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Why Mitt Romney Lost
Newsmax ^ | Nov 7, 2012 | Christopher Ruddy

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 Ruddy’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blame; loss; reasons; romney; romney2012; ruddy; ryan
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Already the liberal spinmeisters are blaming the tea party and conservatives for Romney's loss. The facts show the claim is not true.

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

1 posted on 11/08/2012 4:53:34 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

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.”


2 posted on 11/08/2012 4:57:55 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: KeyLargo

I’m 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.


3 posted on 11/08/2012 5:01:09 AM PST by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: KeyLargo

For you who had to read only Maya Angelou in literature classes, here’s Iago from Shakespeare’s Othello:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Edwin_Booth_as_Iago.jpg

I knew I shoulda take that PhotoShop class - anybody up to putting that fat Quisling Chris Christie in this costume?


4 posted on 11/08/2012 5:04:09 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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I read that the Evangelicals didn’t show up!!!


5 posted on 11/08/2012 5:04:42 AM PST by KavMan
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To: Java4Jay

“I’m 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.


6 posted on 11/08/2012 5:07:41 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Java4Jay
I’m 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.

Where did you hear that?

7 posted on 11/08/2012 5:08:17 AM PST by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: Java4Jay

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..


8 posted on 11/08/2012 5:11:21 AM PST by dalebert
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To: KeyLargo

>> The GOP will learn from this debacle.

Yeah, right - just like we learned from the McLame loss four years ago.


9 posted on 11/08/2012 5:12:40 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: KeyLargo

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.


10 posted on 11/08/2012 5:15:22 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: Paradox

Wasn’t this the largest GOP group that didn’t show up, why?
This is what I’m hearing on the street and in the shops.


11 posted on 11/08/2012 5:16:44 AM PST by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: wolfman23601

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.


12 posted on 11/08/2012 5:17:58 AM PST by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: Paradox

It will have to be under a different name. The “Tea Party” brand is ruined.


13 posted on 11/08/2012 5:20:14 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: KeyLargo

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.


14 posted on 11/08/2012 5:24:40 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted... it's over.)
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To: Paradox

There are 10-15 articles out there about riots; here’s one:

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/262391-police-we-dont-expect-nov-6-riots


15 posted on 11/08/2012 5:27:27 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted... it's over.)
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To: carriage_hill

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.


16 posted on 11/08/2012 5:39:07 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: wolfman23601
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.

Yeah, let's tell the evangelicals to get lost. That'll be a winning strategy, for sure,

17 posted on 11/08/2012 5:42:48 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: carriage_hill

Catholics vote for President Barack Obama by 50 percent to 48 percent

Setback for Catholic bishops on gay marriage legislation in three states

By
JAMES O’SHEA,
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.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Catholics-vote-for-President-Barack-Obama-by-50-percent-to-48-percent-177734001.html


18 posted on 11/08/2012 5:44:12 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KavMan

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/


19 posted on 11/08/2012 5:45:28 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: KeyLargo
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.

I'd say seniors are more concerned about their Medicare benefits but the concept is the same.

20 posted on 11/08/2012 5:47:14 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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