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The Dirty Little Secret of 2012

southpaw_won Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 1:46 PM
Still waiting for the Dirty Little Secret. Not exacty clear to me what the "Secret" was in this article - negative advertising? This was a nice, long winded, vapid essay with nothing new to share There must have been a 50 million of us screaming for Romney to respond in kind to Obama's attacks, but the more "reasonable" and "respectful" Republican pundits and establishment assured all of us who knew this to be a naiive tactic, that things were under control, and it wouldn't help Romney to be negative. It's interesting to me the same people who criticize democrats for timid foreign policy, for wanting to talk and negotiate with hostile regimes, approach a political campaign like democrats handle terrororists. Like wimps.Groundbreaking!
Jeff2422 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 2:37 PM
I agree, what is the secret? I guess it is there are a lot of people that were disillusioned so they stayed home. That really does not help Romney or the Repubs. That means that there are a lot of people that wanted to vote for Obama, but they figured out that he lied to them 4 years ago. Normally, this spurs people to action, like voting the liar out of office no matter the other candidate. But, not this time. Why not? In part Obama got some to stay home by trashing Romney, but that is usually not enough. What is says is that these voters dd not want to cast an affirmative vote for Obama the liar, but sure were not voting for a Republican either. This just means any Dem in 2016 gets these votes again. Where is the good for Repubs in that?
elevesque Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 12:14 PM
Americans need to STOP staying home or they will definitely get the country they do not want. Idiots!

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...