2012 Election a Disaster for Republicans
By Bob Pappas
In the recent "An Open Letter..." we stated that Obama won by a 49.6 to 49.3 percent margin of the popular vote. At the time that was the available data. To set the record straight, as it turned out the final numbers were 65,258,278 for Obama and 60,658,920 for Romney. That comes to 50.9 to 47.3 percent; a plurality of 4,599,358 out of 125,917,198 voters, Electoral College aside. Moving right along.
Like everyone, I too have been contemplating and listening to the election results. However, unlike many commentators and other writers, I am not discouraged, nor do I believe conservatism has been struck a blow painted as so dismal even fatal, by many. Let there be no doubt, the election was a disaster for Republicans (not conservatism), but that came as no surprise, we predicted it would be difficult with the "moderate" establishment candidate foisted onto the Republican Party...again. That aside, it was winnable but with greater difficulty than it had to be. Allow quotations from earlier missives to stoke the flames:
Unfortunately, he wasn't.
In the alternative, even given that Romney lacks passion, connectivity and fire, mainstream Americans must push him to victory or America will be lost for generations to come; Khrushchev's reputed prediction that America's grandchildren will live under communism and like it will turn out to have been prophetic and America will plunge into political, economic and spiritual dark ages. Succinctly put, this isn't a movie, freedom is at stake and for freedom loving people it's time to get serious!"
But Romney did lack passion, he didn't take the fight to Obama, he backed away when he had the chance to take him out. He was more interested in "looking and sounding Presidential;" it was a game of strategy to him and his campaign; and now, though some do not fully understand the gravity, America is on a path to national demise. Moral: "Never bring a knife to a gun fight!"
Even in the gloom, there are better days ahead, and there are a number of reasons for that claim. One should take a look at the entire country then call to mind that Obama was elected by about 4 million fewer votes than in '08. Republicans gained about 700 thousand votes, but not enough to make a difference in the outcome. The interesting and significant part, in both years only about 60% of eligible voters voted. Of approximately 210 million eligible voters, about 125 million exercised their right to vote with about 85 million sitting it out. Who comprised this last group and how would they have voted? Obama was elected by approximately 31% of eligible voters, now being painted as mainstream America. Thirty one percent constitutes "mainstream?" Hardly!
No doubt there would be some split, but in my not-so-humble opinion, that "silent" group would come out to vote overwhelmingly for any conservative candidate who bothered to make the case. Unfortunately, Romney bought the professionals' line of reasoning to "just keep repeating that you know how to create jobs, and people will vote for you." Wrong! That is what he did and everyone can see the outcome.
The election was Romney's to lose and the result is: Obama didn't win, Romney lost, now there is a looming disaster for America! But, it can be avoided if the House of Representatives holds firm; create gridlock, but don't give in! Fight him at every turn and raise hell any time he oversteps!
Where did I hear, "nice guys come in last?" It does not matter how righteous, nice, compassionate Romney is, what mattered was energizing voters. Obama did, Romney didn't! During a speech at David Horowitz's Restoration Weekend, November 16th, 2012, Bill Whittle delivered a short speech that readers are urged to watch at the following link. Such a speech and attitude would have made Romney President of the United States if he had the cajones to give it; he didn't.
The point of all this is: the next time, if there is a next time, Republicans and America will be better served to pick someone more like Newt Gingrich, who would have been happy to engage Obama at every turn and hand him his hat and overcoat!
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