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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
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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To: KeyLargo

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.


21 posted on 11/08/2012 5:47:46 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: mac_truck

“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.


22 posted on 11/08/2012 5:50:17 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

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.


23 posted on 11/08/2012 5:51:24 AM PST by cgbg (HLM--"Democracy is the theory that people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.")
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To: KeyLargo
I'm sick of this blame Romney crap. Romney lost because people want free stuff from the government. Obama offered more free stuff. If people stayed home, it was because they were afraid Romney was going to take away their free stuff, but couldn't vote for Obama. That's it. Period. It wasn't because we ran a moderate. In fact, it was because he was too conservative. Not that I want to win with a liberal, but people voted for free stuff. Game over. We lost. Conservatism lost. The majority of people don't want to do for themselves. They want to be handed everything. So, they voted for the party promising to give them other people's stuff. Tipping point reached and gone over. More people want free crap than want to do it for themselves. Until that changes (and it won't until we run out of other people's money, hat tip to Margaret Thatcher) we will not win a national election. Unless we promise more free stuff. In which case, it doesn't matter who wins.

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.

24 posted on 11/08/2012 6:04:25 AM PST by tnlibertarian
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To: Java4Jay
Voters all over did not show up, democrat and republican. I haven't heard of "fear" being the cause. Democrats, though, have a much better GOTV machine than we do, and that is the difference.

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.

25 posted on 11/08/2012 6:55:57 AM PST by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: carriage_hill

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.


26 posted on 11/08/2012 6:57:03 AM PST by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: TomGuy
0bummer'll just do what he did in his first 4yrs: declare Congress in 'recess', and make appointments. Use EOs to get things done around Congress. He considers the US Constitution an impediment, so he'll just go around it every chance he gets. Even if we'd gained in the Senate, he'd go around Congress.


27 posted on 11/08/2012 7:11:59 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted... it's over.)
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To: Paradox

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.


28 posted on 11/08/2012 7:15:55 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted... it's over.)
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To: tnlibertarian

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.

Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/110712-632608-obama-followed-alinsky-playbook-beats-romney.htm#ixzz2Be3Bz1dg


29 posted on 11/08/2012 7:27:34 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
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.

Romney was willing to campaign that way against Republicans in the primaries. Of course, he needed a few defeats before he learned that.

30 posted on 11/08/2012 7:47:20 AM PST by Styria
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To: KeyLargo

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.

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31 posted on 11/08/2012 10:06:18 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: carriage_hill
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.

My apologies, I was originally replying to JavaJay, who said he had heard this himself.

32 posted on 11/08/2012 12:34:55 PM PST by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: Paradox

No problem. :^)


33 posted on 11/08/2012 12:56:39 PM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted... it's over.)
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To: KeyLargo

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?


34 posted on 11/08/2012 8:02:50 PM PST by DNME (It's never over. Never.)
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To: DNME

Perhaps the voting age should be raised to 30 and things like this won’t happen.


35 posted on 11/09/2012 5:49:09 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

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.


36 posted on 11/09/2012 5:59:31 AM PST by Nickname
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