Skip to comments.Why Mitt Romney Lost
Posted on 11/08/2012 4:53:31 AM PST by KeyLargo
Newsmax Why Mitt Romney Lost Wednesday, November 7, 2012 02:24 PM
By: Christopher Ruddy Newsmax
Christopher Ruddys Perspective: 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.
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The success Romney did achieve was due to their support. Romney's loss was due to a concoction of things involving the candidate himself, his team, his strategy, and his decisions.
Christopher Ruddy is CEO and editor of Newsmax Media
Indeed. And Romney was never a conservative but a liberal, establishment GOPer. If he had won the establishment media would say “see, you don’t need to be a Tea Partier to win as a Republican.”
Im hearing that a large percentage of middle to older aged Republicans stayed home due to fear. They pictured violence and mass riots nationwide if Obama lost.
For you who had to read only Maya Angelou in literature classes, here’s Iago from Shakespeare’s Othello:
I knew I shoulda take that PhotoShop class - anybody up to putting that fat Quisling Chris Christie in this costume?
I read that the Evangelicals didn’t show up!!!
“Im hearing that a large percentage of middle to older aged Republicans stayed home due to fear. They pictured violence and mass riots nationwide if Obama lost.”
Actually I think that the senior voters were more afraid of the GOP taking away there Social Security benefits as the Democrats convinced them they would.
Although I like Ryan, I agree with Christopher Ruddy that the Ryan pick put the focus of the campaign on Social Security and was supposed to win Wisconsin. We saw the result of that pick sadly.
Where did you hear that?
well they voted in my state..I think it was more like too lazy to vote and christie telling them that we had to sacrifice over and over in his convention speech..Obama ran the same as he did against mc pain..”they are attacking me ..and arent they silly” mr popularity ..evedently to the masses substance doesn’t matter..also ..I question the voting machines and who conrols them..
>> The GOP will learn from this debacle.
Yeah, right - just like we learned from the McLame loss four years ago.
The Tea Party is/was suppose to be about fiscal responsibility, which is what Romney/Ryan ran on. It was not supposed to be about social issues. The fact that the democrats, the media, and even some here on FR successfully hung the Tea Party on the necks of those like Akin, Murdoch, et al tells me the movement is over. This is sad because the Tea Party movement as initially established had a message that could have appealed to the Ron Paul crowd as well as a good chunk of the 18-24 contingent, but we blew it and Obama won those votes despite being the antithesis of what they stand for. Instead of fiscal issues, they voted on pot, gays, and free contraception. Time to dissolve the “Tea Party” and rebrand while ditching the social issues. They need to be addressed at the state and local levels and not the federal level anyway.
Wasnt this the largest GOP group that didnt show up, why?
This is what Im hearing on the street and in the shops.
Many of us were afraid that the small-government Tea Party would be co-opted. I am still hopeful that it can be pulled back, but who knows.
It will have to be under a different name. The “Tea Party” brand is ruined.
With the so-called ‘massive’ GOP voter turnout, and 0bummer getting 10 million votes less than in 2008, how could Romney have gotten 3 million less votes than McCain did? I guess the ‘massive’ wasn’t so ‘massive’, after all.
Mainly, the voter demographics have since massively changed, and not just in a ‘trended shift’. The GOP has some huge restructuring to do, to become relevant again, if ever.
There are 10-15 articles out there about riots; here’s one:
Add to the ‘why Romney lost’ the several Senate seats that seemed to be the GOPs for the taking — but the GOP got shellacked, instead.
Of course, Pubbie mouth problems lost the IN and MO Senate seats. But Brown lost to the Indian Princess.
What was expected to be a large (5 or more) GOP pick up nearing parity in the Senate turned out to be GOP losses that left the Senate control with the Dems (2 Inde’s expected to caucus with them).
The GOP did gain some House seats, but they already controlled the House.
Yeah, let's tell the evangelicals to get lost. That'll be a winning strategy, for sure,
Catholics vote for President Barack Obama by 50 percent to 48 percent
Setback for Catholic bishops on gay marriage legislation in three states
IrishCentral Staff Writer
Published Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:07 AM
Updated Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:07 AM
Catholic voters went for Barack Obama by 50 to 48 percent, mirroring the national result according to exit polls.
Catholics have voted for the winner in every election since 1972, making them one of the most reliable swing vote barometers.
