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Mitt Romney Had Every Chance
to Win—But He Blew It

National Journal, by Michael Hirsh

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Posted By:Drive, 11/9/2012 8:18:57 AM

Mitt Romney could have won. By Tuesday night, it was certain that 48 percent of the country no longer believed in the portrait of hope and change that Barack Obama offered up in 2008—if any ever had. Like the picture of Dorian Gray, the reality had grown somewhat repugnant to vast numbers of voters unhappy with a stagnant economy, even as Obama continued to portray himself as the good-guy savior (from George W. Bush, that is) in the White House.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: minuteman, 11/9/2012 8:22:06 AM     (No. 9001839)

Mitt was a terrable candidate but he is the one the GOP elites wanted.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: minuteman, 11/9/2012 8:23:30 AM     (No. 9001844)

Ooops...make that "terrible".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson, 11/9/2012 8:28:17 AM     (No. 9001858)

The GOP needs to quit putting forth 'electable' moderates.

And, in retrospect, Mitt should have never said he favored automatic deportation for illegals. That is exactly what cost him the race.

Of course, no real American knew that Blacks would put Color above Country.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: crabam, 11/9/2012 8:33:44 AM     (No. 9001878)

Anyone who follows this website realizes that any article on a community that is not white has comments that paint broad brush assumptions about them as a group rather than individuals. For example, the Jewish Community is very intelligent and savvy and see right through the fawning "support" of Israel and Jews by the right wing of the Republican Party, most particularly Sean Hannity. There are 12 Jewish Members in the House of Representatives - 0 are Republican. There are 26 Jewish Members in the Senate - 1 (Eric Cantor) is Republican. And people wonder why the Jewish Community votes for the Democrat Party. Another example, there are lots of people of Indian and Chinese origin who are fiscally conservative. But the religious rhetoric of the R's scares them. It's time for the Republicans to face reality. Keep religion and abortion out of politics. They are personal matters. The US is a secular country not a Christian country... if it was the latter, the founding fathers would have said so in the Constitution.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MHR, 11/9/2012 8:34:15 AM     (No. 9001880)

Disagree heartily.....no Indys would vote for a hard core conservative, no hispanics or blacks either, so we'd never win another election with a candidate further to the right of Mitt.

Every black in the country voted for him, all the unions had many things lined up for their boy, I don't think Santa Claus could have beat Romney, and until pre-voting and voting 'irregularities' end, I think anyone but a Dem will have a tough time winning, it's just too easy to rig an election and I think they did that handily.

Nominating a hardcore conservative though would hand it to them, they'd barely have to campaign to win!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jgalt, 11/9/2012 8:38:05 AM     (No. 9001891)

There was one very easy and obvious way to beat that skunk: File a law suit to force him to prove he is ELIGIBLE to even run for president. He CAN'T. If obama could prove he is eligible, he would have done it by now... instead we have:

TWO separate PHONEY "birth certificates"
A PHONEY Social Security number issued in Connecticut !
A FORGED Selective Service Registration.
A COMPLETELY SEALED personal history including ALL his school records and college admission records.
Mysteriously missing customs records of entries into the US bracketing the EXACT time period when obama was born.
The myserious MURDER of a man who was involved in the passport data breach in 2008 where access to obama's passport information was gained (although no one knows to this day what information is there).
MILLIONS of dollar spent by obama in dispatching lawyers ALL OVER the Nation to defend DOZENS of law suits to force him to prove his eligibility.
A miliatry offficer with a distinguished miliatry career (Terry Lakin) who was sent to PRISON simply because he wanted to fulfill his oath to the Constitution.

If obama could prove he is a natural born citizen.... he WOULD have by now.

But Mitt allowed himself to be intimidated and decided that this was not the CRITICAL Constitutional issue that it is... and he LOST ! Mitt is a great guy.... would have made a fantastic President.... but, just like ALL the other politicians and elected officials in our Country (with the ONLY exception being Sherif Joe Apaio)Mitt is a COWARD or simply does NOT really CARE about the Constitution and the Rule of Law.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: slickbgone, 11/9/2012 8:39:45 AM     (No. 9001896)

I'm getting tired of these articles. I didn't like Mitt in the beginning but he grew on me. The more I learned about him the more proud I was. Not a hint of scandal in his past, humble, perfect family man, decent & hard working even though he could have taken any easy path & sat on his butt & done nothing his whole life.

