Earlene has touched on something here that I want to highlight. People accused -- yes, with accusatory tone -- Mitt Romney of being shocked at the results because he lived in some sort of bubble with faulty optimistic polls. When supporters of Romney echoed his shock, they said it was because the conservative media complex had deluded and misled us with false optimism to get us to watch them. Those evil Republican network people, giving us small-minded Republican masses false hope! Later, more analysis would come. We lost because of this or that. We were surprised because the race was legitimately close and nobody could have known the outcome. There were all sorts of reasons given. I gave some of my own. I want to reassert those here, to confirm Earlene's feelings because I felt the same way.
The real cause for surprise had nothing to do with media expectations, but with our own views of our culture and society. It shifted so gradually, we didn't realize when we became the minority. The declaration of the shift on election night felt like a rug pulled out from beneath us, but in reality the shift had been slow and indiscernible.
We can take our culture back by participating in the cultural discussion as passionately and richly as Hollywood does.
The time for complacent silence has passed.