A fascinating look at why Romney lost

A really interesting, huge, article from the Boston Globe a few days ago about the Romney campaign reassessing what went wrong.  I know Romney is old news, but it’s still a fascinating read.

A few top snippets.

First, Obama blew Romney out of the water in terms of staffing.

Rich Beeson, the Romney political director who co­authored the now-discredited Ohio memo, said that only after the election did he realize what Obama was doing with so much manpower on the ground. Obama had more than 3,000 paid workers nationwide, compared with 500 for Romney, and hundreds of thousands of volunteers…

In Florida, for example, the ­Romney campaign said it had fewer than 200 staff members on the ground, a huge commitment of its total of 500 nationwide. But the Obama campaign had 770 staff in Florida out of 3,000 or so nationwide.

“They had more staff in Florida than we had in the country, and for longer,” said Romney adviser Ron Kaufman.

The article has a lot more detail about just how detailed the Obama campaign got with their voter outreach effort.  Downright scary the extent to which they reached out to nearly every voter.  Worth a read.

Oh, and Romney didn’t want to be president.

Mitt Romney

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More than being reticent, Romney was at first far from sold on a second presidential run. Haunted by his 2008 loss, he initially told his family he would not do it. While candidates often try to portray themselves as reluctant, Tagg insisted his father’s stance was genuine.

“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside.

Then WTF was he doing running for president in the first place?

And a huge mistake on this one, I think:

[Campaign director Stu] Stevens wanted to keep the focus on Obama’s handling of the economy and what Romney would do to fix it. A candidate’s biography was of lesser importance. “When you come into a job interview, you don’t start showing family pictures,” ­Stevens said in a postelection interview.

Family members kept pushing for a film or series of advertisements that would show how Romney had helped average people in personal ways, based on Tagg’s list of 12 people, along with clips about how Romney raised his family.

Running for president is far different from the average job interview. People elect a president they like, they connect with – a president they’d like to grab a beer with, sit down to dinner with. Sure, many of those likability qualities work for job interviews too, but you don’t kiss babies for job interviews, and there’s a reason political candidates do. I think this was a huge mistake.

Speaking of huge mistakes – get why they didn’t make the documentary:

“There [were] different ­areas that you could go into,” Stevens said. “Talk about Mitt’s business record, Mitt‘s personal story, what Mitt would do as president . . . and why Barack Obama is bad. We tested all four equally. We were open to doing any combination, and the one that tested far and away the best, people wanted to know what Mitt Romney would do as president.”

Dear God, who cares what people SAY They want? Of course, people say they want to know what Romney would do as president. But that doesn’t mean it’s the most effective method for winning them over (or that it’s what they really want). Nobody is going to admit that they vote for president because they think he’s cute or because they’d like to sit down and have a beer with him. People want to think that what matters most are “the issues,” and not negative talk about the “other guy,” but “positive” talk about YOUR proposals. Except then the negative stuff influences them the most anyway.  Egads.

And perhaps my favorite part: They actually delayed Romney’s concession because of the Karl Rove “we didn’t lose!” madness on election night:

He was about to concede around 11:15 p.m when Republican strategist Karl Rove made his now-infamous appearance on Fox News Channel, insisting that his own network was wrong in calling Ohio for the president.

The concession call was canceled, followed by an hour of uncertainty. Then, after Fox ­executives dismissed Rove’s concerns and stood by the network’s projection, Romney said: Call the president.


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  • pamsfriend

    And his calculated risk of not releasing his many years of past returns came back to bite him in the ass. He really felt entitled to the presidency w/o any of the messy necessities of disclosure that were commonly done by previous presidents. Disclosure – it’s for losers and the little people, eh Mitt?

  • josephebacon

    That’s a fence that needs to be whizzed on!

  • DetroitSam

    A man worth kazillions of dollars thinks that he is admirable because he helped 12 people?
    What about the thousands that lost jobsbecause Mitt/Bain sent job to foreign lands where workers are paid slave wages?

