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Why Mitt Romney Lost
newsmax ^ | November 7, 2012 | Christopher Ruddy

Posted on 11/07/2012 3:31:00 PM PST by all the best

It was the worst of times and the worst of times.

With the 2012 election results in, there are no short- or even medium-term "silver linings" for Republicans.

President Barack Obama has won a decisive victory and the GOP, expecting to gain Senate seats, actually had a net loss of three.

The "morning after" will bring the expected explanations and after-game quarterbacking. Still, it is important that the GOP understand why we lost this one in hopes of future victory.

Perhaps the easy explanation is that two hurricanes and two betrayals by Chris Christie killed Mitt Romney's chances.

The first hurricane was Isaac, the one that skirted Tampa in late August during the Republican convention. That one seriously disrupted the official schedule.

GOP star Marco Rubio — who gave the best speech of the convention — was bumped off prime-time TV coverage, and so was the video biography "introducing" Mitt to the nation.

Aging actor Clint Eastwood was scrambled into the schedule to offer a funny but often incoherent monologue with an empty chair. He stole Mitt's show. And prime-time keynoter Chris Christie barely mentioned the nominee or Obama in a speech that sounded like the New Jersey governor was pumping his re-election.

The ground lost in Tampa wasn't regained until the first debate in Denver, when Romney shined. It was the first, best, and last time he would really sparkle.

As a result of the debates, by late October polls showed that Romney was finally beginning to see a surge.

Then the second hurricane, Sandy, struck on Oct. 29. The campaign went into “freeze” mode while Obama swung into “commander in chief” mode. Romney's surge was suddenly frozen too.

Enter Iago.

It was perfectly fine for Chris Christie to join with Obama in the wake of the crisis. But...

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8 good points
1 posted on 11/07/2012 3:31:02 PM PST by all the best
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To: all the best

Remember the way we felt on 9/11? That just how I feel now. America as a nation is no more.


2 posted on 11/07/2012 3:33:24 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: all the best
I will punch in the nose the next person that tells me Independents do not like a negative campaign.

Thats all Obama brought.

3 posted on 11/07/2012 3:34:03 PM PST by skeeter
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To: all the best
The simple reason he lost was because less Republicans (and perhaps Independents) voted in 2012 than in 2008.

Hard to understand why, Romney ran a much better campaign than McCain?

4 posted on 11/07/2012 3:35:31 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: all the best

yhe lost because republicans didn’t show up to vote. All of those things may have affected the percentagevote of those who showed up, but if McCain voters show up, we win. WTF were they?


5 posted on 11/07/2012 3:36:23 PM PST by Homer1
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To: all the best

1. Paul Ryan. - BS. The loss was entirely Romney’s fault.
Romney thought he was ENTITLED and could sit back.

2. The Ryan Plan. - BS

3. The Myth of a “Base Election.” - BS
Romney thought he was ENTITLED and could sit back
and not continuously stoke the conservative base.


6 posted on 11/07/2012 3:37:31 PM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: all the best

We can blame our situation on the Establishment, on the nominee, on the storm, on several things...but the MAIN reason we are in this mess is because of all of our choices.

“Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.” ... Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Until we come to the place of GREAT repentance on the part of the majority of this nation, we will see an increasingly worse scenario. The CHANGE that is really needed is SPIRITUAL. History teaches this. The Sacred Scriptures teach this. Why do we have to learn this the hard way?


7 posted on 11/07/2012 3:37:45 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: all the best

Our culture.

They want free stuff.

We can’t outspend them.


8 posted on 11/07/2012 3:38:15 PM PST by NoLibZone ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic")
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To: all the best

- a dumbed-down, union-educated, Hollywood loving population
- more people taking rather than producing
- a corrupt media carrying the liberal message
- years of socialist teachers, colleges, universities has finally come to fruition
- a strong faith in God is dimishing in the population, leaving them like sails in the wind, falling for anything.


9 posted on 11/07/2012 3:38:46 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: all the best

He lost because he didn’t get enuff votes.

Thats pretty basic.

He got less votes than John McCain.

Why that happened has to do with stupid conservatives too proud to vote for him and a greater than expected turnout by zero voters...ie: there was no enthusiasm gap.

Time to be done with the agonizing and go to underground warfare.
Fight every directive and give a hearty phuk yew to any demand on your person wallet or activity.

SKRU these leftist azholes.


