The latest post-election question is whether Republicans were blind to the defeat headed their way because they chose to live in a cocoon in which they paid attention only to Fox News, conservative talk radio and right-wing websites. (Snip) Out in the field, the Republicans actually involved in the election are talking about different things. For example, in Ohio -- the most hotly contested state in the entire race -- Republicans are asking why a large group of voters, carefully cultivated through personal contacts and putative supporters of Mitt Romney, just didn´t show up at the polls.
Here in Pennsylvania, I am a registered democrat, as is my daughter. My wife and son are registered as republicans. I was bombarded with messages from the President Zero campaign, right up to and including election day. But we received just one call from republicans, on the afternoon of election day, asking me if we voted. Nothing else. Zero had his ground game on in Pa, and shouldabeen president romney did not.
I live in OH, and they have to do something about the early voting. The absentee ballots are bad enough, but the dems were literally busing in people to vote, buying them lunch, etc. Since most of the workers at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections are surly black women, I´m sure these ´voters´ were not scrutinized appropriately. The Republicans are supposed to have a presence there, but I doubt if they ever stand up to these people for fear of the ´racist´ accusation.
I sometimes wonder if somehow Republican ballots are thrown out, or defaced so as to be uncounted.
Why don´t Republicans show up in nursing homes helping the residents vote the first day of early voting? Of course having a candidate with a couple concrete proposals to vote FOR might propel people to the voting booth.
York dances all around the outside of this issue even when all of his observations lead to the only obvious conclusion. I have yet to encounter a Republican who is in the least "puzzled". Intrepid reporting? Hardly!
#3-Our experience here in Chester County was different from yours. My wife & I are registered as ´´No Affiliation´´. On Thurs & Fri before Nov 6th we received 30 or so calls each day from the Romney campaign. 15-20 Sat,Sun & Mon. Even a few on Tues. 1 from Moochelle. Maybe they spent too much time & money on the perceived ´´Independents´´? And not enough get out the Republican vote. It´s over! I´m begining to get a crick in my neck from all this navel-gazing.
#9. No question that Republicans need a better ground game, but I don´t buy your snarky comment about Romney. The other side didn´t need an agenda, just $300 million to define our candidate as a felon, tax cheat, job killer, and murderer, accusations all unanswered and unquestioned. When you have an electorate that thinks at the 2nd grade level, that´s all you need.
They´re not missing, it´s just that they were not counted. Where is the media on all the irregularities at the polls. In 2004 they screamed bloody murder that there was fraud in Ohio and to this day they still drone on about it. Fast forward (I´m sorry for using the word) to today, nothing, even though there is much more evidence to the contrary now than eight years ago.
Well, #3, I am in PA too and had the opposite telephone experience. I had calls from Clint, Newt, Mitt, Paul, Rudy, Fred, and many other shining lights urging me to vote in the weeks and days prior to the election. I don´t know what the significance of that is, but that was the case in my house.
I just don´t understand where the voters were when we had our chance to turn back this obamacare stuff. Even if you had a problem with voting for Romney you should vote for the party (just like the dems do).
FTA: Developing a clear idea of why Romney lost is important because it will help Republicans fix the things that need to be fixed -- and not blow up the party if there are less radical solutions.
We already have a clear idea of why Romney lost and it has nothing to do with a lack of zeal on conservatives for Romney! It´s the disappearance of our votes.
This cannot be cleaned up until we get back to the original way of voting, eliminating the many, many days of voting that aids and abets democrat vote theft and multiple identies/addresses/states of fraudulent voters.
Duhhh ayuhhh.... hmmmmh. I coulda swore we had several million votes in this here box, Elmer. Did you see ´em around here someplace... or maybe hauled ´em to the dump or burned ´em with thet pile ´o leaves maybe?
Let´s look around real hard. Maybe we can find just enough votes in closets and boxes in the swing states to beat Barack Obama the same way Farnken beat Coleman and Gregoire beat Rossi in WA.
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