Skip to comments.Nice Losers (Sowell on 2012 election)
Posted on 11/12/2012 10:10:37 AM PST by jazusamo
Mitt Romney now joins the long list of the kinds of presidential candidates favored by the Republican establishment nice, moderate losers, people with no coherently articulated vision, despite how many ad hoc talking points they may have.
The list of Republican presidential candidates like this goes back at least as far as 1948, when Thomas E. Dewey ran against President Harry Truman. Dewey spoke in lofty generalities while Truman spoke in hard-hitting specifics. Since then, there have been many re-runs of this same scenario, featuring losing Republican presidential candidates John McCain, Bob Dole, Gerald Ford and, when he ran for reelection, George H.W. Bush.
Bush 41 first succeeded when he ran for election as if he were another Ronald Reagan ("Read my lips, no new taxes"), but then lost when he ran for reelection as himself "kinder and gentler," disdainful of "the vision thing" and looking at his watch during a debate, when he should have been counter-attacking against the foolish things being said.
This year, Barack Obama had the hard-hitting specifics such as ending "tax cuts for the rich" who should pay "their fair share," government "investing" in "the industries of the future" and the like. He had a coherent vision, however warped.
Most of Obama's arguments were rotten, if you bothered to put them under scrutiny. But someone once said that it is amazing how long the rotten can hold together, if you don't handle it roughly.
Any number of conservative commentators, both in the print media and on talk radio, examined and exposed the fraudulence of Obama's "tax cuts for the rich" argument. But did you ever hear Mitt Romney bother to explain the specifics which exposed the flaws in Obama's argument?
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In arguing with many liberals, I've gotten them to confess they would cast a ballot for none other than Barry Goldwater.
Would you consider that a success?
I have my cold weather gear!
What is profoundly disturbing is that it was so unnecessary!
For the want of a few million voters, a country was lost?
And THAT is the only thing that most 0bama voters care about. They envy the rich. The 0 voters are too stupid, lazy, ignorant, and dishonest to actually make enough money themselves, BUT they don't realize that. They think of themselves as being kept back by those who actually do make a success of life, and to see the successful punished is all they care about. Goes with the entitlement mentality.
Because that is what the lefties tell them and NOBODY is out there showing them another way.
Gingrich said it best in the primary debates where he wants to teach people how to get a job, how to keep a job, then how to own the job.
Well, doesn't that seem like a little bit of "outreach" that can be done? If it does, then why is it not being done?
See, the whole problem with the GOP as a whole is they think they can just put up a billboard or run a TV ad and somehow by magic people are converted to the cause.
Politicians are not Paul of Tarsus. They can't just speak to a crowd and convert them. Politicians and political parties actually have to do some work to convert people.
Perhaps the entitlement mentality is more entrenched than we think.
It's bone deep. Once you give them something, then they think that their worthless existence is justified and they demand even more. You can't buy these losers off like the Republicans want to do. You have to write them off and concentrate on getting the people to vote for you who want to see the losers kicked in the behind and put to work. Something that Mitt obviously failed to do, and maybe is too late to do anyway.
Even on FR there are people who think they're entitled to some sort of means tested benefit form the rest of us. One loser the other day excoriated me for mentioning that and went on to say how EBT cards were an essential part of the economic recovery process. If he's reading this - have another beer good loser buddy. I'm working so you don't have to get off your lazy a$$ and do anything.
The bad news is what will happen once the handouts vanish.
Be Prepared. Be safe.
‘...They envy the rich...’
sadly, I hear this from people who have comfortable lives...own homes, cars, Iphones, large screen TV’s, etc. But, they’re not millionaires and Romney was.....heard comments ‘he’s for the rich’. It’s envy and hypocrisy. Being rich is relative. I’ve asked those who own homes, cars, small biz when they will share their wealth with the homeless who live in a local park. To the homeless, those ‘comfortable’ people are rich. Our country is in a sad state......envy and hypocrisy have overtaken patriotism. And, just my opinion, Romney lost due to massive voter fraud all across the country....and the Republican Party/Romney campaign did not have the courage/instincts (?)to fight the corruption.
Well, you pinged me to this article three times. Guess I should go read it, huh? :)
Yes and no. :
I pinged you twice each to two different Sowell columns. I know everyone denies it’s their fault but I have to deny it was my fault, I even reported it to the powers that be. :-)
Every election the media and the Pubbie moderates say we better play nice. Willard the Bland played nice, and he got beat. Time to tell the truth, and damn the consequences.
You would think the illiterati would at least understand the Aesop fable of the golden goose killed by the farmer for its golden eggs, but alas, they have either never heard of it or can’t fathom it.
I really don’t think they are educable. Imagine if Romney and the GO-PACS had used their billion bucks to just bus them to the polls and slipped them a bottle and a toke.
Does anyone really think anyone can explain economics to these people ? My vote for the highest bidder is as close as their comprehension of capitalism extends.
Understood. I just pinged the South Carolina list on a thread and it showed up as two pings, separated by 42 seconds. That’s nuts. All is forgiven :)
I am mystified that no republican has tried the same approach since.
Gotta conclude that today's GOP disagrees with RR's premise that its the character & industry of the American people that makes America great; the government simply gets in the way.
Nothing to forgive, I’ve noticed it on a couple others with pinglists also. :-)
Been there, done that. It is not as difficult as you think. It has the virtue of simply having never been tried by most people.
"Can't the Government just print some more money?"
"Son, sit down and let me explain Inflation to you ..."
It takes time and is difficult, which is why it isn't done.
BHO most successful T. ever. He has 95% lockstep.
They understand it, but they'd rather not have any chance of getting any of the golden eggs themselves than see anyone else have anything.
disagree completely. Two problems:
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