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Blame GOP, Not Mitt Romney, For Lost Presidential Election - NJStar-Ledger

Blame GOP, not Mitt Romney, for lost presidential election
By John Farmer/The Star-Ledger
November 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM, updated November 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM


Autopsies are messy affairs, especially when performed on the remains of a deceased presidential campaign. Take the Romney campaign, to pick a recently interred, but still fresh, cadaver.

The examination in the Romney case involving a search for the cause of death is in the hands of the longest list of Republican coroners since Tom Dewey lost an earlier sure-thing election in 1948 to Harry Truman, another Democratic president despised and discounted by the GOP.

Every Republican who used to be anybody is on this case — Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Peggy Noonan, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney himself, an assortment of red-faced Republican-leaning political pundits and those peddlers of fictitious political forensics at Fox News and the Wall Street Journal editorial pages.

The reasons they’ve found for Romney’s demise are many and varied — Democrats’ success in branding Romney an out-of-touch job exporter, Hispanics teed off by his anti-immigrant rhetoric, young women appalled by rape’s-not-such-a-big-deal comments by a pair of tea party Senate candidates. And besides, Romney was a lousy candidate.

Much of that’s true. Romney was a klutz as a candidate. But he didn’t bring down the Republican Party so much as it brought him down. The cliché about the Grand Old Patricians is true: They’re a 20th-century party in a 21st-century country...


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