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  1. steveox

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    Christopher Ruddy’s Perspective: It was the worst of times and the worst of times.

    With the 2012 election results in, there are no short- or even medium-term "silver linings" for Republicans.

    President Barack Obama has won a decisive victory and the GOP, expecting to gain Senate seats, actually had a net loss of three.

    The "morning after" will bring the expected explanations and after-game quarterbacking. Still, it is important that the GOP understand why we lost this one in hopes of future victory.

    Perhaps the easy explanation is that two hurricanes and two betrayals by Chris Christie killed Mitt Romney's chances.

    The first hurricane was Isaac, the one that skirted Tampa in late August during the Republican convention. That one seriously disrupted the official schedule.

    GOP star Marco Rubio — who gave the best speech of the convention — was bumped off prime-time TV coverage, and so was the video biography "introducing" Mitt to the nation.

    Aging actor Clint Eastwood was scrambled into the schedule to offer a funny but often incoherent monologue with an empty chair. He stole Mitt's show. And prime-time keynoter Chris Christie barely mentioned the nominee or Obama in a speech that sounded like the New Jersey governor was pumping his re-election.

    The ground lost in Tampa wasn't regained until the first debate in Denver, when Romney shined. It was the first, best, and last time he would really sparkle.

    As a result of the debates, by late October polls showed that Romney was finally beginning to see a surge.

    Then the second hurricane, Sandy, struck on Oct. 29. The campaign went into “freeze” mode while Obama swung into “commander in chief” mode. Romney's surge was suddenly frozen too.

    Enter Iago.

    It was perfectly fine for Chris Christie to join with Obama in the wake of the crisis. But to lather the president with praise, calling his response to Sandy “outstanding” in the immediate aftermath of the storm was completely unjustified.

    It was another act of treachery. (As the disaster unfolded, and with hundreds of thousands still without electric power as I write this, there is plenty of evidence that the leadership by Obama and federal agencies has been seriously lacking, as it has been from Christie and other state and local officials who have failed to adequately prepare and respond to the disaster.)

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    As I said, it is easy to blame Sandy and Christie for Romney's loss. I won't. Sure they hurt Romney. But he lost for other reasons.

    Sandy and Christie's double-dealing can be compared to bad turbulence that any experienced jet pilot should expect on a long mission. The turbulence may be rough, but it is nothing more than a passing episode for a good pilot with a smart flight plan.

    On to why our pilot Mitt Romney and his plan were so flawed.

    1. Paul Ryan. Romney's choice of Ryan was almost inexplicable.
    A good conservative, Ryan was unqualified for the job of vice president, and therefore the job of president. A sitting member of Congress, he held no leadership position on the Hill.

    Romney's VP selection was the most important one of his campaign, and by it he telegraphed his lack of political wisdom to the nation.

    With his VP pick Romney had the opportunity to show he was willing to reach out to middle voters and break out of the GOP's demographic box (think Rubio, Nevada's Brian Sandoval, or New Mexico's Susana Martinez) or pick a Republican heavyweight who exuded gravitas while potentially giving him a state (think Rob Portman or Tim Pawlenty).

    2. The Ryan Plan. Romney had endorsed Ryan's plan for Medicare even before he tapped him as a running mate. But by selecting Ryan, he was nailing the odious plan to the masthead of his campaign.
    Ryan's plan, which first called for abolishing federal Medicare in 10 years and later for a substitute voucher program, proved to be disastrous for Romney and other Republican candidates.

    As far as I could see, the Ryan plan was the No. 1 policy focus of Obama's and other Democratic attack ads against the GOP.

    I am not sure what the GOP was smoking when they decided to propose demolishing or radically altering the cherished healthcare program for seniors.

    Apparently, the Romney campaign began to realize Ryan's negatives late in the campaign, banishing his public appearances to secure red states. But it was too late.

    3. The Myth of a “Base Election.” Romney totally bought into the notion that this was an election about energizing the conservative base. He seems to have ignored the fact that the base was already highly energized because of its dislike of Barack Obama.

    This election was just like every other one in modern times — about winning middle, swing voters. We used to call them Reagan Democrats but the better label today is Clinton Democrats.

    Romney did much to annoy them (like backing the Ryan plan) and almost nothing to reach out to them, "triangulating" so to speak with ideas that showed the GOP cared about them.
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    FIRE Robert M. Duncan ,, Thats what George Steinbrenner used to do to Managers when the Yankees lose.Perhaps Donald Trump should go to the RNC committe and tell them fire him or youll get no more money from me.
     
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    Mitt Romney lost because he's a duplicitous, mentally ill, vicious, slick representative of a religious cult of racist fundamentalist half wits
     
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    We gather over here in Britain that the current extremism of the Republican Party members meant that governor Romney had to adopt positions to get himself chosen that were incompatible with winning the Presidential election, antagonising vast groups of people left right and centre to get money and support. If you start saying that half the population are layabouts it seems silly also to antagonise women and Latin-Americans, certainly. Still, even your Democrats seem extreme-right-wing to us, and though it's a fact that you've got less social mobility than any European country other than Italy and (to our shame) the UK , it would seem that myth is still stronger than experience. We have the same problem: it is a sign or a cause of decadence, I fear. It is hard to understand other countries.
     
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    Hang on, Romney's flip flopping was only part of his problem.

    He's mentally unstable, mendacious, slick, war mongering, gaff prone and elitist. And that is being kind to him.
     
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    Look what Republicans did to Micheal Steele when Obama won. They fired him. So fire Mr Duncan. Hes responsible putting Mitt Romney up instead of Newt Gingrich
     
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The very essence of the term--"lunatic fringe".
    Wait till 2016. Just wait till 2016 and see where "things are".
     
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    2016?? WERE DEAD IN 2 MONTHS .
     
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    Mitt lost because of the dumb vote.."simple really" I want you to remember NO NEW TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS...what a joke!
     
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    Most likely.
    The military will be dismantled by Obama with 24 months.
    The Chinese will have occupied the western third of the nation (via Mexico)--and you know how they feel about minorities.
    Things will change under the New Mao-Ming Dynasty.
     
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    Johnny Tremain Well-Known Member

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    There will be no new "taxes".
    Just "fees". And "riders". And "assessments". And "surcharges". And "licenses". And "tags". And "levies".
     
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    Johnny..I am not a doom and gloom guy, but this is more than a little scary..
     
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    REMEMBER if you own a home and most middle class people do..3.9% capital gains..what's that going to do to realestate investment?
     
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    It is scary,,This is the future,,if theres one??
     
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    And--it more than a little possible, my friend.
    Someone paid to put Obama there.
    Who has money?
    California is occupied already.
    So many foreign cells exist there today--you would faint.
     
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