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The Phrase That Lost Romney the Election
RCP ^ | 11/23/2012 | Heather Higgins and Alex Cortes

Posted on 11/23/2012 2:11:34 PM PST by SeekAndFind

What if we told you that the election was decided by a phrase?

You might not believe it, but assume we’re right for a minute. What word would you guess decided the election? Hurricane Sandy?

The answer lies in perhaps the single most illustrative exit poll question conducted, where CNN asked “What is the most important candidate quality to your vote?”

The response options were “Strong Leader,” “Shares Your Values,” “Has a Vision for the Future,” and “Cares about People.” Among folks that chose one of the first three responses, Mitt Romney won between 54-61% of their vote. But, among folks who chose “Cares About People,” Romney lost dramatically – 81-18%.

“Cares about you” is the single phrase that lost Romney the election. Those for whom empathy was the most important candidate quality clearly did not get a sense that he cared about people and worse, many eventhought he was antagonistic towards many Americans. Why was this so?

Romney’s business career, which was the central argument for his candidacy in an election dominated by the economy, was turned into a weakness by the left and the Obama campaign early on, with them portraying his experience leading Bain Capital as one of the opposite of care: harm. Laying people off, taking away their pensions, and destroying communities, Mitt Romney allegedly brought all of these across America.

The Bain attacks were less about vilifying Wall Street (though that too) and more about conveying the message “he’s not like us, he doesn’t care about us.”

Many voters bought into this early portrayal of Romney as one who does not care for people. Others, who did not quite buy into it, still held it as a potential lens through which to consider his future actions and statements.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 47percent; care; coldfish; election; empathy; ifeelyourpain; romney
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Thus, when Romney essentially proclaimed that the 47% of Americans who receive government assistance were a lost cause, the statement confirmed, to the others, the narrative that he does not care for people.
1 posted on 11/23/2012 2:11:36 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Anyone that believes any government agent or any politician ‘cares about you’ is too stupid to live, much less vote.


2 posted on 11/23/2012 2:14:32 PM PST by Monty22002
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To: SeekAndFind

The “47%” remark made me feel more confidant in him.


3 posted on 11/23/2012 2:15:34 PM PST by albie
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To: albie

RE: The “47%” remark made me feel more confidant in him

Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who think like this. In fact, it’s the OPPOSITE.


4 posted on 11/23/2012 2:17:02 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Monty22002

RE: Anyone that believes any government agent or any politician ‘cares about you’ is too stupid to live, much less vote.

Wow, that’s most Americans right there...


5 posted on 11/23/2012 2:17:56 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
The “cares about people” is a typical liberal voter. It's all about feelings. They really believe the government should “care” about them and in literal terms the government should take care of them. The real world must be a scary place for them.
6 posted on 11/23/2012 2:19:07 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: Monty22002

Live. Vote.

Worst part is that they ***breed*** and make more stupid copies, too.


7 posted on 11/23/2012 2:22:22 PM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Persona Definition: The aspect of someone’s character that is presented to or perceived by others.

I understand the gist of the article. When this guy was pushed in front of us as the only alternative to obama, there was something about him I just did not like (asside from the fact Romney is a RINO), and I realized it was his persona.

So I agree many viewed his persona as uncaring.

But I see persona as more emotional than logical and got over it, realized of the two choices, Romney would be the better of the two for the country.

Libs allow emotion to trump logic, so of course they would not vote for him.


8 posted on 11/23/2012 2:23:17 PM PST by redfreedom (The spineless RINO's have made themselves irrelevent and lost the country for us.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think this article is probably true. A lot of voters want their government to "care about them" and a lot of voters think Obama is just the guy for that role.

1) I do not want my government to take care of me. It bothers me that 47% of the people want to mooch off of 53% of the people. Romney was correct when he tried to explain that a workable society creates conditions where people can successfully take care of themselves.

2) In terms of personality, I think Romney really does care about people. His personal history has genuine examples of this. He is a caring man -- which is part of the reason why he wants government to back off. On the other hand, I sincerely believe that Obama has a damaged soul and does not care about anyone but himself. But he seems able to hide this from weak-minded fools pretty well.

