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Romney Was Not the Problem

bigdawgworking Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 6:10 AM
First, Romney was the best of the 8 choices. So what? Romney and Republicans did NOT defend his membership as "the rich" (silence) allowing O to pound him for a year. Romney and the Republicans did NOT hammer the Obamacare nail into the coffin (i.e. he would repeal it ... or most of it ... or some of it ... or something). Romney failed to pick a VP who could carry a swing state for him (a time honored tradition because it works!) Romney failed to pick a VP who would bring in a major demographic: hispanic. Romney failed to pick a VP that the overwhelming majority of his base preferred. Romney failed to pick Rubio for his VP. Instead we got a solid conservative accountant. Romney and the R party failed. Period.
Panda Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 6:26 AM
Those are some good pieces of analysis, and I'm glad you blamed the whole party instead of just the candidate.

I would broaden the blame to include our utter failure to change the political landscape through winning more people to conservatism, but you certainly hit on some good points.

But here's a question: If Rubio had been silenced like Ryan, would Rubio have done much good? Ryan's strength is outlining our horrendous fiscal future, and we saw nary an ad with him doing this--not one.
bigdawgworking Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 7:22 AM
"If Rubio had been silenced like Ryan,,,'

Excellent point. Romney seemed to pick a fight on Medicare and, consequently, Obamacare when he picked Ryan. Then .... silence and more silence.

As you noted, Rubio would have likely have been silenced as well. Which doubles down on the points of winning a swing state and an important demographic.

Romney made poor choices and, therefore, was a poor candidate.

Small minds always leap to the answers given the last time around, which is probably why Maxine Waters keeps getting re-elected. But the last time is not necessarily the same as this time. A terrorist attack is not the same as the Cold War, a war in Afghanistan is not the same as a war in Iraq, and Mitt Romney is not the same as John McCain or Bob Dole.

But since the election, many conservatives seem to be coalescing around the explanation for our defeat given by Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots, who said: "What we...