To paraphrase the traditional Passover formulation honored in Jewish homes: why was this election different from all other elections? What makes 2012 stand out in recent political history, either as a temporary anomaly or a significant, long-term shift in the electorate? The most striking change in the results this year involved a precipitous and alarming decline in voter participation, a drop-off that stemmed from a deliberate strategy by the Obama campaign and almost certainly provided the president with his margin of victory. Meanwhile, much of the conventional wisdom about the results has been fatuous and unsubstantiated,
This is an interesting and worthwhile read. However, regardless of all Medved says, the fact remains that it should not have even been close. Presidents who - among other deeds of absolute perfidy, appoint communists - should be run out of office as disgraceful laughingstocks, not slobbered over like Jim Jones 2. An America that would even consider running a Barack Obama for reelection is an America that has lost both its bearings and its mind. No amount of clever campaign strategery can counter that.
More and more, I am understanding Sarah Palin´s decision not to run, assuming prescience about the electorate (and the compromised GOP) was informing her decision. You cannot fight stupid with smart - stupid doesn´t react.
Interesting article but I disagree, the party that held back the vote of "right leaning independents" was the party that allowed a New England RINO be nominated. NO MORE OPEN PRIMARIES, the Republican nominee must be selected by Republicans.
"... 85 percent of all campaign commercials by the Obama campaign and allied groups featured negative messages about Romney." This caused people to stay away??? This infuriated and fired up the opposition.
Something wrong with the numbers from every angle. What this is trying to say is that normal Americans, i.e. conservatives, are so stupid they can´t see through this onslaught of perfidious ads.
Early voting was way up. Voting lines at the precincts were often hours long.
So more people voted for Palin then Romney? That is one way to see what the article says. I am surprised but also did sense that lack of enthusiasm during the last ten days..and not all due to Sandy. Romney´s message did not get out. He played it safe. But I still admire him and am so sorry he lost. No he was not a lot of our first picks. Palin was mine but also did not want her to run due to the clap sp she would face from the establishment repubs. So here´s to the establishment who demonize all but their hand picked candidates: No More. I will vote for No More of your hand picked candidates and surely will not give any money.
As for popular vote: Final totals are predicted to surpass McCains and rival Bush 43. Most of Obie´s lost millions are likely from the white population that fell for him in ´08. Safe to say many withheld their vote for Mitt as MM suggests. Electorally: Jack Cashill opines that vote harvesting in early voting states made the difference. Harvesting is not necessarily illegal, but a vey aggressive GOTV program in which few can do more given the extra time Some fraud likely occurred here but can´t guess how much
Many swing states were / are early voters. NC. IA. OH NV WI FL iirc
final totals will show that those states were lost by about 400,000 votes total.
It is not who votes that counts. It is who counts the votes that counts. How can 100% of the registered voters vote for Obama? This happened in certain Philadelphia precincts. This is easy. Rig the voting machines. How can 100% of the states with Voter ID vote for Romney and 100% of the states with no Voter ID "vote" for Obama? Statistically improbable.
The election was stolen. Get over it. The demonRats can steal whatever election they want. They control the polls. They stole Florida again.
There seems to be no way to defeat the juggernaut of Public Service Unions, who run the show. Without significant Republican participation on a precinct-by-precinct level the voter fraud will continue.
Big lies. Voter fraud. Lying advertisements. These constitute the path to our Nation´s dissolution.
Every election from dog catcher to President, Republicans are going to have to win inspite of vote fraud and media bias. Anyone who does not plan or allow for that is going to be beaten right out of the gate.
Gee. Romney proved to be a weak finisher because he let Obama use Bain to define him with low interest voters as an out of touch plutocrat who would never understand their problems.
Hey, OP. Who could have predicted that? Like maybe everyone on this site who had studied Romney´s record on past campaigns and was leary of those who described how simply perfect he´d be with swing voters.
Most of his primary detractors worked their butts off for him but the independents still didn´t like the dog food.
Romney has many, many, talents. He also has ZERO charisma. Dear Leader, on the other hand, has zero talent but heaps of charisma. This is why he is so loved by his Royal Court of lap doggies in the media.
The street smart Obama Chicago crew had Romney defined the way they wanted before Romney ever got up off his beach chair at his lakeside home in NH. Then knock off a few million votes from people who would not vote for a Morman and Obama could rest easy.
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