by Mack Williams
20 November 2012
Why did Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lose on November 6th? Well, according to them, it was basically because too many of those gullible minorities voted. If only White people had voted…like in the good old days…they would have won. That being said, here are seven other reasons they got their butts whipped, which they can then share the next times they are asked about the outcome of this election:
For the son of an automobile executive, the subject of cars did not work well for Romney. In 2008 his infamous New York Times op-ed was entitled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” – and although he claimed it was the headline writer who was at fault, it came back to haunt him throughout the campaign and probably contributed to keeping him from being able to contest his original home state of Michigan.
He also described how his wife, Ann, drove a couple of Cadillacs. Nothing wrong with Cadillacs…but when people are hurting, and you use as an example of how you are “down with the common man” the symbol of luxury cars, it’s not such a great look. And then there’s the piece with the car elevator…
Osama bin Laden is dead – and GM is alive. Period.
III. Crazy Republicans, Etch-A-Sketch and Candy
For those who are fans of comedy, it was unfortunate that the crazy Republican primary season had to come to an end. Romney’s problem – along with offering to bet Rick Perry $10,000 on the spot on national TV, once again showing himself to be in a totally different economic class than the average American…and flaunting it, to boot – was that he chose to try to out-conservative just about everyone in the field, thinking (as voiced by his aide Eric Fehrnstrom) that he would be able to etch-a-sketch everything away in the general election. However, it left him with or magnified his credibility problem. Then when he was fact-checked by Candy Crowley in the second debate, it showed him as being less than sturdy with facts as well.
IV. Bill, Joe, Jay-Z and the Boss
As spokespeople, President Obama had President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Joe Biden, who laid truth out in a way that Obama could not in some cases. Among his heavyweight entertainer endorsers were Sarah Jessica Parker, Jay-Z, and the Boss, Bruce Springsteen…while Romney had a bunch of people at his convention that barely wanted to mention his name…along with Clint Eastwood.
V. Voter Suppression
When you tell someone that they cannot, or better not, do something, you will have in many cases motivated them to do just that. That said, I get the concept by the Republicans of trying to use voter ID and other potentially suppressive measures to depress the African-American and Latino and youth vote, which they correctly anticipated was not going their way.
“Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: done,” said PA House majority leader Mike Turzai back in June. Of course, they didn’t realize that these measures only served to motivate people to get to the polls that much more. Don’t get me wrong; African-Americans have not been pleased when various Republicans dissed Obama on a regular basis, when Mitt Romney joked about how he is not asked for his birth certificate, when Donald Trump asked to see this or that. But when the voter suppression stuff came to light, it took the dissatisfaction to another level.
VI. Hurricane Sandy & Chris Christie
Republicans so disingenuously talk about how Obama failed to work in a bipartisan manner…when it was the Republican leadership that created the strategy of not working with him in order to be able to describe him as ineffective in 2012. As Keith Olbermann said, if the President extended his hand any further towards the Republicans, it would fall off.
But then came Hurricane Sandy, and everyone saw the President working with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who then glowingly praised the President for his efforts. So much for not being able to work with Republicans.
It can easily be argued that the worst thing that happened to Mitt Romney was the release of the 47% video, which showed Romney – who refused to release more than two years of tax returns while maintaining investments in the Cayman Islands and Swiss banks – speaking disdainfully to big-money donors of this so-called forty-seven percent of the country which does not pay taxes and cannot be convinced to take personal responsibility for their lives.
Upon its’ release, both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan basically doubled down on it, essentially saying that it wasn’t “elegantly” stated or phrased well, but that the sentiments were correct. It was only when their polling apparently showed it having hurt Romney did he go onto Sean Hannity’s show to say that the statement was wrong.
But now that the election is over, they have returned to their roots. Ryan said that they hadn’t anticipated the turnout seen in “urban” areas, while Romney – again speaking to his donors – blamed his loss on the “gifts” Obama gave to segments of his coalition such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and the young. Obviously Romney believed that 47% comment…and many of the voters believed he believed it as well, as they pulled the lever for President Obama.