If you’re not angry with Romney, read this. You will be. Turns out the vaunted Bain business genius ran the worst political ground game ever seen, with the end result being “30,000+ of the most active and fired-up volunteers wandering around confused and frustrated when they could have been doing anything else to help.”

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Joe November 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

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“The bitter irony of this entire endeavor was that a supposedly small government candidate gutted the local structure of GOTV efforts in favor of a centralized, faceless organization in a far off place (in this case, their Boston headquarters). Wrap your head around that.”

That may be the exact reason we need to stop nominating and voting for moderates. Mitt Romney was never a small government guy. Sure he would have slashed a few government bureaucracies, hopefully with ruthless private sector efficiency, but to call him a small government guy was our attempt to project our own beliefs upon an inferior candidate. I think he would have been an alright president (compared to Obama anyway) and the fight against tyranny would have certainly been easier than the next four years will be, but he was a Massachusetts moderate. Folks, we need to stop caving in and support real candidates that believe in the Constitution, freedom, and limited government. We have two directions we can go in from this point forward, we can pander to women, immigrants, blacks, gays, blah blah blah, or we can promote freedom for all. We can say what we believe, not be afraid in doing so, educate people on the Constitution and the threat the progressives pose (which many will learn over the next four years) or we can become Democrats and accept what has happened.

I’m not mad at Mitt Romney. I’m not mad at the Democrats. I sure as hell am pissed at what the Republican party is though. What does the Republican party stand for or believe in? What does their base look like? They’re already talking about Christie and Jeb Bush for 2016 candidates… really? That’s the Republican party? Guess what, prepare to lose again. I don’t know when the Republican party was castrated, but it was and I’m tired of them.

sa_rose November 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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I will be more than happy to support a real candidate when one shows up. The GOP has fielded candidates that could not win because no one like them, even if they agreed with their policies. And the were too old. Reagan was elected at age 65. But none of the candidates offered were Reagans. And Reagan himself would not have run again if he had lost the election. We need some smart, young folk to be groomed and developed as candidates NOW for the next election. Find someone likeable. At my age I would like someone in their 50;s at least, but the rest of the country is younger than I am, and they want a 40-55 year old. They worship at the altar of youth. If we put up another ancient GOP has been, we’ll lose the next one too!

poppajoe49 November 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm

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I’m fed up with the Republican establishment. They keep thinking that we can win an election by running more and more moderate candidates, and in reality, they keep handing the election to the left.
If they try to run Jeb Bush or Chris Christie next time around, I will freaking scream!

RKae November 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

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Last couple of days I’ve been seeing Dick Morris (and all the clowny clowns like him) on the tube talking about how we have to go for amnesty for illegals (because we need Hispanics) and stop talking about abortion (because we need to appeal to single women).

I guess their whole concept is “Hey, people vote for the lesser of 2 evils, so why not just position ourselves as that?”

It’s sick. “We just want to win, so let’s be Democrat-Party-Lite!”

Christie is the poster child for that philosophy.

I say: Instead of shutting up about abortion, we should make it absolutely inescapable. The only reason it holds sway in this country is because everyone’s in denial about what goes on during the procedure. How come we can show teenagers a photo of a diseased lung and tell them “Don’t smoke”; we can show them a photo of a diseased heart and say “Eat a salad every now and then,” but we can’t show them a photo of a fetus that’s been aborted?

Missile Command November 9, 2012 at 2:08 am

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I agree with you and the guys above. When you try not to say stuff, or package your message in a bland moniker so as not offend anyone, it sounds phony and you have to think you are not getting the truth.

If you guys recall the GOP primaries when Gingrich addressed questions he took the argument directly to the democrats and confronted their PC BS. THAT was a powerful message and his fortunes rose when he started to speak this way. Now team Romney had absolutely no problem going nuclear on Newt to take him out. When it came to Obama though, nukes were not allowed. All kind of rules of engagement so as not to use lethal weapons at hand that might “offend” moderates, minorities, ladies, etc.. Like where was Bengazi on the FP debate? Romney carried a gun with no ammo. Team Romney either believed on their own or were swayed by the moderate GOP advisers to be PC and not confront issues. Same general strategy as McCain. Play nice, don’t confront issues.

The democrats take the opposite tact and win. Did you see rules of engagement on the dem side? Hell no, they used every weapon they had. Any they win! The GOP candidates come off as weak leaders with this approach.

That is why they fail. And now these same geniuses that advised on this failed approach are saying the moderation did not go far enough. That is why the GOP lost. Like comrade Krugman saying the reason the stimulus didn’t work was because we did not spend enough money.

The GOP establishment are the problem. In general they are more concerned with 1) being perceived as nice guys and 2) keeping their own places of power. Pushing a more conservative philosophy and confronting the commie-leaning dems to help address America’s problems, not so much.

danybhoy November 9, 2012 at 3:01 am

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Joe, there are way too many go along to get along types in the GOP establishment. Rush talks about this all the time, they are happy to have a little piece of the political pie, & they don’t get out of line because they enjoy living in the Beltway & going to the cocktail parties. They will crack down on us rubes west of the George Washington Bridge when we bitch about the party leadership negotiating our rights & freedoms away at the drop of a hat. They need to go. They Brought us Romney, McCain, Dole, & Bush 41. On Bush 41, oh, he won, on the back of Reagan, but they forced him on Reagan. Reagan was hated by the establishment because he was an actual conservative who believed what he said. Which is why he won big, & the establishment does’nt want to believe it. Which is why either they, or we, must go.

sa_rose November 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm

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After Chris Christie became best friends with Obama after Sandy, he should definitely NOT be the face of the GOP. And bless his heart, Jeb Bush has the wrong name. Everyone will make assumptions and will act like he has the plague and its contagious through voting.

poppajoe49 November 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

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Jeb is GW lite.
He’s married to a Hispanic and is all for amnesty.
He has too many other Dem leaning positions.

RobertW November 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

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yeah jeb’s a donk same as chrissie sissy pants.

Ruben November 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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CNN is reporting that two minutes after Romney’s concession speech, Leslie Nielsen’s ghost appeared to say, “I just want to tell you both, ‘Good luck… we’re all counting on you.”

RobertW November 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm
jcrowley1985 November 9, 2012 at 5:53 am

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Republicans should have gone with Ron Paul.

danybhoy November 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

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And America should have gone with Goldwater too. Live & learn, then move on. If you can’t, please move out.

poppajoe49 November 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

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You should be out looking for a job.

Angry Southerner November 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

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He won’t he enjoys being a burden on everyone just TDMO

6 November 2012 November 10, 2012 at 2:11 am

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Not quiet, Ron Paul is a peace time candidate, he might not be ready to deal with the consequences of an economical collapse, like order looters to be shot or arrest politians that calls for the murder of him and his followers and a “democratic” insurrection against the dictatorship of austerity or dying white institutions.

sa_rose November 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm

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Why? He was even more unelectable that Romney and NO ONE ON THE PLANET would have voted for his ass. Besides, he isn’t a Republican. remember? Why would the REPUBLICAN party run a loser who isn’t even a REPUBLICAN? I live in Texas and have heard Ron Paul’s drivel for years. He is highly loved in a tiny corner of Northeast Texas. Everyone else ignores him.