“The problem was that the base did not turn out. “
But if Romney had moved far enough right to capture the base, would that have run off a bunch of moderates who did vote for him?
I ask this because it’s a dynamic situation. Change one aspect and many variables are changed, not just the one of interest.
Romney’s platform was actually a reasonably conservative one, the problem was that he did not fight on those principles hard enough to gin up the base.
Every conservative knew about Mitt’s record. He was a liberal in Mass., and most considered him McCain 2.0. That was always going to be murder to overcome.
Obama was very effective at smearing Romney. You probably couldn’t do any better than the Chicago club did this time around. In my opinion, any independents who could possibly have voted for Obama did. All of the others were dead set against him, mainly because of the lack of economic results. They might have switched back and forth leading up to the election, but they were always going to vote for Romney in the end.
If this is correct, Romney and Ryan had much more leeway in what they could talk about both on the stump and in the debates. Ryan could have challenged Biden on his Catholic creds in light of his infanticide stance. Romney could have eviscerated Obama in the third debate over his actions in Libya, and his lies about Benghazi. These challenges simply were not made.
Conservative voters wanted fire and passion. They wanted their ticket to fiercely advocate for the cause, and these two just didn’t. They were good people (and I genuinely mean that), but Mitt Romney was weighed down by his record and relied on the cabal of establishment advisers who NEVER get anything right, and Paul Ryan was not ready for the national stage and proved it in his debate with the most juvenile moron on Capitol Hill.
There were several other factors in this election: fraud, Krispy Kreme’s antics, the media, the debate moderators, and the sleazy garbage that came from the Obama campaign.
This is just my analysis of why the turnout was so bad for us.
If we want to win next time, we cannot go with the establishment candidate. We have to scrutinize records, and vote for the real conservative. Forget the BS you might hear from Bill Kristol and the idiots who infest Fox. These people engineer our losses, and they’re progressives at heart.