I really liked this one from NewsMax.
“It was the worst of times and the worst of times.”
The article goes on to list a number of reasons for Romney’s loss. Like…
1. Paul Ryan. Romney’s choice of Ryan was almost inexplicable. A good conservative, Ryan was unqualified for the job of vice president, and therefore the job of president. A sitting member of Congress, he held no leadership position on the Hill.
2. The Ryan Plan. Romney had endorsed Ryan’s plan for Medicare even before he tapped him as a running mate. But by selecting Ryan, he was nailing the odious plan to the masthead of his campaign.
3. The Myth of a “Base Election.” This election was just like every other one in modern times — about winning middle, swing voters.
4. No Plan. Along the lines of triangulating, Romney needed to espouse several simple ideas that explained what he would do if elected president….Romney’s team offered the fewest specifics of any presidential campaign ever.
5. Crushing Optimism. When Romney did offer a plan, it was about “hard truths,” such as tackling the deficit, cutting the debt, cutting the budget (killing Big Bird), and cutting Medicare.
6. Poor Campaign Staff. Considering that Romney’s presidential quest was the best funded Republican race in history, his campaign staff was certainly not the best money could buy.
7. No “Gingrich” Ads Against Obama. …I was shocked how few ads the campaign was airing over the summer and how many Obama’s campaign was.
8. Dissing Hispanics. As the elections of 2000, 2004, 2008, and now 2012 have demonstrated, demographics are trumping ideology in national elections.
Rush had a really good one. “It’s hard to beat Santa Clause”. In the end, Romney offered no easy road to the voters – instead, he offered hard work and sacrifice to get things back to “normal”. Not exactly what the “bread and circuses” crowd was looking for.
But, here’s my favorite quote (from yours truly, actually).
“It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the tunnel is collapsing”.
Pretty good, eh?