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Why Did Mitt Romney Lose?

Neil99 Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 2:39 PM
What kind of an idiot are you? The economic freefall started in Sept 2008 near the end of Bush's term. I would hope your memory is good enough to remember McCain rushing back to Washington to "fix" the problem looking like an imbecile. The election was in Nov 2008 and Obama was inaugurated in Jan 2009. No, this recession started during the Bush II term and can be directly laid at his feet.
Gayle__CO Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 2:51 PM
Excuse me, do you have a point. Neil? The Democrats were there in 2007 and obviously it would take time for their policies to take effect. Plus the fact that the Military Budget is sooo much smaller than entitlements and Welfare. Right now the military only gets 19% while Domestic gets over 70%. The military budget under Kennedy was 52%! Yes, Bush spent too much money, the recession started under him and Obama made it worse with Stimulus that did not work, increased Food Stamps, unemployment and lower take home pay for the middle class. He will continue to do the wrong thing until we become Greece.

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:

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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