Why We Lost: In a Word, Timidity

I was right about one thing. It was over by 11 p.m. Central. Unfortunately, I was wrong about Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Colorado. I was really, really wrong, and I was very surprised. It was more 2004 than 1980. Like you, I am disappointed, however, I am not one to dwell on disappointments. After all, life is full of disappointments, and given that the human mind can focus on only on thing at a time, if we ruminate about events that have happened, and that we have no power to change, we waste time and mental energy that we could use to do something constructive. What is constructive in the face of bad outcomes is to learn from them. So what have we learned? Why did Mitt Romney lose? In a word, timidity.

Mitt Romney is not, and never was, a conservative. Be honest. We all knew that. That’s why he wasn’t our first choice during the primaries. Up until that first debate, our support was anti-Obama, not pro-Romney. We all figured he was a much better choice than the current occupant of the Oval Office, and that once he was ensconced in office, we’d ride herd on him to make sure that he wouldn’t backslide into “moderation.” Mitt tried to play the role, but we should have known when he told that CPAC audience that he was a “severely conservative” governor, that, for him,  conservatism was a second language. No true believer would have ever said that. Mitt Romney is a pragmatic, businessman, a problem solver, but not an ideological conservative. He is that dreaded “Massachusetts moderate” that we feared. He had a genuine conservative on the team, Paul Ryan, but the Romney campaign muzzled him because they feared opening a can of worms on the issue of Medicare.

I think that their lack of ideological commitment is one reason that the Romney campaign allowed the demagogic attacks about Bain Capital over the summer to go on. Mitt underestimated the effectiveness of the class-envy card because he doesn’t understand the Left the way authentic conservatives do. It’s also why they didn’t paint a picture for the voters. The average voter, and not just the typical Obama low-information type, doesn’t understand what Bain Capital does, and how what it does creates jobs. It was incumbent on Gov. Romney to explain that. He didn’t.

Perhaps we can trace the loss to that third debate. Remember how we all were waiting for Mitt to take it to the One on his Benghazi coverup? It never happened. Why? I believe because he feared the inevitable bleating from the Lame Stream Media, accusing him of “politicizing” the murders that Obama’s failed policies caused. It’s easy to blame the Jurassic media. Yes, CBS facilitated the coverup by withholding part of the interview that Barack Obama did the day after the attack on the consulate, and yes, Candy Crowley gave her guy cover behind her ample skirts in the second debate, but those things were to be expected. Like those hard-working illegal aliens that many moderate Republicans want to give amnesty, it’s up to the GOP to do the work that the LSM won’t do; specifically, to make sure the people have the truth. His failure to do so on Libya, no doubt fearing antagonizing those precious “independents” and “suburban women” was fatal.

In his concession speech early this morning, Mitt said he put it all on the field. I’m sure he believes that, but in retrospect, it’s clear that that isn’t true. When Republicans are timid, they lose every time. When they articulate a clear conservative vision, they win. Ted Cruz won. Michele Bachman won. It can be done, but you can’t steal home with one foot on third base. Better to lose being bold than to lose with a craven campaign, walking on eggs and hoping people will figure out the reason they should vote for you.

I hope that we’ve learned once and for all that we shouldn’t nominate any more moderates, especially those from Massachusetts. Timidity is a non-starter, and always will be, in politics and in life in general.

More taxes, more debt, means more of the same. So it’s a sad day for our country, and a great day for Putin, the Iranians, those who want something from Obama’s stash, and fans of big government, but it is only one day.  Still, as we always have, we will persevere.

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7 comments

  1. TIMIDITY is part of the story, but I believe the reason for the loss goes WAY BEYOND this. We are in for the fight of our lives and it will soon be apparent to the dupes that Barry and his Marxist managers have used since Johnson and his Great Society to promote their ideals.

    MARXIST BARRY/AXELROD/SOROS … The fraudulent votes from the “partial” Dream Amnesty by executive order, among other fraudulent votes obtained in the socialist’s many regular, corrupt ways. The mainstream media and schools have pushed the socialist agenda through their PROPOGANDA, not just through a “bias,” for many decades. This is corroborated by Herman Cain. We are in a cold war, but one that is right here at home. This is the ENEMY WITHIN that Michael Savage and Mark Levin have warned us about for so many years.

    Fighting this enemy will take much more than 49% of Americans who, kind of “get it,” but who will soon have their eyes opened wider, along with much of the 47% who think that Barry’s agenda is to help the middle class. Didn’t Barry just state that he has now been given more time to push the “movement” through?

    Someone has to be able to tell it like it is. Who will that be? Will the American people be ready to hear what is really going on with the Marxist movement before it is too late? Barry has so much of his agenda in play already, and now he can go full force. The Congressional leadership by Republicans is almost a joke, because they won’t stand up to him like the Michele Bachmann’s, Ted Cruz’, Rand Paul’s will. The Repub’s will get blamed for putting out economy on the brink of financial disaster within the next month, and they will cave to avoid the threat of impending doom that will be placed on them from the screaming Marxists.
    Then, when they cave, the economy will collapse anyway, due to the Marxists’ regulatory and economic policies that are already in place. They will add a few more for good measure, such as carbon taxes. They are already giving away our guns, our courts and our voting “watch groups” to that wonderful group, the U.N., while we all worry about whose going to run for what office in the next election and focusing on what Mitt did wrong and how can the Repub Party get a better message across.

    Will we WAKE-UP before we have been stripped of all of our rights? Will the right people be in positions of power to stave the ugly Marxists off? Are too many of the Repub’s “in-bed” with the corruption so they are unable to do so?

    I am scared!

    • What do you think we should do Darla?

      • We can remain watchful, gather as much information as possible, listen to those who you believe are on the right track, make those who might listen, aware, and continue to voice opinions regarding policies, procedures, laws, executive orders, etc., to politicians and media sources. We must not be afraid or feel “silly” about looking and digging into the real sources to find out and expose the leaders of these “progressive” movements and their underlying motives. We need someone like Alan West to help.

  2. Teri…15 states including Texas are looking to Secede! As of yesterday according to the Washington Examiner, 15 States have petitioned the Obama Administration for withdrawal from the United States of America in order to create its own government.

    Those states are Louisiana, Texas, Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado, Oregon and New York. They have requested that the Obama Administration grant a peaceful withdrawal from the United States.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/15-states-including-texas-have-filed-a-petition-to-secede-from-the-united-states-1

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