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There are things about the 2012 General Election that we know, and there are things about the 2012 General Election that we don’t know, not yet at least. Let’s see if we can sort some of these thngs out… We know that we lost the election. That’s obvious almost a year later. But why didn’t the Republican Party challenge the results of the election shortly after it occured, like the Democrats did eight years ago in 2004? After all, there were plenty of allegations of fraud, voter intimidation, and electronic voter machine tampering…Just look at this one for example involving Congressman Alan West of Florida. Please click the following link. http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/allen-west-patrick-murphy-update-judge-denies-request-to-impound-voting-machines-count-ballots
Postmortem Election Analysis 2012
Were We Set up to Fail?
(Keeping Things in Perspective after a Disappointing Defeat at the Polls)
By Scott Rohter, November 2012
“There are things that we know, and there are things that we don’t know. Then there are the things that we don’t even know that we don’t know! Those things are the hardest...”
– Donald Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense
The average independent voter did not know what to expect from Mitt Romney, and unlike those of us conservative Republicans who were willing to take a gamble for the sake of the country, many of the Nation’s independent voters were not. So he was actually hung by his own words and contradictions over the years, and by his own record… Many of us tried to warn the Republican Party about that several years ago and all during the long Republican Primary, but our leaders merely turned a deaf ear. There is only so much you can hide about a public figure as well known as Mitt Romney. His political record was out there for the world to see, and his contradictions over the years, as glaring as they were became his undoing.
Because of his shifting record over his long political career, Mitt Romney was forced to make his campaign about one central issue… jobs. That was all he had to run on where he could show any consistency. That was all he had to run on where he had any credibility; business and the economy! He had been on both sides of almost every other issue over his long political career. And it really didn’t matter that President Obama was just as big of a flip-flopper as he was because when actually faced with a choice, independent voters decided that they would rather have the flip-flopper they knew than the flip-flopper they didn’t know! That was really why Mitt Romney lost the election. Although I certainly don’t agree with them, from their point of view their way of thinking is totally understandable.
In the final weeks before the election starting with the Second Presidential Debate, Mitt Romney tried to blur the distinctions even more between himself and Barack Obama on a number of different issues, the foremost being on foreign policy. That was a big mistake. He wasted ample opportunities at the 2nd and 3rd Debates to criticize the President over his failed foreign policies… the so called Arab Spring, the murders of our embassy personnel in Benghazi, the attempts to cover-up those murders and blame it on an inconsequential YouTube video, the take-over of the largest country in the Middle East by the Muslim Brotherhood, his administration’s feeble response to the threat of Iran’s growing nuclear weapons program, the bombing of Libya, and the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels which got totally out of hand and resulted in the death of at least one of our Border Patrol agents. All of these were glaring targets for Mitt Romney to attack President Obama on, but he failed to do so. Why? Instead of criticizing the President he kept saying, “I agree with the President”. Well, if you agreed with the President Mr. Romney than why the hell did you run against him? That’s what I want to know. If that was all you had to offer then you shouldn’t have run in the first place.
More importantly, what possible advantage did Mitt Romney gain from publically admitting that he agreed with the President’s foreign policies. Even if he did he shouldn’t have said so! Mitt Romney should have accentuated his differences with President Obama not just keep repeating, “I agree with the President”, or “I congratulate the President". From a moderate’s point of view or an independent’s perspective why should they vote for an expensive look alike when they can actually vote for the real thing? Whoever was advising Mitt Romney gave him some very bad advice.
So my question is this. “Was the outcome of the 2012 Election just a forgone conclusion from the very beginning just like the National Conventions were?” Was this all just an exercise in public futility?” Was it the result of some grand conspiracy? Were we all set up to fail just like we were the last time around in 2008 with John McCain? I will report the facts.You can draw your own conclusions.
All of the debates were hosted by the liberal mainstream media. There was not one single host from conservative talk radio asking the questions. There was no Glenn Beck. There was no Michael Savage. There was no Marc Levin, or Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity, or Laura Ingraham, or Mike Huckabee, or Lars Larson, or Michael Medved, or Roger Hedgecock to moderate the debates or to ask the questions. Not a single conservative commentator/ journalist was allowed to be on any of the panels to make sure that certain questions would be asked! The Republican National Committee agreed to these terms. Reince Priebus should resign immediately! He shouldn’t even wait until his term is up as the National Republican Party Chairman. He should just fall on his own sword.
I pointed out after the 2nd Presidential Debate that Mitt Romney failed on numerous occasions to take advantage of the golden opportunities he had to attack President Obama’s foreign policy record. Why didn’t he? Why did he keep saying that he agreed with the President? His strategy seemed to be to try to blur any distinctions that existed between the two of them, and to try to make himself look not too different than Barack Obama. He tried to make this election appear to be about one thing and one thing only, jobs and the economy. Who gave him that advice?
