It’s a truism of paleo thought that one cannot influence politics without influencing culture. I still believe it to be true I but I can’t help but wonder over the past 40 years when the Right has won many victories at ballot box that outside of a few isolated instances, the culture so tilts to the left that some conservatives of we know well are looking to make their homes abroad regardless who wins in November.
I will say this, even if Romney somehow won it against someone than pro-Romney or any kind of agenda Romney is supporting. Romney is essentially a nothing candidate, more or less a fallback taking advantage of once again of divided loyalties rather than asserting a triumph for a particular agenda. It would be a backlash vote, just as 1968, 1972, 1988, 1994 and 2010 were backlash votes. There really hasn’t been a positive vote for any kind of conservative agenda since the period 1978-84 and until candidate comes along with a visions to for for something rather against, then it’s probably a given a negative attitude isn’t really going to resonate throughout the larger culture. Indeed, voters in those backlash campaigns were exactly voting for traditionalism as so much against what they though were its enemies.
But culture continued on oblivious to the election returns. So long was someone was buying tickets or paying millions for the art work or watching what was on the tube, they responded accordingly.
I think Pat Buchanan summed it up well: Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories.