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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:36 PM

Romney lost because he portrayed himself and his values accurately.

All the talking heads are breaking down Romney’s shocking loss into fine details, trying to make some sense of the election’s stunning turn of events. They’re soul searching and asking over and over, “How did Romney lose?” I know it’s bad for ratings, but I it’s pretty simple.

Credibility: Hit reverse just for a moment and remember that snapshot of the Republican primaries. That was the greatest assembly of dimwit whackjobs since the cast of Soap disbanded. The Adam’s Family on steroids, but without the normal sister. Did they think no one would notice that they didn’t have anyone who was sane, honest or able to relate to the average American? Seriously—out of 300,000,000 people, that was the best they could do? And the big winner, Romney, was shady even for reThugs. He wouldn’t release his tax records, he shredded (“lost”) all of his emails while he was Governor, he ran faux commercials and made statements in debates that were outright lies. His party platform relied on perpectives that decent, average Americans knew just weren’t right. Looking us in the eye and qualifying rape, denying climate change in the midst of a catastrophic storm, and telling us again and again that the millionaires need the money more than we do. Bluffing and political lies are one thing, but even some of the staunchly-ostrich supporters of the Right had to admit that the reThugs were overplaying their hand with the sheer magnitude of their bullshit.

Class Warfare: With all the emphasis on the need for billionaire/millionaire tax breaks in the face of spending cuts, people have come to realize that when they say they want to cut “spending,” what they are actually saying is they want to cut “our stuff.” But this time, it was no longer enough to just cut services and roads. Medicare, Social Security and our own safety net are now considered “spending.” In the last 12 years, Americans who supported Bush Breaks have seen their denial diminish with their bank accounts. Romeny’s budget and tax policy were real and direct threats to the Average American and people voted accordingly.

The Social Neanderthal Party: The RW’s arrogance and narcissism have always allowed them to ignore anyone not in their Wonderful White Guy Club, but that party is over. Being mean to gays, outwardly suppressing votes of minorities and offending women will get people pissed. People are sick of it and this time, the rePukes took it too far. Voters rejected "Republican Values," didn't they? Women, young voters and minorities were thorns in white millionaire asses nationwide in last week’s election by margins ranging from double digits to 2:1 against. These groups are now highly empowered and here to stay. The RW now has to deal with it.

In the end, voters didn’t trust Romney, they didn’t believe his policies would benefit them, and they were sick of the hate politics. It’s really very simple. Were it not for the fact that (IMO) the RW’s cheating was—to Rove’s chagrin--neutralized behind the scenes by Obama’s guys, it was impossible for Romeny to win in the face of the opposition he himself created. He opposed the Average American on financial and social platforms in nearly every way that has an impact on day to day living. It’s incredibly obvious and there’s no wonder he lost.

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Reply Romney lost because he portrayed himself and his values accurately. (Original post)
joeunderdog Nov 2012 OP
drlindaphd Nov 2012 #1
yardwork Nov 2012 #2
joeunderdog Nov 2012 #7
Marie Marie Nov 2012 #3
Last Stand Nov 2012 #4
thelordofhell Nov 2012 #5
aletier_v Nov 2012 #6

Response to joeunderdog (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:01 PM

1. I agree

They did a lot of talking, but very little listening. Bill Mahar had a segment called "thoughts from the bubble" or something similar. It was as if the Republicans were disconnected from the real people and needs of mainstream Americans. Romney, et.al. did not seem to remember that what they said and did was all being recorded and would come back at them at a later date.

They seemed to forget that we live in the electronic age where things you say and do live on and on. They seemed to be unaware of how racist, puritanical, and downright ignorant they appeared. They really underestimated the awareness and intelligence os most Americans.

And apparently, many of us have been overestimating the commitment of many of our elected leaders to our needs and welfare.

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Response to joeunderdog (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:05 PM

2. This is a great rant. Also, I agree with you that Obama's team neutralized efforts to cheat.

Kerry might have won in 2004 if he had recognized and fought against the Republican vote-stealing in OH and probably elsewhere. Obama is not naive. He came prepared.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:36 AM

7. It was like that scene in the Old West

when the card cheat bets it all on his full house, aces over kings...only to be beaten by a guy who pulled 4 deuces. You can't complain that "things didn't go as planned" Obama knew he wouldn't win it in court or in the press and rather than pull a John Kerry, he beat them at their own game and flipped their flipped votes. JMO

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Response to joeunderdog (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:45 PM

3. When someone shows you who they are, believe it.

The American people saw him for who he really is. Thank God (or Karma) for that.

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Response to joeunderdog (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:24 PM

4. Repub Values are not ours.

They will have to change or their party will not be able to win nationally again. I would love to be a fly on the shit that's flying in the RW strategy meetings now. How can they say they are different when they won't win if they're not the same?

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Response to joeunderdog (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:45 PM

5. Sorry to be picky

But the Munsters are the family with the "normal" person (Marilynn) in it. The Addams family was all creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky (but what the heck is "ooky"??)

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Response to joeunderdog (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:58 PM

6. " It’s incredibly obvious and there’s no wonder he lost"

I can't believe he got 58 million votes.

He should have gotten perhaps half that.

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