I wrote two years ago that this election was not primarily about jobs or the short term effects of the economic downturn. It was about freedom triumphing over tyranny. It was about independence over growing co-dependence. It was about the ballooning National Debt and the annual Federal Deficits that we are running every year. It was about our children’s future and our grandchildren’s opportunity to even have a future! It was about the growing power of a run-away Federal Government in Washington D.C. that is totally and absolutely out of control. And in the final few weeks of his campaign Mitt Romney said that he would not drastically cut the revenues to the Federal government. When I heard that I almost choked. He also said that he would not repeal all of Obama Care. At that point I almost had a heart attack. His Mr. Rogers like strategy of trying to be all things to all people has left him being almost nothing to anyone. Mitt Romney has apparently never learned that very important lesson in life, “To thine own self be true.” That is why he succumbed to Karl Rove’s strategy of political gamesmanship.
This election was never about whether you lost your job at the local bank. It was about the bigger banking scandal that brought the whole world to its knees. This banking scandal began in New York City and some of the biggest culprits who caused it have still not been punished! As a matter of fact some of them haven’t even been apprehended. It’s just too bad that a category 1 hurricane can’t be a little more selective!
All of the current Republican leaders who mismanaged the 2012 campaign and led us down a path to this heart-rending loss should step down now from their positions in command and control of the Republican National Committee. From National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus all the way down to Oregon State Chairman Allen Alley they are all of them about as worthless as a wooden nickel. They are as useless as political strategists as Mr. Rogers from your childhood memories. And most of them are already two time losers by now, first in 2008 with John McCain, and now again in 2012 with Mitt Romney. If you want to keep listening to them then you must want remain irrelevant.
They don’t have a viable plan to lift the Republican Party out of the ditch it has been in for the past 24 years. When Barack Obama’s second term in office is up in 2016 it will have been 24 full years since 1992 when the Republican Party last had a commanding presence in America. That was with Ronald Reagan. But since then we have not been able to duplicate that success. The record of the past 24 years is not a record of success that should be rewarded. It is a record of failure that should be replaced. Our current Party leaders do not have their finger on the pulse of what inspires and motivates the next generation of freedom loving Americans. They should all be tossed out of office at the very next Central Committee Meetings. Most of them are moderates like Mitt Romney who have led us down the wrong path, but there is nothing even remotely moderate about their long losing record.
Their Mr. Rogers like strategy of trying to be liked by everyone has left them liked by almost no one. Their strategy is right out of the political play book of Karl Rove, who was a senior advisor to the Mitt Romney campaign. It was Karl Rove after all who advised Mitt Romney not to appear to be too aggressive against Obama in the debates because it could cost him votes among women. Now Mr. Rove should take these disappointing results as a cue and exit stage right. He should get out of Dodge and get the Hell out of the political consulting business altogether.
The Republican Party is like a losing baseball team with some pretty good talent, but it is being poorly coached and mismanaged. We should take a lesson from former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Whenever he got poor results from his baseball team he used to fire all the coaches and the managers. In this case we should fire Reince Priebus and all of the State Republican Party Chairmen who supported Mitt Romney long before the Republican Primary ever began and before he became the Party’s eventual nominee.
We also need to get rid of the consultants that we trusted like Mr. Rove and Dick Morris who misadvised us. We need to stop listening to phony conservative pundits like Charles Krauthammer, George Will, and Ann Coulter and the T.V. and radio talk show hosts who keep having them on as guests. I won’t list them all. You know who they are. If we keep doing the same unhelpful things that we have done in the past then we will keep getting the same unfortunate results in the future. To expect anything different is the classical definition of insanity, which by the way just happens to rhyme with Sean Hannity.
All of these people that I just named, some of whom are leaders of the Party and others who are influential are already thinking about their next pick in 2016…their next moderate candidate they plan on running for President in four more years. It is either going to be Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey or Governor Jeb Bush of Florida. Both of them would be a disaster for the Republican Party and a total disaster for the Conservative Movement. Therefore we need to be one step ahead of them or we will find ourselves too far behind them to do anything about it. And If we are not able to stop it we will be encumbered once more with the same type of phony conservative that they have chosen for us in each of the last four Presidential elections going all the way back to George W. Bush.
We lost the 2012 Presidential Election (apparently because I don’t actually know how much cheating there was) but we must not lose the fight for control of the Republican Party at the next Central Committee Meetings that are held in their wake all across America. We must remove the current Republican Party leaders who have made these poor decisions that have resulted in our Party losing the last two General Elections.
"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth." - Scott Rohter