Mitt Romney lost because the Republican Party couldn’t overcome how it is defined – but there are bigger reasons still.
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A caller to a Denver radio show shortly before the election was a jarring wake-up call for me to the likelihood that Romney might not win Colorado, a state I had simply assumed he would have an easy time with. The caller said that although Obama had not been a successful president, he was voting for Obama anyway because “my candidate is historic.” The talk show host wisely recognized a dead end when he heard one and closed the conversation with “I guess we’d better leave it at that.” The caller could as easily have been talking about Jesus or Mohammed.
Turning voters against Obama was roughly the equivalent task to converting the average American to another religion. Perhaps Mitt Romney, given the Mormon propensity for evangelization, recognizes better than most what the success rate of such an undertaking is, as well as how unappreciated, or even reviled (such as by Jews like me), the effort can be. If you think about that scenario in a political sense, perhaps the election result seems more comprehensible; for me, this thought somewhat diminishes my disdain and disgust for those voters who would re-elect such a remarkably incapable leader, a man whose presidential behavior was the equivalent of his many “present” votes in the Illinois State Senate.
If my explanation is valid, and even more than the issues of perception of the Republican Party discussed earlier, the Obama re-election is not an indictment of conservatism, not a mandate for big government, and less an indictment of the GOP or Mitt Romney than MSNBC talking heads would have you believe.
Instead — and not downplaying the tremendous damage I expect the Obama administration to inflict on the nation over the next four years — it represents the foreseeable decision of many Americans, despite the pervasive evidence of Barack Obama’s incompetence and failure, to avoid the emotionally difficult admission to admit, even if only to themselves, that their 2008 “historic” vote was an historic mistake.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online