9 posted on 11/23/2012 2:24:09 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: Monty22002; All
I never get it why liberals/democrats trust government bureaucrats and politicians so much , with their lives , to take care of them etc. ridiculous. government idiots are the most evil idiots in the first place and and even if there were a government agent that was intelligent and a saint and it couldn't run things that only the free market running millions of transactions in real time can: it takes with gov red tape a long time for government to do anything even if they were even accountable or could do a right thing once in a while : examples: FEMA, government schools, government public housing, Cuba, USSR, Cambodia etc.
10 posted on 11/23/2012 2:26:33 PM PST by Democrat_media (limit government to 5000 words of laws. how to limit gov Quantify limited government ...)
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To: SeekAndFind
I disagree. It was the LACK of phrases that cost Romney (and the what is left of the nation) the election.

The premier phrases would have been "liar" and "tell us what really happened in Ben Ghazi"

There are a thousand others, but I don't want to use up bandwidth. The majority of thinking people know.

11 posted on 11/23/2012 2:28:27 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Democrat_media

I’m very mildly religious, I just don’t have the gene or brain wiring or whatever to be entralled by things. However, I know most people do and if they don’t have religion they will need something else to believe in to fill the void. They’ll go to idealogy and become true believers.


12 posted on 11/23/2012 2:34:04 PM PST by Monty22002
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To: Democrat_media
I never get it why liberals/democrats trust government bureaucrats and politicians so much

It's a religion with these people. It's why they never quit and persevere in the face of obvious fallacies and even what would normally be devasting defeats. They are mentally ill and have a long-term view of what the world should look like.

They will pursue it until the last one of them is dead.

13 posted on 11/23/2012 2:35:00 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mitt Romney is a good man. I never questioned that he ‘cared for people’ However, I also realized that he didn’t assume that the government was the only viable way of ‘caring’. Unfortunately, as usual, the leftmedia was able to portray Romney as an uncaring plutocrat that was ‘insensitive’ to the ‘needs’ of people. With our society collectively becoming more and more dependent on government handouts and essentially feminized with ‘feelings’ being one of the predominate motivators of whom one votes for, even a ‘moderate’ Republican such as Mitt Romney was doomed to lose to the lying fraud, Obama. Now, we’ll reap what the majority have sowed with their votes - and it won’t be pretty.


14 posted on 11/23/2012 2:36:00 PM PST by Jim Scott (Obama must be defeated)
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To: SeekAndFind
Those for whom empathy was the most important candidate quality clearly ...

That this is a quality that so many people think is an important qualification for office is a sign of how infantile and neurotic our society has become.

15 posted on 11/23/2012 2:42:01 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: elkfersupper
Romney was the problem with Romney and a good number of FReepers said so until the RNC-e basically told us all to shove it.

I will be looking a whole lot closer at Independent candidates in the future unless there is a wholesale overhaul of the leadership at the RNC.
16 posted on 11/23/2012 2:42:50 PM PST by John 3_19-21 (Stand for something or fall for anything.)
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To: redfreedom
When this guy was pushed in front of us as the only alternative to obama, there was something about him I just did not like (asside from the fact Romney is a RINO), and I realized it was his persona.

Yep, the words "plastic" and "phoney" come to mind.

17 posted on 11/23/2012 2:43:17 PM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: SeekAndFind

What if we told you that the election was decided by a phrase?


“Even if they catch us, the Republicans are too damned spineless to do anything about our election fraud.”


18 posted on 11/23/2012 2:44:24 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This may very well be true.

There are those of us who view empathy and more importantly sympathy as a vice...not a virtue.

from http://patriotaction.net/profiles/blogs/the-indolent-class-a

The Indolent class relies upon assistance from many sources for all their needs. Government, private sector, friends, and relatives may all contribute. The Indolent conducts their life with assistance from others factored in to all they do.

The Indolent is additionally freed from the outcomes of their choices and behaviors. Somebody else will fix what they break. Somebody else will feed the mouths they create.

Indolents are never to blame for creating their misfortunes.

Indolents are freed from the Cause and Effect relationships of life.

The question becomes - How can anyone learn from experience when they are purposely excluded from responsibility? What motivation will curb their appetites when nothing stands to impede their appetites?

