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Conservatives who didn't vote? (Vanity)
11/8/2012 | Al Gore Vidal

Posted on 11/08/2012 8:32:03 AM PST by Al Gore Vidal

 

Part of me believes that the biggest reason for the Romney loss was because he could not get out the conservative vote, and all the FReepers who predicted this were right.
 
Having said that another part of me can't help but be mad at these people because they, in essence, helped to get Obama elected. 
 
But will these non-pragmatic conservatives now do the work to start there own party because they correctly see the Republican party as not truly conservative?
 
I'd like to be able to understand why they sat it out. And can a conservative who did sit it out for lack of ideological purity really be called a true conservative? If you actively and knowingly aid and abet Obama by helping him to get reelected how can you call yourself a conservative?
 
I just want to know how they justify themselves. 


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1 posted on 11/08/2012 8:32:05 AM PST by Al Gore Vidal
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I personally don’t know anyone who sat out.


2 posted on 11/08/2012 8:34:52 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: AppyPappy

48% didnt vote

http://www.blacklistednews.com/2012_US_Elections_%E2%80%93_The_People_Have_Spoken%3A_No_Confidence/22457/0/38/38/Y/M.html


3 posted on 11/08/2012 8:37:20 AM PST by Therapsid (Communism has killed 50-60 Million people in only 50 yrs.)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I had severe problems with Romney. However, in the end, I pulled the lever for him. For me, someone who is paying attention, four more years of Obama was too high a cost. However, the majority of those who had problems with Romney’s past, personality, or even his faith, do not look at things as closely and decided that there was not enough difference to make it worth the effort of voting. They believed that four more years of Obama would not be so bad. Besides, they have been inundated with “The economy is getting better, we just need more time.”


4 posted on 11/08/2012 8:38:35 AM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I didn’t vote for Mittens whose domestic and foreign policy views where to the LEFT of Obama’s.

I couldn’t vote for someone who wasn’t a conservative. Whether he won or lost didn’t matter much to me - as nothing much would change over the next four years, no matter who won the White House.

Mitt Happens is a genuinely nice guy, but nice doesn’t win elections and he didn’t excite me.


5 posted on 11/08/2012 8:39:28 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I hated Romney in the primaries, but voted for him with enthusiasm.

Yet I wonder if there weren’t some evangelicals who had little enthusiasm for the choice between the Mormon and the Moron, and stayed home.


6 posted on 11/08/2012 8:41:23 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: Al Gore Vidal
From what I've read here,MANY evangelicals stayed home because Romney wasn't "conservative enough" (shades of 2008). Why they did that when the alternative was four more years of Obama,I have no explanation for.Maybe Romney wasn't Reagan,but do they REALLY think they've got a better deal now with America's first gay president?

I'm starting to wonder if Christ himself came down from Heaven to run for president if they'd stay home because "his hair is too long and he looks like a hippie!".....

7 posted on 11/08/2012 8:42:13 AM PST by massmike (The choice is clear in November: Romney or Caligula!)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

The biggest reason for the Romney loss was the game was fixed,remember your dealing with a Chicago hack.
JFK was the first unduly elected Obama was the second.
Dead people do vote.


8 posted on 11/08/2012 8:42:56 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Al Gore Vidal
He got my vote. I knew he was by no means a conservative but I didn't feel the hold my nose and vote for him anyway like I did with McCain. Especially after I saw him in the debates.

As to the what went wrong I still don't think any conservative candidate could have won this. At best the perfect candidate would have pulled out a close contested win. There are no more Reagan/Scoop Jackson/Zell Miller Democrats these days. Moonbat liberalism is now the mainstream thanks to the MSM and the dumbing down of America. Used to be stupid people didn't vote. Now they do.

9 posted on 11/08/2012 8:43:04 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I don’t buy that BS. Conservatives are not stupid people.


10 posted on 11/08/2012 8:44:17 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: goldstategop

They wanted nothing to do with the tea party....Gone Sarah, Michelle, Herman and many others..no tea party no win..Michael Reagan called and got turned down.did not do any talk radio that I listen to..maybe Hugh Hewitt??


