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Why Republicans LostI couldn’t help but realize how stupid the Republican Party truly had been throughout this election and wanted to see if you all agreed with me or not.  As always, if you disagree with me, I’d love to hear from you, so reply or go to the website to let me have it.

A lot of people are blaming some ridiculous things and concocting crazy theories as to why Obama won… but in reality, Obama didn’t win as much as the Republican Party lost.

Look at the facts about Barack Obama’s past 4 years:

The nation had the highest unemployment rates in years;

African American Males had the highest unemployment rate ever;

Gas prices doubled;

Our national credit ranking was lowered for the first time;

He broke over 80 promises;

and we’re about to go over the fiscal cliff.

Barack Obama was unelectable, but the Republican Party found a way to drop the ball.

They didn’t just drop the ball with the choice of Mitt Romney, but we can start there.

If I have said it once, I have said it a million times:  Mitt Romney was the worst presidential candidate in at least recent history.

I wrote about it in my book, Fifty Shades of Romney, where I highlighted why he was terrible and why we needed better in the Republican Party…

Sure, all we hear now from pundits is that Republicans lost because people voted to continue to get handouts from the government.  This isn’t the case.  The Republicans lost because they chose a bad candidate… in fact, all of their potential presidential candidates were terrible:

Michelle Bachmann: Unelectable

Herman Cain:  Come on…what’s he going to give us free pizza?

Newt Gingrich:  Smart, but not so much when it comes to his social life.


Rick Perry: …

Ron Paul:  Is a hoop dream that will remain a dream only.

Out of this group of potential candidates, which one would you want?  NONE OF THEM!  So we found ourselves with the only reasonable choice, Mitt Romney.

Romney was statesmanlike and much more put together than the other candidates, but he had a terrible problem:  he had flip-flopped on every major issue, period.  I did the research on this, Mitt Romney had literally changed his mind at least once on EVERY MAJOR ISSUE.

That’s not who you want as your nominee for President… at all.

Sure, we could get behind him after the first debate, but that’s because we knew exactly what Obama had done wrong.  Mitt represented us telling the President what was wrong with the past 4 years… but that is where the buck stopped.

The Democrats played a better game than the GOP.  They took the conservative message that came with the very conservative and religious Mitt Romney and spun it to escape the real issues in this country.  So while we head toward economic collapse, the Democrats turned to people and said that Republicans were going to take away their rights as women, as minorities and as homosexuals. The worst part about this was that the Republicans played right into it…

The GOP screwed up when Congressman Todd Akin made his “legitimate rape” remark on air and wasn’t removed from the campaign trail.  He should have been met with greater opposition when he refused to step down, but instead he was left alone.  This was one of the few times that Democrats showed their hand in this election.

Sen. Claire McCaskill gave up the Dem’s strategy when she announced that she was o.k. leaving him in the race for her to run against and that the GOP was being too harsh.  She knew she was going to win with him there and NOTHING WAS DONE!

Why was this strategy so glaring and obvious?

Remember when the left leaning pundit said that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life?  What happened after that?

There were immediate apologies, retractions, and corrections, because no one wanted to offend a woman.

See what they did there?  When the GOP guy insulted women, the Democrats wanted him to stay, but when they made a similar gaffe, they were quick to apologize and quash the situation… That was their strategy the entire time!

So if you paid attention at the 50,000 foot level, Democrats kept setting up situations to let Republicans seem hateful and spiteful toward the groups of people they wanted to solidify a vote from.

President Obama came out in support of gay marriage, then Mitt Romney had to shoot it down to keep conservatives happy…. then… Obama said it was up to people OTHER THAN HIM to pass gay marriage legislation JUST BEFORE ELECTION DAY.

So Democrats would drop lines and let the Republicans stumble over their words and not correct for it.

With this very strategy, many people in America were able to overlook horrible numbers, lack of jobs, blundered foreign policies and just about everything else that can be done wrong by an administration that WAS done wrong by Obama…and focus on minor social issues.

When you combine terrible candidates with a strategy to trick people into seeing social issues as more important than a complete economic collapse, you have no chance in hell of winning an election.

Congratulations Republicans, you got got.





