I agree with a lot of this, but the part that I agree with the very most is this:
One more thing before moving on to my larger point, both parties should henceforth agree to never, ever nominate for President anyone from Massachusetts.
If you have spent a lot of time anywhere else, and then somehow land in Massachusetts, you will be struck by the difference in culture here. We have fabulous schools, a beautiful environment, and many impressive scholars, but we don’t have a warm, easy-going culture. We’re wooden. Living here daily, you don’t notice it, but spend a weekend in NY or Denver or Fort Worth or Charleston… and it jumps out at you: These people are really friendly! John Kerry and Mitt Romney probably disagreed about just about everything. The Romneys are said to be lovely people with a wonderful family. But both Mitt and Kerry has that classic Massachusetts aloofness.
Another point that will probably fall on deaf ears. I know a lot of Millenials. Most of them voted enthusiastically for Barack Obama, but one of them voted for Romney, some left the President spot blank, and some voted for Gary Johnson. Why? Across the board, each mentioned gay rights and abortion. Every single one of them is disgusted with the Republican position on gay rights and abortion. You might think, well, that’s because you live in the Northeast. Not so. I know Millenials from many states and they are united in this. Gay rights is the Civil Rights Movement of their generation.
Much has been made of the Latino rejection of the Republican Party. This is a big deal. For two elections in a row, Republicans have ignored them. I don’t understand why Marco Rubio wasn’t on the ticket.
Oh well. The American people have decisively made up their minds and those of us who disagree with the trends in the culture will simply have to find another hobby.