I blame the media for allowing the misinformation campaign against him to go unanswered & actually piling on. I blame barry & his merry band of liars & cheats for their propaganda campaign & the incessant sliming of this good man. I also blame the media for shielding bronco bamma from all his failures & crimes & covering for his incompetence.

As for me & my house we hope barry fails. We hope the next 4 years bring him nothing but pain, misery, & sleepless nights. He owns the mess he created & may he reap what he has sown.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dolphin, 11/9/2012 8:40:29 AM     (No. 9001899)

If Romney had yelled at the media just once in the last few days (think Newt in South Carolina) he would have won. I kept waiting...then I voted anyway--but only because Ann Coulter liked him.

There won't be many more next times for me. Disappointment like this is bad for my health. I may spend the next election day playing shuffleboard in the lounge and having my hair done.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: RLowe, 11/9/2012 8:44:24 AM     (No. 9001910)

Bravo #7.And that is why I consider republicans complicit in the destruction of this nation.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Grady, 11/9/2012 8:45:55 AM     (No. 9001913)

I don't think Romney blew it. Republicans blew it.

Like Rush said yesterday to a Republican caller who didn't vote at all, "If you had cancer would you take a treatment with a 75% cure rate or wait for a
treatment with a 100% cure rate that doesn't exist."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JCal, 11/9/2012 8:47:05 AM     (No. 9001914)

#8 Sadly, it is not Obama who will suffer . It is decent Americans who will have live in Obummer's Amerika. He and his vulgar , classless, arrogant, racist so-called wife will continue to live the high life on our dime for the rest of their lives. May God have mercy on us. And curse the liberals for foisting these evil people on us.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: country boy, 11/9/2012 8:54:06 AM     (No. 9001933)

The only candidate that could have beat obama is one who would have demanded that all the voting machines be examined. I don't think we had such a candidate.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: kahunavol, 11/9/2012 8:55:34 AM     (No. 9001942)

Abortion is a personal matter for at least two people, the mother and the child. Libertarians don't understand that simple fact and continue to tell us to drop the issue. We who believe that life begins at conception believe also that we have an obligation to protect that life. If you don't agree that isn't my problem, I cannot and will not care less because you keep telling me to do so, any more than William Wilberforce could stop campaigning to end slavery in spite of opposition.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: coldoc, 11/9/2012 9:06:55 AM     (No. 9001979)

The ones who blew it were main stream republicans, foreveer tainted by the likes of bush and mcain. Its time for a third party.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: cgood, 11/9/2012 9:08:57 AM     (No. 9001985)

No credibility. The author refers to Romney's gaffe-filled tour of Europe. That statement cancels out anything else he says.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: tonyl, 11/9/2012 9:09:33 AM     (No. 9001991)

Romney wasn't a bad candidate. He had to waste millions in the primaries. Liberals are great at gaming the system, whether it be welfare scamming, sweet government jobs. This time they gamed the election with getting out the vote. They have created a culture of corruption and I don't see it going away anytime soon. Watch batman the first movie. The joker was parading down the street throwing out cash to people. The society portrayed in that scene is the majority of voters today.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 11/9/2012 9:10:18 AM     (No. 9001993)

Face it, Americans rarely, if ever, elect fantastic people.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: justavoter, 11/9/2012 9:14:17 AM     (No. 9002013)

Guys and gals, relax. Mitt did not blow it. Mitt was just never going to win this. We are just now starting to get the results of many of the voting precents that have more ballots cast than registered voters. In some precents in the Philly area Obama got 99% of the vote, you know, kinda like Hugo Chaves did. Marco Rubio is down there in Fl on the recount mission and everytime he gets a lead, they find more magically find more votes. The whole thing is rigged and the Democrats have found their way into enough areas to block any national election. It is a science they have mastered and with the union employees controling the voter machines, what do you expect. We are toast.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/9/2012 9:20:35 AM     (No. 9002034)

Romney had many strengths but never got the whole right-leaning coalition behind him. The author spews a lot of garbage but he is right in that Obama was able to portray Romney so negatively that he was never able to overcome that.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mickturn, 11/9/2012 9:21:02 AM     (No. 9002036)

