In First Post-Election Interview, Paul Ryan Blames Loss on Unexpected 'Urban' Turnout

And we would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling "urbans."

Failed vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan granted his first post-election sit-down interview to his home state's CBS affiliate WISC-TV, and wasted no time getting to heart of the reason he and running mate Mitt Romney lost to incumbent Barack Obama.

"I think the surprise was some of the turnout, especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race," he told reporter Jessica Arp.

So, wait. The Romney/Ryan ticket lost because too many black people voted? Not, say, because of the budget or health care? "I don't think we lost it on those budget issues, especially on Medicare - we clearly didn't lose it on those issues."

Clearly, huh? Here's Politico on election night:

Six in 10 voters nationwide say they think taxes should be increased, a welcome statistic for President Barack Obama and a sign that the president's attacks on Mitt Romney's proposed tax cuts for the wealthy may have been effective.

And the National Journal the day after:

A survey commissioned by the [AFL-CIO] showed that by 64 to 17 percent, voters want to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits and address the deficit by increasing taxes on the rich, rather than address the deficit by cutting entitlements...

Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the GOP denial spectrum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told Politico Republicans needed to "stop being the stupid party" and abandon "dumbed-down conservatism."

"We've got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything," Jindal said. "We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys."

[H/T: ThinkProgress, The Hill, screengrab via WISC]