The Washington punditocracy is working over-time this morning after the election postulating the winners and losers in the 2012 election.
The truth is there were no winners, certainly not the American people who were subjected to the most expensive advertising and psychological warfare campaign in history.
In addition to the American people, there were many losers, including:
- Third party presidential candidates. There was no electoral evidence that third party candidates like Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Jill Stein played any roles as spoilers in swing states.
- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson. Their attempt to throw the election to Mitt Romney by allowing Israel to interfere in an American election fell flat.
- Blasts from the past: Former senators who attempted comebacks failed, including Virginia Republican George Allen and Nebraska Democrat Bob Kerrey.
- Right-wing extremists who decided that the federal government should guarantee the rights of rapists. Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin and Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock went down in flames. Maryland's longtime anti-women's health GOP U.S. Representative Roscoe Bartlett was kicked out as was major loony tune from Florida, Allen West.
- Has-been TV news anchors. After NBC's Tom Brokaw's drunken appearance at the GOP convention in Tampa, ABC's Diane Sawyer appeared a wee bit drunk while anchoring the election returns. There are retirement bar stools awaiting them.
- The Koch brothers, Adelson's pal Steve Wynn, and other billionaires who used PACs established by election manipulators like Karl Rove to taint the election. These fools and their money parted company.
- The Tea Party. Their ranks in the House of Representatives were thinned.
- Fox News. This subsidiary of the GOP is more irrelevant now than ever.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Americans really do believe the Mormons are a cult and low voter turnout in Georgia, the Carolinas, and other fundie states showed an aversion to Mitt and his magic underwear.
- Donald Trump. The crank with the road kill on his head is now officially boring.
- Chris Matthews. Spitting and yelling on TV no longer vogue.