  • preznit_giv_me_turkee

    wait, didn’t ann shoot a video begging him not to run? then why the f#ck did she work to get him to run again? can’t even stop lying after they lose

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep…hate that!

  • UncleBucky

    Marco Rubio is one… hahaha! He’s starting early in his “scolding” strategy!

  • UncleBucky

    Yupper!

  • UncleBucky

    Hah, it’s a typical case of the “the grapes were sour anyway” syndrome.

    But I know who really ITCHES to be president next time: Marco Rubio. Get the X-ray spotlight! Hah!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It’s been and remains my contention that Mitt Romney’s plan all along, win or lose, was to walk away from this election with tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars unspent in his campaign chest.

    In the coming weeks, look for businesses and consultants to start complaining about not being paid for their products or services purchased by the Romney campaign.

  • UncleBucky

    They need to take the antidote for that disease. I think that the “walking pneumonia” version of it is what we say this cycle. One more time, and it could turn into a fatal disease. But… we’ll see how the GOPers fare! Hah!

  • UncleBucky

    The Rmoney campaign is the epitome of outsourcing, right-sizing, trickle-don’t, and chronic tone-deafness. That is, as nicho, says the result of 35 years of corporate groupthink.

  • UncleBucky

    Or a hot drink that cooled off on the counter and is now room temp…

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerald.hirschtritt Gerald Hirschtritt

    First two years hadas majortiy in the senate but inlby one vote and need 60 votes to pass anything

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    He was done when he refused to come clean on his taxes. (And we learned later from Bloomberg that he’d dodged taxes from 1997 to 2009, in fact.) Ann Romney’s haughty refusals added fuel to the fire, but refusing to be vetted by the people is a huge no-no.

  • olandp

    Oh My God! Imagine the horror of an Ann Romeney Inaugural Ball gown. The woman has no taste whatsoever. Dodged that bullet.

  • theoracle

    Remember this?

    “From the moment Mitt Romney stepped off stage Tuesday night, having just
    delivered a brief concession speech he wrote only that evening, the
    massive infrastructure surrounding his campaign quickly began to
    disassemble itself.

    Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they
    found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked.”

    Romney’s aides, paid campaign workers and volunteers got kicked to the curb as soon as Romney conceded, but Romney did have time to meet with his wealthiest backers in the days afterward.

    Plus, we saw that Romney’s cheapness keeps on giving and giving with news organizations being charged outrageous prices for campaign-related meals and such ($800 for a meal?!?!). So, being a Bain Capitalist conservative Republican, along with the top campaign officials hand-picked by Mitt Romney, Romney put the squeeze on people in his own campaign (the peons) and then tried to stiff news organizations (overcharging), all to squeeze everything possible out of others. Thank God, we didn’t give Mitt Romney and his top nut-job lieutenants (almost all neo-cons) a chance to squeeze America and American citizens the same way.

  • Dean Garrison

    Maybe Tagg will give politics a shot. But unlike other political families, this one really has no devoted idealogical fan base. it’s not like when the Republicans were so keen on having W follow in the footsteps of his father.

  • Dean Garrison

    You would think so, but surprisingly Romney had a ton of white middle class people voting for him. Republicans tend to vote Republicans even if their candidates are actually insulting the hell out of them.

  • Dean Garrison

    Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for the electorate at large) the audience devoted to the Republican entertainment media (i.e. Fox news and its ilk) don’t seem to care about how deplorable and laughable the track record of their pundits are, they just want pundits who keep saying what they want to hear. So, I imagine Karl Rove, Dick Morris and their kind will have plenty of future face time on the rightwing media.