11 posted on 11/08/2012 8:44:36 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Al Gore Vidal
If any conservative did not vote Romney because he was not a true rock-ribbed conservative or because he was a Mormon they are truly insane be queen they have allowed the country to be taken by Obama.
12 posted on 11/08/2012 8:45:27 AM PST by R0CK3T
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I did not vote for Mitttens.

I recall how he systematically destroyed all the viable conservative candidates with lies and slanders -— from Thompson in the first primary to everyone else in the second.

He had paid minions who went forth and slandered good men.

All while smiling like the white washed tomb that he is — clean and white shirt with a rotten, corrupt, heart inside.

The RINO establishment assumed we’d come along because Obama is so bad. Well, they were almost right. I had misgivings.

But it’s time to stop taking half measures. If it takes our country getting destroyed by Obama for actual conservatives to rise from the ashes, then that’s what it has to do.


13 posted on 11/08/2012 8:47:09 AM PST by TheThirdRuffian (I will never vote for Romney. Ever.)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I think you will see some stories coming out in the next few days with some fishy voting counts.

Obama performed extremely well in some deep red counties in swing states which went for GOP by 3 to 1 in 2010.

Obama lost about 10 million votes. And Republicans did not sit out. Their votes were tallied to Obama. Nothing else explains it.


14 posted on 11/08/2012 8:48:10 AM PST by nhwingut (Get out & Vote as if your life was on the line. Because it is.)
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To: goldstategop

You are a true RINO.


15 posted on 11/08/2012 8:49:09 AM PST by stop_fascism (Love your country, but never trust its government - R.A. Heinlein)
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To: Al Gore Vidal
Different groups of people can be blamed for the election night fiasco, but did anyone really stop to blame the GOP for running out a candidate who is not really a conservative?

If they would stop messing around give the people a true conservative, he/she would get elected.

16 posted on 11/08/2012 8:50:02 AM PST by ducttape45
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To: Al Gore Vidal
I voted for Tom Hoefling, a conservative. I know I did the right thing.

I have no complaint about liberals who voted for either Obama or Romney. That's what they're supposed to do.

As long as someone voted for his favorite candidate, I think he did the right thing.

The rest was in God's hands.

17 posted on 11/08/2012 8:50:12 AM PST by Tau Food (Praise God. Trust God.)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

Not all of us live in states where our votes matter ...


18 posted on 11/08/2012 8:51:45 AM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Al Gore Vidal
Purist are the same people who argue all day about the number of angels that will fit on a pin head. You can never count on them, they will always splinter off with a different Cristian church on the next corner or try the Constitution party or some such other dead end. They simply do not understand politics and how a party system works. I point out the two non-senators who talked about rape abortions as examples. Too ignorant of Politics to understand the art of what to say in the environment of a Liberal Press.
19 posted on 11/08/2012 8:51:50 AM PST by pwatson
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To: Al Gore Vidal
Romney is a liberal Republican and many conservatives wont vote for a liberal under any circumstances regardless of party affiliation. Looking at the vote totals more closely in many states, folks like me, just did not vote for the top of the ticket..here in Montana I figure at least 15000 conservatives refused to vote for Romney. The voter initiative saying Montana's could not be forced by the federal government to buy health insurance got 15000 votes more than R/R and parental notification and illegal alien measures passed with more than 65000 votes than R/R could get. The conservatives were out there the GOP just could not get them to vote for their candidate..
20 posted on 11/08/2012 8:52:12 AM PST by montanajoe
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To: Hojczyk

I never head Mittens once invoke Ronald Reagan and conservative ideals in this election.

The dirty secret is GOP bigwigs look upon conservatives like the crazy aunt in the basement. They need our votes but they never cared about traditional American values.

That’s lip service they get around to every four years and then get back to working with the Democrats to do more damage to our country.

Ask me again why they deserve my support when they won’t back a decent conservative candidate for President. The irony is if the party establishment had backed Mike Pence, we might be looking at a Republican White House today.

They valued electability over principle and we all got shafted and ended up with the worst of all possible worlds!


21 posted on 11/08/2012 8:53:19 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

People like you actually suffer from an arrogance and ignorance - hiding behind some kind of phony self righteousness that shows you do not even know what a vote is.