This is why most Indolents remain on public assistance from others all their lives. They learn from birth that others will care for them. Laws require the government intervene. Citizens and non-citizens who refuse to care for themselves, or are unable to negotiate life, receive subsidy. For some Indolents, the welfare level of income, a level classified by government as poverty, is sufficient and preferred to working. The Indolent prefers free time to do what they wish, over finding gainful employment that requires their time. Many adopt crime as a means of supplementing their incomes.

At some point the empathy/sympathy must be turned form virtue into vice. The lives of the poor are not sufficiently miserable. The poor in the USA live better than 90% of the rest of the world and yet they are somehow being oppressed by those who live middle income or wealthy lives.

19 posted on 11/23/2012 2:44:43 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: SeekAndFind

The socialist public education brainwashing system has done its job very well.


20 posted on 11/23/2012 2:46:15 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: SeekAndFind

Actually, the mantra of the left has been Republicans are heartless rich white guys for .... oh.... decades now ?

Republicans are heartless ! Everyone says so !

PR campaign on news, TV, radio, print, movies, schools, colleges...

Repub machine counters that with the “we’re kinder, gentler”, “compassionate” heartless rich white guys.

So... Repub politicians usually don’t even deny the accusation.

Romney campaign was continuation of the same strategy.


21 posted on 11/23/2012 2:47:17 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: SeekAndFind
What if we told you that the election was decided by a phrase?

I's say you're full of crap........

22 posted on 11/23/2012 2:47:37 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Monty22002

I don’t want any political leader “caring about me”, especially a Democ***. I perceive a hefty cost to pay submitting to that kind of attitude.


23 posted on 11/23/2012 2:48:53 PM PST by KStorm (Don't ever worry that a progressive consults his or her --especially her --conscience.)
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To: SeekAndFind
A "phrase" didn't sink Romney...Romney was sunk before he started....as a matter of fact, any Republican candidate was sunk right out of the starting gate.

The liberals are crowing about a great win, but this "win" started years ago...with the first issuance of a Federal government welfare check, whenever that was.

The hyphenated American class, Deadbeat-Americans was spawned on that day.

Everyone should have been able to see the handwriting on the wall when it was admitted by everybody that 47% of Americans pay NO income tax. You have to know that if the government admits to a number like that, the situation has to be much worse. And it was. We were all kind of "taken in" by the excitement of the polls and pundants like Dick Morris who was "absolutely sure" Romney would win, knowing all along that the 47% was hanging out there like a cold, wet pile of excrement.

There have been many pundants and economists throughout the last 2 or 3 hundred years that predicted essentially the same thing:

When people realize that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury, they will, and freedom will start to slip away from that moment on.

That point has been reached IMO.

We will never be able to get our country back unless we find some way to tie a valid vote to a positive contribution to our Country.

WE SIMPLY HAVE BEEN OUT BRED AND INVADED BY TOO MANY DEADBEATS LOOKING FOR A HANDOUT. Their numbers will only increase exponentially from now on and take us to the scene of the crash.

I WANT SOMEONE HERE TO SHOW ME WHERE I AM WRONG. I want to be wrong, but I see no other PEACEFUL way out of this mess...

24 posted on 11/23/2012 2:49:25 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give WAR a chance.......)
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To: SeekAndFind
How many of those 47%ers actually follow the news enough to have heard what Romney said?

The 47% don't follow politics, don't follow the news, all they know is that the Republicans are evil........That's pretty simple really.

25 posted on 11/23/2012 2:52:48 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes...and Reagan spoke about hope for all!


26 posted on 11/23/2012 2:53:55 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney represented having to work and think for yourself.

Obama represented Santa Claus.

Santa Claus won.


27 posted on 11/23/2012 2:55:35 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PieterCasparzen
Actually, the mantra of the left has been Republicans are heartless rich white guys for .... oh.... decades now ?

I was 11 years old in 1956 when I first heard it. That and Eisenhower would take away old people's Social Security checks.

28 posted on 11/23/2012 2:56:34 PM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: ReformationFan
The socialist public education brainwashing system has done its job very well.

Agreed and well-put.

29 posted on 11/23/2012 2:57:33 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Monty22002
It's not really about "caring" in the warm and fuzzy sense.

Voters want to feel that office-holders are conscientious about fulfilling their responsibilities to all citizens.

A candidate who appears to be drawing distinctions between classes of citizens based on some criterion of worth is going to lose votes.

