Skip to comments.10 Reasons Why Obama Won And Romney Lost -- A Two Part Series (Part Two)
Posted on 11/24/2012 6:37:37 PM PST by T-Bird45
In many aspects of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney and the establishment Republicans who were running his campaign just plain got outgunned and outsmarted.
Yet, in the aftermath of Romneys defeat, he said he lost because he couldnt overcome the effect of Obamas gifts to key demographics: student loan modifications for young voters and amnesty for young and predominantly Hispanic illegal aliens.
We think Romney missed the mark with that analysis because conservative ideas have successfully countered the Democrats attempts to bribe voters in the past. To avoid the kind of defeat Republicans suffered in 2012, conservatives must learn from the successes of the Obama campaign.
Lets start that learning process by examining five of the top reasons Obama won.
Obama won because he defined Romney, destroyed his image, nationalized the election and drew a stark contrast with him. It is the law of the political jungle define or be defined. Obama defined Romney in negative terms, but Romney never defined Obama or himself.
Whats more, the one candidate who took our advice and said over and over that the election was about two world views was Barack Obama. Obama framed his world view as one where only the power of government could create fairness in a world that otherwise would be unfair through the machinations of big business and other forces hostile to average citizens even social issues, such as same-sex marriage, were cast as issues of fairness.
Obama then worked relentlessly to put Romney in the context of this argument for fairness. The Bain Capital attacks orchestrated by the unions and Democrat Super PACs all hammered home the point that Mitt Romney was not just unfair to working people, but heartless. The fictional, but unfair war on women. The unfairness of people not having health care. The unfairness of the tax rates paid by the wealthy the contrast was clear. Obama stood for fairness, Romney stood for all of those forces in society that make life hard for the little guy.
The obvious lesson here is define or be defined but theres a deeper lesson for Republicans here as well. Republicans will never win if they accept or fail to rebut the idea that it is governments job to impose fairness on society. If the Republican candidate for President wont make a passionate argument for freedom, liberty and opportunity, and oppose the whole notion that it is governments job to impose fairness on society, hes bound to lose.
Obama won because he focused like a laser on the states he needed to win to block Romneys path to 270 electoral votes. By rights, Obama should have lost the states of Virginia, Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, all of which had Republican Governors and Republican legislatures going into the election but he won them all. Some were closer than others, but Obama won credible victories in each state by putting in place strong voter ID and get-out-the-vote programs over the course of his first term, and working each state relentlessly.
Romney never seemed to commit himself to a similarly well-focused plan. The futile last minute spending in Pennsylvania by pro-Romney PACs, and visits from both Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan to a state where he had no ground game, had alienated the Tea Partiers who elected a Governor and new Republican members of Congress in 2010, and that he ultimately lost by some six points, is but one illustrative example.
The lesson here is one Republicans should have learned a long time ago: to win the Presidency, they have to be a national party and build world class political organizations all across the country. They will not win if all they do is come around every four years and run millions of dollars worth of TV in a relatively few swing states.
Just as the Democrats and unions do in their urban and coastal strongholds, Republicans need to build, and maintain between elections, world class political organizations in center-right states, particularly in Florida, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Michigan, Colorado and the rest of the Great Plains and Trans-Mountain West.
Obama won because he ran as himself. Despite Republican carping about how phony Obama is, he actually ran for President as himself. He campaigned on hitting the wealthy for more taxes, on implementing Obamacare and for advancing the radical secular liberal agenda on almost every issue, and, despite the overwhelming evidence that it is a complete failure, he defended his economic record.
Obama didnt turn himself into a pretzel trying to mollify conservative independents or soft Republicans the way Romney tried to appeal to center-left voters who were not natural allies of his candidacy. Obama ran as an authentic liberal, and came away with more credibility, more likability and more votes than did the inauthentic Mitt Romney.
The lesson here is, again, one that establishment Republicans should have learned a long time ago: campaigning as a conservative in the primaries and then shaking the Etch-A-Sketch or pivoting toward the center -- which is what most Americans outside the Beltway call lying -- is a recipe for defeat.
Obama won because he understood this was a base election and he solidified, energized and turned out his leftwing base. For the better part of two years commentators were predicting 2012 would be a base election. Obama energized his leftwing base by throwing down the gauntlet to Romney and the Republicans on the entire range of values issues.