A vote is not something personal nor is it some kind of insight into your soul. To think it is is to prove you are a navel gazing narcissist. A vote is nothing more than a decision you are given. You are not held accountable for the choice you are given, but you are held responsible for the way you steward that decision.

To perform in a way that helps Obama retain the White House is not only blithering ignorance, but it is very poor stewardship of the opportunity you had.


22 posted on 11/08/2012 8:53:34 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright ("DONE: The GOP Establishment Has Now Lost 2 In a Row")
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To: massmike
Buchanan (James not Pat) was probably the first gay president.

As for evangecals. There numbers were pretty average. Which is about as much as you can expect if you ask them to vote for a Mormon. From Allah at Hot Air:

One question I’m seeing in the comments is, “Did evangelicals turn out for Romney”? Yep, looks that way. Turnout among Protestants generally dropped slightly from 2008 (54% to 53%) but Romney’s share of the vote increased from 54% to 57%. Among white evangelicals specifically, turnout was steady at 26% of the electorate from four years ago and Romney took 78% of the vote compared to just 74% for McCain. If you’d rather slice the data by how often people go to church, the number who attend at least weekly rose from 39% in 2008 to 42% this time. McCain won 55% of that group. Romney won 59%. He improved on McCain’s numbers among Jewish voters too, from 21% of the vote in 2008 to 30% this time (or maybe more), the highest take for a Republican since 1988. If there’s any religious group that underperformed for him, it’s Catholics. He did improve on McCain’s numbers — from 45% to 48% — but O still won a majority despite the abortion-rights jamboree at the convention and the contraception mandate. Catholic turnout was down two points this time, however.

23 posted on 11/08/2012 8:53:37 AM PST by stop_fascism (Love your country, but never trust its government - R.A. Heinlein)
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Some seem to think, after looking at the numbers, that the rural conservatives are the ones who did not show up. These are the voters that Bush appealed to, and Rove figured out how to turn out.

They did not turn out this time.

Now one can make a few guesses why that is...I suspect it isn’t one thing, it is several things.

—some may feel demoralized by the financial crisis, and the “brand” of the party took a big hit when Bush walked out for that bailout...on top of Katrina...on top of the wars. We can argue REALITY all day long, but perception is what it is. I think some of those voters just threw up their hands and decided it didn’t matter. Romney obviously did not turn out the voters.

—I do think the “mormon thing” is something few want to talk about, but is real. Rural Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia...this could have been a big deal. It might not be a huge TOTAL number, but it would hit this part of the population. It can’t be blamed totally, but it is a factor.

—I myself discounted how big the financial meltdown was I think. I assumed anti Obamaism would overrule that, but if you compare the emotion of it to 9/11...and Bush beating Kerry in 2004 and now Obama winning...not a perfect comparison, but maybe it just takes a good 8 years for the “reset” button to be hit on politics. Only FOUR percent voted caring about foreign policy. FOUR.

Obama managed to get the “don’t cares” to care enough to vote. I think maybe the GOP now has its own “don’t care” problem. They “care” but they don’t think voting for President matters anymore. Someone has to come along to change that dynamic. People can argue who it is, but it is not easily definable.

I know one thing, NONE of the people that actually ran on the GOP side had “it” this time.

I suspect the Dems are going to have a hard time finding it in 2016. Biden, Hillary and Cory Booker CERTAINLY don’t have it. Whatever we say about Obama, he clearly had enough to win.

It is funny, now I know how the Bush haters felt in 2004...and by 2006 everything had flipped.

So....who knows.


24 posted on 11/08/2012 8:53:57 AM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I left the Prepublican party in 2007 when I realized the moderates were in control.

I still voted for Romney. Conservatives who didn’t made a mistake, in my opinion. I don’t think we really know yet exactly what happened.

America just asked for four more years of decline and stagnation. I don’t know why we did that.

Romney would have opened up the energy industry, which would lowered oil prices and created a lot of jobs. That’s more important at this time than the social issues. I did notice an attitude from some that the election needed to be about them pesonally rather than the country. Another selfish and silly mistake in my opinion. But what’s done is done.

