#23 Nov 8, 2012
The number one reason Romney lost was, of course, Hurrican Sandy.
Who else thinks so.
In his post, he thanked a number of people who helped make the president’s re-election possible, especially “Mother Nature.”
“You, Mother Nature, with all your horrific damage, death and destruction you caused last week, you became, ironically, the undoing of a Party that didn’t believe in you or your climate changing powers,”
“I’m so glad we had that storm last week.‘Cause I think the storm was one of those things. No. Politically, I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.”
No storm? Then Obama gives a concession speech.
#24 Nov 8, 2012
All things considered, Romney didn't do so badly -- it's hard to defeat a charismatic incumbent -- but he didn't do so well either. The Republican field was weak this year But he is not conservative enough to be the nominee under the current GOP. A party does need to build a big tent, but it has to start by having a solid base. As liberal as President Obama is, he had his Democratic base sewed up. Romney is a big flip-flopper and while it would have been hard for any Republican to win, this was one more headache that they didn't need.
But the GOP establishment follows its decades-old policy of nominatiom by turn -- usually resulting in defeat. You can't win 'em all, but they need more youth, non-whites, and women at the top. Reince Prebus, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner have failed and need to be sacked -- especially the the first two.
#25 Nov 8, 2012
Tea Party Patriots??? IF they would vote for McCain and not Romney than they are mis-guided as McCain is more hooked into the Washington Power structure than Romney.
Romney was a good candidate and offered a return to prosperity AND was only undone by the Hurricane. Sarah Palin did back Romney and pleaded to her supporters to vote for him. He picked Paul Ryan, a conservative.
The fact that Romney got less votes than McCain is very disturbing and the GOP has to figure out why.
#26 Nov 8, 2012
What went wrong for the GOP?
How long do you have because this is going to take a long while. Let's start many decades ago.......
#27 Nov 8, 2012
John Boehner??? He was very sucessful in leading the Republicans to victory in the House. How has he "failed"?
Romney ran a good campaign BUT had these problems to overcome.
1) George Bush'es horrific Presidency. He STUNK to high heaven.
2) Todd Akin, an incredible, self-centered moron that gave the dems ammunition for their "war on women".
3) Richard Murdock; when it looked like Romney had closed the gender gap, Murdock re-opened the wound with his comments.
4) Hurricane Isaac, which torpedoed coverage of the Republican Convention.
5) Hurrican Sandy, which focused all attention on Obama the final week of trhe campaign.
6) Chris Christie, who could have been co-operative, and should have been, with Obama, without gushing over "O"'s performance, which was pathetic.
7) The CORPORATE Main-Stream Media.
#28 Nov 8, 2012
The GOP has address the GLOBAL CORPORATE FASCIST control of the Main-Stream Media first and foremost. They MUST START by fighting to protect Internet Freedom. Then Americans will rally behind the GOP.
#29 Nov 8, 2012
What went wrong?
The GOP went wrong and the country has rejected this new extremist, insane and DANGEROUS GOP.
#30 Nov 8, 2012
"The fact that Romney got less votes than McCain is very disturbing and the GOP has to figure out why"
The GOP has gone to far to the right, just look at how Allen West was voted out and David Rivera (Marco Rubio's friend).
I only wish half as many Democrats would have voted in last state election so little Ricky Santorum aka Marco Rubio and insane Rick Scott would have never been elected.
#32 Nov 8, 2012
Romney certainly is not too far to the right.
I don't know if his Mormanism played a role or not.
Still, I think he ran a VERY good campaign but in the final analysis, Hurrican Sandy was the difference.
#33 Nov 10, 2012
Well, he did much better than McConnell, but he has caved to Obama over and over again, has not given tea partiers sufficient representation in the House leadership, and was ayes man for Bush's big government policies -- which set the stage for Obama's massive bloating of the welfare state (and which, I might add, Romney supporting by running as a virtual Dubya 2.0).
But let me amend my previous position. Perhaps Boehner can serve another term or two as Speaker, but he should not be the main face of the GOP, unless they just want to Orange vote.:-)
McConnell and Preibus should be shown the door immediately, however, IMO.
#35 Nov 10, 2012
Are you referring to the Tea Party? If so, here's a news flash -- the Tea Party does not control the GOP. Romney, McCain, Bush-43, Dole, Bush-41, Reagan, Ford, and Nixon have been the nominees of the Republican Party since 1968. ONLY REAGAN was from the right-wing of the party. The others were centrists, by GOP standards. I'm not saying that a rightist candidate would necessarily have won this year, but a party cannot continually spurn its base and then leapfrog to the "big tent" policy and expect to win very often. Sure, with the back-and-forth nature of American politics, some of those candidates may win, they are not planting the seeds for a motivated party electorate. Look at President Obama. He may be an incompetent and radical chief executive, but he is an exciting campaigner and is loved by his party's base. Obviously, he can't run again, but he sends his supporters to la'la land, and happy voters stay with the ticket for decades. The GOP strategy of usually nominating whatever centrist can claim that it is his turn m ay win once in a while, but it will be narrows most of the time, and will usually be little more than an outlier in electoral history. And now, a lot of them want to turn to Jeb Bush in '16. Death wish?
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