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An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

doc, aka Rich Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 12:42 AM
My open letter to Mitt. Watch the Untouchables for guidance on how you needed to battle the Chicago style political opponents. They savaged you on a PERSONAL level for months and you took the high ground refusing to engage in PERSONAL attacks on Obama. When they accused you of felony acts on your Bain Capital filings you needed to accuse Obama of felony bribery from Rezko towards the Obama residence. You brought a knife to a gun fight. You demonstrated yourself not equal to your opponents. As your contest was lost, help the next GOP opponent learn the lessons that you have to match your opponent. Remember Colonel Blimp.
you've been served Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 6:27 AM
In a sense, you are correct. To fight the unwashed barbarians, you have to get down and dirty. I felt the same thing during the campaigning. But at the same time, Mitt Romney did what he felt best at the time. Do not think that his advisors and he did not discuss this very issue. I am almost certain that they determined that if they brought guns to the fight the liberal media would have crucified them whiie giving a pass to Obama's use of guns. It was a dangd if you do and dangd if you don't. They made the best choice they could with a lot more inside information and research than you have. so give him a break.
doc, aka Rich Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 11:13 AM
Baloney. This campaign went on for months. Yes, their advisors thought they were doing right, taking, the high road, etc., etc.. but after month after month of not seeing any drop in Obama polls despite the economic train wreck the nation is suffering, how long do you give a smart guy to figure out they're being taken to the cleaners in the court of public opinion? Yes I can blame both McCain and Romney for being very very foolish campaigners and taking responsibility for their own judgment. Yes, I fault the electorate, but doesn't the candidate bear responsibility for a poorly played game?

Editor's note: A version of this piece first appeared at USAToday.com.

Dear Mitt,

I have awakened on November 7 to learn that your bid for the presidency was unsuccessful. In the midst of the disappointment that I share with you, I want to thank you for devoting years of your life to the wearisome task of running for president. Millions of Americans are grateful to you.

You have been one of my heroes for the past 48 years. I still recall vividly the valiant cross country race you ran at our Cranbrook Homecoming in October of 1964—a race...