Liberal Lecturing Begins: ABC's Dowd Knocks 'Mad Men' Republicans in a 'Modern Family America'
In the aftermath of Barack Obama's reelection, the lecturing and advice from the liberal media began on Wednesday's Good Morning America. ABC analyst Matt Dowd mocked the GOP as a "Mad Men party in a Modern Family America." [MP3 audio here.] (The Mad Men reference is to the AMC series set in the 1960s. Modern Family is a gay-friendly sitcom on ABC.)
According to Dowd, "And it doesn't work anymore. And it just doesn't fit anymore." Host George Stephanopoulos insisted the results indicate that "this is a changing America, which makes it a changing electorate." In a follow-up segment on females, Stephanopoulos asserted Republicans have "got to be thinking, what are we going to do in the future?"
He underlined, "The gender gap is still real."
A transcript of the November 7 segment is below:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning, America. And this morning, four more years. After the most intense, expensive and closely fought campaign in history, President Obama triumphs.
BARACK OBAMA: We have picked ourselves up. We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The President sealed his victory with wins across the battlegrounds. A bitter loss for Governor Romney met by grace.
MITT ROMNEY: This is a time of great challenges for our nation and I pray that the President will be successful in guiding our nation.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Congress still deadlocked. Republicans win the House. Democrats the Senate. Our powerhouse political team on what the next four years means for your family, your job and your future.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Right now, let's get to President Obama's victory. Matthew Dowd, with us all last night, and here to breakdown the victory for President Obama. And first and foremostâ€“ and this is the number we were talking about yesterdayâ€“ the President was more in tune with the changing America. You see that number, 72 percent. That was the share of the vote last night held by whites. Four years ago, it was 74 percent. And that is exactly what President Obama predicted.
MATT DOWD: And not long ago, it was 90 percent. This is a changing America, which makes a changing electorate. And I think that's the thing that President Obama was able to tap into. I mean, a lot of them are single women, younger voters, but especially, the lower number of white voters. And I think that's what, really, Mitt Romney, couldn't overcome on election day. What's happened with the Republicans is they are, the Republican Party, is a Mad Men party in a Modern Family America. And it just doesn't fit anymore.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And it all came out last night. The other thing we saw last night, the President had a bit of a wind at his back at the end of the day. We look at these numbers. When we asked people, is the country off on the wrong track. 52 percent, a majority. But as recently as August, it was above 60 percent. A year ago, 77 percent. People think, believe, we are making progress.
DOWD: You combine this slideâ€“ in June, President Obama can't win, when you looked at the wrong track numbers in June. And 20 points higher than it was on election day. So, you combine that with what the electorate looked like and this number. President Obama was able to squeak out a small but a very convincing victory.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Across the board. That was built on some decent economic news that built up in the last several weeks. So, the President combined a smart strategy, going after that changing America, with some good luck.
DOWD: His turnout operation worked very well and it just putâ€“ these two things put Mitt Romney at a disadvantage he could not overcome.
-- Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.