Skip to comments.Romney Adviser Blames Bad Messaging
Posted on 11/08/2012 11:25:45 AM PST by US Navy Vet
Romney Adviser: It Was the Messaging By Robert Costa | November 7, 2012 Boston A Romney adviser partly blames last nights defeat on a weak message. Turnout was the big problem, since we didnt get all of McCains voters to the polls, but we really should have been talking more about Benghazi and Obamacare, an adviser says, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Those are major issues and Romney rarely mentioned them in the final days. The adviser expects Stuart Stevens, Romneys chief strategist, to bear the brunt of the blame, but not all of it. There is a Boston clique that will stick together, the adviser says. But blaming Stuart and the other newcomers means blaming Romney, so they will be careful. They know Romney always gave Stuart his complete confidence.
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Both of these criticisms are, at best, misplaced; at worst, they are just disingenuous.
At any rate, they are easily answerable.
Lets begin with the argument against purism. To this line, two replies are in the coming.
As for the second objection against the Tea Partiers rejection of those Republican candidates who eschew his values and convictions,
it can be dispensed with just as effortlessly as the first.
Every election seasonand at no time more so than this past seasonRepublicans pledge to reform Washington, trim down the federal government, and so forth.
Once, however, they get elected and they conduct themselves with none of the confidence and enthusiasm with which they expressed themselves on the campaign trail,
those who placed them in office are treated to one lecture after the other on the need for compromise and patience.
Well, when the Tea Partiers impatience with establishment Republican candidates intimates a Democratic victory,
he can use this same line of reasoning against his Republican critics.
My dislike for the Democratic Party is second to none, he can insist.
But in order to advance in the long run my conservative or Constitutionalist values, it may be necessary to compromise some in the short term.
Who is this Ben Ghazi guy the Republicans are NOW talking about? Geez, what a bunch of morons.
I don’t understand why they keep saying Romney didn’t get the voters McCain got. . . I have seen several articles/references to the fact that tens of thousands of votes have not been counted yet (absentee, military, provisional) and that it is expected that Romney will actually exceed McCain’s vote totals by some.
Missed big openings and playing nice guy doesn’t win.
Democrats committed voter fraud
This freeper txrefugee had a post that I think we all should read and spread around:
On CNN today, they revealed that Axelrod & Co. had the 2010 Census sheets from the heavy-minority counties in the swing states. They supposedly knew every house where their voters lived and followed up with absentee ballots etc.(No one has moved in the last two years? Hard to believe.)
Now, if this isnt a recipe for stealing an election, I dont know what is. They could request the ballots, have someone collect them at drop boxes, fill them out and submit them. No wonder the turnout of Blacks, Mexicans, and students actually went up over 08, though the enthusiasm was obviously missing. That doesnt make sense unless someone was doing something shady.
3 posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 7:53:38 PM by txrefugee
I’m having a hard time with this turnout thing. I don’t even live in a swing state, but the turnout was crazy here. People were in line forever. The lines were full of short-haired men and with women dressed in red; the parking lots were full of pickup trucks. Conservatives turned out in droves, in herds, in masses. You may have heard that in heavily conservative areas of Virginia like Norfolk, there were people (service members and their families) standing in line for THREE HOURS in the dark and cold after the polls closed, stubbornly insisting on their right to vote. We didn’t see this for McCain and Palin, sorry. So I’m mystified: where did all their votes go? Where?
Romney should have promised a free rifle to every GOP voter and that probably would have worked better.
People now want free stuff - give it to them.
Democrats offer free condoms - we offer free rifles.
Lets see who turns out more peopler.
Bet source was Stephen Schmitt.
Sounds dumb enough to be him
I don’t understand why Romney chose not to clobber Obama over Benghazi. Perhaps it had to do with some notion of being a “gentleman”, or “running a clean campaign.” Maybe he thought that if he aggressively criticized Obama on this issue, new facts might suddenly come to light that would make such a tactic appear foolish. Who knows.
But it’s no mystery why he was hamstrung with the issue of Obamacare: as governor of Massachusetts, he imposed the same program. It’s difficult to get around that fact.
Obama has levraged the Demographics - Why do you think the Dem’s go further & further to the left. It’s their new base. That 47% Romney spoke of is 51% of the voting base.
You wrote”I dont understand why they keep saying Romney didnt get the voters McCain got. . . I have seen several articles/references to the fact that tens of thousands of votes have not been counted yet (absentee, military, provisional) and that it is expected that Romney will actually exceed McCains vote totals by some.”
Ok you have posted this on about every thread discussing turnout so either prove with sources that the vote totals listed in the article is not true or explain why you keep posting it.
Most of us were saddened that Mitt tap danced around the Benghazi coverup. Most of the morons voting never heard about it - thanks to the lame-stream media. This would have brought the subject to the forefront, but as usual - the nice guy decided to let it ride. Mitt said he would repeal Obamacare, but then added - repeal and replace. Replace it with what? He stood by Romneycare, therefore, Obamacare was a losing issue. Most of us knew this when he got the nomination, but hoped that the failure of these past 4 years would overcome this. It didn’t. I also know they fudged the unemployment numbers to help zero.
We can second guess this election forever, but the fact is - the Dems stole this election. We all know it, but proving it is another story.
The Republicans are shattered now. Ran the wrong guys and didn’t support the. Gov. Christie betrayed the party by hugging Obama-—The ball is in Obama’s court now—if he’s smart he has two years to break the GOP to pieces and secure 50 years of Progressive rule.
Republicans need Cool people to run for office.
Drop the religion thing—it turns the people off.
We need comedians who can make people laugh.
We need a good War Hero! Some one like Audy Murphy or ???
We must be true to our colors.
Put Newt in charge! or even—dare I say it—Sarah Palin! Hey they might do a better job!
We must do more Talk shows and comedy shows—Even Dick Nixon did Laugh In—”Sock it to me?”
Neither does saying “I basically believe in what they believe....just less.”
Well, it certainly true that Romney just wimped out and let Obama get away with murder without more than a brief complaint.
But the problem isn’t just that he didn’t speak out. The problem is, even if he had spoken out, who would believe him? His record is pro gay, pro abortion, and pro socialized medicine. He is a serial liar and flipper flopper, and the media would have torn anything he said to shreds.
So, his only recourse was to stand there with perfect hair and smile and pose with his wife. Sure, but that isn’t enough to cut it.
There’s an old saying about political campaign postmortems:
If you won, everything you did was right.
If you lost, everything you did was wrong.
I dont understand why Romney chose not to clobber Obama over Benghazi.
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I think that after Candy “Beeyotch” Crowley hamstrung him during the second debate on that (by backing Obama’s lie), Romney was afraid to bring it up again for fear of looking like he was a member of the tinfoil hat brigade. I hope Ms. Crowley loses her job as a part of “necessary downsizing” one of these days....