Why Romney Lost: CDN Gets It Wrong – Really Wrong!

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)

ROMNEY MOUTH OPEN

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.

(Floor fight: Grass-roots activists battle attempt to rig RNC delegate rules Updated: Palin: “direct attack on the grass-roots”)

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…

CDN – Why Romney REALLY lost, and how to win in the future

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

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  • http://gravatar.com/thejimmyzshow thejimmyzshow

    Okay I’m going to answer a few things. First, the three “reasons” CDN cites for Romney losing – these are easy to dispel.

    1 – Obama was a media darling: Get used to it, it’s not like any ‘libertarian’ republican would be the next media darling. It’s over, the old media is dead.

    2 – Romney spent money to beat the other Republicans – there is some truth to that, but once he won the nomination, he needed to get the base on his side. He didn’t even TRY!

    3 – Unpopular with Hispanics. Screw them. The issue is the ISSUES. We can win over some black and hispanic voters with a stand up candidate.

    Now, as to “libertarianism” – No, those polled by the Right Wing News could NOT be more wrong. Too many people are listening to Glenn Beck and his ridiculous morph from conservative to libertarian, and so now his followers all think they are libertarians too.

    Libertarianism IS liberalism light. In FACT, libertarianism is pretty much liberalism without the spending. IN FACT, libertarianism is such a loser that Ron Paul left the Libertarian party and became a Republican, in order to get some attention as a presidential candidate.

    BOTTOM LINE: Libertarians could give a crap about morality. But the reason we’re losing America IS BECAUSE OF OUR IMMORALITY. Without a big change, like a revival in our country, there is America anymore. “We’re not gonna fix our economic mess until we fix our moral mess”, said Rush Limbaugh 4 years ago. Of course he’s right. Libertarianism takes us further away from the solution, not closer to it.

    I don’t know who those 49 people are who voted for libertarianism, but take them off of the conservative bloggers list. There is not conservatism without MORAL & SOCIAL conservatism. Reagan’s three legged stool – Social, defense and economic conservatism. It all goes together. If you remove one, conservatism is dead.

    NO to libertarian. That must be the battle cry.

    • BC

      Did the poll say more libertarian or go straight-up bat crap crazy Ron Paul?

      Smaller less intrusive government libertarianism is not huge marxist government control liberalism – not one bit similar to liberals of today’s time.

      That is all the poll was asking – don’t go off the deep end. The point the voters were trying to make in the poll was that the Rockefeller Rove rinos are more like the big spending liberals that what the conservative party needs to be. And I agree…

      “Government is not the solution to the problem, it is the problem” sounds pretty damned libertarian to me…

      • Jimmy Z

        ANYTHING libertarian is no friend of conservatism.