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Why Did Mitt Romney Lose?

Illbay Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 4:34 PM
The MSM is template-driven. By the same token, Boehner can march out there tomorrow and announce that the GOP is now four-square in favor of amnesty for all illegal aliens, race-based preferences in hiring and college admissions, and enthralled with homosexual marriage. They can state they are now all about abortion choice, and will even pay for it with government funding. And it's not going to make one centilla of difference, because the template is there and it's not budging. So, back to what you said earlier, about needing to get the message to the voters.
Illbay Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 4:43 PM
...successfully exploit is HATRED. That's why you hear them screaming "hate!" at conservatives so often. It's Freudian Projection, pure and simple.

I am not here to offer the solution. I don't know how to overcome the low impulse of so many in our society toward hatred of anyone who is not like them. But until we can convince hard-working and productive Americans that they have THAT to be concerned about, not the ridiculous rantings of Joe Biden about "puttin' y'all back in chains," conservatives will remain in the minority.

I hate to say it, but I don't see any other way to put it.
Illbay Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 4:40 PM
We could analyze WHY this worked for them all we want, but the fact is that it did. I'll never forget hearing some NBC or CBS talking head in the 1980s, when Alabama Governor-for-nearly-life George Wallace was re-elected (again), saying "... and it's remarkable to see Wallace reinvent himself as a liberal Democrat..." And believe me, this was said not in disgust, but in ADMIRATION!

How are they able to do this? Again, I cannot begin to tell you, except to say that the Democrats have always been able to capitalize on our fear of "the other." The atavistic tendency toward "tribalism" that has consumed most of human history.

Democrats are often said by conservatives, to pander to the emotional. And that's true. But the emotion they MOST...
Illbay Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 4:37 PM
Why should anyone think that employed, educated and hard-working blacks, Latinos, Asians or any other ethnic category, want anything else other than what the rest of us want: lower taxes, a vibrant economy, and otherwise to be left alone?

The Democrat party has been playing the Race Card for about 160 years at least, and doing it successfully. For the first century of that time, they warned white people about the dangers of miscegenation. They struck fear into the hearts of god-fearing white folk everywhere in describing what would happen when the Negro got the vote.

When the Civil Rights struggle began to bear fruit, they Democrat party bosses simply pivoted on a dime, and suddenly Republicans were all about hating people of color.

Of course, virtually every American who follows politics closely will posit an explanation for why Mitt Romney came up short in 2012. But Sean Trende’s analysis over at Real Clear Politics seems to be the most insightful -- and plausible. Take a look at the following chart embedded in his must-read article:


Conventional wisdom tells us that Republicans lost because they failed to reach out to Hispanics, African-Americans and young people. And to a certain extent that is