Mitt Romney Columns on Townhall

  • Ken Blackwell - Election 2012: Echoes of Truman’s 1948 Campaign

    Election 2012: Echoes of Truman’s 1948 Campaign

    Ken Blackwell
    Posted: 12/5/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Many of our friends continue to register shock at the election returns of last month. How can it be?, they ask. It’s not so hard to figure out, we reply. The first Romney bumper sticker that appeared last year bore a startling resemblance to another famous corporate logo. What were they thinking? The first bumper sticker for the President’s re-election said simply: “ObamaCares.” Brilliant. We are not saying that President Obama does actually care about “people like me.” But voters polled on that question chose Mr. Obama over Mitt Romney by a whopping 81-18 margin. That’s fatal in politics.
  • Jackie Gingrich Cushman -  If No One Goes With You, You Cannot Win

    If No One Goes With You, You Cannot Win

    Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Posted: 11/29/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    In a broader context of groups and leaders, Ericka Anderson, author of the new book "Leading So People Will Follow," describes great business leaders we are drawn to follow.
  • Armstrong Williams - The Young and Gullible Reality Check After an Election

    The Young and Gullible Reality Check After an Election

    Armstrong Williams
    Posted: 11/27/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    So many people graduate college with big dreams and aspirations about entering politics, but most of the time they leave it years after, distraught, disillusioned, and without much money to their name. This happens all the time in Washington DC but no one talks about it. Most people need a glimpse into the carnage after an election, where people on both sides lose their jobs and become anxious about the future.
  • Michael Brown - Some Revealing Responses to My Open Letter to Black Evangelicals

    Some Revealing Responses to My Open Letter to Black Evangelicals

    Michael Brown
    Posted: 11/26/2012 9:20:00 AM EST
    My open letter to my black Christian friends, written out of respect and solidarity, generated an extremely high number of email responses. They ranged from commendation to condemnation, with one email informing me that neither “you nor I are going to alter prophecy, these things are foretold, we have to pray now GOD will get us out of here before masses get destroyed!”
  • Donald Lambro - The GOP's Must Do List Before The 2016 Election

    The GOP's Must Do List Before The 2016 Election

    Donald Lambro
    Posted: 11/23/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Although Barack Obama won a second term and Democrats gained some seats in Congress, the Republicans remain a considerable force to be reckoned with in the 2013-14 election cycle and beyond. Lost in the news media's ecstasy over Obama's victory in the midst of a terribly weak, job-starved economy is the political reality behind his narrow popular vote margin, the GOP's still muscular House majority and its rising strength among the nation's governorships.
  • Ann Coulter - Romney Was Not the Problem

    Romney Was Not the Problem

    Ann Coulter
    Posted: 11/22/2012 8:23:00 PM EST
    Small minds always leap to the answers given the last time around, which is probably why Maxine Waters keeps getting re-elected. But the last time is not necessarily the same as this time. A terrorist attack is not the same as the Cold War, a war in Afghanistan is not the same as a war in Iraq, and Mitt Romney is not the same as John McCain or Bob Dole.
  • Matt Towery - Republicans Must Reshuffle Nomination Deck for Future Presidential Hope

    Republicans Must Reshuffle Nomination Deck for Future Presidential Hope

    Matt Towery
    Posted: 11/22/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    After several weeks of endless postmortems of the 2012 presidential contest, Republicans seem to be trending in most articles as being in disarray and with little hope of regaining the White House for years to come, if ever in our lifetime.
  • Ben Shapiro - The Death of American Religion

    The Death of American Religion

    Ben Shapiro
    Posted: 11/21/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    In the aftermath of the re-election of President Barack Obama, conservatives searched the heavens and the earth for answers. Some suggested that Mitt Romney lost because Republicans didn't reach out more to Latino voters; some suggested that Romney lost because his "get out the vote" system fell apart on Election Day.
  • Brent Bozell - The Message Romney Missed

    The Message Romney Missed

    Brent Bozell
    Posted: 11/21/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    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.
  • Phyllis Schlafly - Political Parties Need Rebranding

