Photos: Mitt Romney loss prompts anger, heartbreak at Colorado Republican watch party

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Sell the house. Lay off employees. Shut down the business. Prepare for the children to move back home.

These are some of the stories of gloom, doom and dread that Mitt Romney supporters at Denver's official GOP watch party shared as news broke -- rather suddenly, and before they even knew Colorado would be going blue -- that the country is getting four more years of Barack Obama.

"Welcome to hell!" one Romney supporter shouted just after Fox News broadcast that Obama had won Ohio, giving him enough electoral votes to win the race. The polls in Colorado had only closed around two hours earlier, and the results in a state that many thought could be critical in the final outcome were still trickling in.

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Scenes of Obama campaign's celebration in Ohio started appearing on the screens at the party's setting -- a lounge of the Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High. Some cried. Others were silent. Some began walking out of the room even before any details had emerged about Colorado's results.

"They called it so soon," said Ken Cutshaw, 59, as he watched broadcasts declaring an Obama victory. "I was born a Republican -- it is just so disappointing to see this."

Cutshaw, the president of a restaurant chain, says Obama's reelection would hurt his employees and his industry.

"The hiring process will be geared to part-time workers instead of full-time workers because of health-care costs," he said. "And that's not good for the general public."

He added, "I just thought [Romney] had a better economic plan for the country.... I don't know if the campaign really matched Obama's ground game. A huge amount of [Romney's] campaign was about the media, the stream of advertising. It may have come down to get-out-the-vote efforts. Maybe the president did a better job."

As some supporters did frantic searches on their iPads and iPhones to confirm that the results were true, Representative Cory Gardner took the stage and delivered a short speech confirming what was pretty tough to deny at that point: Romney had lost, even if Colorado hadn't even been declared yet.

"Tonight, we share in victory. We share in races that we wish would've gone the other way. But this Republican Party will remain a strong party, and we will remain a strong Republican state for the reasons that we hold dear, the values that make us strong -- belief in the individual, belief in individual responsibility and the knowledge that when we get government out of the way and let America work, we will move this country forward," said Gardner, who was reelected last night. "So tonight, our work is just beginning."

Promoting the same message that made its way into the final Colorado rallies of both Romney and Obama, Gardner said it is time for bipartisan collaboration.

"We will come together not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as Americans to address these great challenges -- to make sure that going forward, our children and our grandchildren know that their brighter days are ahead of them," he said, before quickly transitioning back to a GOP talking point. "And that we will never yield the ground that we have fought so hard to achieve and that is that we always know what's best for our lives, our families, our businesses, far better than any government ever could."

After some applause, he added, "And so tonight, we celebrate. We look back on ways that we can always fight for the next race. And we will not give in."

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Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

LOL @ Kristen Finley. "Do as I say, not as I do." The only time the fanatical reich-wingers would "reach across the aisle" is to either steal someone else's cookies or to sling them across the chamber. Typical Conturd Double Standard. You are dismissed.

zacharymaas
zacharymaas

"Romney supporters hit Barack bottom!"

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

They all went home, drank some scotch, and beat their wives.

XJS GUY
XJS GUY

About that stadium~~

It's being used by winners~~the Broncos.

 

As for the "other ones" who wanted to use it, as Dandy Don used to sing on MNF~~

 

"Turn out the lights

 

The party's over"

 

The party that is just starting now is the one that we veterans and OTHER real Americans are going to enjoy, in spite of the petulant snobstructionists from the wrong side of the aisle.

 

The next big thing on the agenda is Da Bears and Broncos in the SB so that my friend Valerie and I can finally have one of us pay off a bet.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How much self-loathing must a woman have to be a Mormon or a Repuglykkkan?

 

Or both?!

Chriss Hoffman
Chriss Hoffman

To those saying "we need to sell our home now, close the business, quit hiring" YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. Work together to fix our country. Republican AGAINST Romney here, unless you have 10 million in the bank, Mitt was never on your side, not even when he said he was. Open your eyes, mind your business, we are America, we are not one candidate.

ryanjohnsmith1013
ryanjohnsmith1013

Why are they always so unattractive ?

 

Great toungue-in-cheek photojournalism work. Love the guppie with the three chins. 

 

Suzy-Cupcake with the interlaced prayer hands is Pulitzer worthy.

ryanjohnsmith1013
ryanjohnsmith1013

"The quote-unquote 'women's vote' was abused and manipulated, and I am sad to see women fall for that," she said. "I think it's very easy to get caught up in the media hype and the campaign hype."

 

Good story ! Now make me a sandwich.

ryanjohnsmith1013
ryanjohnsmith1013

 "I was born a Republican -- it is just so disappointing to see this."

 

Ahhaaahhhaaaa. " I was told how to think by my family "

 

Laaawhozaaahhheeers.

 

IZen
IZen

Cory went on to say he personally guarantees the republican party's policies will be successful at making Obama a two term president.  We start working today to make sure he won't have a third term ;-)

 

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

"Bruce Swartwood, 63, ...got nostalgic..."Hopefully, my kids get to see some part of the United States that I grew up in. The '50s, the '60s,"

I am also 63.

