Regularly Beating Up James Ellsworth
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Re: Poll - Obama (D) vs Romney (R) - Vote
Having had the chance to think about this for the last few days...here's the three big reasons why Obama beat Romney...
1. ROMNEY WAS NOT A TRUE CONSERVATIVE AND WAS NOT AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH
People can criticize this all they want, but Romney is not a true conservative. He has a lot of moderate views and has moderated his views over the years. The idea, to me, of an election is to have two separate viewpoints and two completely different stances to choose from. Many here saw Obama and Romney really as one in the same. If there's not a lot of difference between the two, no point in voting for the other one. Many conservatives saw that and stayed home.
During the third debate, Romney seemed to back off. He didn't press on Benghazi and other issues he should have been hammering on. Some say he didn't want to be seen as a bully, but here was the chance to ask the POTUS the hard questions on a major diplomatic disaster and he backed off.
2. OBAMA CATERED TO HIS BASE, ROMNEY NOT SO MUCH
The idea of having to draw moderates to your viewpoint is BS in an election. First order of business is to rally your base and make sure they are involved. Obama never really moved to the center throughout the campaign. Everything he said and did was to fire up the Democratic/liberal/left-wing base that helped him gain victory in 2008.
Romney did nothing to really fire up the Republican/conservative/right-wing base. To me, an example was the Chick-Fil-A controversy. If he had weighed in and talked about the values of marriage plus the illegality of mayors and city officials forcing businesses out of their constituencies, he might have won more support from those who they thought was one of them.
3. OBAMA HAS THAT "IT" FACTOR
Obama may not be the best President, but he has that certain "it" that some politicians have. It makes you want to run through a wall just to vote for them. Folks like Kennedy and Reagan had it, people like Gore, McCain, and Romney did not. Sort of a cult of personality, if you will.
Now, where do the Republicans go from here? They need to find a way to relay their message about smaller government and fiscal responsibility. Plus, they also need to find a way to perhaps stop with the culture war shit.
They need to show they will be the party that will allow you to do your thing and give you more freedoms, unlike the Dems. Yes, states are voting for legalization of pot, but will it truly be legal if the feds have their way, for example. You have a country that bans all mention of "under God" in public, and right to religious freedoms are under attack. Not to mention our new national health care, which will not be as great as people think it will be once it takes affect and you see all the flaws, plus our taxes going through the roof to pay for it.
The Republicans don't need to be Democrat-lite, they just need to find a way to repackage their message and make sure that they point out everyone is welcome. If they don't, then it's going to be a rough road for them.
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Last edited by BruiserKC; 11-10-2012 at 08:53 PM.