One of the advantages of running a blog like Conservative Blogs Central is that I am in contact with hundreds of bloggers, and because of this I am uniquely in-tune with the pulse of the conservative Teaparty movement. I as much as anyone, know why Romney lost.
He lost because almost 1/4 of the fired up conservative bloggers, plus their readers said: ‘Screw it, I’m not voting for Obama light’ after knowing that Romney won the primary – plain and simple THE TEAPARTY STAYED HOME!!
But don’t take my word for it. Bloggers are the most informed voters in America; here is what they had to say about the 2012 RINO failure. Emphasis in red is mine:
Right Wing News polled more than 230 right-of-center bloggers on the lessons the GOP should learn from the 2012 election defeat. The following 66 bloggers responded.
1) If you had to pick one reason why Mitt Romney lost, which of the following would it be?
D) He wasn’t aggressive enough in attacking Obama and/or his campaign was too passive in defending against attacks. 48.5% (32 votes)
E) He didn’t inspire voters to turn out for him and/or his get-out-the-vote operation was poor 43.9% (29 votes)
2) Was Mitt Romney your first choice in the Republican primaries or was there another candidate you preferred?
B) There was another candidate that I preferred. 81.8% (54 votes)
4) Mitt Romney appears to have turned out white voters at an even lower clip than John McCain. What do you think the most likely reason is that so many white voters didn’t turn out to vote Mitt?
E) They may not have liked Obama, but Mitt didn’t given them enough of a reason to vote for him. 56.3% (36 votes)
8) Should the GOP become more libertarian or become more vocal about its social conservatism?
A) More Libertarian 77.8% (49 votes)
A large part of the Palin, Cain, Perry, Gingrich and Bachman people could not hold their noses and vote for another lukewarm conservative. And almost all of the Ron Paul Libertarian people would not vote out of pure disgust after the appalling establishment GOP power grab at the RNC.
CDN also failed to notice that the highly conservative Reagan Democrats (like myself) took the: ‘Why even bother?’ attitude when faced with another Rove reject. Did I even mention the evangelicals who hated Romney’s abortion flipflips?
What Conservative Daily News is saying is not just wrong, “it is dangerous!” – because it could sway people into making the same mistake three times in a row.
Despite the myth that millions of conservatives stayed home, Romney got the votes of 82% of conservatives and 1 million more votes overall than John McCain in 2008 – four years earlier.
To try to back up that the conservative base turned out as usual with the CDN figures above is absurd.
- First off Obama received 9.6 million less votes in 2012 compared to 2008.
- If only ten percent of these disappointed voters went to Romney, it would account for the million that Romney had over McCain in 2008.
- But that was not the case. Exit polls showed that better than half of these people went to Romney.
- That means that if Romney would have had even the same poor conservative turnout as McCain that he would have won by four million votes.
- They stayed home for McCain, but they really stayed home for Romney.
This Levin vid is the best yet at explaining what happened; plus, it informs conservatives on what they will have to overcome to win in 2016:
Here is the CDN piece here. Be sure to go by and tell him why you didnt vote for Romney the RINO…
There is a dangerous myth circulating around the Net that Mitt Romney lost because he was not “conservative enough”, that millions of Republican voters supposedly stayed home on Election Day, and that the way to win future elections is to nominate “the most conservative candidate”. Any GOP problems with women, youngsters, and minorities are being explained away by claiming that “better communication of conservative principles” will solve everything.
But all of these claims are wrong. In this article, I will show you why Mitt Romney really lost the election, and how Republicans can win future elections.
As to the first issue: while many factors contributed to Romney’s loss, there are three that truly cost him the election… Keep Reading