END IN SIGHT: US President Barack Obama appears with tears on his cheek during remarks at his final presidential campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
US President Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS

THE US elections graphically revealed the Hispanisation of the US and not the Americanisation of Hispanics.

Even a clumsy candidate might have beaten Barack Obama if not for a simple factor that could not be overcome — the Grand Old Party’s growing and dangerous extremism.

Mr Romney is not a frightening extremist. To win the nomination, he had to feign being one — recasting himself as severely conservative and eschewing reasonableness.

Pandering to the Tea Party cost Mr Romney the election.

The Republican Party has changed. It is ideologically extreme, scornful of compromise, unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science, and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. It will fail again in 2016.

Farouk Araie

Johannesburg