I've been reading some of the post-election punditry, and even though I wasn't that surprised at Obama's win and did not support Romney personally, I can't help but be depressed at the usual spin.
Every time a Republican loses, conservatives, especially social conservatives, are told that it's our fault. If we would just shut up about man-woman marriage, if we would just celebrate the sexual revolution and hold parades to shower the local deviants with free contraception, if we would sponsor a line of greeting cards with messages like "Congratulations on shredding that unwanted fetus! I'm so happy that you got rid of it!" etc., we would see Republicans win the presidency again. It's stupid, but it's ubiquitous stupidity.
Did conservatives lose out because voters in three leftist states redefined marriage to include same-sex pairings? Frankly, it's surprising that in those cesspools of reeking degeneracy conservatives were able to put up any kind of a fight at all. Did conservatives lose because in a sound-bite era somebody mouthed off about rape in a way that sounded insensitive? No; exit polls indicated that voters chose the Democrat because they want more free government goodies. They may not have said so in so many words, but that's what it amounted to, because the Democrat harpy got votes from pro-lifers, too; abortion's not as important, you see, as making other people pay for your stuff.
Did a conservative lose the presidential race? No, because calling Mitt Romney a conservative is like calling two men or two women a "marriage;" you can say it all you want, but it's still patently ridiculous. If Mitt Romney was ever the best or brightest hope of American conservatives, then American conservatism is dead, and might as well be laid to rest. But Mitt Romney was not selling conservatism on the campaign trail; he was selling liberalism-lite, and on pretty much the same terms as his opponent. To put it bluntly, we were not arguing about which man might be virtuous; we had already established that they are both willing to sell their virtue, and were only haggling over the price. Only the price was hidden in plain sight in much the same way the price of a cell phone contract is; Americans chose what they thought was the "free" phone, and will be unpleasantly surprised when the $20 trillion price tag is added on a monthly basis to the bill.
Conservatism didn't lose last night, because conservatism wasn't even up for election this time around. In an America where Uncle Sam is everybody's sugar-daddy and any discussion of the value of a traditional family of a mother and a father and their children is marred by cries of "Bigot! Hater!" by those who think that a better model for America is the single mom who has children with men she's not committed enough to to marry, or the same-sex couples and their manufactured child they bought from a reproductive prostitute, or just about anything except the hateful model of mom and dad and their children, conservatism doesn't even make it on the ballot.
But I think that someday American conservatism will make a comeback. It will happen a long time from now, when those of easy virtue have gotten all their free birth control and subsidized abortion and have thus failed to reproduce themselves, and America, like many European nations, replaces her native population with people from other countries who still have enough respect for personal responsibility to value faith, family, and hard work, and to seek to encourage those values at the highest levels.