This rundown by Byron York notes, with others, I’m sure, that Romney got burned early by Obama’s negative ads and did not respond in his own defense. Did not set his people on fire, as Obama did almost exclusively.
In the end, while Obama, with all the advantage of incumbency, soared with his base, Romney couldn’t fully connect with voters who might lean Republican. “My general impression is that the base, the activists — the people you need — never emotionally invested in Romney the way they emotionally invested in George W. Bush,” says a senior GOP operative involved in the campaign. Maybe not even as much as they invested in McCain.
For what it’s worth, I remember in the final days, glued to Fox and even CNN throughout the day, my wife and I got to finishing (too long) stories by Romney on the stump before a succession of very big crowds. We knew how they ended. He had the one speech. It got boring. We never hesitated in voting for him, but others? The ones who didn’t vote at all?
More blacks voted, fewer whites, in Ohio, Obama won. His black constituency was on fire for him, economics be damned.
Reminds me of Congr. Danny Davis (D-IL), who told a black audience in 2009 he didn’t care what Obamacare would cost and was applauded. They didn’t either. It’s a black “thang,” as a phony civil rights type I knew used to say on Roosevelt Road in the mid-’60s.
As an entrepreneur of long standing, still doing it at 80, I endorse this message from Gallup.
Despite the explosive nature of the allegations, two Republican members of Congress, Dave Reichert and Eric Cantor, decided to pass on the information to the FBI director and take no action themselves. They didn’t even inform their colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee or in the House leadership. It was a terrible mistake on their part that enabled Obama to escape the damaging repercussions of the scandal right before what many conservatives called the most important presidential election of our lifetimes.
Can you imagine Pelosi or Reed not getting on the horn to their news(?) people buddies and the thing going viral if it wld have sunk Romney? Assuming it would have sunk Obama. Or calling it in to Messina or Axelrod?
Princeton faculty: Obama 157, Romney 2.
As a colleague pointed out, it may be little wonder that Republican politicians distrust academic “studies,” whether about the effects of taxes on growth or carbon on the climate.
Their credibility is blowin’ in the wind.