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How Romney Lost
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson

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Posted By:sagman, 11/7/2012 6:28:13 AM

Columbus, Ohio — The realities of the electoral map meant that the Romney campaign really had no choice but to bet big on Ohio, and that bet was a loser. In addition to some critical on-the-ground specifics — Ohio is not hurting as badly as the rest of the country — there were three main reasons for that. 1. Ohio likes crony capitalism. The automotive bailout is popular in Ohio, and not just among self-interested workers and investors in that industry. Putting General Motors on federal life support is economically daft and morally dubious, but it gave the Obama administration a powerful tool for convincing

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 11/7/2012 6:38:32 AM     (No. 8995207)

1. Keep calm and think - that is our strong suit.
2. Don't let Boehner get away with saying "The House is only one-third of the government." Make him and his crew refuse to raise the debt limit: the House is our fail-safe firewall, if they have the beliefs and courage to act that way. Let Obama walk into this new term with a fiscal punch in the nose.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/7/2012 6:38:45 AM     (No. 8995208)

Thank you, big fat POSMan!
Aka Chris Christie.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: redmom, 11/7/2012 6:47:54 AM     (No. 8995222)

Right, Boehner is going to be our firewall.

The Tree of Liberty is dying of thirst.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dulac, 11/7/2012 6:54:34 AM     (No. 8995235)

I nominate this as a Must Read. His 3 points are dead on. Romney let the other side control the dialogue on the auto bailout and it cost him the election. Not having his surrogates step up the truth-telling on Benghazi was also a missed opportunity.

Lastly, Chris Christie put his own political career ahead of what was best for the country. He's a loose cannon and I believe every bit as much of a narcissist as Obama. Can we please quit him now???

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Reply 5 - Posted by: civilservant, 11/7/2012 6:56:48 AM     (No. 8995237)

I have long trumpeted the warning siren regarding Chris Christie. But noooooo, I was shouted down here.
Well, Mitt listened to you all and aligned himself with CC.
Who traded OUR Country for a phone call from Bruce.

I am crying for the Country we just lost. America is dead.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FunnyGirl, 11/7/2012 7:00:26 AM     (No. 8995246)

You know I'm hurting as much today as anyone, but this loss had nothing to do with Chris Christie. And, until activists understand basic concepts, we'll keep losing. I live in a red state and I hear people all the time calling for more conservatives to be elected everywhere. Just because YOU don't find Christie conservative enough doesn't mean he isn't the best governor to come out of NJ in my fifty some odd years. So many at this site whined about Scott Brown not being perfect - great, because now we have Pocahontas. Today sucks, but let's not allow feelings to get in the way of facts or we will never get out of this mess.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dadawg, 11/7/2012 7:03:47 AM     (No. 8995255)

Dumb, gullible me, I was optimistic yesterday morning. Today, I feel as estranged from my country as ever, including those dark days at the end of the Vietnam era when we were ignored at best,or ridiculed and scorned. I won't call anyone an Eyore again, I am one now. I will be ending my full-time work career during this Presidential term, but I feel sorry for those remaining who are going to now feel the impact of re-electing the most economics ignorant leader in the history of the Nation. Business,including my employer, have been waiting to see what America decided before they invested in it. Now they have seen and there will be no actual recovery any time soon. Again, my apologies to even Eric Erickson and the other naysayers.

PS, I do speak Spanish, but can't see anyplace better to move. I will most likely need it just to be able to get along in the USA, since official amnesty is just around the corner.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: owl, 11/7/2012 7:06:41 AM     (No. 8995262)

" How He Lost " is the stupidist morning after quip I've ever heard . The American people are idiots THAT'S how he lost .

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Reply 9 - Posted by: fobo, 11/7/2012 7:17:12 AM     (No. 8995290)

we get the leaders we deserve.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/7/2012 7:19:16 AM     (No. 8995296)

I believe Putt n' Plugs had a lot of help from Diebold too. Still think there were about 20% of the votes cast for Romney that went to Obama by manipulation. The numbers just don't add up in the so-called "swing" states.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: youngtexan, 11/7/2012 7:40:17 AM     (No. 8995356)

I felt sick all night long. Today, I'm recouperating. Right now, I'm ashamed to say that I'm an American. We now realize that we have a bigger picture here that we have to fight. And it's not gonna be pretty. Like alot of voters, Romney wasn't my first choice. Not only do we have to fight back against the politicians, but also the liberal news media. I don't know whether to laugh or cry right now.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/7/2012 7:40:53 AM     (No. 8995360)

At the end of the day it was stupid white guilt voters who didn't have the stomach to give Obama the boot.Plus we really don't know how much the riot card played on people's minds.
Obama's $6 trillion in new debt bought just enough voters.