Now we will decline until we experience a complete financial and social collapse. That will probably take 10-15 years, and younger people are really screwed as they will find it very difficult to acquire wealth.

We older folks who planned will be in much better shape than those under 50. I went mostly Galt in 08 as it was obvious what was coming. I’ll stay that way now.

Americans just voted themselves a long trip down a very hard road.


25 posted on 11/08/2012 8:54:49 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I left the Prepublican party in 2007 when I realized the moderates were in control.

I still voted for Romney. Conservatives who didn’t made a mistake, in my opinion. I don’t think we really know yet exactly what happened.

America just asked for four more years of decline and stagnation. I don’t know why we did that.

Romney would have opened up the energy industry, which would lowered oil prices and created a lot of jobs. That’s more important at this time than the social issues. I did notice an attitude from some that the election needed to be about them pesonally rather than the country. Another selfish and silly mistake in my opinion. But what’s done is done.

Now we will decline until we experience a complete financial and social collapse. That will probably take 10-15 years, and younger people are really screwed as they will find it very difficult to acquire wealth.

We older folks who planned will be in much better shape than those under 50. I went mostly Galt in 08 as it was obvious what was coming. I’ll stay that way now.

Americans just voted themselves a long trip down a very hard road.


26 posted on 11/08/2012 8:54:49 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: massmike
Ralph Reed is claiming the opposite this morning:
"Evangelicals turned out in record numbers and voted as heavily for Mitt Romney yesterday as they did for George W. Bush in 2004," said Ralph Reed, chairman of Faith and Freedom Coalition. "That is an astonishing outcome that few would have predicted even a few months ago."
The Evangelicals went for Romney 78 to 21 according to a story in the Christian Post discussed here.
27 posted on 11/08/2012 8:55:12 AM PST by ishmac (Lady Thatcher:"There are no permanent defeats in politics because there are no permanent victories.)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

You’re wrong. Everybody’s looking the wrong direction for a scapegoat here. Conservatives voted ... there just aren’t enough of us right now. The problem isn’t Romney, or Johnson, or Christie, or Coulter, or the GOP Establishment, or the Tea Party, or any of that ...

The problem is “the 47%” ... not that Romney made the comments, but that they are largely true. There are a lot of people that want that kind of government. There are a lot of people who live on unemployment, or SS disability, or welfare, or food stamps, or medicaid, or Obamaphones, or Social Security, or whatever. Those numbers are going up, not down, and every last one of them is a built-in Obama voter. They’ll vote themselves a pay raise every time.

You can paint that as a platform problem. Our positions don’t speak well to the dependent. You can paint that as a demographic problem. You can paint it as a messaging problem. Ultimately, it is an intrinsic problem with the electorate — one that is not only bad for the Republican Party, but one that is bad for the country overall ... and not one that is easily overcome.

The takers are starting to outnumber the makers. The tough part is going to be convincing the takers that there is a better way to live before Atlas shrugs. But, it can be done. I was hopeful that 4-years of Obama would shake it up enough to make the point, as 4-years of Carter did before. Apparently, it’ll take at least four more.

We made some headway — Obama lost 10M votes between ‘08 and ‘12. So, there are a lot of people that don’t like Obama’s way. But, the GOP also lost 2M between’08 and ‘12. So, we need to do a better job of convincing people that there is another way ... and we can get it done.

America gets the government it deserves. Maybe by 2016, it’ll deserve better.

SnakeDoc


28 posted on 11/08/2012 8:55:27 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: Vaduz

BINGO!

Let me spell that out: B-I-N-G-O

Cook County went national. Some of us Christians understood that free and honest national elections ended in 2008. Still, most of us voted, and voted Conservative.

Red states went overwhelmingly for Romney. Blue went Obama. Battleground states all had Chicago funny business to give Obama the votes he needed.

Mitt was drawing crowds of tens of thousands. Obama was drawing crowds of 2500 that walked out on him.

Yet ‘miraculously’ - Obama had major turnout exactly where he needed it to “win”. It’s the Chicago way.

We’ve gone Soviet.

Blaming Christian Conservatives is going to be the meme from here on out - and angry club Republicans are going to join with the Left to see us punished.