Same-sex marriage, government-paid abortion on demand at any point in a pregnancy, repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, continuing the war on religious freedom and the Catholic Church over Obamacares contraception and abortion mandates... Obama and his allies never backed down and made this radical secular liberal agenda a centerpiece of the campaign.
In response to Obamas challenge on the social issues, Romney went AWOL and failed to even respond, let alone campaign on the conservative agenda and the social issues even those the polls showed to cut substantially in his favor, such as the right-to-life and reining-in the size and scope of government.
Indeed, instead of solidifying his base, Romney and his establishment Republican allies did everything they could to distance themselves from the small government constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party and from social conservatives.
The lesson here is that without fully engaging all four legs of the 2010 wave election coalition national defense conservatives, economic conservatives, social conservatives and the small government constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party -- Republicans will have a difficult time defeating a Democratic coalition of ethnic voters, big labor, young singles, traditional progressives and radical secular liberals.
Obama won because his team understood and effectively used the new and alternative media to get-out-the-vote and dominate communications with voters who only get their information through online media. No campaign is perfect, and no doubt someone will identify a laundry list of things Obamas online team could have done better. But to win, you dont have to be perfect, you only have to be better than the other guy -- and Obamas online effort was light years ahead of Romneys.
The Obama Team understood that among adults younger than age 30, according to a Pew study, as many saw news on a social networking site (33%) as saw any television news (34%), and just 13% read a newspaper in print or digital form.
In contrast, Romney and the Republicans were stuck in a 20th century air war campaign strategy that relied on TV and denigrated digital communications. Obama spent at least $52 million just for online ads during his 2012 campaign, compared to the $26 million spent by Governor Romney's campaign and that does not include their social media, email and other online and digital platforms.
Obamas online effort was a key piece of his landslide in the young voter demographic, and thus his victory. Digital and social media were also key to Obama's get-out-the-vote effort, which used social media and a weird, but effective form of online peer pressure to squeeze every last vote out for the President.
Technology is neutral and the digital world thrives on freedom. Ron Paul and the Tea Party have built huge networks and online communities of conservative voters. The Romney campaign and the establishment GOP forfeited access to those networks by alienating those voters and distancing themselves from Ron Paul and the Tea Party.
The communications lesson here is simple: Republicans need to get in the 21st century.
Whats more, the larger lesson is equally simple: the small government constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party Movement, economic conservatives and libertarians, social conservatives and national defense conservatives must redouble their efforts to reassemble the 2010 coalition and take over the GOP.
For those who missed Part One, see the first comment for the direct link.
Direct link to Part One on FR:
Pinging the some from the original ping list on the Part One article.
“Whats more, the larger lesson is equally simple: the small government constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party Movement, economic conservatives and libertarians, social conservatives and national defense conservatives must redouble their efforts to reassemble the 2010 coalition and take over the GOP”
Excellent article. How I pray someone at the RNC is listening and actually working tonight. I wake up everyday and hope New offices r opening up across battleground states right now...that volunteers r being put on the payroll....those with passion. I am hoping they r given the lastest technology....etc....
Obama won because people like these gifts (?) :
1 in 5 residents of US are now on FREE Medicaid=60 Million!
FREE Food stamps approaching almost 50 Million with 450,000 added in July+August
FREE Rent subsidy
FREE Heat subsidy
FREE Obama phones
FREE Pre-natal care & delivery
FREE Transportation to medical facility
FREE Translators for non-English speaking
FREE Lawyers for the indigent
FREE Pell Grants
Pretty good analysis :
Romney ran on nothing, as an empty suit who would have the election handed to him without a fight.
By the time he ran those ads (spending millions) in those swing states the voters had already decided. His campaign was inept. His donors wasted (some big $$$) money on him.
Richard Viguerie has the luxury of spouting off after the fact and outside of the arena.
Perhaps Richard Viguerie should run and show us how it is done.
Romney was the guy in the arena.
He wore the sweat and blood and spent himself in a worthy cause in difficult circumstances.
Obama bombed the crap out of Romney in Ohio with the 47% comment.
It was 24/7 TV
Romney was right.
Rush was right.
It's hard to beat Santa Claus
Add to your list,
That’s right. Under the Family Independence (FI) program the takers are given cash. Well, not real cash but a charged debit card. Same thing.