Plus, as Rush said, The kids elected Santa Clause...with all his faults, lies etc.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: texaspast, 11/9/2012 9:21:33 AM     (No. 9002039)

Even if I accept that abortion is a personal matter, it ceases to be so when you demand that I pay for yours.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: chumley, 11/9/2012 9:21:51 AM     (No. 9002040)

If Romney had been as conniving and cuthroat in the general election as he was in the primaries, he might be measuring the White House for curtains right now.
I suspect none of that will matter in a year. The rino party is dead. They've thrown one election too many. We should be considering how to rebuild a constitutional America, and how to get to the point where we can.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: crabam, 11/9/2012 9:22:29 AM     (No. 9002043)

#14 - That is your personal view. Go ahead and preach that view to everyone you know and try to convince them. But don't expect the government to impose that view on your behalf on others.

This is getting old. Some people on this website want the government out of their lives and their religion, but have not qualms about imposing their views and religion on others when they are in control of the government. Keep religion and abortion out of politics. Concentrate on fiscal matters and the Republicans will start winning elections again. The obsession with rape and abortion, particularly Republican male candidates simply creeps out women, including conservative women I know.
The United States is a secular country not a Christian County. The Founding Fathers intended it that way. Concentrate on fiscal matters.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: jgalt, 11/9/2012 9:28:15 AM     (No. 9002065)

Could not agree more #10.

A leaopard cannot change its spots and obama is nothing more than a low life con man. So whatever he does, however many ways he breaks the law, lies, and no matter how much damage and destruction he causes... these are all to be expected from him. And the Democrats at large are really not much better than him.

But I really did hold out the naive hope that among the hundreds of congressmen, secretaies of state and election officials, and especially among Republicans that we could find ONE.... just ONE who still understood the meaning of Honour, Duty and Integrity. But, alas... this once Great Nation is fresh out of such men.

All the prior law suits were dimissed on the basis that the litigants had no standing to file. But Mitt ABSOLUTELY had standing. His law suit could not have been dismissed on that basis. He should have filed suits in EVERY state of the Union to get obama thrown off the ballots.

And... after proving that obama knowingly DEFRAUDED the entire Nation.... Mitt would have simply walked into the White House. At which point... he would be duty bound to charge obama with treason and bring him to justice and the US Congress would be duty bound to vacate EVERY SINGLE law signed by obama.




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Reply 25 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 11/9/2012 9:29:23 AM     (No. 9002069)

#24, problem with your analysis is that abortion is a fiscal issue.

I shouldn't have to pay for your "personal issues" regardless of whether I also think it's a sanctity of life issue..

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 11/9/2012 9:30:10 AM     (No. 9002074)

"Getting out the Vote" is a euphemism for rigging the election.

When you get beaten at poker by a cheater it's no time to question your own playing skills.

Dems run to gain power.

Reps run to solve problems.

Not all democrats are criminals...

But a staggering percentage of convicted criminals are Democrats.

Close to the Black numbers.

Many criminals harbor a sense of grievance that fits well with the Dem narrative.

What America lacks is an adequate number of adults.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: stablemoney, 11/9/2012 9:35:59 AM     (No. 9002095)

Mitt did every thing he could to win. If you think you can do better, go to it.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: M2, 11/9/2012 9:39:17 AM     (No. 9002105)

#7, those issues were non-starters and would have made matters worse than they already were. We need to get over the birth certificate thing even though it's the truth. But it never had a chance and that is because the Senate and Judiciary and DOJ are run by Democrats.

Mitt grew on me because I had no choice. He is a decent, honorable, extremely competent man who represents all that made America great. Past tense -- "made".

But those days are over. We are split down the middle between far Left and traditional America with a sprinkling of Far Right. The twain shall never meet. Our job is to figure out how to avoid a civil war.

Bad things are on the horizon unless there is Divine intervention. We are hopelessly outnumbered by misguided, ignorant, uneducated, historically-illiterate, technogeeks whose lives revolve around what makes them feel good instead of what is good for America.

