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Romney Was Not the Problem

doc, aka Rich Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 1:04 AM
I disagree with Ann. Romney ran on proposing to run the country better than Obama, which appealed to many. Obama ran on portraying Romney as a personally EVIL rich white man concerned with nothing other than lining his pockets at the expense of poor, blacks, Latinos, youth, and women. The ballot count tells us more people were swayed by the campaign of personal destruction than on differences of policy or substance. Even Ann admits the anti Romney messaging was more personally targeted, but is reluctant to admit that this is lost precious votes. When fighting Chicago style politics either stand up and fight or stand aside to someone who will.
doc, aka Rich Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 10:32 AM
I still disagree. Media bias aside, neither McCain nor Romney nor even surrogates for both had the guts to publicize Obama's $625,000 assistance (bribe) from the Rezko's for the lot adjacent to their Chicago residence, while Rezko now sits in jail. On the contrary, the Chicago style machine had no problem with publicly accusing Romney with various unsubstantiated personal criminal acts from his past. There's controlling your hostile messaging, and there's being a total wimp. Since the campaign is fair season for anyone with anything to say, I can only conclude that NO republicans have any spine to stand up and fight.
scrow Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 1:28 AM
The problem is when the media control the messaging, any attempt to fight dirty tricks with dirty tricks ends up with the Democrat being portrayed as "speaking truth to power" and the Republicans as a mean old man, The Gingrich That Stole Christmas, and so on.

You can like dirty fighting. You can hate dirty fighting. But when the media only likes it when "their" candidate at it, it's a losing Republican proposition.
Panda Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 1:11 AM
I think Romney was a good candidate, but in terms of messaging, Gingrich would have been far better for this campaign.
Harold15 Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 4:54 AM
I think Gingrich would have been handicapped by his reputation of being mean spirited. Who knows, though? He, at least, would not have back pedaled, as Romney did, every time he said something that some whining crybaby said he was offended by. He'd have also done something that Romney failed to do, and that was hit Obama hard on his record and kept hitting him. I don't like Gingrich and would would not have wanted to vote for him, but, unlike Romney, I probably could have brought myself to do so.

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...