  • Dean Garrison

    I wonder why Mitt and his family want to claim Mitt never really wanted to be president. Must be some type of face-saving attempt. Or maybe the claim is meant to reassure all of us who are worried about how Mitt is faring these days that Mitt’s doing just fine because he’s not really that disappointed he lost (and maybe even relieved) because he didn’t really want to be president in the first place. But just think of the implications of this claim if Mitt would have won. We would have a president who really doesn’t want to be president. I don’t think such a thought is going to endear Mitt to anyone now. These guys are as idiotic in defeat as they were on the campaign trail.

  • Jonathan_Justice

    Here at the end of December, it does seem that President Obama’s people won the campaign at the very basic level of doing good support for a better candidate, so that even a more lifelike and truthful Romney would still have lost. There are a lot of excuses out there, but I want to suggest that the Republicans were hurt by getting something they very much wanted: piles of Citizens United money.

    Much as I would prefer to go with basic moral revulsion, there are some details worth our attention. It is widely understood that Sheldon Adelson kept the Gingrich campaign alive long after it should have died. That campaign’s content had unfortunate effects on framing the presidential race, but we also need to look at the way it emptied out the Romney campaign’s wallet, giving us a situation where the presumptive Republican candidate was way short of the funds it would have taken to get things properly started at a time when the Obama campaign was pounding him and getting its field operation in gear.

    The nasty surprise is that what small numbers of people with vast quantities of money think is smart is, surprisingly frequently, not so smart or productive at all. This is fairly obvious at the macro levels, the surprise is how often the big bucks are spent really badly on doing actual stuff. (Hi Karl!) Some of us have had a bit of a preview on this with the NOM bus tour side shows that morphed into the votes on marriage equality in the 2012 fall elections. They thought they were winning that too.

  • Dean Garrison

    Yes, but I think the reason Romney’s campaign was so understaffed was not his belief in downsizing, but that they arrogantly believed they had this election in the bag from the beginning and that a large campaiign staff just wasn’t necessary.

  • theoracle

    How soon we forget. For all the specious attacks against President Obama (birther nuttiness, etc), Mitt Romney refused to release ten years (or more) of his federal income tax returns (something the Romney campaign required in-house of all the vice-presidential candidates they vetted). IOW, what was Romney hiding, and who would trust someone like him to be president? It is obvious that something in those tax returns would have sunk Romney’s candidacy…thus, they couldn’t be released.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    That’s the part that makes me laugh, too. Then I realize this must be a Romney family genetic trait, where they say stuff, completely oblivious to how it will be taken by other people.

    They also don’t seem to have the slightest clue everybody knows they lie compulsively, every one of them.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Indeed… even among the GOP, I’m sure that Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, and Ron Paul are all glad to hear that there was nobody else in their party but Mitt Romney to run for president.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Nearly a year ago, on this blog and in other places, we were marveling at the gaffes, mistakes, missteps, and general buffoonery that characterized the Romney primary campaign. Throughout the summer, I was saying the problem was always with the man himself. The buck stopped with the man who believed he deserved and was owed the office of CEO of America. The candidate whose every policy statement

    (First, I’ll also concur with just about everyone else here and out in the world who laughed themselves silly when Taggington Romney tried to claim his dad didn’t really want to run at all, that Mittens’ entire decade-plus candidacy for the presidency was forced on him by his wife and just one of his swarm of sons. Once again, the Romney clan proves it has no clue that the rest of the world can tell easily when they’re lying — which is pretty much all the time.)

    The other thing I said is you only get to act and behave like the smartest man in the room and have it result in something other than disaster is when you actually are the smartest. Or just plain smart. Mitt Romney’s smarts seem to be limited almost entirely to grifting other people’s money and pillaging companies.

    When did Mitt Romney most often commit a gaffe that had to be walked back? When he tried to speak extemporaneously. Who kept insisting he really didn’t need to let the American voters in on his finances for the last ten years, even as he kept asserting that it was his business acumen which made him best suited to be president? Mittens himself. Who was so blinded by his own hubris as to say he believed that nearly half of all Americans are selfish, undisciplined, irresponsible moochers — in a room currently being catered by a staff of what were most likely underpaid working stiffs earning barely more than minimum wage — and think nobody would ever hear about it?