I want a divorce and am ready to secede the moment we have the power to do so. Form "Liberalia" and "Conservia" and see which of the two prospers.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: ramona, 11/9/2012 9:39:56 AM     (No. 9002109)

Yes, let's keep the government out of our lives and bedrooms - NO taxpayer funded abortion or contraception. NO taxpayer funding for unmarried mothers who chose not to live a chaste life or to pick sex partners who were willing to support their offspring.

It is also incorrect to say that we are not a Christian nation. Our Constitution is steeped in Judeo/Christian biblical principals of justice and human rights. Of course we have never had a state-sponsored denomination, but history is erased with such a statement.

There was a time when these Biblical principals were accepted by the vast majority of Americans, whether Christian or not. For example, the evil of pornography was widely accepted. Today we have addictions to pornography and, even in my little circle of acquaintances, I know of 3 men who have been convicted for being part of child porn rings. We've come a long way, baby.

Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 11/9/2012 9:40:59 AM     (No. 9002113)

This article is wrong about so many things (e.g. global warming) it's difficult to credit the electoral analysis. I'm hesitant to engage on this topic because I've spent the months since the nomination fighting my instinct to criticize Romney and instead doing everything in my power to elect him. Now I find I have no reason to criticize him. Who would have thought that the best thing about the Romney Campaign would turn out to be Romney himself?

Mitt was a competent, hard-working candidate who had some superb moments in the debates. The Romney Campaign team and operatives, on the other hand, completely misread the political landscape and positioned their leader to lose. Bad analysis, mixed messages, a bungled convention, and an incompetent GOTV left Romney standing pat on a non-existent lead in the final weeks. The Romney operatives refused to consider that they might, in fact, be mistaken and make the necessary corrections. Their supremely arrogant self-confidence doomed our candidate and, perhaps, our country. I've never seen such a smart man employ such stupid people. They blew it and now we all lose.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Shucky, 11/9/2012 9:47:21 AM     (No. 9002139)

i cant blame the democrats, their evils are a given. i blame those who stayed home rather than vote against the dems. i hope they suffer the most from their foolish choice, even more than the dem voters.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: M-79, 11/9/2012 9:50:07 AM     (No. 9002149)

America made the choice between a God-fearing man of stellar character and a Godless man with a corrupt character.
God help us.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: pomom, 11/9/2012 9:53:46 AM     (No. 9002165)

Jaded article. Jesus Christ could not have defeated the Chicago thuggery who most certainly tampered with the vote count/machines. I'm certain of it.

I believe some Evangelicals may have sat this one out.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 11/9/2012 9:56:29 AM     (No. 9002170)

Of course this is a Christian country. Any reading about the founding fathers will tell you that. Most of them had degrees in theology. It is only in the last 60-80 years or so that the focus has been secular. David Barton's dvd series is an excellent resourse on the Constitution and the Founding Fathers.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: fb2002, 11/9/2012 10:00:42 AM     (No. 9002185)

I always thought Mitt was a weak candidate, but the voters in Florida thought otherwise and gave him a crucial primary victory. Mitt's basic flaw is his moderate, middle of the road ideology. He tried to sound conservative, but many on the right did not believe him and stayed home. Of course he did better than McPain, but then again that is easy, McPain is a chameleon, he's liberal to some audiences,and conservative to others.

Unfortunately, the lessons that the media is trying to teach, is that the Republicans need even more middle of the road candidates. Ha! That is an intentional, sure fire way to loose again. However, after 4 more years of zero, I predict, any republican, except governor crispy creme, will get elected. Ya think Bush fatigue was bad, zero fatigue will be overwhelming. But then, again, that presumes that this is the same country I grew up in. I no longer believe that to be the case.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 11/9/2012 10:05:55 AM     (No. 9002210)

The Romney campaign violated Rule #1 in running for elected office: don't let the other side define you. From April until August, there was an unrelenting assault on Mitt Romney and Bain Capital on TV, radio, everywhere you turned. The Romney campaign kept their powder dry and barely fought back.

There was not three million votes worth of voter fraud. Even looking at the battleground states, there was not that much fraud. There was fraud to be sure, however.

The democrats ground game was better; much better. They spend the money when they didn't have it, but it paid off in the end.






