Re: Why Romney Lost
posted at 11/8/2012 11:05 AM EST
In response to jmel's comment:
In response to slomag's comment:
There's a lot of temptation on the right to blame Romney, but I think he had the best possible strategy. But the GOP is in a tough position right now - the candidate has to win the primary, and has to win over moderates. I think the real Romney is a moderate, but there's really no way to know - he took every position imaginable on every single issue.
But remember, the first debate was really Romney's pivot to the middle. Many think he had a terrific debate performance, but if it had been a Gingrich, Santorum or Bachmann up there, you wouldn't have seen a change in the poll numbers, because they actually believed what they were saying in the primaries, and the contrast with Obama would have been alarming to independents.
Ultimately, I think if there had been no Sandy, or if Obama was less competent and / or less likeable personally, this strategy might have worked for Romney. Trying to turn independents and undecideds into tea-partiers would have failed miserably.
Good points......but, I think there`s alot of OVER-analysis on why Romney lost. IMO it`s simple. Obama won the youth, minorities, and single women. Added together, that`s a big block and it made the difference.
The youth think he`s a cool-rock star. The other 2 blocks want their free stuff to keep on coming. The HALF of the country that lost and is angry today were voting based on 23 million out of work, $16 Trillion debt, $4.00 gas, unemploymen/underemployment at 15%, lies in Libya (enabled by the MSM), and 4 years of incompetence. They (we) may have lost, but we (with exception of some crazy extremists) voted for competence and normalcy.
Just consider that three days ago you were convinced of a land-slide victory for Romney. I'm not asking you to abandon your ideology - just question the sources of some of this information.
Why do you say 23 million when the BLS says 12 million, and at what point did you start using the U-6 number instead of the U-3 number, and do you compare Obama's U-6 number to the U-3 numbers of other presidents, and is that fair?
What was the real deficit when Obama took office ($1.2 trillion), and what does that project to in debt over four years with zero stimulus spending ($15.5 trillion)?
How does the price of gas compare to September, 2008? How does September, 2008 compare to September, 2004? 2000?
Why has every news organization except Fox abandoned the Libya story, and why did Romney run away from it so quickly after the second debate?
I'm not trying to be a d1ck, or rub it in or anything - I'm just saying, these guys were either incredibly bad at their job, or they were flat out lying to you about the skewed polls, oversampling, and liberal bias. Did you watch Fox news on election night? Even after they called Ohio, Karl Rove was arguing with them that it wasn't over. It's hard to argue these are the champions of competence and normalcy.