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  • Jeff says:

    Your article shows why the GOP will continue to do badly and why there are many long time Republican supporters leaving the party or threatening to. You touched on a few of the obvious mistakes made and that is all. The GOP is out of touch with the people and the Democrats have a handle on the desires of a certain percentage of the population that lean towards the social agendas, and the ones that look to government to do everything for them. This segment is growing rapidly because of failed policies for many years that have allowed the mega-corporations to grow larger, squeezing out their competition and then moving the jobs and factories overseas.

    Your comment about Ron Paul shows how out of touch with what a large portion of American citizens across all ages you and the GOP really are! The problem with Ron Paul is he correctly identified the problems and solutions and that means smaller government, less intrusion in our lives by government and placing the power in the hands of the people and states, which the GOP and the Dems want no part of! You choose to ignore that Ron Paul had standing room only crowds at all his events! That in every single poll he was always in the top and in most polls always was favored to beat Obama by a very safe margin!

    The move at the RNC to change the rules to take the power away from the grassroots has backfired and left many longtime party stalwarts disgusted and saying they will leave after this election and go third party. While many of these people still cling to the brain washing of the GOP and their denial that there is an attack on the Constitution by the GOP as well as the Dems and the constant war mongering that has been going on, the constant need to invade other countries as a pretense to keeping America safe, they are seeing the light and understanding that much of what Obama is doing would not be possible if Bush had not laid the ground work! After the election and the blatant voter fraud they have seen they are understanding how their own party committed voter fraud to prevent the people from choosing Ron Paul! How the leaders of their own party said that the people will NOT decide who is the candidate, we will and then took action to make sure that Romney was the candidate!

    The people are waking up and you are still asleep. The people want choice! The people want real jobs! The people want freedom! The people want a level playing field, not the one where mega-corps have all the advantages! The people want the borders closed! The people do NOT want socialized healthcare, they want affordable healthcare! The people want those elected to do what they swear an oath to do, serve, protect and obey the Constitution and the PEOPLE! The people are sick and tired of those elected acting as RULERS and not servants!

    This is what Ron Paul brought to the table & this is why he was so popular amongst all ages, races & sexes no matter what their income level! The one thing hard core GOPers did not like was Paul's foreign policy and stand on war! If the GOP was serious about winning, they would have put a candidate in that would promise all of the same points Paul did, minus the foreign policy. They can not do that because they do not want to give the people what they want! They want the people to want what they offer and that is where the Democrats really won! The segment they appealed to, felt like they were getting what they wanted if they voted Obama! I can promise you this, there are far more patriots in America that would have supported a candidate that supports freedom, the Constitution and getting real jobs back in America, than there are those that want Obamaphones, handouts and socialized America! The GOP did a better job of fracturing and pushing Republicans apart than anything else and Americans will suffer because of that! As long as the GOP stands for the Globalist Oppressive Party and does the bidding of the globalists bankers, instead of the party that stands for freedom and the rights of people and the Constitution, then we will be led into the NWO by the likes of Obama and his sheep!

    People want freedom and a strong America, not the NWO and enslavement! Listen to the people instead of dictating to them!

    • Tim Young says:

      The people were given choice. People aren't smart enough to make the right decisions.

      There is no NWO enslavement. I'll make you a bet... if I get enslaved by the NWO over the next 4 years, I'll buy you lunch.

  • Sterling in Salt Lake City says:

    I think Jeff has stated the situation very accurately. It was a huge mistake to push Ron Paul out of the picture. The only thing I would add is that, despite the author's protestations to the contrary, the GOP DID wage a war on women in this election. If you don't like the word 'war', choose another that means the same thing. Women's health choices were on the line in this election; both for access to contraception and abortion services. Did the GOP think women wouldn't object to talk of reducing access to contraceptives and setting the calendar back four decades? Did they think they wouldn't be aghast at the idea of Roe v Wade being overturned by a conservative Supreme Court? The GOP is intentionally blind if they think they treated women fairly in this election - and they got what they deserved (I'm baffled how any women cast a ballot for the GOP this election). It turns out that women don't care for us males insinuating ourselves into their most personal health matters. This is a lesson for ALL men - fathers, husbands and clergy included - to get the hell out of the discussion of women's health issues. This is something for women ALONE to decide.

    I also believe that the majority of the electorate understood, correctly, that Obama is not to blame (entirely) for the economic condition of the country (of for gas prices, for that matter). Memories are short, but people remember that the wheels came off the economy on the GW Bush watch. I would say that Obama didn't cause our economic problems, but he HAS made them worse by acting on the bad advice he gets from Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke. It's a huge mess that probably won't sort itself out until/unless we have a currency collapse and return to some kind of gold standard. It is a problem bigger than either major political party, caused by and furthered by both parties, and one that the power elite are desparately trying to resolve so they can retain power. They will eventually fail, but not before they put the American people through hell first.