    Political Parties Need Rebranding

    Phyllis Schlafly
    Posted: 11/20/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Dozens of explanations have been offered by people who think they are savvy about politics to explain why Mitt Romney lost and Barack Obama was reelected despite his many unlawful actions and the high unemployment figures. I toss into the mix my view that the two major political parties need rebranding.
  • David Limbaugh - The GOP: A Most Unpopular Majority Party

    The GOP: A Most Unpopular Majority Party

    David Limbaugh
    Posted: 11/20/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Isn't it tragically ironic that the man who rode the perfect storm into public office on the horse of national unity has now perfected the politics of division so spectacularly that he won re-election despite the worst record in decades?
  • Brian Birdnow - A New America Or a Mediocre Candidate?

    A New America Or a Mediocre Candidate?

    Brian Birdnow
    Posted: 11/20/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media are now galloping along in full-throated triumphalist mode, which, of course, is their right given the results of the November 6th elections. Despite the efforts of some GOP operatives to accentuate the positives of this election, such as the victories of Republican gubernatorial candidates in various states, it certainly wasn’t a win for the Grand Old Party. Last week many mainstream media scribes took their turns at “interpreting’ the meaning of the election, most of them barely concealing their glee.
  • Pat Buchanan - Mitt Wasn't All Wrong About "Gifts"

    Mitt Wasn't All Wrong About "Gifts"

    Pat Buchanan
    Posted: 11/20/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    "What the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked."
  • Byron York - Governors Take Power as Balance Shifts Inside GOP

    Governors Take Power as Balance Shifts Inside GOP

    Byron York
    Posted: 11/19/2012 6:00:00 PM EST
    With Mitt Romney's defeat and the loss of Republican seats in both House and Senate, the balance of power in the GOP has shifted. Republican governors -- the one group that actually increased its numbers on Nov. 6 -- believe they should take a bigger and more influential role in establishing the party's direction.
  • Rich Galen - Watch the Governors

    Watch the Governors

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 11/19/2012 2:31:00 PM EST
    We know Romney was too conservative in the primaries and too moderate in the general. We know Romney didn't run enough ads in the Spring then ran too many ads in the Fall. We know Republicans depended too much on their turnout operation and too little on messaging. We know Republicans depended too much on messaging and too little on their turnout operation. We know the GOP and the Super PACs were too focused on fundraising and we know the Obama campaign raised more than enough money. We know … well, you know what we know.
  • Matt Bowman - “The Twilight Zone” and Romney in 1961

    “The Twilight Zone” and Romney in 1961

    Matt Bowman
    Posted: 11/17/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    My wife and I recently started browsing through classic Twilight Zone episodes. Seems like a reasonable thing for religious conservatives to do in the Obama administration’s America. But I wasn’t prepared for just how relevant it would be.
  • Steve Deace - A Fork in the Road, Part II

    A Fork in the Road, Part II

    Steve Deace
    Posted: 11/17/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The writer of the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament gives a very difficult but encouraging truth: “The LORD chastens those whom He loves.” No one wants to be chastened. It is not fun to be disciplined. Yet when God allows such accountability and suffering to take place, this truth teaches us it is because He loves us enough to correct us when we are wrong, lest we continue doing what can ruin us and those whom we love.
  • Celia Bigelow - The Ugly Youth -- I mean Truth -- About the Romney Campaign

    The Ugly Youth -- I mean Truth -- About the Romney Campaign

    Celia Bigelow
    Posted: 11/16/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Is it just me, or does a candidate actually have to reach out to constituents in order to win elections?
  • Mona Charen - Best Foot Forward?

    Best Foot Forward?

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 11/16/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Our large cruise ship sailed within view of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a gathering of conservatives sponsored by National Review magazine considered the wreckage of the 2012 election. Most of the writers and commentators on board agreed with Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition that the last thing conservatives need to do now is to form a "circular firing squad." But lessons must be learned.
  • Maggie Gallagher - It's the Middle Class, Stupid

    It's the Middle Class, Stupid

    Maggie Gallagher
    Posted: 11/15/2012 9:30:00 AM EST
    And so it begins, like clockwork.


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