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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:13 PM

Lame assed excuses by the Wall Street Urinal about Romney's defeat.

The plain truth Andrew is that all the Republican presidential candidates were weak.

By ANDREW KOHUT

Postelection talk of "lessons learned" is often exaggerated and misleading, and so it is in 2012.

A week after President Obama won re-election, two themes are dominant. First, that Mr. Obama kept his job because key elements of his base—notably young people, African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans—turned out for him. Second, that the growing size of these voting blocs represents a decisive challenge for the Republican Party.

Both points are true, but most observers are overstating the gravity of the GOP's problem. In particular, they are paying too little attention to how weak a candidate Mitt Romney was, and how much that hurt Republican prospects.

Here is what the exit poll found. Mr. Romney's personal image took a hard hit during the primary campaign and remained weak on election day. Just 47% of exit-poll respondents viewed him favorably, compared with 53% for Mr. Obama. Throughout the campaign, Mr. Romney's favorable ratings were among the lowest recorded for a presidential candidate in the modern era. A persistent problem was doubt about his empathy with the average voter. By 53% to 43%, exit-poll respondents said that Mr. Obama was more in touch than Mr. Romney with people like themselves.

Mr. Romney was never fully embraced by Republicans themselves, which may have inhibited the expected strong Republican turnout. Pew's election-weekend survey found Mr. Romney with fewer strong supporters (33%) than Mr. Obama (39%). Similarly, a much greater percentage of Obama supporters (80%) than Romney supporters (60%) told Pew that they were voting for their candidate rather than against his opponent.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323894704578113231375465160.html

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:17 PM

1. Irony:

47% viewed Romney favorably.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:17 PM

2. They have a point. Don't run candidates nobody likes. n/t

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Response to dimbear (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:25 PM

3. Were any of the Republicans likeable?

John Huntsman maybe but he didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting the nomination.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:27 PM

4. Actually, I think this is a good article.

At least it is addressing Romney himself, instead of the myriad of excuses we have all heard.

Personally, I don't believe that he would have won even if he had been viewed more favorably, but at least this article is focusing on what we all saw during the campaign.

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