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The Ugly Youth -- I mean Truth -- About the Romney Campaign

Andy372 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 1:13 PM
The GOP went out of their way to avoid good information and ideas. The Tea Party people were ignored or shoved to the curb. Genuine conservatives and libertarians were marginalized. Romney had a decent plan, and did a CRAPPY job of articulating it, or having people around him that could. Conservatives win elections, Moderates miss it by "that much"
Mark1369 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:57 PM
You are right and this idea that we need to push to the middle is false as 3 of 4 of our past Presidential candidates have been from the center despite how the media labels them [Romney, McCain, Dole all were considered moderates]. The idea the Rush and Hannity speak for us is like saying Maddow, Schultz, and other far left flame thowers represent Democratic candidates. It is just a strategy of the left that we need to counter not reject the listeners of Rush and Hannity.
upwithRomney Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 6:32 PM
It is not conservatism that turns off the middle. It is this crazy stuff pushed by the far right or just plain ignorant. Do you really think that you will attract voters that you insult and call liars or stupid? That recent statement about Obama voters getting "free stuff" may have a grain of truth but there were lots of voters who were not getting free stuff and lots of Romney voters that were. A disabled veteran gets "free stuff" from the V.A. A 90 year old mother of 10 gets free stuff with Medicare and SS. We keep calling people names and sending out hate messages. Does that win over the public? You dont have to give up your values in order to give up your schreeching.
Jack2894 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 1:41 PM
This is not actually true. The myth that a "real" conservative would have won the election is a fantasy current inside the Republican bubble. It is just as likely that a "real" conservative (whatever that means) would have alienated the center even more than Romney did and push more centrist votes toward democrats.

Is it just me, or does a candidate actually have to reach out to constituents in order to win elections?

Seems like a foreign concept to Mitt Romney.

In a phone call with supporters, Mitt Romney blamed his loss on Obama buying the support of key demographics--like young Americans--with political “gifts”:

“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups...With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a...