    At that point, he was pissing people who actually did want to vote for him, but who also realized that if they were collecting Social Security, on Medicare, receiving a military pension, food stamps, or unemployment benefits, he was talking about them.

    Time and time again, he had opportunities to behave like a statesman, or even merely a decent human being — and he kept blowing them, as if he had no clue it would’ve helped his chances if he didn’t come across as a self-entitled wealthy douche-nozzle.

    What Mitt Romney did have was money. Great big buckets and gushers of money. Unfortunately for him, the rest of his mistakes just kept right on compounding.

    He ran an unrelentingly negative campaign, and neglected to sell himself. Ironic, in a way, given his primary campaign was always him and the latest GOP Not-Romney duking it out, yet when the general election came around, he had no compelling reasons to pick him other than he wasn’t Obama. And he’d do everything differently, except when you’d pin him down on details (which was rare) and it turned out he says he would have done the same.

    Except we knew differently, because Mitt Romney and his campaign had serious honesty issues. They didn’t just shade the truth or fudge details. Their lies were bald-faced, ridiculous, and instantly refutable. If it was a day ending in “Y”, Romney or his surrogates were in the news with yet another whopper.

    In all likelihood though, the failure of his campaign, besides being directly correlated with the character of the man running for the presidency, was Romney’s and his top people’s failure to understand that you can have hundreds of millions to spend, but if you don’t spend that money wisely, you’re just throwing it down a rat hole. Word is his chief advisors drew huge salaries and that travel expenses were massively inflated — plus he only listened to the incompetent ones, the sycophants who kept telling him he was a shoe-in for the White House. He also seemed to think that money would trump organizing and GOTV. And I’d also offer that the GOP state legislatures and governors didn’t understand that if they were going to engage in voter suppression, they really needed to be less blatant and systematic about it, because a whole lot of people turned out who might not have bothered otherwise.

    Put simply, he was an even worse GOP candidate than George W Bush.

  • OtterQueen

    If I remember correctly, the Globe article never did explain why he decided to run even though he didn’t want to. It’s really odd to state that he “wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life” and not follow that up with a single reason why he overcame this reluctance in order to endure the hassle, expense, and humiliation of running.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    LOL!!!!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Bingo, and he can cry real genuine tears when moved by baby deaths.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    But Mitty sure thought he nailed those ‘store-bought’ 7/11 cookies…….much like everything else he considered.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Karl Rove must be picking the golf cleats out of fat ass.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Or cold congealed bacon fat.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Mitty, America’s Namba UNO loser!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “People elect a president they like, they connect with – a president they’d like to grab a beer with, sit down to dinner with.” I think we can lay to rest thiat old canard. Mitty lost because he was rightly perceived as a serial lier , cold hearted SOB and soulless zombie.

  • The Dark Avenger
  • Hue-Man

    The TeaParty/GOP are well on their way to destroying the Republican brand – it’s surprising that anyone admits to being a Republican. The extreme positions the GOP candidates trotted out have poisoned the well for years – abortion, contraception, LGBT, 47%, immigration, racism, and financial ineptitude (and don’t talk about W). Willard adopted ALL these extreme positions – as well as every other position imaginable! – and the presidential candidates for the foreseeable future will have to do the same; act crazier than the craziest TP/GOP presidential candidate then reverse direction after nomination in order to buy the vast majority of American voters. Not an enviable task. (Please find me a very tiny violin.)

  • Tyke

    I would just like to point out how cruel, uncalled for and completely nasty your comment is …

    … towards electric fences.

  • Sweetie

    More rich people decided Obama would be the better servant so he was chosen instead.

    That’s all.

  • samizdat

    So…

    Drone-bama had more shills out there for his MarketingPRopaganda campaign, and better (i.e, more obsequiously deceptive) MarketingPRopaganda whores working for him. Plus, Drone-bama really, really, really wants to set himself and his family up for a lifetime of luxury and celebrity.

