…and, I have to admit, I’m really happy it is.

Sure, Obama winning helps, but for the most part I’m just glad it’s all over. To prove it, this is going to be my last post on the topic. But before I sign off on all things Election 2012, I wanted to share something with you.

The day after the election, a good friend of mine sent me this email:

Let’s be honest, the Dems and liberalism really pantsed the GOP last night.

Gay marriage won in three places (and a ban on it was rejected in a fourth), legal marijuana won in two states (not just medicinal, but straight-up legalization), they picked up three Senate seats and seven House seats in an unfavorable electoral map/climate, and Obama routed Romney, winning 8 of the 9 “battleground states” (everything but North Carolina).

People under 35 voted 60-40 for Obama, and minority groups and other fast-growing groups of the electorate went even stronger for Dems. Mitt won nothing but old white people, who are a decreasing share of the vote every year.

The Republicans may have fucked themselves for a generation with their race baiting, their gay hating, and their immigrant bashing. Not a smart electoral strategy to align yourselves solely with an aging, shrinking, angry demographic.

To me, that perfectly sums it all up.

It’s no secret that I’m not a huge advocate of the GOP, but if you look at the party currently running under the Republican banner it is no longer truly a part of the Grand Old Party. Instead, the GOP has allowed itself to become hijacked by fringe crazies who only appeal to a very tiny, niche group of Americans.

So if I were to give the GOP one bit of advice for 2016, it would be this: STOP DRINKING THE KOOL-AID.

Stop listening to the Rick Santorums of your party and start listening to the Jon Huntsmans (who, by the way, is reportedly being considered to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State).

I like Jon Huntsman. Hell, I might even vote for him if he ran. Okay, probably not, but maybe. You never know.

But hey, who am I to tell you what to do? If you really want to keep losing elections, by all means, keep propping up the same cast of usual nut jobs you’ve been supporting these past four years.

The race for the 2016 White House may have started on November 7th, but not for me. I’m taking a break from politics… at least until the 2014 midterms.

Officially on a political vacation,

-Shady