---- — To the editor:
Attention, Republicans! It was not Hurricane Sandy and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that defeated Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. It was not government gifts. It was not a solar flare. It was most certainly not black helicopters that dropped “urban voters” into rural districts to steal the election.
Simply put, Romney and Ryan lost because they and their ideas did not appeal to a majority of voters and they insulted the intelligence of the American people with too many lies, egregious attempts to disenfranchise voters and just plain stupid statements.
The Republican Party is wrong on several fundamental assumptions. In fact, average Americans want a separation of church and state, the basic concept of “fairness” does motivate voters, most people disagree with their beliefs that individualism trumps community and that government is always a problem and never a help. After the disasters of deregulation and the crash of 2008, voters do not accept that private enterprise, if only left alone, will do what is best for everyone, every time.
If the Republicans continue to pursue a political strategy defined by self-hypnosis, hyperbole, hypocrisy, hysteria and hyper-partisanship, it will cost them more Congressional seats in 2014.
A party that lives in a bubble will become the party that ends up in rubble.