29 posted on 11/08/2012 8:56:22 AM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

If you’re not voting for the Republican candidate, you have a lot of gall calling anyone else a RINO.


30 posted on 11/08/2012 8:56:41 AM PST by stop_fascism (Love your country, but never trust its government - R.A. Heinlein)
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To: pwatson
They simply do not understand politics and how a party system works.

Our Constitution does not provide for a "party system."

31 posted on 11/08/2012 8:56:55 AM PST by Tau Food (Praise God. Trust God.)
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To: Al Gore Vidal
I know a some conservatives who didn't vote for Romney, some because they wouldn't vote for a Mormon, which they consider a cult. Others who wouldn't vote for a Massachusetts moderate, and some who just think the country is too far gone that it's better to just allow the collapse to happen on the democrats watch. I don't know how many conservatives didn't vote because of these three reasons and others but if you say 5% didn't vote for Reason 1, and 5% for Reason 2 and 5% for Reason 3. By themselves they might not sound like much, but put them together and you're up to 15%...
32 posted on 11/08/2012 8:57:50 AM PST by apillar
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To: Al Gore Vidal

Politics is about forming coalitions and apparently conservatives aren’t very good at that. One issue voters have caused our downfall. If we aren’t willing to vote for the lesser of two evils then we will always get the greater of two evils.


33 posted on 11/08/2012 9:00:52 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

I don’t get it.
All of the ‘evangelicals’ I know (and I count myself among them) were motivated to vote and did so. Yes, we understand the ‘cult’ aspects of Mormanism, but agreed that Mitt Romney was, at heart, a good man and most definitely the BETTER man for this country.

Lines to vote were huge, every where. The general excitement was palpable.

I still don’t buy the meme that ‘we’ sat this one out.
I believe we got schooled by a gifted grifter and his amazing team of sneaks. With the state-run media leading the way (and mopping up from behind) there will never be a valid inquiry into irregularities.


34 posted on 11/08/2012 9:01:17 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: Beelzebubba

78% of white evangelecals voted for Romney. Name me any other demographic group that matched that.

You can’t blame white evangelicals.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/romney-won-the-votes-of-white-evangelicals-catholics-8297004.html


35 posted on 11/08/2012 9:02:04 AM PST by DManA
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To: Al Gore Vidal

As far as I’m concerned, anyone who perceives themseleves as a conservative and chose to sit it out is as guilty as those morons who voted for a Marxist/socialist state.


36 posted on 11/08/2012 9:03:11 AM PST by kenmcg (t)
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To: mosaicwolf; SoConPubbie

There are some on this site that appear to be proud of their “NO VOTE” or vote for an irrevelant 3rd party and will disparage those who did vote for Romney and apparently expect others to applaud what they did. Now I’ll probably get another reply from soconpubbie disparaging me for supporting Romney.


37 posted on 11/08/2012 9:03:35 AM PST by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: massmike

What you read is incorrect. See #35.


38 posted on 11/08/2012 9:03:42 AM PST by DManA
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To: apillar

My wife and I were talking this morning about this. How can several of her smart department head co-workers vote for Socialism?
Short answer, all of their information comes from the old media or Huffington Post left blogs. They are in the “Matrix” just like the movie.
They have no idea of how economics really works and they have no clue about the facts of the world reality. They have been brought up by
socialist school teachers, brainwashed by socialist professors, and kept ignorant by modern society music, movies and popular culture.
They listen to PBS radio and watch ABC and CNN for news. They think Conservatives are a bunch of old white Dixie, racist, homophobic,
sexist Neanderthal males, neo-Confederate tea partiers, smokestack polluters, homophobic evangelicals, and xenophobic anti-immigrants.


39 posted on 11/08/2012 9:03:42 AM PST by pwatson
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To: massmike

At least with Romney there would have been a chance for conservatives to influence decisions that they think are important. With Obama there is little to no chance of doing such.

In this election, it wasn’t that we could take one step back to move two forward. Too many perfectionists are focused on the two steps forward while ignoring that they’re on a fully loaded freight train running in reverse.


