sure how that translates into a governing platform, and neither is anyone else. If Romney pulls this out, he'll have a hostile Senate for at least the first half of his term.
Either way, we're looking at deadlock.
It's our job, yours and mine, to pick that lock. Do not tire, do not flag, do not quit.
If Romney wins, he will need us to constantly push him in the direction of sanity. If Obama wins, we will need to fight him at every turn.
I'm not quitting. Don't you quit now, either.