Of course this, was a fake controversy. I don't believe Romney was any less conscientious or dutiful than other candidates or office-holders with respect to poorer or humbler citizens, but it's a matter of appearances, and Romney lost that battle.

30 posted on 11/23/2012 2:57:43 PM PST by x
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To: SeekAndFind
Three observations...

47% of Americans who receive government assistance are a lost cause.

Romney lost by a total margin of ~340,000 in 4 states.

Voter fraud was rampant.

31 posted on 11/23/2012 2:58:31 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: SeekAndFind

The pony tail guy at the town hall debate in 1992 was THE turning point of American politics...when government acting as our ‘parent’ became the focus of presidential elections.


32 posted on 11/23/2012 2:59:30 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: albie

I don’t think the “47%” remark hurt him as much as confirmed the beliefs and/or concerns of many.


33 posted on 11/23/2012 3:00:53 PM PST by GVnana
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To: SeekAndFind
I would bet that those who regularly pay NO TAXES voted for The Messiah.

When you can vote for benefiting ONLY YOURSELF and YOUR KIND, you vote DEMOCRAT.

When you want the Freedom to vote for the U.S. Constitution, and the RIGHT to Pursue Happiness, you DO NOT vote DEMOCRAT.

The 47%-Rule is in place now, and couple that with Blacks ALWAYS voting for a Black, you have no future in this country to look forward to, nor do your children and grandchildren....it's been stolen.

34 posted on 11/23/2012 3:04:01 PM PST by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Democrat_media

This is one of the most interesting questions in public life. I spent my working life either in the military or working for it. A fair number of the AF and Army civilian employees really believed ‘government has the answers’ in spite of the day to day reality of what n administrative regime actually is like. Other persons i went to college with or knew through alumni associations believe the same. I came to the conclusion these are people who believe as did Woodrow Wilson that the industrial and post industrial state would become a Hobbesian hell for the average man through monied interests manipulation of politics and the economy unless government was there to minimally provide basic economic benefits to the masses and to control the predatory behavior of the classes. People don’t talk in these terms but their comments do infer that. The belief is ‘nobody can save enough, be clever enough in predicting market behaviors, or be have enough foresight to see concrete trends that will impact average people. If government does not protect them they will be destitute or considering how many people live off of Social Security be more destitute than they are. That is why ‘a union job’, a’government job’ or a job with a hospital or a school system are seen as so desirable. These folks believe no matter what they do they can’t compete effectively as the deck is stacked against ‘the average man’ from the start and they have to be protected from greedy and evil rich and powerful persons and corporations.


35 posted on 11/23/2012 3:04:29 PM PST by robowombat
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To: Monty22002
Anyone that believes any government agent or any politician ‘cares about you’ is too stupid to live, much less vote.

The last thing I want is a politician spending too much time thinking about me.
36 posted on 11/23/2012 3:06:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: x
Voters want to feel that office-holders are conscientious about fulfilling their responsibilities to all citizens.

When is the last time that happened?

37 posted on 11/23/2012 3:06:59 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“It bothers me that 47% of the people want to mooch off of 53% of the people.”

It’s worse than that, because another 10% (or more) want to work running the looting and vote buying mechanisms.

Romney lacked the wit to attack the bureaucrat/foundation/academic iron triangle that is ruining the country.


38 posted on 11/23/2012 3:08:39 PM PST by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: elkfersupper

Excuse me. “When WAS the last time that happened?”


39 posted on 11/23/2012 3:10:01 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Monty22002

“they don’t have religion they will need something else to believe in ...”

You got it, and these secularists feel that they can make a better world than God - of course at our expense and misery.

Drudge Report declared Singapore the least emotional city in the world. Maybe that is our last refuge.

Could the Alinskyites expose them to the PC crap and teach them how to feel?

Then again seems like the Chinese are even having their fill of communism with the nail houses over there.

This picture is amazing:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/home-amid-chinese-highway-symbol-resistance-17791098#.ULAAqoW45hd


40 posted on 11/23/2012 3:10:01 PM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Phrase That Lost Romney the Election:
Massive voter fraud


41 posted on 11/23/2012 3:10:20 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney lost because.... HE WAS ASHAMED OF BEING SUCCESSFUL..
Romney was brain washed into being ashamed.. so he LOST..
UNLESS he didn’t believe he was successful and was complicit in the lie..