10 posted on 11/07/2012 3:38:55 PM PST by Adder (Oh crap! NOW what?)
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To: TruthWillWin

D turnout was severly depressed too. Romney needed to do the “rock star” thing and get on all of the low information voter shows like the view, letterman, the daily show, MTV etc. The typical schlub didn’t even know who he was. McCain has little personality and he manages to do this. Bush even got kissed by Oprah. That is how you get these couch potatoes off their asses to vote brohans; and you can take that to the bank!


11 posted on 11/07/2012 3:40:31 PM PST by Homer1
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To: TruthWillWin

“Hard to understand why, Romney ran a much better campaign than McCain? “

Because he wasn’t perfect or pure enough for them. They are the Akin/Mourdock voters.


12 posted on 11/07/2012 3:41:43 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: all the best

Sorry but this all boils down to demographics. The national Dems have been building a national majority coalition for years and I think it reached a tipping point when you have a D+6 majority showing up to vote this election.Four years from now the demographic picture will be even worse after a comprehensive immigration reform bill is passed to expand their majorities. The Republicans will press further leftward to pander to these constituent groups until the only 2 choices for a voter will be left and lefter.


13 posted on 11/07/2012 3:41:55 PM PST by chuckee
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To: all the best

Romney lost because he was chosen to lose. The democrats knew exactly who they wanted to run against and systematically eliminated each candidate. They had Romneys number for 4 years.

A sitting President went before the nation in one of the most watched debates ever, scratched his butt, acted like a petulant child and had the moderators hold his hand and tell him it was ok.

And no one cared. at that point it was over.

You can say it was abortion, gay marriage, or pick any social issue. Americans are too stupid and spoiled to understand what’s important to them. The Democrats made this about social issues and Romney because it is simple for the simpleminded to comprehend.

Romney told us what was wrong wth this country and gave us a plan on how he was going to fix it. Problem was no one could understand what he was saying.

Telling the truth is very complicated. Lying is easy.


14 posted on 11/07/2012 3:42:02 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Media goes nuts in 2004 because Bush went to the dentist 20 years ago. Benghazi? Nothing.)
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To: all the best

Why?

The moochers now outnumber us.

And that’s not going to get any better.


15 posted on 11/07/2012 3:42:27 PM PST by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: all the best

8 points of utter garbage and nonsense.

If this is the great thinking on our side it’s no wonder we lost last night.


16 posted on 11/07/2012 3:45:11 PM PST by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Adder

Zero was down several million votes from 2008. If our guys show up we get the landslide. The problem with the Morris/Rasmussen/Gallup model was not undersampled D, but oversampled R. All Riomey had to do was draw McCain voters to the polls.


17 posted on 11/07/2012 3:45:11 PM PST by Homer1
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To: all the best
Romney lost because he's a liberal. He tried to masquerade as a "severe" conservative, but nobody bought the act. In other words, he was blatantly inauthentic.
18 posted on 11/07/2012 3:45:18 PM PST by Tau Food (Praise God. Trust God.)
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To: Diogenesis

“Romney thought he was ENTITLED and could sit back
and not continuously stoke the conservative base.”

hmm I don’t have to be coddled and stroked. Give me Akin or Romney and I’ll vote for either of them. No questions asked.

The candidates have to do their part, yes, but part of the problem is that Republican voters feel just as entitled as the candidates.


19 posted on 11/07/2012 3:46:28 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Tau Food

so conservatives would rather have had four more years of Obama and all of the bad things that will come with that?


20 posted on 11/07/2012 3:46:54 PM PST by Homer1
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To: SkyDancer

just the opposite in my POV- 9-11 united the nation...last night will divide it even more...

quick question as i went to bed early last night and have not dared turned on the news today- how many senate seats will the GOP have come last January, 2013???


21 posted on 11/07/2012 3:47:28 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Adder

“Time to be done with the agonizing and go to underground warfare.”

Agreed.

I must confess that every time I see some scumbag standing in line at the grocery store with an EBT card in their hand (My damn money that they have taken without my consent!) I think of ripping it out of their mitts and breaking it in half. Wonder what I’d be charged with?

Oh well, just a dream, anyway.


22 posted on 11/07/2012 3:48:39 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: SkyDancer

America lost & People who hate America are the ones running her now.


23 posted on 11/07/2012 3:48:58 PM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: Tzimisce

“The moochers now outnumber us.”