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Reply 37 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 11/9/2012 10:11:12 AM     (No. 9002225)

These days I alternately feel like crying or vomiting---literally. I just can't get my mind around the issues enough to fingerpoint. Perhaps I can say something sensible at a later date. Right now, I grieve.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: mary Ellen, 11/9/2012 10:12:14 AM     (No. 9002228)

I blame the MAIN STREET MEDIA fully! Jesus Crhist couldn't have won against them. I refuse to support any and all stores, newspapers, magazine, churches, industry, friends, family and anybody or anything that continues to be complicit in the distruction of the United States. You can take that to the bank, if you can find one still standing.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: CEP, 11/9/2012 10:12:33 AM     (No. 9002230)

Agree with you #11, Mitt was an excellent candidate, someone this country needed at this time. Why didn't more Republicans help him? Mitt did all he could, it's Republicans that continue to let themselves be painted as hating this and that. Republicans need to get out there and talk about all the wonderful things about being a Republican, take out newspaper ads talk about how it was Republicans that stood with the blacks and got Civil Rights legislation passed, it was Republicans that helped immigrants i.e. Reagan. Tell the history of the Republicans to the country stop letting the likes of Obama and his ilk define them.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: god of irony, 11/9/2012 10:13:01 AM     (No. 9002233)

This whole Mitt was a bad moderate picked by the elites meme is really getting old.

Where was the conservative tea party candidate that had morals, intellect, speaking skills and personality to take the nomination? The Tea Party had their chance and they blew it.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Malia2012, 11/9/2012 10:19:25 AM     (No. 9002257)

What #4, and especially #28 said. Frankly I'm sick and tired of all the whining and gnashing of teeth about what a "terrible candidate Mitt Romney was". If he hadn't had to fight off fellow Republicans and "pundits" right up to the Convention, perhaps his message could have gotten out. That said, IMO, there is NO Republican (Including Ronald Reagan) that can beat corruption and Chicago-politics when they are supported by the bottom-feeding "msm" 24/7! Let all the ABR's sit back and say "I told you so" and enjoy their moment of "accomplishment" at the defeat of Mitt Romney. We will continue to pray for this once great Country until the next time.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: AntiStatist, 11/9/2012 10:24:10 AM     (No. 9002269)

God, I hate sounding like a Democrat, but the blame here lies with George W. Bush.

I supported most (not all) of Bush's work but there was one major issue where he infuriated me, and that was his refusal to engage the domestic enemy in the national cold war.

The Democrats were able to slander and blame Bush at will, and he never addressed it. Their version of truth (lies easily put down) thus stood, and Romney was saddled with the wreckage as he campaigned in 2012.

I'm even more furious with Bush now, as his negligence in fighting the ideological war at home carries dire consequences for the nation.

Obama ought to kiss Bush's ass, because he paved Obama's road to rule.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: AnnG, 11/9/2012 10:27:35 AM     (No. 9002285)

Obama bought the election with all the promises of free stuff, amnesty, forgiving student loans, the list goes on. Let's not forget the unions , they were out in full force. Now with the unions and Hispanics going big time for Obama they expect payback in the way of card check and full amnesty for over eleven millions illegals. No conservative would have beaten Obama , not even Gringich, Santorum , Perry, etc. would have done any better.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: bluefindad, 11/9/2012 10:29:02 AM     (No. 9002290)

Messaging is the answer. The author is right that Romney didn't get his argument across, but wrong that it would have mattered.

For me, the light has illuminated. Republicans are wandering in the basement with the bulb burnt out. The majority of the electorate are pig-ignorant. The only message that might sway them is a one-liner with a message that induces fear or humiliation of the opponent. Romney would have been better off with a single ad with a black rapper with a message of "Hey, Obama - where's my job?", or an accusation that Obama 'offed' Stevens because he was gay.

I just got off a fishing boat. I spent eight days with 20 other men, most of whom were middle aged or seniors. When politics came up, I was dismayed at their lack of knowledge of both current events and history. Inevitably, they shrugged and said "It doesn't matter who you vote for, they're all the same". These were not low-income, non-achievers. The trip cost real money, and these men had businesses and worked hard.

Bottom line - we are deluded into believing that, given facts and observations, Americans will make the correct decision. The truth is that there are a huge number of Americans who are ignorant, and intend to stay that way. Democrats have figured that out, and appeal to the lowest common denominator.

