Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:30 PM
enough (8,359 posts)
"Romney lost because Obama beat him"
This is a Daily Kos diary by aboyer. I don't usually post straight from Daily Kos, because I figure everyone can easily go there and read if they want to.
But this diary is a great wrap-up for what we have experienced this week.
It wasn't a storm named Sandy. It wasn't a governor named Christie. It wasn't bad GOP candidates. It wasn't abortion. It wasn't Carl Rove. It wasn't Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Hannity, Trump or Sununu. It wasn't George Bush. It wasn't a shifting demographic. It was simply an old-fashioned ass-kicking by a smart man and his campaign team living in the real world.
It's not a surprise that our nation's demographics shifted...The shift began in the late 80s with projections of larger populations of Latinos, Hispanics and Cuban-Americans. Astute business people know this. As a businessman, Romney failed at business 101: know the market. It's not enough to trash the other product. New Coke won the taste against Pepsi. We know how they worked out.
Obama knew the market. He made no assumptions about who would or wouldn't turn out. He went after every possible voter. Romney relied on one segment of the population and insulted everyone else. Obama used data and leveraged his grassroots operation to turn out the vote while Romney's people dismissed data to stay in never never land.
Romney didn't prepare to win. He prepared to lose but just didn't know it. He thought all he had to do was show up, play by his own rules, put his name on the ballot, wink at voter ID laws, and he would win the White House.
SNIP, AND MORE AT LINK ABOVE
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Response to enough (Original post)
Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:24 PM
libdem4life (6,561 posts)
5. I object to the assertion that Romney is a businessman any more than GWB is a baseball magnate.
Neither did anything but ride the waves on their father's staff, name, money and influence. On that score, they can go to the head of the preppy class. They both "called it in".
Obama, OTOH, used native skill, intelligence, drive, "community organizing", education and political genius.
OK, so I'm a bit partisan.
Response to libdem4life (Reply #5)
Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:29 AM
smaug (230 posts)
Willard Romney and George W. Bush are exhibits A and B of why we need estate taxation and Eisenhower era marginal tax rates. Crony capitalists at their worst. I know a number of small business owners (hint, Mr. Romney & Mr. Bush, GE and Bain are *not* small businesses) who are Republican, but even they can see the difference behind an inherited wealth and what they've earned.