Who the hell is "We" Kimosabi?(you don't have your own opinion?)
The fact is Obama won on entitlements. Unfunded entitlements.
Romney tried to paint the picture that conservatism will work and that fiscal responsibility is paramount.
The parasites rejected it.
A good article. If you think it was because of 24-7 tv you are missing the point. Obama won because he and the organization were better. Tv ads only get you so far. Neighborhood leaders everywhere knocking on doors, social media, targeting new voters. Obama defined Romney and then worked his base hard. I mean look at the demographics that voted. That is why we lost. Running a 70’s campaign in 2012.
Both Dewey and Romney appear to have been genuinely surprised that vulgar strident appeals to blatant self interest defeated their calm, dignified, self important articulation of pretty much nothing.
we invented modern comms.
See my number 13. Running a flat lifeless 1948 campaign would seem to me to be the case.
He says "inauthentic" I say "phoney".
yep...obama stole it fair and square...
Those Obama phones did their job, didn’t they?
All this welfare stuff was around before 2008, but the Baraqqi Regime expanded it faster than Mike Moore’s waistline.
The summary, concluding sentence you quoted is certainly on point but it needs application in both the micro and macro sense. The sentence takes the macro view; the failures recounted by Viguerie were also micro in nature, specifically the candidate did not measure up on any of those groups’ checklists. As noted in the article, there was much pretzel-twisting and finding of nuance.
Ignoring the obvious blemishes on any candidate while holding your nose over voting for or advocating for the lesser of two evils is just not a winning proposition. Hypocrisy is an ill-fitting suit.
Obama phones? I do not understand. The point of the article, and a good one I think, it had nothing to do with the giving.
So it’s about the method over substance?
Or are we to believe that Romney is a rich asshole that has no clue?
That was the Obama campaign in a nutshell, while he sat around eating Waygu beef and driving Reg’lar Americans over the fiscal cliff.
Obama is such a BS artist it is amazing.
Could not agree with you more.
“Hypocrisy is an ill-fitting suit.”
If that weren’t such an elegant thought, I might have been rather miffed at your comment. But that IS an elegant thought and well put.
Envision the United States of America as a apple. Now picture a worm having gotten inside the apple. Now picture that apple being eaten from the inside. Eventually you won't be able to polish the apple enough to make it look good. It will wither and blow away.
The US has allowed the worm of moral decadence and perversion to creep in. For decades now that decadence, like the worm, has been eating away at our nation. There is no way to compromise with the decadence just as you cannot compromise with the worm in the apple. So long as the worm is alive the apple has no chance of surviving. So long as our nation continues to accept perverts and their perversions and allows them to eat away at the principles and building blocks that have made out nation the greatest nation in modern history this nation is doomed. Trying to polish the surface with a mitt romney or mccain or whatever other name is associated with "moderates/compromisers" will only delay the inevitable. Soon the freeloading worms in this country won't have anything else of yours to consume. That's when they will consume you.
Spineless cowardliness is killing us. No one in the RNC wants to fight to have obama brought up on charges of treason. No one in the RNC wants to vet him. Talking about his lack of personal history is a taboo. You cannot mention the fact that he has produced no valid form of ID. Not a birth certificate, legitimate social security number, college transcripts, etc. NOT ONE Republican will point out the FACT that obama cannot serve as president if for no other reason than the FACT that his father was NOT a US citizen (at least the man he claims is his father). No... It's easier to say that such matters are trivial. To hell with the FACT that our founding fathers had good reasons for insisting that our presidents be the "Natural born children" of two "American" parents.
We all know the list of crimes obama is guilty of and we all know the citizens do not care. Newt was a voice crying in the wilderness and Americans would not hear. We got mitt. A man that did not have the spine to call obama out on these crimes. He was afraid he would be???? What? What does obama have on him? Is he a co-conspirator with obama and the muslim brotherhood? Is mitt a co-conspirator with obama and the rest of the globalists to destroy the economies of the world in order to secure themselves cushy offices in the New World Government? If not why did he allow obama to win without a fight?
Just a few random but valid questions. Questions most are either afraid to ask or too arrogant and dimwitted to ponder themselves. Undoubtedly many of you have even more questions.
