It’s been almost a month now since the election. Everyone, and their grandmother, has made an assessment about why it turned out the way that it did.
Romney’s internal pollsters have been vilified by the far right for getting it wrong, and have tried to explain it away. Romney has blamed it on Obama buying votes by giving gifts to large segments of the American population. Lest one think, “Oh, Romney is out of touch. He doesn’t represent what the majority of Republican’s think.” one need only consider two facts in order to correct that notion. First, Romney was making these comments to his donors after his loss as a way of explaining why he lost. Two, the following clip from Bill O’Reilly, one of the most popular hosts on FOX infotainment News.
Some have blamed it on Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. Karl Rove accused Obama of suppressing the vote but supplied no evidence of this, and also claimed that they bought the election. He failed to point out that there was more “outside” money spent by the Republicans than there was by the Democrats, but hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good rant, right? Hell, Rove’s groups (American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS) outspent the entire combined Democratic SuperPAC expenditures that the Washington Free Beacon whined about!
But if Republicans are to gain anything from this loss, it must be this: Obama was the better marketer and if the Grand Old Party wants to have a chance of resetting the electoral map they need to respect marketing – something the party simply didn’t do in this election.
No, Mr. Tantillo. Y’all spent 2 years marketing. Didn’t market? Really? That’s just ludicrous. Perhaps didn’t successfully market. Or, perhaps you had nothing to market. And, that is what has given me hope from this election.
Some blame NJ governor Chris Christie. That must be one powerful man!
But the more proximate cause of my error was that I did not take full account of the impact of hurricane Sandy and of Governor Chris Christie’s bipartisan march through New Jersey arm in arm with President Obama. Not to mention Christe’s fawning promotion of Obama’s presidential leadership.
It made all the difference.
This election actually gave me some cause for hope. Not because the country re-elected Obama. I stand by my earlier comments that Obama is a horrible president and that the country made a huge mistake in re-electing him. It would have been a far worse choice to have elected Romney, but only in the same way that losing an arm is far worse than losing a finger.
What gives me hope though is this, if we accept that all of the election results of the last elections were valid, and none of them were stolen elections, which is a pretty big assumption, then Republicans have lost 5 of the last 6 presidential preference polls. How does this follow from the previous paragraphs? Because I am telling you that I believe all of these people are fools who completely misread the reason that Romney lost the election.
If you have been reading along, then you may recall that I have also maintained that conservatism gave up its standing as a political philosophy and and instead is now a religion. (According to Bill O’Reilly it would no longer be on equal footing with Christianity.) It does not take a reasoned stand based on principles and facts. If it did, it would look at what its policies had done to this country over the last 40 years in particular and its adherents would say to themselves, “Damn, we were wrong! Please forgive us.” Instead, they push for further expansion of these policies, and propagate lies to mislead the uninformed into supporting them. Lies that are easily shown to be false. Lies such as claiming that taxes have gone up, when in fact they are at all time lows. They claim fiscal responsibility, while the vast majority of the current debt the country faces was actually brought on by their so-called leadership. And, so on.
The shotgun pattern of analysis as to why Romney lost the election, is just another example. You will note that it all has a common theme. “Not my fault! I did nothing wrong.” It is all about blaming someone or something else. In fact, this too is another common trait of modern conservatism. They simply refuse to accept responsibility for anything.
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