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Erickson’s Good Advice for Romney

Erick Erickson offers some helpful advice to Mitt Romney about not taking Evangelical voters for granted. Again, this is not meant to tear down Romney, but to tell him how to avoid making a fatal error.

Again and again I hear people say that Evangelicals or other conservatives will “vote for Romney anyway,” so Romney doesn’t need to reach out to them with a good V-P pick, or whatever. Not to be too blunt, but… that is one of the most idiotic statements in all of politics. How many times do we need to watch elections to know that turnout matters? And how many times do we need to see that people really, really, really will stay home if they aren’t inspired? 

Karl Rove famously said that an estimated 4 million Evangelicals who were expected to vote for GW Bush instead stayed home in 2000 when word got out in the final weekend about Bush’s old drunk driving arrest. Obviously, that almost cost Bush the election. This is important stuff. Voters motivated by a strong ideology also often are voters who will help put a pox on both houses by refusing to vote. That’s just political reality. If Romney doesn’t understand that and act accordingly to avoid such a fate, he will lose, and drag us all down with him.

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