Apparently, so did a lot of people, and that’s exactly the outcome I was hoping for.
Many conservatives, with whom I sympathize (especially for pro-gun reasons) are frustrated and disappointed. They are blaming Gary Johnson voters and voters who, like me, stayed home.
But, let’s be real.
Mitt Romney wasn’t going to lead America into a red, white and blue renaissance of manly patriotism. No, while his rhetoric was clumsily tuned to appeal to white men, he couldn’t even come up with fake policy recommendations that were substantially different from anything Obama had to offer. He was never going to roll back special privileges or entitlements for women or minorities, and to maintain any chance in hell of getting elected to a second term with a growing Latino population, there was absolutely no chance that he would move to secure the borders or control illegal immigration. There is every reason to believe that, like Obama, he was going to be an interventionist war president. There is every reason to believe that, like Obama, he would reliably choose globalism over nationalism, big government over small government, and big business over small business.