Reaction to President Obama's re-election is rolling in from the right: Some disappointment, some regret, an eye toward the future ... and then there's Donald Trump. A look around the red landscape on this morning after Election 2012:
- Trump is really upset with last night's results, reports E! Online. On Twitter (his favorite medium), things started out tame—"Well, back to the drawing board!"—but quickly devolved into calls for a march on Washington to "stop this great and disgusting injustice" and halt this "sham" election, with hopes the House won't "give anything to Obama until he terminates ObamaCare."
- For a more grounded response, Kevin Williamson, writing for the National Review, focuses on Ohio, which Romney really needed to win. He derides residents there who "like crony capitalism" and didn't see the repeal of ObamaCare as essential. "Offering Americans a check is a more fruitful political strategy than offering them the opportunity to take control of and responsibility for their own lives," he writes.
- Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard says the Republicans' problem is their candidates. Romney was somewhat presidential, but they would have had a better chance with younger runners like Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, or Chris Christie, all of whom "represent the Republican future in the best possible way." What he's not hopeful about, however, is four more years of Obama, "the man with no plan and no mandate."
- Obama got lucky with Sandy, which let him "rise for a few days above the partisanship that has defined his first term," writes the Wall Street Journal in an editorial. Romney missed opportunities to win over minority voters, namely Hispanics, by staying too far right on immigration. The column reminds the GOP, however, that "the battle for liberty begins anew this morning."