All of this is as it is for one reason and one reason only. The hearts of my fellow Americans are sick. Too many of you will not stand for what is right because you too are sick, diseased, mentally deranged deviants that are so afraid of being uncovered and exposed by the judgements of others that you will excuse the debased behaviors of those who are supposed to be the best among us. If obama is the best among us we're screwed.
God has turned moderates and liberals over to strong delusion. America is not repenting for her sick, corrupt heart and as such is no longer viable.
I think guys like Vigueray sat it out.
Romney should had never been the candidate. He never fully connected since he is a moderate republican aka democrat. The people who began the Anybody but Obama agenda caused this to happen. He did not fool or energize the rock solid conservatives and independents for different reasons. He is not all that good of a person in my book for deliberately trying to destroy all of his opponents while not going after the real problem, Obama and the Marxist agenda. Those crying over Romney, may get their wish, he may run again. The media has plenty of time to do a love fest, bring him back and there you go.
I told everyone that despite who our nominee was that it would come to the senate.
Romney was between a rock and a hard place on the social issues. He already had a (well deserved) flip flopper reputation. He didn’t have any credibility on social issues, so he tried to run exclusively on fiscal ones. Had he suddenly come out as stridently conservative on the social issues, gay marriage, abortion, etc., we conservatives would have known he was lying. Not only that, but it would have driven away the fiscally conservative social liberals. On top of all of that, Romney wasn’t even all that credible on fiscal issues. He came across as a rich elitist.
Look I agree with you on the Obama side, and politics has always been method over substance. To think Romney gave any substance would also be naive. Mr I will tell you plans after election. Yeah that will work.
The article may not be what we want to hear but flat out the Dems did it better and beat us.
Now what do we do? Time to go to work and modernize our efforts.
And fraud, wherever it could be perpetrated...
I just ran a search engine on that phrase to see if I lifted it from something I read without realizing it. It came up negative so I guess I’ll have to protect that saying. Thanks for the compliment — hope your Thanksgiving holiday time has been a blessing to you and yours.
I think Vigueray is an insider ahole that is sniping at other insiders.
I never cared for the mans divisiveness in the party.
Get over Romney, he was a disaster, and was never a conservative, or even a moderate republican, he has always been out for himself, and he despised the Reagan wing of the GOP.
Romney’s massive failure gets analyzed and looked at, not hidden so that you can run another such loser.
I have no idea what the Almighty is up to but some of your more mundane comments preceding this rhetorical flight is indicative of what could have been done by a candidate who didn't think the campaign was a procession to a coronation ball. Besides being relentlessly on the attack, which even the commie media would have picked up as they do like nice sharp conflicts to get the drones to tune in rather than watching Vanna White. Now while WMR couldn't get up and blast away at the Mahdi's birth certificate or BHO’s truly problematic nature (No President ever has as strange a history as this man and if you dig a bit he makes Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton look like normality itself compared to the Mahdi's strangeness) a good well financed shadow campaign could have been organized by some superpacs to blanket the nation with BHO’s very strange biography including strong hints at his sexual strangeness, the nature of the mentoring Uncle Frank gave him, the peculiarly foul nature of the crew of thugs, near communists and perverts from the Windy City that have made BHO’s career. His admitted drug use and some innuendos that it was by no means in the past. (A police officer acquaintance said to me that BHO looked like a host of hidden white collar addicts he had dealt with. He couldn't be the only one to note BHO’s shakiness indicated the man still has a monkey on his back.) This sort of two track campaign would have worked well and needed to be flexible to use opportunities that destiny placed in the Republicans hands such as Fast and furious and then right on the eve of the election the Benghazi fumble which if exploited long and loud and in detail by both the formal campaign and the ghost campaign would have sunk Obama for good
I’m over Romney.
When will y’all focus on Obama?
Romney is and was a looser. Your wore these threads out before the election, now it might be prudent to fold that tent and take it home.
Not one SoCon on this forum believed Romney was a winner. I wish he had been who he said he was but I guess people did not buy the new better version of the reformed socialist that he was in Massachusetts.
“Just as the Democrats and unions do in their urban and coastal strongholds, Republicans need to build, and maintain between elections, world class political organizations in center-right states, particularly in Florida, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Michigan, Colorado”
One problem, Mr. Vigurie — of the states mentioned above, only North Carolina can still be called “center-right”.
The others have become “purple” or are out-and-out left-leaning. Haven’t you learned anything from the last two elections?