The bottom line is that Obama must be subject to Alinsky-style ridicule. Are we ready to go there?

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 11/9/2012 10:54:19 AM     (No. 9002401)

Agree with #16, especially in light of this FTA;

Despite the lack of a clear second-term agenda from Obama, Romney’s campaign also suffered from a dearth of fresh ideas. His $5 trillion tax-cut plan rested on a hoary and largely debunked concept from the Reagan years that tax cuts for “wealth creators” boost the economy.

Hirsh almost had me going until I hit that total BS point.

Mitt had no "gaffes" in Europe. The lying obamedia declared them to be gaffes and ran with it. They would have done the same with something else if needed.

I still think that the public man kiss delivered by Judas Christie played a big part in all this. Gallup had Romney up by 6-7 points before that happened, and then things were back to dead even on election day. The only thing that can explain that is Sandy and lard butt's man-love when oblamer showed up with an open checkbook.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Burger, 11/9/2012 11:07:11 AM     (No. 9002476)

Moderate Republican candidate loses election. Again. Maybe if we moderate just a little bit more, we can just nominate a Democrat and be done with it. The Lefty Moderate from the North East turned out to be a dud. Who Knew? I did.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 11/9/2012 11:11:20 AM     (No. 9002493)

I was determined to stay off the political sites for a few weeks to try to overcome my addiction. Oh well. Baby steps. I fell off the wagon. I can't stay away from Lucianne.

At this particular point in time Romney was the only one that could have passed the scrutiny of this particular Dem campaign machine. The candidate this time around had to be squeeky-clean. Even Gloria Alred couldn't get it done. There was no way to overcome the voter x 4 organization of the left machine. In truth, Romney probably did win in a landslide, but we will never know. What goes around, comes around.

I see mass population moves to the South in the next few years. California will become two states. New York will tax itself out of business. Trump will move his operation to Texas. Retirees, if anyone can aford to retire, will no longer move to Florida but to places like Louisiana and Texas. Start building those golfing communities! Well, I can dream, can't I?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: woodsman, 11/9/2012 11:56:27 AM     (No. 9002628)

We blew it....we didn't show up...had we, we would have won handily

We can be Goldylocks waiting for the perfect porridge we all have to vote for the best porridge we have and we didn't - the blame is on us

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Reply 49 - Posted by: MDConservative, 11/9/2012 12:01:50 PM     (No. 9002659)

So, if 70% of Hispanics (read Mexicans and Central Americans) vote Dem the GOP is obligated to moderate. If 95% of Blacks vote Dem the GOP must become more inclusive. If 70% of white males vote Rep, they're just incorrigible racists and the Dems should ignore them. That's the gist of all this post-election advice.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/9/2012 12:03:31 PM     (No. 9002668)

#14, with due respect, it isn't the pro-life view being forced on anybody. It is the increasingly MOSTLY pro-life Americans who are beat over the head with this issue at every turn by PRO-BABY KILLING advocates. Plus, my taxes go daily to pay for this so-called "private choice."

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Reply 51 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/9/2012 12:05:29 PM     (No. 9002679)

Excuse me, #14, I totally agree with you. My post #52 is directed to #24. So sorry.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: formerlyphelps, 11/9/2012 12:31:11 PM     (No. 9002758)

This is going to be hugely unpopular here, but this article is about 75% correct – especially much of the second page and closing paragraph. I probably think that because it echoes concerns raised about Romney as a candidate for these times during the primary, which evidence indicates was spot on.

Aside from some oddball comments about Romney running “to the right” of his primary opponents and supply side economics not working, there are a lot of very important points raised. The most critical is IMAGE. In the end, it didn’t matter what Romney proposed – it was his image as a rich 1%-er out to help the “wealthiest Americans” vs. the “47%” that did him in. If -0-bama hadn’t been an incumbent (and the first black president) Romney would have won. But -0-bama successfully painted Romney exactly the way this article describes – and it was just enough. Romney would have made a fine president, though probably not a transformative one. He was just too easy a target for the left for these times.


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Reply 53 - Posted by: bob913, 11/9/2012 6:12:54 PM     (No. 9003701)

Mitt did not embrace the Tea Party.
I never heard him speak about the many many scandals of obama.

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