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Winning theory

I’m fascinated by stories like this one, in the Wall Street Journal, with the headline¬† “Top Ohio Republicans Ask Why Party Lost.” Here are some of their theories — and from my reading, none of these theories seem restricted to just Ohio:

  • A “failed voter-turnout operation”
  • “An unforeseen surge in African-American voters”
  • “An unexpectedly weak GOP ground game, particularly in the final days.”
  • “Infighting within the state party that they say crippled the campaign’s organization.”
  • “…the Obama administration’s auto-industry bailout, combined with a summer ad barrage, left a decisive imprint that Mr. Romney never shook off.”

There are more of these — my favorite being Karl Rove’s claim that the Obama campaign “suppressed the vote” by, well, running the sort of negative campaigns that Mr. Rove usually likes to fund himself. But I have an alternative theory, one that I don’t see the GOP spending a lot of time thinking about:¬† When the majority of voters got a good hard look at their candidate, and his policies, they decided they liked the other guy more.

Sometimes, things really are as simple as they seem.

One Response to “Winning theory”

  1. Paul Says:

    I think too many people are over thinking Romeny losing, blaming every one and every thing but the policies that Romeny & Rand espoused.

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