And don’t believe the myth of social liberal/fiscal conservatives. They want everyone to pay for their abortions and drugs.


24 posted on 11/07/2012 3:49:40 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Homer1

This conservative didn’t want Obama or Romney.


25 posted on 11/07/2012 3:50:08 PM PST by Tau Food (Praise God. Trust God.)
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To: Adder
Why that happened has to do with stupid conservatives too proud to vote for him

I see you've proudly spent that 30 pieces of silver your "principles" were worth........what did it buy you?

Mine weren't for sale.

BTW, did you feel respected by the GOP this morning?

26 posted on 11/07/2012 3:51:30 PM PST by Repeat Offender (Why do cops have more lenient ROEs when facing us than troops in combat facing suicidal islamists?)
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To: Tau Food
Romney lost because he's a liberal.

And that's what liberal conservatives, or is it conservative liberals, or whatever. That's what the GOP (and apparantly many freepers) can't seem to understand.

When GW ran for a second term, we held our noses while we voted. Then came McLame and we did the same.

It's over. No more liberals in conservative's clothing.

27 posted on 11/07/2012 3:54:42 PM PST by LouAvul
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To: all the best

Mitt Romney lost becaue he was a milk sop. He had multiple handles he copuld have pulled which would have revealed a traduced treasonous presidency to the public. Yet he pulled none of them. To bad.

Now the Republic is a risk. Gentlemen finish last, and the strategy of moderation to attract independents was a losing strategy again, something that John McCain also showed us all. Sarah Palin would have won this election, but the GOP would not embrace her, because she acted in the past to clean up the corruption of the Republican party in Alaska.

Too bad GOP. You lose, and perhaps the GOP is now dead. If not dead, it should be.


28 posted on 11/07/2012 3:55:32 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: NoLibZone
Our culture. They want free stuff. We can’t outspend them.

There were many reasons we lost but this is one of them. Republicans are the "Daddy" party. We impose unwanted discipline that sometimes hurts. Dims are the "Mommy" party. They wipe away tears, give hugs and are generous with candy. A spoiled, child-like culture that's been conditioned to self-indulgence will always vote for hugs and candy.

29 posted on 11/07/2012 3:55:44 PM PST by Bernard Marx (<A>)
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To: all the best

Romney lost because he was a GOP liberal running against a Dim liberal.

Given that choice the American electorate will chose the Dim liberal every time.

The so called “conservative” party needs to run conservatives if it expects to win elections in the future.


30 posted on 11/07/2012 3:55:56 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Homer1

Obama got 9.35 million less popular voters than he did in 2008. That is a net loss of 13.4 %. Romney got 2.5 million less votes than mccain did in 2008.That is 4.2% Media and pundits are talking about religion, race, free stuff, etc...

There were approx. 11.85 million less votes cast in this election. It shows a lot of crossover vote but it also shows that neither side turned out to vote.For the R’s, you get what you ordered. Couldn’t be bothered to vote. Now you are on the road to extinction.


31 posted on 11/07/2012 3:57:51 PM PST by DrDude (Governor of the 57th State)
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To: all the best
When did the street theater OccupyWallStreet go on stage? The haughty stupid GOP-e deceived themselves they would buy this election. Problem is they could not defend wealth creation because of the already toxic environment created by the left with their 1% evil rich.

Romney then gets exposed as privately besmirching 47% of Americans... Romney was a horrible moderate candidate.

32 posted on 11/07/2012 3:58:00 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: LouAvul
It's over. No more liberals in conservative's clothing.

You are assuming that the majority want a conservative. They don't, they want their free stuff.

33 posted on 11/07/2012 3:58:49 PM PST by muggs (Hope and Change = Hoax and Chains)
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To: all the best

Good points, but none correct. Mitt lost because there are now more of them (socialists/takers) than there are of us (capitalist/makers). It is simple, also the definition of a socialist country...which is what we woke up to this morning.


34 posted on 11/07/2012 4:03:29 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag
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To: all the best

he lost...pretending as all RINO’s do..they all he had to do was the RINO thingy a little bit better than the current crop of socialists/communists....and maybe everyone would say how wonderful he was ...


35 posted on 11/07/2012 4:07:17 PM PST by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: KSCITYBOY

And the majority lived in big cities. Shows where support is from those who need government and not self reliance. Just wait until the big one hits and see how popular Obamaqabe will be.

ps - I had Obamagabe in my dictionary and it’s suddenly removed.


