by William Teach | November 8, 2012 8:36 am
This will probably be the last post on the meaning of this loss, but, this is part of a conversation I was having with a moderate Republicans who voted Obama and a moderate Liberal who voted Romney late yesterday. Consider that, in exit polls,
Those are some big points. Yet, somehow, Obama won. One reason could be that Obama beats Romney 53% to 43% on being able to relate to the average voter. Ace provides ten reason as to why Romney lost. Surprisingly, turnout was also low, in what should have been a big election for the Right. Did those who where Obama voters, but said they preferred Romney now stay home? Who knows?
John Hinderaker writes why
…there is a much more important proposition that, I think, was proved false last night: that America is a center-right country. This belief is one that we conservatives have cherished for a long time, but as of today, I think we have to admit that it is false. America is a deeply divided country with a center-left plurality. This plurality includes a vast number of citizens who describe themselves as moderates, but whose views on the issues are identical or similar to those that have historically been deemed liberal.
Is that right, that we are a center left nation now? On one hand, no. When people are asked for self identification, they choose liberal less than conservative. When people are given surveys, their answer invariably put them more on the right then the left. They want smaller, less intrusive, less spending, and more responsible government. This certainly bears out in the State races and for the US House. However, it seems when we vote for President and Senate we get votes for the hard fascistic left. Why? Refer back to Aces reasons. Let’s also consider three things
So, what is to be done? Liberals own the media, the schools, and the government bureaucracies. Conservatives have small parts in all three, but will never be able to take any over. It would take at least a century. Liberals/progressives have been working on these for at least that long. Romney ran a great campaign: he was the adult in the room, the guy with experience and competence. He appeared presidential. He had viable, real world plans. He wasn’t promising hopey changey unicorns and lollipops. He talked to people, not down to them. Yet, he lost.
One thing I’ve been saying for the better part of a decade is that Republicans need to fight like Democrats. They need to get down in the mud. Who’s really throwing Granny off the cliff? It’s those who refuse to reform the safety net systems that are almost bankrupt. Paint the Dems as extremists. Understand that two can play the game, and beat up on Democrats. A good chunk of Obama’s message was false and negative. The media rarely called him on it and the soundbite voters never took the time to find out the reality. Fight fire with fire. You might say “hey, we have our scruples, our morals”, but this is politics. It has always been a nasty game (heck, Hamilton and Burr dueled to the death over competing notions of how big the central government should be), and Republicans need to start playing this game when it comes to the presidency and the Senate. It’s a little easier with the House and State government. We need to learn that if you are going to fight, fight! The media will portray Republicans negatively regardless. Get your message out to the people, and make sure that the people know the faults of the Democrat. People respond to highly negative ads. Republicans can be the adult in the room when they’ve won.
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