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Romney made some critical decisions in the race that in hindsight may have been mistakes. He chose not to make Benghazi a big part of the foreign policy debate, even though he was given the opportunity with the first question.
He, for the most part, chose not to attack Obama but to stress his own programs. Obama did the opposite and attacked again and again. It was all Obama had because he couldn't run on his record. But Obama's campaign resonated with his base and Romney's did not.
Republican presidential candidates run right in the primary because the primary voters are more conservative than the voters in the general election, and then turn after the primary and run to the middle. Some people call it being wishy-washy, but it is just reality.
Romney as the former governor of a Democratic state started out at the left end of the Republican spectrum and during the primary he had to move far to the right side. So when he won the nomination and turned to run back for the middle, it may have just been too many changes for some Republicans to take and that may be why so many stayed home.
It is just unbelievable that Sen. John McCain, who ran a pitiful campaign, got more votes than Romney who appeared to have run a much better campaign. But since the goal of the campaign is to get votes, by definition he did not.
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Fans of Marco Rubio are having a heyday saying, I told you so. The Hispanic vote went heavily against Romney and that might have changed with Rubio on the ticket. But Rubio had some negatives that would have come into play, and he is so young and inexperienced that it did appear that Rep. Paul Ryan was a much better fit for the staid conservative Romney campaign. But maybe that was just the wrong campaign. Maybe Romney should have campaigned in baggy shorts and T-shirts carrying a skateboard out on the stage, wearing a backwards baseball cap, but that just doesn't seem like it would have worked.
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The vice presidential candidates are a great example of the bias of the mainstream media. Ryan made a big mistake on his time for a marathon. He is not a marathoner but ran in one 22 years ago. He was asked about it in a radio interview and he missed his time by an hour. Months later the mainstream media was still bringing this up as an example of Ryan not being honest.
It was simply a mistake and people who have had experience being interviewed on the radio should know that it is easy to make mistakes, particularly with off-the-wall questions. Long-time Greensboro talk show host Dusty Dunn was a master of asking questions that caught people completely off guard. After being on the air with him for over 10 years I was still floored by some of his questions. It's one of the qualities that made him a great interviewer, that and a fantastic sense of humor.
But Ryan made an honest mistake and the media never let him forget it.
Vice President Joe Biden not only said stupid stuff all the time, he said things in the vice presidential debate that simply were not true. Biden said that he voted against the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. He in fact voted for both of those wars. How could he get that wrong and why isn't it a big deal for the vice president to get important votes in the Senate wrong? He wasn't asked a question about it. Biden brought it up and was wrong about how he voted.
When talking about raising taxes he raised the income limit by $800,000 and that was OK. Biden said that Obama only wanted to raise taxes on those with incomes over $1 million. Obama said he would raise taxes on those with incomes over $200,000. How could Biden misremember $200,000 as $1 million?
Biden is a Roman Catholic, but he said that no religious institution including the Catholic Church would have to provide or pay for contraception under Obamacare, which simply is not true. But perhaps what Biden meant was if the Catholic Church wins the court case against the Department of Health and Human Services then it won't have to provide contraception including some forms of abortion.
Biden simply gets a pass from the mainstream media and he is our vice president for another four years. One prayer everyone in the country should be saying every night is for the health and well being of our president, because if anything should happen to Obama then Biden becomes president.
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This election will get analyzed to death, but one thing the Republicans might want to look at in the next election is using a time-tested method of advertising – newspapers. If Romney spent 50 cents on newspaper advertising, it was in some little paper in Maine or somewhere.
The Republicans have this passion for robocalls, which most people I know find extremely annoying; direct mail, which gets thrown away; and network television, which people don't watch nearly as much as they used to.
Would anyone be upset if Republicans gave up the robocalls? People do not find newspaper advertising annoying, which is an important factor to consider when running for office.
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Although nationwide, and particularly in states where it mattered, the Republicans got beat bad in the get-out-the-vote race, in Guilford County they did not. Guilford County had about 20 percent more Republicans vote than the state average, so the Republicans have a model. In the next election they should do what the Guilford County Republicans did all over the country.
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It turns out the polls that predicted the voter turnout demographics would mirror those of 2008, and not those of 2004, were correct. Many Republicans were postulating that 2008 was an anomaly because Obama was the first black with a chance to be elected president and that McCain was a tired old fellow that nobody was very excited about.
It turns out the 2008 and 2012 demographics are the new demographics for national elections, which makes it much harder for Republicans to win because not enough Republicans vote.