His jobs cost $300,000 a piece,what's a million bucks to buy a vote? Open borders was also a huge contributor.This country has no voter integrity at all and the left intends to keep it that way.

It's impossible to screen absentee ballots and early voting.By the time election day rolls around the results are already in.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: MDConservative, 11/7/2012 7:53:57 AM     (No. 8995392)

Ohio likes crony capitalism? Seems a majority of Americans do. We're all leeches now.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Cleanhousein2012, 11/7/2012 7:55:14 AM     (No. 8995395)

He lost because he really was a lousy candidate.

Full stop.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jt26, 11/7/2012 8:12:39 AM     (No. 8995450)

Romney lost because there are now more takers than producers.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 11/7/2012 8:13:05 AM     (No. 8995453)

Mitt Romney lost this election. We nominate candidates and they take responsibility for the campaign they run, and the results they achieve. Romney won our nomination by destroying his Republican opponents in the most negative primary campaign I have ever seen. It was victory by opposition research and attack ads. This gave Romney key states like Florida when he needed them, but it pushed Mitt's national favors favorable/unfavorable numbers deeply negative. As I said at that time, NO nominee has ever won the presidency with favorability numbers that bad. Romney's favorability numbers stayed under water until just a few weeks ago. And now Mitt Romney has lost to a terrible president running on a worse record with the worst economic numbers. No president has ever been reelected with economic numbers this bad. Until now. The governor is a good and decent man, but this was the most important election in the history of our country, and Mitt Romney lost.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: civilservant, 11/7/2012 8:23:43 AM     (No. 8995488)

#6, I am from NJ. I have been involved in politics most of my life.
The OPTICS of CC and the Wan walking down the shore DESTROYED the difference between the two candidates.
Best Governor NJ could get? BS. He is and always has been a lib in R clothing and he has done NOTHING in NJ that has impacted it ONE IOTA.

U.S.A 1776-2012.........R. I. P.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Italiano, 11/7/2012 8:27:55 AM     (No. 8995504)

Given the fiscal cliff, Obamacare and the Supreme Court now gone for decades, I don't think that we can come back from this one. Add in the changing voter demographics, forget it. We now have the government we deserve. It was a good run while it lasted.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: starsNstripes, 11/7/2012 8:28:23 AM     (No. 8995508)

I think #8 is right: "The American people are idiots THAT'S how he lost."

I don't think Romny/Ryan connected with the product of the American public school system. Mitt is very well educated and a very good communicator; however, it appears that today's voters (aside from wanting free goodies from Uncle Sam) are simpletons that don't follow the real news and don't have a clue on how things work.

Having a candidate that is a very rich man that speaks in a polished voice about lofty principles and ideals and about complicated things like China as a currency manipulator is not a formula for success in today's USA.

Lesson learned--get a candidate that:
-Is not an Ivy league rich guy, but a product of some state university
-Is very intelligent, but coats it in a man-on-the-street package
-Identifies with the common man/woman and the struggles of daily life
-Can communicate in simple terms and persuade simple minds
-Puts together a platform that is short and meaningful and hits the simpleton's top 3 concerns (3 points to prosperity...)

I am thinking the Hispanic, female version of Herman Cain.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: god of irony, 11/7/2012 8:41:42 AM     (No. 8995566)

#6 the exit polls say you are dead wrong.

Republicans must fight and educate like they mean it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: inigori, 11/7/2012 8:44:20 AM     (No. 8995581)

59.9 millions voted for McCain/Palin in 2008
56.7 millions voted for Romney/Ryan in 2012
I never liked Romney but I voted for him for the love of country..