He was not proud of living the american dream.. proud Capitialist..
He lost because he was CONFUSED.. most people noticed..
He was coy about being a powerful capitalist.. so he LOST..

He didn’t know whether he was a democrat or a republican.. so he LOST..
much like George Bush, Juan McLaim or Lindsey Graham..
People have had it with these guys..

Even democrats don’t want confused democrats they want actual democrats..
Republicans have MANY confused democrats as republican officials.. its not RARE..
Some republicans are even starting to ADMIT IT...

The third party could become a happening thing..
Because the republican party is totally FUBAR..


42 posted on 11/23/2012 3:15:53 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: robowombat

“That is why ‘a union job’, a’government job’ or a job with a hospital or a school system are seen as so desirable.”

All your points are well taken, but there is also the belief or need to FEEL that you are toiling in some humanistic avocation that benefits their secular society - such as the ones you just mentioned.

Amazingly, George Orwell was a socialist to his death despite his Animal Farm epic. Big Brother to him was a necessary evil.

Quite a good read on Orwell here -

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/11/orwells_struggle_may_be_over.html


43 posted on 11/23/2012 3:18:09 PM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: SeekAndFind

At the first of 0bama’s SOU addresses, MO waved and smiled and I saw her persona: a real *itch, fake, phoney and all about herself.

0bama has shown a true desire for revenge. Rove pegged the guy years ago in saying that 0bama’s the guy at a cocktail party, in the corner, making crass and snide comments quietly about others in the room. The look that man can get in his eyes, and the snide remarks, tell you all you need to know.

We are given a persona of these two people that could not be farther from the truth.


44 posted on 11/23/2012 3:20:07 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Many voters bought into this early portrayal of Romney as one who does not care for people.

Here is demonstrated a key and growing advantage of a Democrat incumbent candidate. Federal election law forbids a candidate who is in a contested election primary from spending segregated general election funds until after his party's convention. This meant that while Obama could spend freely and position advantageous campaign spots throughout the summer, Romney had to wait until September.

Add to this that only the direct campaign ads qualify for the lowest cost ad rates, none of the 'super PACs' could equal that ad buy. Add to this the undeniable liberal media bias and you end up with a legally entrenched DEMOCRAT Advantage. Note: This is why it is an inherit DEMOCRAT advantage, when the incumbent is Republican, the liberal media is in active media attack mode during this time frame.

This is a law that has no business being on the books, it promotes a tilted playing field.

How about it, President Obama, do you think that this is (your favorite word) FAIR?

45 posted on 11/23/2012 3:20:41 PM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence but it is the road to our ruin!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Actually, when the objective is to get out the Republican voters so you can win, a candidate would be exceptionally dull witted to anger any of them.

Remember, Democrats when given the choice between a false Democrat and a real Democrat chose the real Democrat every time! Which is why you can't play namby-pamby mealy-mouthed tom fool and get Republicans to show up and Democrats not!

46 posted on 11/23/2012 3:24:17 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind

I do not care for the leeches in America either. And I will not pretend to. Romney lost because the leeches understand that they now have a coalition that enables them to vote themselves more of other peoples money. The really bad news is that this is self perpetuating and unless their coalition partners fear for their lives this is unlikely to change


47 posted on 11/23/2012 3:25:10 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: SeekAndFind

I do not care for the leeches in America either. And I will not pretend to. Romney lost because the leeches understand that they now have a coalition that enables them to vote themselves more of other peoples money. The really bad news is that this is self perpetuating and unless their coalition partners fear for their lives this is unlikely to change


48 posted on 11/23/2012 3:25:19 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: ClearCase_guy
Being part of the government for many years let me disabuse anybody here of the stupid idea that gub'mnt can or even wants to care about you.

What a bizarre question!

49 posted on 11/23/2012 3:26:58 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe that there is a mountain of reasons why we lost. I also believe there is one reason above all others.... THE MSM.

I don’t believe we will ever win an election until or unless we are able to disarm our country’s worst and most destructive enemy, our own media.

I don’t believe that even Ronald Reagan, the greatest president in my lifetime, could have won against todays media.


50 posted on 11/23/2012 3:27:29 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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