Skip to comments.Thomas Sowell: Nicers Losers
Posted on 11/13/2012 2:14:59 AM PST by Fred
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.
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I think you may be on to something here.
Given the nature of politics as it’s played these days, it may well be that only an idiot would want to get involved.
Romney looked like a fine man, and seemed like he could win considering the terrible failure of the last four years, but he and the team he put together ran a flop of a campaign. They didn’t go after Obama and instead tried to be a nice guy to ‘prove’ he wasn’t what Obama said he is. Pure defensive strategy. Additionally, they played the ‘nice guy, but’ to try to urge former Obama voters to switch over.
Their strategy was based on the polls months ago that showed dissatisfaction with Obama. They did not account for an effective opposition that would change those views over the summer and fall. They played the game as if the opposition was static and not actively working to win former supporters back. They needed to obliterate Obama and tie the failures directly to Obama. They never did. The PACs missed the mark too. Weak messaging lost. It sucks, but is so easy to see outside the fog of the war.
The irony of Romney's "47%" comment was that he would have been far worse off if he had simply told the truth: the "47%" are going to disappear because more and more of them are going to be joining their "53%" counterparts as taxpayers.
Love her or hate her, you have to admit that when she was out there she was hard hitting and NOT playing by the eGOP's rules. That is one reason she never garnered the support of those selfsame eGOPers and galvinized the base.
And I will admit that I am royally pissed off at her for fading into the background instead of taking the reins and charging ahead in attacking zero. I am beginning to wonder if she sold her soul to the devil and decided to play the eGOP's game waiting for her "turn".
this is all true
True, plus many of those states were leftist states anyway(Iowa and New Hampshire).
Our side has to recognize immediately that the candidate from 2008 into the future must be nothing but a marketing product. The times have changed. We have put up excellent communicators that inspire voters and can deliver the message. It is not excellent administrators or proven executives. The voters don’t care. It is not war heroes. That last mattered in 1988. No one with military service has been elected since GHWB. He voters get 24/7 media now and the candidate has to be a media superstar. The work will get done in the congress while the White House is the strategy and media face. If we play the old way we will lose every time.
"We're going to sell Jack like soap flakes." - Joseph Kennedy, Sr.
I hope you Democrats are happy with the inevitable destruction you've wrought upon us all.
The problem is simple to state yet there is no solution in sight. The Rancid Media gives Lib presidential candidates an additional 6-12 percent edge. Until we solve this, we will continue to lose.
Cloward-Piven prevails! and so it goes......
so maybe nothing HAS changed.
I agree he ran a lousy campaign. I despise the elite GOP insiders. Romney thought he could win on economy alone. He was mistaken. People have short memories. But I was way better than what we have.
I agree. The media is a beast that we have to kill first before conservatism has a chance.
I think we should start investigating every bowel movement the liberal talking heads on tv have ever had and start posting it on citizens journalists sites and expose their perfidy and miserable lives for all the public to see, including their rehab children. Put pictures of their houses and addresses on the internet, as well as their partners and start examining their IRS returns to find out what they do with their $million contracts.
No she said not sell her soul. The Republican establishment, with luminaries. Like Sununu, Romney, Rove, Barbara Bush, Dan Perrino and many others unleashed a barrage of bilge and lies against her. She had no chance this year to defeat the arrogance of Sununu, Rove and Ann Coulter. The emptiness of those idiots had to be exposed. Now it has. They ran Perfect Moderate Number 12 and he lost to Lucifer. The stage is now set. The Tea Party will not accept this again from the soulless cowards of the Repubublican Ruling Class.
Sarah Palin wouln’t have got 40% of the vote. She chose not to get in the game. Mr. Sowell conveniently forgets to point out that 95% of blacks voted for Obama 75% of Latinos and over 70% of Asians also. Maybe he should climb out of the think tank and go into the black community and give free economic lessons.
tartar, Kent, I should have been more clear. I didn’t mean int he context of her running, I was talking more after she said she wouldn’t run. She still could have been more visible. That was my only point.