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Jindal: “We Don’t Start Winning Majorities … by Insulting Our Voters.”

get real4 Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 6:28 AM
Romney didn't lose because of the 47% comment. That is just stupidity. I'm willing to bet that a lot of people who voted for Obama didn't even know about the comment. The problem also was not that Romney didn't attack. He had plenty of ads attacking the president's record. He was also very explicit in the debates. He was not trying to hide what his positions were in those debates. He set a clear difference between the candidates. He even said "if you want free stuff, go vote for the other guy." Well, that is what happened in large part. You had those who wanted their benefits. You also had lots of government workers who feared Romney would cut programs so they voted for the one promising to keep spending and spending.
get real4 Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 6:31 AM
Two statistics from the exit polling that show the problem was not Romney's message. It was either a lack of turnout for conservatives or the country has changed demographically. 1) Over 50% blamed Bush for our economy rather than Obama. I don't understand that after 4 years of Obama, but that is what the exit polling showed. 2) Over 50% supported Obamacare. I don't understand that either. In ever poll previous to this around 60% opposed Obamacare, but in actual voter turnout over 50% supported it. I think that it means conservatives simply didn't go to the voting booth. Now conservatives are complaining and trying to blame Romney when they have no one to blame but those that didn't go and vote.
annfan_777 Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:21 AM
All of which boils down to the fact that Romney didn't articulate his message - the message of conservatism - very well at all. He failed to form strong coalitions with the Tea Party, where about 95% of the political energy was at following the 2010 victories, and with Sarah Palin and her supporters, and with the pro-life, pro-family, pro-military base - he even failed to issue a simple statement of support for Chick-Fil-A, a Christian business under fire from the left just because they support traditional marriage. Romney avoided talk radio, and other obvious places to connect with voters. And worst of all, he never really went after Obama.
get real4 Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 8:23 AM
I'd agree that Romney did not articulate a message on the social issues. In hindsight, perhaps that was an error. However, he wanted to focus everything on the economy. Many believed that was the best strategy because if the election was about the economy, Obama shouldn't have been reelected. All the things you mentioned are social issues. They don't explain how over half the country blame Bush for the past 4 years. Perhaps Romney should have hit the social issues more. Who knows?

On Fox News Sunday Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal once again distanced himself from Mitt Romney’s unfortunate and divisive post-election remarks, and upbraided two Republican Senate candidates for “saying stupid things” during the 2012 election cycle:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal continued his critique of the Republican Party and its 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney on Sunday as he argued for the GOP to become a larger tent party.

Romney drew a firestorm of backlash from fellow Republicans when he told donors on a conference call that President Barack Obama defeated him because of so-called “gifts” that he gave to...