    Got it.

  • PeteWa

    Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek
    the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place
    . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside.”

    yes, if only he had been able to find someone, anyone, in this country of 300+ million people who could have taken his place!

    but alas, there was no one.

  • Naja pallida

    Your second to last point is exactly why they pushed so hard for “all the mainstream polling is lying!” People will vote for an underdog, but not so many will vote for an outright loser. They tried hard, but Romney never ever came off as being an underdog… but yet, poll after poll showed him being a loser. It was really their only option.

  • Just_AC

    the scary thing is he came close to winning. He showed you could hide your income and noone really cared enough to smack him in the face about it. You DON’T have to show your tax returns. You can be a follower/leader of an offshoot religion and still come damned close. Does anybody here think we have heard the last of the Romneys or was this a grooming act for Tagg?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Pretty much, yes.

    Unfortunately, the Democrats have also caught this particular disease, albeit in a slightly less virulent form.

  • mirror

    I think this has to be down playing a Romney campaign expectation that independent Citizens United money would have a bigger impact in places like Florida than it did.

  • Tor

    Romney wasn’t only unpopular, he was offensive.

  • Naja pallida

    We can only hope they’re angry enough at Karl Rove, and the likes of Dick Armey, to render them irrelevant for all future elections, but you know that won’t be the case. They seem to love always going back to the same people who failed so miserably last time. While those failed people run away gleefully with millions in Republican donor dollars. What do you think Karl Rove’s take was off the top of everything donated to his PACs? 10%? 15%? Probably more. After all, it is a privilege to have your money anonymously funneled through Karl Rove.

  • http://twitter.com/JafafaHots Jafafa Hots

    The kind of people who yelled at me for not supporting Obama in California (like it really mattered in this state?) and instead actually voted for a LIBERAL instead of a conservative. Not much power in that, but at least one more vote for Jill Stein made more symbolic difference than one more CA vote for Obama.

    I didn’t want to vote for Obama the first time around either, because he was clearly a conservative and because of his positions on detention, etc., and wouldn’t have if I had been in NY (another “it’s OK to not vote Dem, the world won’t end” state.)

    As it turned out, due to illness in the family my move from FL was delayed so I voted for Obama because it WAS a close state and McPalin was a disaster waiting to happen. But even my family members get testy with me when I say Obama isn’t liberal, etc.

    Some people just don’t understand the electoral process. They view it more like a sports competition.

    In fact studies have shown that many people change their intended vote in the last weeks or days when a leader emerges because “they want to have voted for the winner.”

    To these people it’s not politics, it’s the Superbowl.

  • Naja pallida

    Well, they are the primary enablers of allowing corporate America to be a case study in failing upwards and making billions of dollars doing it.

  • nicho

    Instead of hiring the best and most qualified people, they keep hiring the same failed assholes time and time again,

    So, just like corporate America.

  • Naja pallida

    If there is one thing that we could put our finger on that is hurting the Republican party the most, it has to be their incestuous cronyism. Instead of hiring the best and most qualified people, they keep hiring the same failed assholes time and time again, election after election. It doesn’t even matter if those assholes were convicted of crimes while doing the job in the past. They hire these same people who walk away with millions of dollars of Republican donor money, for essentially screwing the party over with failure. The candidates just can’t seem to break out of their sycophantic little bubble, and it’s strangling them. The same way only going on Fox Noise is limiting and narrowing their message so much, that a majority of the country can’t even hear them anymore. It isn’t that they don’t want to hear them, it’s that they simply can’t because it is drown amidst the propaganda and deliberate misinformation.

  • Naja pallida

    A combination of deluding themselves by believing their own propaganda, and a conscious effort to try and sway the public by claiming that the media was lying. The latter, in itself isn’t a terrible strategy, on any given issue you can be pretty much guaranteed that the media is lying, or somehow avoiding telling the whole truth, and everybody knows it… but coupled with self-delusion, it is just pathetic.

