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"There's a Sense That We Let Mitt Romney Down"

deprogramming services Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 1:42 PM
The Republican establishment has told us in one election after another that the only we can win is to nominate a liberal Republican, and in one election after another the liberal Republican either loses, or wins but continues the overspending and expansion of government patriots expect Republicans to put an end to. It's like Nancy holding the football for Charlie Brown: year after year she pulls it away and he falls flat on his back, but year after year he falls for the same old lie. I think it's time for patriots to look at a different party; I would suggest the Libertarians.
Lustre Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 3:21 PM
A conservative can win in a district where conservatives outnumber liberals, but nationally it's a big no.
You can't win nationally unless you get the Independents on your side, and Ryan being an extreme conservative was a big mistake to put on the ticket.
deprogramming services Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 4:01 PM
Reagan won, and beating Carter in the debates is often given as a reason. It is argued that America is more liberal now, but not everyone agrees with that. I think if Romney and Ryan had been less of a liberal he would have had a better chance of winning.
Lustre Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 6:26 PM
Reagan won because he chose a VP candidate who was seen as a moderate while also having national security experience, which is what Romney failed to do.
Ryan is seen as an extreme conservative, and he has no national security experience.
deprogramming services Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 7:15 PM
That is opinion, which is not founded in reality. Ryan is a good man. So is Romney by the way; it's just that both of them did poorly in their debates. It is the opinion of some people that Romney would have been more likely to win if he had been a true conservative; more like Ryan in other words. That would have given him a better chance of winning the debates anyway. But Ryan is a lot like Ryan, and he lost his debate, so who knows. But I seriously doubt that Ryan being too conservative is the reason Romney lost.

Mitt Romney's top campaign aides conducted a conference call with conservative journalists this afternoon, during which they assessed the damage from Tuesday's electoral loss.  The participants included campaign manager Matt Rhoades, political director Rich Beeson, polling director Neil Newhouse and digital director Zac Moffatt.  A few notes from the call:

Matt Rhoades, on the overall race: "No campaign is perfect, and we certainly made our share of mistakes." On Paul Ryan: "He has come away from this race with a very bright future before him."

Rich Beeson, on the campaign's strategy: "We won independents and held the base....