GOP already putting out “why Romney lost” spin

All the Koch’s Money and All the Koch’s Men…

Ruh roh.

From Zeke Miller and Ben Smith at Buzzfeed:

A conservative operative deeply involved with the web of outside groups spending heavily on Romney’s behalf expressed frustration recently at the failure of the flood of money being spent to move the dial.

“You keep throwing money at the problem and it just doesn’t resolve,” he said a few weeks ago of the ongoing efforts to damage the president of the United States with expensive ad campaigns.
After the storm, the same operative remarked, “Obama is just the luckiest man that ever lived.”

Blame Sandy, not Romey

And the Romney campaign is now blaming Hurricane Sandy for breaking his momentum.

Per Sabrina Siddiqui at the Huffington Post, citing CBS:

For eight straight days, polls showed him picking up support. The campaign’s internal polling, which is using different turnout models than most public polls, had him on solid ground in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Iowa. He had a slight lead or was tied in Ohio, New Hampshire and Wisconsin and was in striking distance in Pennsylvania, a state Republicans hadn’t won since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Those leads in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Iowa still hold in the internal polls, campaign sources say, but Romney’s movement flattened out or, as the campaign likes to say, “paused.” Nevada is now off the table, and those neck-and-neck swing states are even tighter.

Romney’s momentum rose after the first presidential debate gave him his first significant bounce this cycle. But there has been little evidence in national and swing state polls conducted since then that the Republican presidential nominee has sustained that momentum, despite the Romney campaign’s claims to the contrary.

As a sign of how bad things are looking for Romney, GOP strategist Ana Navarro was just on CNN, “defending” Romney, and when asked by the host for a one word answer as to who would win on Tuesday, the Democrat on the panel said “Obama,” while said replied that she was only go to say that Romney would win Florida.


As for Romney’s surge, that stopped and reversed itself weeks ago. And as I noted a few weeks ago, while Romney’s polls improved nationally after the first debate, in the swing states his numbers didn’t really change that much.  He never had enough of a real surge to pull it off.

And that probably explains why Paul Ryan is already looking for a post-election job.

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  • ConradDobler

    Coulter wins big along with Obama since she makes alot of money writing her stupid books off Obama- just like the LIAR Hannity who is already spreading lies about GOP voters being intimidated- which one of his guest today- some republican governor- refused to back his story…

  • Blingy

    when she dies I will thank l’il baby bearded Jesus

  • ARP

    Yes, but that doesn’t bode well for future elections. It means a pretty fundamental breakdown in:

    1) The media for not calling candidates out more on lies, rather than their typical equivalence at all costs  or downplaying of lies/reversals as “politics as usual.”

    2) The electorate for not having more of an attention span to remember what the guy said the day before.  John’s dog can probably remember a Romney lie for that long.

    3) Republicans for being so cynical as to accept that they’re a right wing party that needs to moderate for the election.

  • ARP

    A few thoughts:

    1) They probably need to spend it.
    2) If they can win the popular vote, they can create the meme that Obama isn’t the legitimate president (more than they already make him out to be). That could help thwart any 2nd term agendas and give them license to continue to obstruct.

  • Jujulpachouchou

    Bwahahahaha!!! When your comeback includes namecalling you have lost the arguement! Touchy, much?

  • ARP

    We’re already hearing stories (all unconfirmed) of voter irregulartiies and vote flipping in swing states.  The problem is that most of these states have republican administrations, so the cognitiive dissonance is especially strong on how Republican run states are in the bag for Obama, and does a great job of clouding the more prevalent voter supression efforts targeted at Democratic areas.

    I’ve also noticed that Rasmussen is already beginning their “big swing,” where they move much closer to the other pollsters in order to save their reputation.  Do people actually believe that all of these undecideds and indie voters all made their decisions in the final days?

    What I’m most interested in (if we win) is if they’re going to blame Romney for not being conservative enough.  Part of the reason he might lose is for being too conservative.  He didn’t really pivot as much as he did a 180 during the debates to claw back indie voters.  So, Republicans at some level have to tolerate the sudden moderation of their candidates.

    What scares me the most is how sucessful Romney is/was a flat out lying.  All politicians do it to some degree, but he reversed opinions on almost everything and aired some really misleading attack ads, with only a minimum of pushback from the media.  Of that pushback, a good portion was almost like an 80’s TV sitcom (Oh, that rascal Mitt, lying again) and not a true reprimand.   That doesn’t bode well for future elections.

  • Bucklerjc

    If they want to blame the hurricane for Romney’s loss….that would mean that God wanted Obama to win….God sent the hurricane to punish the Republicans.

  • samiinh

     And when do you plan to pull your head out of your ass, asshole?

  • hbk72777

     It’s New Hampshire, they’d show up to a bris just to have something to do on a Sunday

  • Naja pallida

    The desperation is palpable. They’re flooding the airways even here in Texas with ads. Texas is not a swing state. There is no fear at all of Texas going Democratic in the current gerrymandered-to-death climate. Why would they spend the money if they weren’t truly scared?

  • straightnotnarrow

    “You keep throwing money at the problem and it just doesn’t resolve,” Funny, isn’t this the argument for why these bozos want to replace Obama?

  • Guest

    So they’re prepared to blame their defeat on an act of God?  Does that mean Romney makes even Heavenly Father puke?  Why does anybody take these snake-oil salesmen seriously (yeah, I know.  Don’t bother even trying to answer that question). 

  • hollywoodstein

    Then GOTV!

  • hollywoodstein


  • hollywoodstein

    Will Ann Coulter who said Romney would lose, then said Romney will win, flip flop back and say that she was right all along?  Of course, she will.  Will she be mocked for her hackery?  Of course she won’t.  Not on Serious Person teevee, anyways.

  • ukeman

    The only reason Romney got any significant bounce, aside from the smear ads bombardment, is the first debate; where he reversed his positions…? WTF?

  • samiinh

    Polls here in NH say the race is tied 47-47, but having attended this morning’s rally in Concord, NH, where the largest crowd (14,000 people) in NH history showed up to hear Presidents Obama and Clinton, would lead one to think the polls are wrong.  This crowd was fired-up and ready to go. 

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