  • Ninong

    “America is moving quite swiftly to the Left.” Which will take them to where the Center used to be 50 years ago.

  • Ninong

    I have been a loyal reader of Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight blog for years now and he has been extremely accurate in his predictions. For several weeks before the election he had Obama as the prohibitive favorite. And InTrade had Obama a two to one favorite.

    I couldn’t believe that someone like George Will would be predicting a Romney landslide all the way up to election day. Will was so on the money when he called Donald Trump a “bloviating ignoramus,” and so lost when he predicted a Romney landslide in spite of Nate Silver giving Romney less than a 10% chance of winning.

    It wasn’t suprising to me that Dick “Toe Sucker” Morris would be guaranteeing a Romney Landslide because he’s a charlatan and always has been. He’s also a has been, but that’s another topic. Karl Rove hasn’t been right about anything for a long time now. He has been overwhelmed by the strength of the Tea Party element and it has been difficult for him to adjust to the new reality in the Republican Party.

    People like Dick Morris, Karl Rove, Charles Krauthammer and all the other GOP prediction gurus were convinced that all of the mainstream media polls — all of them — were off by several percentage points in Obama’s favor. And why did they think this? Simply because every single poll consistently showed more people self-identifying as Democrats and fewer claiming to be Republicans. It didn’t dawn on this idiots that people who used to say they were Republicans were now saying they were either Democrats or independents because they did not intend to vote for the Republican candidate. If a poll showed that only 30% of respondents identified as Republicans, Rove and Morris adjusted the results to what they would be if 37% were Republicans. They simply dropped 7% of Democrats and independents and added 7% to the Republicans. So instead of Romney trailing Obama by 2% in a close state, he was now leading him by 5%. Brilliant!
    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — an their wives — were still confident of victory even as the polls were closing on election night. That’s how uninformed they really were! Both wives were in tears when it finally dawned on them that they wouldn’t get to wear their Inauguration Ball gowns after all.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrEqIpi6sg Moderator4

    Fixed it for you. :)

  • Just_AC

    God, I hate it when I make spelling errors

  • http://twitter.com/Scytherius Jonas Grumby

    Being wealthy has zero to do with intellect. Romney is just not a very smart man and the GOP has purged everyone with an ounce of intellect who could take up the slack. And … America is moving quite swiftly to the Left.

  • AnitaMann

    I read that as, “he didn’t want to campaign, and if he won, he didn’t want to work at governing.” What he wanted, was to be appointed CEO of America.

  • Naja pallida

    They took his personal life off the table, they took his business career off the table, and they didn’t ever really clearly state what he would do as President except to suggest he had some big secret plan that would fix everything, that somehow involved cutting taxes for rich people. He hid in his little bubble like some kind of paranoid agoraphobic, never accepting an ounce of reality. Then, he hired a team of sycophants, toadies, and kiss-asses who only ever told him exactly what he wanted to hear, with the organizational prowess of a kindergarten recess. I don’t believe for a minute Romney was a reluctant candidate. I think he wanted this more than he wants his car elevator, but nobody bothered to tell him his chances in a factual manner. Romney, and pretty much everyone else, including myself, simply believed that if they spent enough money, that the election would fall into their lap whether they actually “won” or not would be up for debate for decades to come… but thankfully that didn’t happen. Now we get to spend four more years wondering when the next knife in the back is coming.

  • Just_AC

    As I said when I sent you this article, John, there was also a Major disconnect in the Romney headquarters when Nate Silver had Obama a 92% pick to win on Election day and Romney still thought, up past Rove, that he was going to win

    As Nate said in a post-election analysis, Obama won without Florida, Ohio and I think Virginia being needed

    Where were the Republican statisticians? Werew they solely dependiong on Rove?

