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Why We Were Surprised on November 6th?

David3036 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 8:20 PM
Of all the post-mortems on the campaign, this one is the best. Bialosky has a good grasp of what went wrong. I would only add that, in addition to learning how to talk to minorities, women and gays, the party needs to shake off the influence of the religious right. Christian fundamentalists have not done the party any favors by insisting that every Replublican candidate agree with their social agenda. Let's return to the party of Barry Golwater, who wrote the book on conservative politics ("Conscience of a Conservative") long before the religious right took control. Goldwater said, “I will fight them (religious groups) revery step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism."

Ok, I was wrong. I thought the Republicans would win the Presidency. I was not the only one. Smart people like Michael Barone and Karl Rove thought so also, in addition to people like Dick Morris. A knowledgeable friend called me the Saturday before the election and told me John McLaughlin, the pollster, just told him Romney wins it going away. So what happened?

First there is the big picture. I think there were three issues that hurt the Romney campaign along the way. The first is his turn to the right to win the primaries. My now politically-astute son asserted...