And now the humiliation is complete. The Miami Herald reports that the Romney campaign has officially conceded Florida:
Though votes are still being tallied, President Obama is all but assured a victory in Florida because the lion’s share of the outstanding ballots come from Democratic-heavy counties.
Obama leads Republican Mitt Romney by 55,832 votes — or 49.9 percent to 49.24 — but there just aren’t enough votes from Republican areas to allow the challenger to catch up.
Romney’s Florida campaign has acknowledged their candidate lost in Florida as well. Romney already conceded the national race after he lost the other battleground states.
As the GOP gathers the tatters of its dignity to itself, let us recall the 2004 election in which Bush beat Kerry by just 35 electoral votes and roughly 3 million in the popular vote. The right declared that a resounding victory and a definite mandate for Bush. By contrast Obama won by 126 (almost 4 times as many for any math impaired conservatives reading this) electoral votes and roughly 3 million in the popular vote.
Therefor, by the right’s own standards, this is a landslide and President Obama has an overwhelming mandate from the people.
What makes this even more remarkable is that Gov. Rick Scott took great pains, as did many GOP dominated state legislatures, to put as many obstacles in place as legally (and sometimes illegally) possible to keep people from voting. It’s not hard to extrapolate that Romney didn’t just lose, he lost huge.
Curiously, though, this win now seems to be considered a “squeaker” among conservatives. I wonder why that is?