I loved the 50s as a kid. Segregated swimming pools (in the North) and the constant threat of nuclear war with the Russians.

And, let's not forget the '60s and early '70s with over 4 million dead in Vietnam.

And, people of all ages smoked cigarettes everywhere. Let's go back to that.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Noelle Tarabulski, President of Builder Software Tools says her "business clients are scared to death". These are home builders who are all reporting increased sales and profits. Not likely scared to death.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Jesus - 1

Joseph Smith - 0

Not like anyone's counting ......

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Hopefully 'Mittens' will KILL himself ,

now that the election is over !!!...

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

"Cutshaw, the president of a restaurant chain"

You mean Kenneth A. Cutshaw, President, Quiznos International whose franchisees are all OUTSIDE the USA.

I had no idea that Obamacare was the law outside the USA.

Wait til he finds out that all of the EU countries have government-run healthcare systems.

stopcrying
stopcrying

You Republicans are so dramatic. Seriously. 

 

Kathleen Eccleston, I’m sorry the women’s vote was not abused and manipulated. Do you know how close the Personhood Act came to being on the ballot in CO? Did you know Paul Ryan sponsored this bill? Do you how easily Roe v Wade could be overturned in Romney were President? Do you know that when Romney was Governor he did not increase the number of women in his cabinet, but it actually decreased by 3%. Romney doesn’t respect women or view them as equals and I have many, many examples of this.

 

And Noelle Tarabulski, you think eliminating taxes on capital gains and increasing our military spending will get us out of this deficit? You think that makes economic sense? Sorry eliminating taxes on capital gains may encourage more investing, but that will only make the rich richer. It will not help the majority. You my friend are just not willing to do your part. My wealthy friends and I are more than willing to pay a little more to help this Country and our fellow man.

 

This is the most intelligent quote in the entire article. "We will come together not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as Americans to address these great challenges -- to make sure that going forward, our children and our grandchildren know that their brighter days are ahead of them,"

 

So stop crying! If you want change get off your lazy butts and do something. Get involved in your local politics, government, education system, community, outreach and volunteer, fight for your beliefs and buy local! Enough already!

 

3vilmonkey
3vilmonkey

Hmm.. if those people were delusional enough to show up to a Romney victory party last night, then its not surprising that their comments were bizarre, insulting and... bat$hit insane.  To any and all Romney supporters who care to listen:  to the extent that you can pull your heads out of your @sses and begin align your beliefs and ideology with reality, is the extent that you'll start to be on the winning team come election day.  Until then, you've always got Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, etc.  to nurse your bigotry, ignorance and hatred.

Philip Fick
Philip Fick

Mitt was a terrible nominee and candidate. Huntsman would have been electable, but he was blackballed by the tea party and the extreme delusional far right.

Mish Desmarais
Mish Desmarais

Wow. "I'm not going to hire people." YOU are part of the problem.

Es Kot
Es Kot

it was prolly like most parties thrown by reps. lame! A rep. party is only fun when you have minorities to control and make fun of.

Colleen Luckett
Colleen Luckett

BTW, the so-called "women's vote" was very real and not media hype. A few Supreme Court justices are due to retire over the next four years. If Romney were elected, he would then put conservative judges on the bench, and I guarantee you, the first thing they'd do is overturn Roe vs. Wade - which is to me more than the right to a legal, medical procedure; it's a symbolic precedent set for women's rights in general. Thank you, fellow citizens, for voting for women, equal rights, diversity, and a brand new America!

Colleen Luckett
Colleen Luckett

Sorry to break it to ya, Rep. Cory Gardner -- we're not so much a Republican state!

Don Finley
Don Finley

gotta love all the reaching out by the gracious winners tho- brings a tear...

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

lmao...good one Tina. I started to read the article, got to the speech part about how the Reps supposedly value the individual and nearly puked. Value as a commodity or value as long as they're straight, Christian (and apparently Mormons even with Planet Kulob *sp?* beliefs), and white?

Denver Tina
Denver Tina

Lots of white people who eat a shit-filet-a.

Larry L Crabbe
Larry L Crabbe

gREAT WN FOR DEMOCRACY AND DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY FOR USA AND COLORADO :)

valerie.broncofan
valerie.broncofan

Nice white people slide show. And to those who said they will not be hiring because of this result.... Then you all DESERVE to go out if business. And to the 63 year old lamenting about the past, I was born in '58 and have fond memories of those decades. But it had it's flaws. The right say they "Want their country back." Well we on the left want our country FORWARD!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Lowlife Repuglycan Scum kicked to the filthy gutter where they belong !!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @davebarnes --  Boycott Boulder Software Tools.

 

Deny ALL Government handouts to ALL Red Repiglican States!

 

Deny ALL "socialized" medicine -- Medicare -- to ALL Repuglykkkans!

 

Deny ALL Government Loan guarantees and contracts to ALL Repuke business owners!

ryanjohnsmith1013
ryanjohnsmith1013

 @BackOffImStarving

 Yes, you can be born an uninformed, out of touch, pocketbook Republican; but you can also educate yourself and become a better person.

 

 Not sure what point you're trying to make, if any. Your comment makes no sense.

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