“Obama didnt turn himself into a pretzel trying to mollify conservative independents or soft Republicans the way Romney tried to appeal to center-left voters who were not natural allies of his candidacy.”
So how will it make sense if in the future Republican candidates twist themselves and their message into pretzels to appeal to Hispanic voters who are not and will never be natural allies to conservatism?
“In response to Obamas challenge on the social issues, Romney went AWOL and failed to even respond, let alone campaign on the conservative agenda and the social issues even those the polls showed to cut substantially in his favor, such as the right-to-life and reining-in the size and scope of government.”
Hmmm.. these social issues certainly did not cut in the favor of conservatives when it came to “the ladyparts voters”, young and single women who voted for Obama to the tune of 68%? How much more can conservatives do to refute their arguments and agenda, that hasn’t already been said or done?
ABO was the hue and cry from every contender including my beloved Palin. I said at the time this was a mistake, and would likely let Romney slip in.
We had more than a few ABO supportes here in freezer land as well.
Everyone was shouting it is all about the economy stupid, I kept saying it is not about the economy. Guess who was right?
Stop being disingenuous.
Romney was never my pick.
I did however point out that it was critical to win the Senate after (BEFORE) Romney won the primary.
Where are we now?
What did Vigeruray do to turn the tide?
One rich, family oriented, church going loser.
Put in mind too, that the Democrats had their pro-Obama propaganda campaign running nonstop from Obama becoming a frontrunner, and Romney was stuck in a long quagmire to get the nomination, with his losing opponents refusing to concede. Unless you can simply acknowledge the genuine magnitude and timescale, or even the probability that in so many situations it’s simply lose-lose, you’re not going anywhere.
I guess Mia Love and Allen West aren’t conservatives either.
I firmly believe that there are a large number of “conservatives”, many posting here on FR, who relish the thought of being losers. That way, they can simply blame the other voters who dared to cast a vote for the candidate they simply called not conservative enough. It keeps blogs rolling, website traffic up and it prevents them from taking responsibility for much of anything. During the primaries, each candidate was called not quite conservative enough for the purists to support.
Meanwhile, the left is totally organized. Our side? Busy with the circular firing squad.
Romney wasn’t “in the arena”, he was looking to be president for self aggrandizement, to this day no one can come up with what he believed in, or any particular reason for his obsession to be president.
I have a good idea from looking so closely at his life, and it is not pretty, nor flattering to him.
Poll: Evangelical Vote at Record High in Election
Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012 05:28 PM
Evangelical voters reached a record high in Tuesdays election, with 78 percent of white evangelicals supporting Republican Mitt Romney, a national survey has found.
The survey of 800 voters commissioned by the Faith and Freedom Coalition found that a record 27 percent of those who voted in the presidential election were evangelicals.
Romneys 78 percent showing among white evangelicals was 10 points higher than Arizona Sen. John McCains in 2008.
Evangelicals turned out in record numbers and voted as heavily for Mitt Romney yesterday as they did for George W. Bush in 2004, said Ralph Reed, chairman of TK-based Faith and Freedom Coalition. That is an astonishing outcome that few would have predicted even a few months ago.
Ten reasons??? Sheeeeyit. There’s about a thousand youtube videos of Obama voters exposing just how stupid they are. And that’s just from Obamaphone! lady, Nanzi Pelosi and Joe Biden.
Romney was a whack case, a radical liberal, whose only legacy in politics will be gay marriage and Obamacare, Romney rejected the GOP pro-life platform and called for homosexualizing the Boy Scouts and the military, and returned to his pro-abortion health of the mother after he won the nomination.
The man is a whack case that literally believes that he is becoming God, and teaches that others can become Gods also, and rule over their own planets, he is a draft evading pathological liar that claims to have marched with MLK and other bizarre lies.
A lot of credibility was lost supporting a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, cult leading Mormon Bishop from Massachusetts, who believes that he is in the process of becoming a God, who actually campaigned claiming that Reagan was adamantly pro-choice, and who recently rejected the party platform on abortion, and on homosexual Scout leaders, and homosexualizing the military, and created romneycare.
It is still mind boggling how such a bizarre creature became the Republican Presidential candidate.
This is one for the history books.
I hope he and his didnt break the party for ever.
How does that square with his record support from evangelicals?
