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The Message Romney Missed

tgwWhale Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 9:32 AM
A media critic like Bozell should grasp (but apparently doesn't) that one of the main differences between Romney and Reagan is that Reagan had obvious public charisma, and Romney didn't. Romney is a manager, not a leader, and that's how his campaign presented him. Many were excited about voting against Obozo, but no one was excited about voting for Romney, except Ann Coulter. The major-party candidate with the greater public charisma has won EVERY presidential election since 1980, maybe 1976. I wonder if one of the main reasons McLame in 2008 got 2M more votes than Romney in 2012 had to do with the charisma at the bottom of the ticket (Sarah). A main problem in 2012 was the messenger's lack of charisma.
Curtis108 Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 10:49 AM
Earl29 Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 11:04 AM
tgwWhale Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 11:45 AM
108, you seem to be saying that (1) charisma doesn't matter; and/or (2) charisma is a bad thing.

As for (1): The Repubs ran milquetoast Bush I vs Slick Willie in '92, dull Dole in '96, duller McLame in '08, boring manager Romney in '12. The Dims offered Peanut-head vs Reagan in '80, Mondull in '84, embarrassing (remember the tank ad?) Dukakis in '88, pompous gasbag Algore in '00, and snobby Jean-Francois Kerrie in '04. ALL LOSERS. Charisma wins.

As for (2): HItler had high charisma. So did Jesus Christ. Charisma can be used for good or evil, just as any other human quality can. To imply that a high-charisma candidate is bad because some high-charisma people are bad (Chavez) is ignorant.

Or, you can just keep nominating dull LOSERS.

The post mortems on the presidential campaign continue to pour in, the ones on the botched Romney effort the more interesting (and more depressing for those of us who supported him). President Obama was clearly vulnerable, and Mitt Romney clearly positioned to defeat him.

So what went wrong? Let me add my analysis. Three words: Message. Messenger. Messaging.

The messenger was flawed, unwilling to take risks, unprepared for the Obama political wrecking machine, left dazed and confused Election Night.

If inept messaging could be deemed a felony, this campaign was a crime against humanity. I've never seen...