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Reply 22 - Posted by: connor, 11/7/2012 8:47:43 AM     (No. 8995591)

Romney is a good and decent man and did nothing wrong in his campaign. I would not have picked Paul Ryan for VP, but that is another story. Romney had to fight the fight basically by himself. Rush Limbaugh never ever gave him much support and actually bashed him at times. The entire media lashed out at him at every opportunity. I do not care for Sarah Palin, but it was sickening watching them crucify her every move. She never stood a chance. I am not sure if we can ever win another election with all the ignorant leeches out there. All waiting for their government check.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: stjohnswood, 11/7/2012 9:02:06 AM     (No. 8995664)

#10 is right on the money with the Diebold comment. Add to the more obvious than ever tampered-with or pre-set machines the deliberate chaos of 'early voting', unverified and illegal voters and you have the Dems real ''ground game'' laid out in front of you! And that is how Romney ''lost''.
Right now vote fraud is like the elephant in the room. Everyone knows it's there. But no one wants to admit they can see it.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: stablemoney, 11/7/2012 9:06:16 AM     (No. 8995687)

He lost. And we need a fighter, not a crier like Boehner.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: killerbee, 11/7/2012 9:07:00 AM     (No. 8995690)

#7: "estranged from my country", that's a great way to put it.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 11/7/2012 9:14:10 AM     (No. 8995719)

Romney didn't lose, Americans let him and themselves down. We'll never get one as good as Romney again.

The likes of George Stephanopolis and Peter Jennings got away with lies and distractions because they were allowed to get away with it.

Americans are about to get the government they deserve for being stupid and lazy, instead of free and brave.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: dman, 11/7/2012 9:25:18 AM     (No. 8995760)

Simple. He lost because he listened to the same morons who advised McCain. He left Benghazi, Sandy, voter fraud, LSM bias, and a host of other issues on the table. He played "Mr. Nice Guy". He played not to lose.

He listened to Losers, and he lost.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ok state mom, 11/7/2012 9:31:39 AM     (No. 8995777)

He is absolutely correct with assumption #1. Ohio is doing well.

My son, an entry level attorney, found employment in Ohio after being unable to do so in Oklahoma and even Texas. Granted, the company he works for is based in Oklahoma but the work is in eastern Ohio. The mom and pop "hotel" he stays at makes 40K a month off just this one company.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Dixie, 11/7/2012 9:39:31 AM     (No. 8995804)

Romney lost because the boot-licking media (or, Soros-paid media) refused to discuss Benghazi.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: LadyVet, 11/7/2012 11:31:28 AM     (No. 8996341)

To get to the real reasons for this loss, you must drill down into minutia of party politics. Before you ever get the candidate, there are the party rules which allow deep blue states to have out-of-proportion influence on who the candidate is. That is why we wind up a former gov from the bluest state as our candidate. If your state can't vote for a GOP candidate on a presidential or state level, your state should not be going FIRST in line. Iowa, NH, and Nevada need to go to the back of the line. Face it, these states are not red states. We may as well let Elizabeth Warren and the Kennedy's pick our candidate.

Why should some little ol' lady from Connecticut have a position of influence on the RNC just because she has lived to be 75 years old when she cannot organize her state party well enough to ever win a election? The party rules need to be completely revamped to give these people what they deserve: a seat at the meeting, little more, until they can show that they can produce results.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: tisHimself, 11/7/2012 12:09:14 PM     (No. 8996510)

XX has it right. Look away from the beltway, look away from the Ivy league. Find a candidate for whom the vice presidential choice is a liberal republican--- Jeb Bush, meaning that a genuine conservative you described is in the drivers seat.. That could be Ryan, Jindal or Susana Martinez.

It is no ones turn. Don't let us be brainwashed again.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: privateer, 11/7/2012 1:30:20 PM     (No. 8996895)

Of course millions of votes were stolen! Dems always do it, and...they never get in trouble, and they win. Kind of a no brainer, Boehner.

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A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.

Who Inspired the Nazi-Klan
leader’s Actions in Kansas?
The Answer Here

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PJ Media, by Ron Radosh    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 4/14/2014 6:54:41 AM     Post Reply
As I sit writing from Berlin, Germany—I woke up this morning with the news that a demented American Nazi and KKK leader, Glenn Miller, has been arrested as the main suspect in the Kansas City murder of 3 American Jews. (Snip) Fortunately, a quick look at some of the anti-Semitic extremist websites has led to the following post by Mr. Miller, reproduced verbatim below: Israel Forming Super PAC to Attack Paul & Obama This is some big dookee, yaw’ll. http://runronpaul.com/interviews/isr…on-paul-obama/ Jew journalist Max Blumenthal exposes and explains this attempt by a foreign government Israel, to buy the presidential election for the neo-con, war-mongering republican


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