Phyllis Schlafly

At last Republicans can read a coherent explanation of why they didn't win in 2012, despite high unemployment and a dismal economy, the unpopularity of Obamacare and many scandals, such as Fast and Furious. Best-selling author Dr. Jerome Corsi, who spent three weeks traveling with the Mitt Romney campaign listening to every stump speech, gives us an inside look at the cockiness and mistakes of Romney's staff in a new book called, "What Went Wrong."

The official Republican Party's analysis of the election was issued last June by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. It was so self-serving and inadequate that it was dubbed an autopsy, i.e., the dissection of a dead body.

The Republican Party is not dead, but it is bleeding from the mistakes and prejudices of the high-dollar Establishment that shrinks from dealing with the social, moral and job-loss issues that concern the grassroots. The Establishment inflicted us with another centrist loser in the model of John McCain and Bob Dole.

Corsi quotes Romney's chief campaign strategist, Stuart Stevens, as pontificating on the last plane fight of the 2012 campaign that he was confident Romney would win because "a positive campaign message trumps a good ground game every time."

Wrong. Obama's first-rate ground game, facilitated by technology that actually worked, trumped whatever Romney had to offer.

Romney didn't have a good campaign message anyway. His speech writers should have listened to the participants in their own focus groups, one of whom said: "I am sick and tired of giving bailouts to the folks at the top and handouts to the folks at the bottom." And they could have gotten some advice from Rick Santorum, who said, "If all we do is focus on the job creators and not the job holders, we're talking to a very small group of people."

The Romney campaign's attempt to use modern technology to get out the vote was totally outfoxed in the battle of the whales. Obama's technology, named after the Narwhal whale, worked perfectly to get out the vote, but Romney's, named for Orca, was not fully tested and crashed on Election Day.

Corsi shows how 2012 paralleled the Republican Establishment of the 1940s (then called the kingmakers), which inflicted us with presidential candidates, like two-time loser Tom Dewey, whom the grassroots dubbed "Me, too" candidates (i.e. whatever the Democrats said, the Republican candidates responded, "Me, too.") Voters like candidates who offer us a choice, not an echo.

Romney made no effort to reach out to various subgroups, some of whose members might have swelled his votes. He and his financial establishment had no desire to bring the tea parties and other independents into the Republican Party.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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