Many Catholics are Hispanic and there is no breakdown of the numbers between how Hispanic Catholics and other Catholics voted.
Catholics still voted for the incumbent despite efforts by many Catholic bishops to portray parts of Obamacare which deal with contraception as an attack on religion.
In addition, three states passed same sex marriage laws despite strong opposition from Catholic leaders. Voters in Washington, Maine and Maryland supported the marriage legislation.
The labor unions are taking credit for the win. Several articles out there about what they did in each State. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/labor-unions-claim-credit-for-obamas-victory/
I'd say seniors are more concerned about their Medicare benefits but the concept is the same.
Romney lost because he is Romney.
A product of a small insular group of poeple, who live in Utah.
We tried to rally the base, but fact is we were outnumbered because a lot of people simply do not trust his religion.
That is a fact, and very few are speaking of that. Romney’s religion joined with the fact that quite a lot of Republicans simply have sold out to foreign interests.
We need to bring back businesses to America.
And we need a leader.
We lost because we do not have one.
“I’d say seniors are more concerned about their Medicare benefits but the concept is the same.”
Yes, both SS and Mediscare.
No matter what the Republicans said about Obama robbing Medicare of Billons of dollars, the Democrats ran a campaign of scaring seniors and it worked.
Any articles that focus on Obama voters, Obama and minorities, Obama, Obama, Obama miss what happened in this election.
This election was about Republican and pro-Republican turnout—as in a lack of it.
That is the issue—all the rest of the analysis is total and complete garbage.
This election has made me realize that I need to care less about politics and what goes on in DC and worry more about my personal relationships. Both with Christ and my family. The country is screwed, but I can't fix it. And the majority of people don't want it fixed, but want to continue to break it. So be it. Fine. Crash it. I'll be playing catch with my son.
Everyone else misinterprets the results. Sure there are some demographic trends, but if we get our people out to vote, we win. It used to be that way, that Republicans could be counted on to vote more reliably than Democrats, but that's changed because of the Democrat GOTV machine, bottom line.
You are telling me that Republicans wussed out because they wanted Obama to win to prevent Riots? I have not hear a single republican tell me that.
That NOT what I said. The articles I referred you to merely said there’d be possible riots if he won. I doubted that scenario from the first one I read, weeks ago. Pls do not put intent or words into my mouth. I am not the author of any of them, not do I agree. I just Googled that topic.
President Ran Superior, If Ultranegative, Campaign
Posted 11/07/2012 07:01 PM ET
Election: The take-away from Mitt Romney’s defeat is that bare-knuckles campaigning and nonstop attack ads work a tough lesson for Republicans who don’t like to street fight.
President Obama and his campaign strategists did an impressive tactical job of demonizing Romney in the key battleground states they needed to narrowly win reelection.
Their relentless propaganda campaign portraying Romney as a rapacious, venal plutocrat proved more powerful than we thought. Romney let them define him early in the campaign and the negative image stuck.
Romney was willing to campaign that way against Republicans in the primaries. Of course, he needed a few defeats before he learned that.
I think this article is pretty good. Of course, I had no idea mitt ran so few, so late, and so country club nicey ads against Obama. I did see his vicious anti newt ads so it is weird. Amazing that Rush Limbaugh even said that Romney would never run such ads against Obama. Wow.
My apologies, I was originally replying to JavaJay, who said he had heard this himself.
No problem. :^)
No. Trying to pin this loss on misguided endorsements by Chris Christie or Clint Eastwood’s gig with the empty chair is misdirected.
The American people knew FULL WELL that Obummer was a loser. Even behind the dense smokescreen thrown up by the mainstream media, the least among us knew full that Obummer was bad, wrong, misguided, dangerous and following a completely wrong course for America. The list of his errors and sins could fill a book. The anger on Election Day was palpable!
Nobody sung his praises. Nobody bragged about the wonderful things he did for the country. People were PISSED at Obummer.
But he won anyway. Why? Where did that anger go? American voters have always “done the right thing” before when faced with a terrible President, but this time they went the other way. Why? Something doesn’t add up here. Why?
Perhaps the voting age should be raised to 30 and things like this won’t happen.
Not going to happen, but I agree.
If they can’t have a beer until 21, they sure as HELL shouldn’t be trusted with a vote until at least then, unless they’ve served in the military.
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