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The Dirty Little Secret of 2012

kfleming Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 12:49 PM
The article, in the end, focuses on and credits the Democratic ad campaign and Democratic strategies tha tlost the election for the Republicans. I say to the Republican Party wake up and smell the coffee!! One of our conservative values is personal accountability. The Republican party chose the wrong candidate pure and simple. The RNC broke its own rules to oust Dr. Paul's delegates and Dr. Paul. Dr. Paul had a theme we could rally behind: Ron Paul Revolution 2012 with the "evol" letters backward and highlighted in red emphasizing LOVE for our Nation, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and fellow citizen. He also had a proven track record.
elevesque Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 12:17 PM
Ron Paul was unelectable for the simple reason he wants to throw Israel under the bus, end all Foreign Aid or financial commitments we have made which would devastate key allies, allow certain Libertine rules which function as personal licentiousness and sinful moral behavior. He cares about one thing that is moral while saying "hands off" to another area of morality or personal morality that is just as important. The man is morally duplicitous and people can see it. He would make a horrible Commander in Chief. NO spine.
Akennas55 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 6:52 PM
Earth to Phlegming:
Ron Paul would have lost by 20 points...

A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST.

To paraphrase the traditional Passover formulation honored in Jewish homes: why was this election different from all other elections? What makes 2012 stand out in recent political history, either as a temporary anomaly or a significant, long-term shift in the electorate?

The most striking change in the results this year involved a precipitous and alarming decline in voter participation, a drop-off that stemmed from a deliberate strategy by the Obama campaign and almost certainly provided the president with his margin of victory. Meanwhile, much of the conventional wisdom about...