  • judybrowni

    And, like the rest of the 1% business leaders, Mitt overcompensated the guys at the top (or let them set their own inflated salaries), while underpaying for worker bees.

    (In the company my brother worked for, the CEO refused to let go of one Vice President, and so instead fired 35 peons to compensate for his bloated salary.

    35 mostly middle class workers’ salaries, long-term in the company, so it could remain top heavy.

    How well is that business doing now? not very.

  • freewayblogger

    I forget if it was the Onion or Andy Borowitz: “BREAKING: Man who told half the country to go fuck themselves somehow loses election…”

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Good comment.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Funny, most of us didnt’ want him to be president either :)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Heckuva mananger, Mitt.

  • J.D. Rhoades

    Offend enough ‘minorities” and pretty soon you’ve offended a majority.

  • http://twitter.com/nilbud Sean O’Nilbud

    So romney didn’t understand the scope of the operation, messed up on staffing levels, hired criminals, failed to secure funding, relied on Rove’s criminal vote stealing scams which were defeated this time, and generally made a shambles of the project. Looks like unless it’s selling off the work of others at a discount and overcharging mitty isn’t really much of a businessman at all.

  • lynchie

    Agree. Not unlike GW who failed at everything he did but daddies friends and co conspirators kept bankrolling the water head boy. Romney was thrilled to spend other people’s millions and i beiieve wanted to be President more than anything. That is why he went into depression when he lost and lost badly. He surrounded himself with yes men who would fawn and stroke his ego and he went down in flames.

  • AdmNaismith

    Yes.

  • Jimmy

    Every time I read how Romney never really wanted to run for president I just laugh. The people who donated and spent millions to get a guy elected who didn’t really want to be elected must be pissed.

  • lynchie

    Like a lot of us who felt Obama wasn’t following through on the things he promised and more importantly did not govern the first two years with a majority in the house and senate. Obama still sends right of center vibes and is in no way a liberal or even a democrat. When he kept Lieberman in the caucus and supported him in his re-election as an Independent I realized something was not right.

  • http://firefeeder.blogspot.com/ Stratplayer

    And more than one of them, too! Don’t they like her story’s happy ending?

  • andy_txn

    When you pi$$ off women, Latinos, the poor, the middle class, & scare the retires with vouchers , that only leaves upper middle class, uber rich voting for you.

  • caphillprof

    Two things; First Mitt and his class have been downsizing so long, firing a lot of worker bees, that when it came time to create his own campaign corporation, it too was understaffed, insufficient to perform in the political economy.

    Second, his campaign was a creature of FOX up to and including the concession speech.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    What cranky jerk would vote this post down? Sheesh.

  • Phil

    Romney lost because he had all the charm and charisma of an electrified fence.

  • http://twitter.com/arleeda Dawn Vincent

    I actually voted for Romney in the GA Republican primary (open even to Dems like me) because I was disappointed with Obama and thought Romney was the best of the Republican candidates–and maybe we did need a change. But as the campaign progressed, I found Romney to be arrogant and unlikable, and totally unable to empathize with the average person. Living in the South, it isn’t easy to be an Obama supporter (and my vote didn’t matter anyway), but I am happy that the best man won!

  • nicho

    Don’t forget the fact that Obama had a top-notch IT team, while Romney outsourced his IT efforts to Best Buy and cronies.

    But the prime reason was that Romney is a douche — and not many people like him — even people who supported him. Add to that the GOP also-rans who he trashed during the primary with his boatloads of cash and who were secretly cheering as he went down in flames.

  • Constant Comment

    The best part is the delicious irony of how the candidate continually mocked for being a community organizer ran rings around the alleged “businessman” who wasn’t even skilled enough to put together an effective campaign. PS: I don’t believe for a minute he was a reluctant candidate. I think it was more a case of him wanting to BE president without having to actually, you know, RUN for president. I think he thought, like everything else in his life, it would just be handed to him because it was “his turn.”

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