    • Tim Young says:

      Ron Paul was a Reagan guy... and a guy who after the election took the Republican party line about handouts being why they lost... he is no different than the machine you are talking about...auditing the FED aside, he's just as much of a part of it as are other people.

  • Sterling in Salt Lake City says:

    Kudos to Absolute Rights and Managing Editor Tim Young for some well-done articles in their e-newsletter today. I appreciate the honesty, introspection, and generally 'fair and balanced' tone. It's very refreshing! More of this please....

  • Anonymous says:

    I can't say that Romney was the best candidate by any means but I think you are wrong on pretty much all counts. Neither Romney or the GOP lost this election. It was stolen by the largest voter fraud in the history of the US. This cycle's fraud was even larger then in the '08 theft of the White House.

    I'm stunned that this is not being pursued.

  • John says:

    Well, I guess I'm going to be the naysayer here. I have been hearing since last week about how the Republicans need to quit focusing so much on social issues. I have to say that I think it difficult to quit focusing on social issues..when the GOP never placed any serious focus on these issues in the first place.
    As for Mourdock and Akin, I think the Republican Party committed an unconscionable act of betrayal by failing to defend their ideas. Rather than forcing them from the party, the Establishment should've used the opportunity to force the Democrats to explain why they routinely aid and abet in the coverup of abusive relationships.
    That they did not demonstrates to me that I must hold my nose pretty tightly when voting for anyone.
    I will never willingly vote for Ron Paul unless he or his supporters demonstrate to me that they're interested in promoting the common good, not simply allowing for people to get stoned without harassment. That, and he'll need to demonstrate that he can get along with others well enough to accomplish anything; being an old, cranky curmudgeon will not turn this country's economic or social circumstances around.

    On the whole, I think the GOP lost this election in no small part because the party as a whole, the Establishment in particular, has lost sight of serious conservative principles. If Rick Santorum was too conservative to be elected in the eyes of many, I think many need to quit focusing so much on being "moderate". If you can't articulate conservatism well, you won't win elections.
    This time around, the GOP lost because the folks who might've supported the Republican idea looked around, noticed that the GOP wasn't all that concerned about them, and simply decided against voting for Romney.

  • marco01 says:

    As an evil lib, I have to agree with your reasons here. Had the GOP had a viable candidate, say Christie or maybe even Jeb, Obama would very likely not have won.

    But ultimately it was not just the Republican Party at fault, but the RW in general. You RWers demand absolute purity and adherence to conservative orthodox from your politicians, so much so you scared away any sane viable candidate; no rational viable candidate would want to have to put themselves through the demanding purity tests you guys put them through. Mitt Romney didn't mind, he was willing to say whatever was necessary and he got pretty good at it. I see you recognize Romney was a flip flopper extraordinaire, this was impossible to get a conservative to admit to before the election - and I know because I asked a lot since I'm a major poster on HP. Cons posting on HP would just say Obama lied worse. But Obama didn't do a flip flops on nearly every issue and Romney didn't just flip flop like a fish, he lied with complete abandon, even when caught dead to rights he would keep lying. GM execs in Ohio comes to mind. But you all brought it on yourselves, with your extremity drove away all the viable candidates and Romney exploited your willingness to believe whatever you wanted to believe.

  • Anonymous says:

    The biggest problem was the right wing press that would promote Obama and dish dirt on an republican who dared tell the truth. People watch the news. They believe what they see without doing any research on the actual issues. Everyone wants the handicapped kid get free medical care, but not one news channel showcased organizations that provide that free care at no cost to the parents. Instead, they showed the poor, handicapped kid who would be the loser if Romney was elected. It's a farce! Why would they do this? They are liberal media with entitlement mentalities who want other people to work for those who are unwilling. Our country takes care of our disabled and elderly, yet the media didn't showcase what a great country we have and how we care for our own. Obamacare is going to make what they had, worse, because now they won't have the choice to choose their care giver because many physicians have already made the decision to go private and not accept SS or Obamacare benefits. My doctor has made that decision and I know people on disability who used to go to her and now have to scramble to find a new doctor.


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