I could NOT disagree more with the dummy who wrote this article...his research is shoddy, his approach is as LAZY as Romney, his logic is exactly why the Republicans have lost...he doesnt know what the word ‘accountability” means
Lets look at the FACTS:
The liberal Media, as the citations below demonstrate, universally JUMPED to the conclusion that Obama lost the first debate with Romney...
I am and WAS very suspicious when hard nosed ferocious US left wing main stream media make a sudden turn against their beliefs...
And of course the conservative Media celebrated....
If this dummy paid attention to my beloved FREEP, he would have seen this develop
I have studied Obama for many years, and believe he is an impressive actor...
To see him look down to the floor on camera during the first debate, to see him ignore the face of Romney, to
see him fail to powerfully challenge his opponent, is NOT the conduct that he is capable of, or has exhibited over a long time...he was ACTING and like Mohammed ALI he “rope-a doped” Romney
In world war two, Obama’s hero Stalin withdrew across Russia and lured the Germans into a enveloping trap...from which they couldn’t escape...
In sports the score after the 1st period doesn’t really matter if it can be used to discover an opponent’s “game plan” that can be terminally exploited in later periods
Obama KNEW that employment could be substantial in the November 2 NFP release (he planted 100% a year before)and
surveys showed that the U S Economy is and was the number one voter issue in this election
Romney, the SWEET DUMMY, explained his political and economic plan in the first debate...and delivered Obama the facts he needed for the next two debates and facts that Obama’s campaign needed to counter the large “RAT ROVE” Media AD campaign...
Parenthetically in the NFL, they stopped using CHALKBOARDS 25 years ago, but Rove didnt graduate to anything more modern...he was a fool when he advised Bumbrain Bush the Minor, and he was a BIGGER FOOL in the role he played in the last election...
Rove is playing under the “Old Rules” while Obama had high intellect associates who marshalled the BEST Hollywood STORYTELLERS and IMAGEMAKERS along with the power of TOP Silicon FACTFINDERS...
In WAR and Chess, those who possess the best information WIN
This years political loss can be found in the legacy of Bumbrain BUSH and laws he passed such as the Patriot Act which allow LIBERALS TODAY to treat americans more like the enemy than those who wish to teach us a capitalist lesson...
and ROVE was right there at the center of the stage...he sickens me
Romney lost because of the legacy he inherited, and because quite frankly he only worked 6 days a week...while his opponent’s team worked 7 days
if you tried to reach Romney’s campaign on any sunday, no one answered the phone...week after week after week...not even phone mail was turned on...
Romney, nor any of his sons, ever risked their lives in the u s military, and he lacked both the instincts for hard work and/or exceptional personnel selections in his campaign...he may have been successful at Bain or Caving into MASS liberals, but he didnt have God’s blessing or he would have won
Nice losers all of them...but losers...
America is being punished for condoning immoral, evil and outrageous conduct, just as Rome was punished for similar actions...no matter what liberals believe they cant stop the clock from ticking...how many people survive beyond 100 ? not enough to remember all the mistakes we should have learned from...obama has no institutional memory and his arrogance of history will lead us nowhere
Do you honestly think those factors alone mean anything?
We could try inviting the illegal immigrant vote?
Dems already beat everyone else to that one, and because of their being the first they also monopolize them as an audience.
Try appealing to the NAACP?
A laugh, and a guaranteed failure.
Again, the problem the GOP has with social issues is failing to show that their stances are more than a reaction to the Democrats’ stances. Abortion is a losing cause more than anything due to the fact that the right gets more and more on the extreme end, where legal action hasn’t progressed. How is one supposed to believe that abortion will end anytime soon? How could it be done? Again, the failure exists here where the candidates fail to really define.
As far as religion goes, it’s a lose-lose situation. The left can make up any crazy story about any candidate’s religion.
As far as family-oriented, that’s also lose-lose as well.
Rich? Well, here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter if the candidate is multimillions of dollars or only hundreds of thousands, he would still get classified as an evil rich white man.
People need to understand the main point that the left doesn’t have core principles: they make up standards with a chalkboard as to what makes “evil”.
The “whack’s” base was larger than Big Ears’ base, but he did not pump his base as well. There was no clamor at the end about Mitt being a “whack” at all. Mitt did err by not pressing his attacks harder. That enthuses the base better than a “prevent defense” does.