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I notice that there is no mention in this story of the fact that the Republicans had a repugnant candidate with repugnant positions. A guy who got caught saying 47% of Americans were irresponsible parasites. Whose tax plan would hit middle class Americans hard, and give big breaks to the rich. Who tried to play politics with the death of an American ambassador. Who couldn't manage an overseas trip without alienating our allies. Who fact checkers found lied repeatedly in his stump speeches and the debates, and refused to give details of his plans. Who flip-flopped on his positions like a fish on a hot dock. Even with $380 million in lipstick on a pig, you still have a pig. And the American people were smart enough to realize it.
The biggest problem for Republicans is that their platform only works for old, white people. They thought they could get away with this by quietly buying the election. Republicans have spent decades accusing Democrats of trying to solve problems by throwing more and more money at it. Apparently, they either can't hear themselves talk, or they aren't willing to take their own advice.
I'd hardly call that money as going down the drain. Sure, the election didn't go their way but all that money is now circulating in the economy rather than sitting in the bank. Ad agencies in Ohio, Florida and other battleground states raked in the cash for marketing and ad agency employees. That money isn't being spent on Chinese airwaves or oil oversees. That cold hard cash right here at home. While I didn't care for any of the Super PAC ads from either side of the aisle, I appreciate the influx of money they brought for some of the little guys.
And we think that raising taxes on people like this will hurt job creation? How many jobs did those ads create? Outside a few ad agencies, and creating income for the television stations that ran the ads, they felt comfortable spending money without whining its the impact on their ability to create jobs.
It might help if former Presidents (like Clinton, Carter) and former VP's back and encourage their parties flag bearers. The Republican party is being driven by spotlight seeking talking heads on the Elephant (Fox) network. What a joke! When this country has a majority of high income voters willing to stand in line hours to vote is the day the Republicans will win... yeah, right.
It's a shame that these people couldn't have thrown a raise or two at the people who actually make them that money.
It was a calibration run for the moneybags. They'll double their spending next time, if we let them.
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