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Year in Review: The Political Highs and Lows of 2012

aschaper Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 5:20 PM
Sorry, Guy. . . Romney was not a good candidate, period. No party discipline. The Akin-Mourdock-Abortion debate distracted from the proper narrative: Obama was busting the bank, and therefore he had to be busted. Too many GOP debates, too long a primary season, no strong candidates. Paulism exacerbated the GOP dualism between Tea Party and Establishment. No respect for Establishment coordination coupled with Tea Party enthusiasm. McConnell's "One-term President" to Romney's "47%" to the latest admission that Romney was not gunning to run or to win, plus every conceivable flip-flop from RomneyCare to gun control caused more problems than solved.
rbartlett Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 5:24 PM
agreed. The Republican elites and the base are divided, we ended up with poor ole Mittens.
lois00001 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 5:27 PM
part of me wonders what a healthy Rick Parry would have been like.
I guess he'd just had back surgery and was in a ton of pain. Can't be easy.

Suddenly, 2013 is upon us.  New year, similar issues, familiar players.  But before we set our sights on the battles and controversies to come, let's cast our gaze backwards to the year that was.  2012 promised to be a politically consequential year, and it lived up to its billing, albeit with generally disappointing outcomes from a conservative perspective.  The following is my personal take on the most significant political peaks and valleys from the past calendar year.  Let's begin with the good stuff:

(3) Mitt Romney selects Paul Ryan as his running mate. Many conservatives viewed Mitt Romney's presidential...