The idea that people like Bill O'Reilly proffer as the reason Romney lost is because 50% of the electorate "want stuff" and feel that Obama will give it to them a false fallacy. You can tell that because he offers not one shred of evidence to qualify his statement but wants us (as many people will) take him on his word. After all he's on T.V and smarter than most of the people out there in T.V. land.
The "stuff" people want is a level playing ground. To people like Bill, they want too much.
Say good-bye to an era GOP keep up or get left behind.
All of them ??? What evidence do you have for that ? Fox News?
You guys (the outdated GOP) did this to yourselves with your relentless attack on women, minorities and by surrendering to the Tea party. the tea party is not a majority in America. You bet on the wrong horse and there will be not Supreme Court intervention in this election because it is not needed.
The pictures of Obama sincerely hugging that woman during Hurricane Sandy didn't hurt him either.
What other reasons won it for him ?
A moderate Mitt Romney (or other moderate Republican) that actually focused on the reality of Obama's 4-years could have definitely won.
Keep Obama on the defensive by focusing on promises he didn't/couldn't keep, the bank bailout no one liked instead of auto bailout that most people liked, and the slogan he should've stuck to like glue "We can do better".
Of course, many Republicans were right that Gov. Romney was one of the worst candidates to face Obama. He was full of contradiction, flip-flops and inherently poor position due to being born into wealth and not seeming to have an ability to relate to not being wealthy.
I think the Obama campaign also did a poor job and could've/should've BLOWN..HIM...AWAY... with a Reagan-like landslide victory.
1) Focus on his time as Governor where he created Romneycare. Make him explain the difference between his program and Obamacare - if there is one.
2) Put him on the hot seat by pointing out the various plants he closed - by visiting them over and over. I heard there's a few companies that Bain owns right now that are downsizing - make him pay for that by association. like: "If Romney believed in America, why didn't he invest IN America?"
3) Don't attack Romney for not releasing taxes, but turn it to the People. "You're an honest, a hard working American. You can account for all your income the past 10-years. Don't you want your President to be honest with you, to be able to do the same?" - and really slam him on his financial secrecy in this time of "income inequality".
#3 is probably the hardest to push, because no one wants their taxes made public, but I think Obama gave Romney every chance to win. Just like his performance in the first debate, Obama didn't really show up until the last few weeks, imo.
Repubs peculiar penchant for making absurd comments re rape. (Nine R Congressmen who stepped into it on this issue lost elections on Tuesday, if you count Ryan)
Ryan--he was treated like the red haired stepchild by the Romney campaign--guessing they had internal data showing Ryan was a negative so they kept him out of limelight.
Bush--people really hate this guy. Clinton--people really love this guy.
Vastly smarter campaign on O side.
Turnout--younger voters, Hispanics especially.
Backlash against voter suppression--e.g. Florida long lines.
Peculiar insular thinking of the right--Nate Silver and pollsters are all wrong, inability to grasp changing demographics, insistence that US has the best health care system (hence no need for overhaul), Obama is taking away yr guns, unemployment numbers rigged, etc. Just a rejection of anything they don't want to hear. The comical predictions of a R landslide--really? How is that possible outside a complete rejection og reality?
Upon reflection, it appears that the majority of voters cast their ballots based upon emotion and the perception that Obama cares for them rather than logic and an examination as to what he has actually accomplished for them in the past four years.....letting their hearts lead them. Said individuals were able to overcome past historical performance and somehow trust that previous promises would finally be kept upon reelection.
A masterful, precision campaign? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Even Obama looked doubtful with less than inspiring debate performances and modest turnout at events.
Speaking of debates, Obama was loose with the facts as a result of ignorance or perhaps with intent to deceive. Specifically, the issues of Sequestration, Romney's position on GM, and the Benghazi attack comes to mind. The Main stream media was obviously in the bag for Obama, withholding Steve Kroft's interview in which Obama acknowledged it was too early to cast the Benghazi incident as a terrorist attack.
Obama, Axelrod and Plouffe obviously do not believe “It's not how you win or lose, but how you play the game,” as this was the most vile Presidential campaign I ever witnessed and will likely be recorded in the annals of political history as such. Character assassination, religious bigotry, false claims that the candidate caused someone's death, Harry Reid's unfounded allegations on failure to pay taxes and the Moveon.org video went beyond the pale. Furthermore, a sitting President referring to his opponent as a "Bullshi**er" was a completely inappropriate and crass comment which reflected poorly on the Office of the President.
Of course, there was the gaffe machine Joe Biden who got it right when he stated "the middle class has been buried for the past four years" and "There's never been a day in the past four years I've been proud to be his Vice President" and got it wrong when he asked a grieving father "Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls".
In the final outcome, does the end justify the means? Are any of you truly proud of the way the Obama team achieved victory?
In a sense, those that supported Mr. Obama are like children eagerly anticipating the gifts they requested from Santa the previous years, when there wasn't enough room in the sled. This time they anticipate Santa, a metaphor for Obama, will deliver the presents he promised in previous years. In the spirit of Christmas, I hope everyone gets the gifts they were promised and are not disappointed. I remember,upon approaching maturity, the sense of sadness and disappointment experienced upon learning that there was no Santa Claus and comprehending that the only gifts one could expect were those the family budget could afford.
Terry K is the 3rd poster calling
Obama "Santa Claus". This is what Rush Lumbaugh called him on his program yesterday.
What a coincidence.
Romney = Kerry. Obama could have been had with the right candidate and the right people running the campaign.
It's time for the republicans to throw the old guard out and bring in the young talent. Their time has passed them by.
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