In his op-ed to the Oregonian yesterday, Rep. Shawn Lindsay (R-Hillsboro) chewed up a big plate of sour grapes over his loss a few weeks ago. Somehow I missed his interview from last week with the Hillsboro Argus, however.
In this gem of a Q&A, Lindsay blames Republican woes on being outspent, a Libertarian challenge and voter registration. Not once does he examine his policy positions on issues or look inward for a possible problem.
When asked about Republican losses nationwide, Lindsay heads straight to blame and comes across like a jackass:
I think it's pure operations. If you crunch the numbers, Romney lost by a total of 403,000 votes in swing states. If he had gotten those votes, he would have won. Obviously, we need to tweak the platform and message, but let's be honest. The Democrats have a machine to get out the vote. They have labor unions, a lot of special interests and they're all well oiled. (Nationally), the Republican (voting) surge is after 5 o'clock because that's when Republicans get off of work. We need to reverse engineer what the Democrats do. Take what they do and improve it.
Crunch the numbers means "Romney needed to get more votes"? Well gee, there's some insight.
"Tweak the platform and message"? What Lindsay just witnessed is a mandate for the President. 332 electoral votes vs 206 for Romney. Were the tables turned on this one, no doubt Lindsay would be out front talking about how his guy had his own mandate to do his thing. There's more than a "tweak" needed. There's a fundamental shift required for the Republican party if they hope to truly recover. The GOP also lost ground in the Senate (unprecedented given the amount of seats the Dems had to defend) and the only reason they held the House was due to their massive gerrymandering of districts following the 2010 census.
And that crack about Republicans having to wait until 5:00 to vote while Dems have all day because they don't work? Please. Is it common practice in Lindsay's world to roundly insult half of the electorate by inferring that they don't know an honest day's work and therefore have nothing else to do but vote?
It would seem he can't burn his bridges fast enough.
And really, the "machine" is getting out the vote for the Dems? What...the Koch brothers, Karl Rove and the multitude of GOP PACs can't buy themselves a decent field operation? It's called working your base and the grassroots, Shawn. Climb down off your hobby horse and maybe you'll learn something.
What a tool.