36 posted on 11/07/2012 4:10:20 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: NoLibZone

You are right, this is a trend, we have more voters that expect freebies. It is that simple. they are going to be surprised.


37 posted on 11/07/2012 4:10:48 PM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: God luvs America

By now I guess you’ve learned we still have the house but the senate is still Dem controlled.
Obamamugabe


38 posted on 11/07/2012 4:12:12 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: Tau Food

Romney lost because he’s a liberal. He tried to masquerade as a “severe” conservative, but nobody bought the act. In other words, he was blatantly inauthentic.


But but... Ann Coutlter promised he was a severe conservative. How could he be otherwise? /sarc


39 posted on 11/07/2012 4:13:59 PM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: SkyDancer

its been that way since 2011 but i was wondering what the official number of GOP seats in the senate will be come Jan 2013....


40 posted on 11/07/2012 4:16:58 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Which is why we will continue to vote liberal leaders each and every election. Conservatism is doomed.


41 posted on 11/07/2012 4:18:37 PM PST by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: Tau Food

“This conservative didn’t want Obama or Romney.”

Well, you don’t always get what you want in this world.


42 posted on 11/07/2012 4:20:00 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: all the best
I've read a lot of day after threads, seen a lot of punditry on the ture.

No one has mentioned the referendum on Socialized Medicine.

"I will repeal Obama Care on day one."

The Obammunist is re-elected.

yitbos

43 posted on 11/07/2012 4:20:51 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: all the best
1 - The promise of free stuff trumps freedom

2 - The message "You are very important, get high, screw, fight amongst yourselves, music is very important, celebrities are very important, Don't worry we'll handle all the boring stuff for you" is very powerful.

44 posted on 11/07/2012 4:21:39 PM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (This Message Contains Privileged Attorney-Client Communications)
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To: all the best

Can anyone name me the last time that the less charismatic, more emotionally detached presidential candidate won? It wasn’t Kerry, Gore, Dole, Dukakis, Mondale or Bush, Sr. against Clinton...

Even Slate agrees that this campaign was not won on the issues, but was won on the fact that the “swing” voters think Obama “feels their pain” more, even though they readily admitted in exit polls that Romney’s policies would be better for the economy. That is the kind of dimwitted, mush-brained, middle-of-the-road voter that seems to always decide presidential elections, at least since suffrage.

http://news.msn.com/politics/how-barack-obama-won-four-more-years


45 posted on 11/07/2012 4:22:35 PM PST by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: Just mythoughts

“Romney then gets exposed as privately besmirching 47% of Americans... Romney was a horrible moderate candidate. “

The Bloomberg mentality.


46 posted on 11/07/2012 4:22:39 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Adder
it was fraud...the turnout was great by all accounts...something happened..either with the machines, those who tabulated the results, etc....

Romney ran a great campaign...proud of him...

but what do you do when the election is stolen by the other party?....Soros owns the company in Spain who officially counted the votes...

47 posted on 11/07/2012 4:23:25 PM PST by cherry
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To: Tau Food
he never masqueraded as anything more than a successful businessman, a father, and a former governor....

I just love how so called freepers and patriots can think of nothing better to do than attack its own...

Romney was basically 24/7 campaigning ......

the votes were there and then just disappeared....

48 posted on 11/07/2012 4:27:06 PM PST by cherry
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To: NoLibZone
We can’t outspend them.

Quite true. The anti-Romney ads were run by planned parenthood (with our tax money) here in Virginia about every 10 minutes on the country music station. We had no chance once the stupid women (note there are obviously smart and stupid women just like men) got motivated to get out on Tuesday. Also several anti-Romney fliers a day in my mailbox.

49 posted on 11/07/2012 4:27:06 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: all the best
There's only one reason worth discussing:

1. Romney simply didn't do enough to make people excited about voting for him.

Take that simple statement, and you can translate it to any demographic group.

"A lot of middle-class white voters didn't support Romney because ..."

"A lot of Hispanic voters didn't support Romney because ..."

"A lot of Christians didn't support Romney because ..."

"A lot of strong conservatives didn't support Romney because ..."

I said early this morning that I suspect a lot of people right here on FreeRepublic -- including many who are gnashing their teeth about this election right now -- never cast a vote for Romney yesterday.

50 posted on 11/07/2012 4:27:38 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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