40 posted on 11/08/2012 9:03:54 AM PST by MilesVeritatis (Devote yourself to the truth, no matter where it leads you.)
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To: SaxxonWoods
I don't see how any party can win these days. I'm looking at 2016. No matter how bad Obama screws up his second term how do you think these tickets would do,

2016 D- Biden-Free stuff. ( They don't even need a running mate )

R- The perfect candidate and running mate.

I see the Biden free gubmint goodies ticket winning 99 times out of 100. Will keep on too until the free stuff runs out.

Why do cities like Phili and Cleveland hold so much power in the elections? We know the answer but until more people start asking it we're all screwed.

41 posted on 11/08/2012 9:05:26 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

You are probably right.

I do feel like I’m in a minority group in an echo chamber. “but everyone I know didn’t vote for the ONE, how could he win”


42 posted on 11/08/2012 9:06:03 AM PST by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: pwatson

The base voted for Mitt. The problem was he countn’t attract anyone else. That is Mitt’s fault. Your anger at “purists” is misplaced.


43 posted on 11/08/2012 9:06:08 AM PST by DManA
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To: eclecticEel

“Not all of us live in states where our votes matter ...”

We voted but when it comes right down to it, only about 4-5 low-level candidates would the votes have any chance of significance.


44 posted on 11/08/2012 9:06:46 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: ducttape45

Romney won the primaries. How do you expect the party to “give the people a true conservative”? Are they supposed to call you up and anoint anyone you recommend? Like it or not a majority of Republicans choose Romney.


45 posted on 11/08/2012 9:07:56 AM PST by stop_fascism (Love your country, but never trust its government - R.A. Heinlein)
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To: goldstategop
I didn’t vote for Mittens ... Mitt Happens is a genuinely nice guy, but nice doesn’t win elections and he didn’t excite me.

You showed us! I hope you enjoy wallowing in your smugness for the next 4 years and for helping to give Obama the opportunity to select at least 2 more Supreme Court Justices.

46 posted on 11/08/2012 9:08:11 AM PST by wayne_shrugged
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To: Ingtar

Same here. The Benghazi outrage was the deciding factor for me. I’ve never had any illusions about Romney, but Obama is a destroyer and an enemy in the most dangerous sense of the word.


47 posted on 11/08/2012 9:11:01 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: Crimson Elephant
—I do think the “mormon thing” is something few want to talk about, but is real

Among evangelicals at least, Ralph Reed is disputing that claim this morning. He states that evangelicals turned out in great numbers and supported Romney as much as they did Bush. Reed's numbers show bigger turnout and a 78-21 edge for Romney among evangelical Christians. An FR thread about this issue can be read HERE.

48 posted on 11/08/2012 9:11:21 AM PST by ishmac (Lady Thatcher: There are no permanent defeats in politics because there are no permanent victories.)
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To: DManA

78% of white evangelecals voted for Romney. Name me any other demographic group that matched that.

You can’t blame white evangelicals.


My point was about turnout, not defecting to other candidates.


49 posted on 11/08/2012 9:12:04 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: Al Gore Vidal
"I'd like to be able to understand why they sat it out. ... I just want to know how they justify themselves. "

I voted third party (for Goode), because I wanted my dissapproval of both candidates recorded.

I weighted the candidates and I didn't see enough difference to justify voting for one over the other.

Usually I vote social values over pocket book on the theory that if we are a morally upright nation God will bless us with wisdom in other areas. And if we are not, the best economic plan in the world won't help us.

There were many serious concerns I had about Romney.

Social Values

Economic Issues

Other Issues

I want the rule of law observed with regard to natural born citizenship and eligibility. But the GOP is now part of this conspiracy, because they've had control of the House and failed to investigate it. Consequently this issue is off the table for this election.

Middle East: Romney seemed a stronger supporter of Israel, but I took that with a grain of salt. I don't think he views Israel the same way most Christians do. And his lack of credibility mitigates his strong stance on Israel. Plus he failed to distinguish what he would have done different with regard to Arab Spring.

Liberalism and future elections. If we are going to have a liberal president, let it be a democrat one. It'll be better for us in the future, than if a GOP labeled liberal gets into office.

50 posted on 11/08/2012 9:12:48 AM PST by DannyTN
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