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To: dirtboy

I disagree that the primaries lost the election. In 2008, Hillary and Obama had a brutal primary and Obama still won the presidential election. This past election had more to do with the candidate the Republican Party placed on the ballot...Romney was not a strong candidate.


10 posted on 02/08/2013 9:51:26 AM PST by TejanoJim
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To: TejanoJim
I disagree that the primaries lost the election. In 2008, Hillary and Obama had a brutal primary and Obama still won the presidential election. This past election had more to do with the candidate the Republican Party placed on the ballot...Romney was not a strong candidate.I am with you 100%. That was a much, much more contentious primary in 2008. Ours wasn't 25% as intense. Our problem was a lack of good candidates. Romney, for all his warts as a candidate, had a much stronger organization, more funding, and frankly outperformed the others in advertising and preperation. I was and ABR, but the rest were underfunded, lacked ground support and frankly no one else really offered the whole package. We had great conservative ideas, great debate moments, etc, but no one was a clear better alternative for the general election. We just restocked our bench in the past three years with 1st term governors and senators and none were ready to run.

I do agree that the debates could be reduced some. There were so many, it was overkill. We have to have enough to allow voters to sort through the options, but not 1-2 a week for six months before the first primary.

17 posted on 02/08/2013 10:04:33 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: TejanoJim

If there was anything wrong with the primary contest—aside from us continuing to let the MSM run it for us, which is a general concern not limited to any particular election cycle—it’s that we had particularly crappy candidates. I like Bachmann and Cain, but they’re not ever going to be president. Perry bombed out of the gate and Newt is merely a zombie of a guy who died in the 90s. Which left us with Santorum, who frankly I don’t get the buzz about, not from the insane lib reaction nor the confused conservative enthusiasm.

Oh, and Romney, who did worse than John Freaking McCain.


19 posted on 02/08/2013 10:15:39 AM PST by Tublecane
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