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Noemie Emery | Let’s face it, Romney was a bad candidate

In 2008, the Democrats found another uberperformer in Barack Obama, a master orator, and a "clean and articulate," half-African, Ivy League wonder — a man born to wring votes from the American people, and against whom John McCain (another longtime Senate denizen) had no idea how to campaign. In 2008, Obama had the good luck to be boosted by the financial catastrophe, and in 2012 the even better luck to be running against a man who was less a subprime politician than no politician at all.

A few years ago, basketball great Michael Jordan decided he wanted to try to play baseball and found out his skills didn’t convey in another arena. Business great Mitt Romney should have thought this one over before trying his crossover move into politics. He found that application and effort can take you only so far without instinct and talent.

"So far" was still within three points of an incumbent and iconic trail-blazing president, backed by a dogged and brilliant (in its grim way) campaign. Let us note too that our last three two-term presidents all came up with teams of advisers from their home regions who loved them, understood them and remained fiercely loyal, while campaigns that lose have very expensive consultants for hire, who fight with each other, leak endlessly and turn on their employers when the damage is done.

Parties rise and fall, and all have done so quite recently, but nothing succeeds like a good politician. Perhaps this is all that it takes.


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  • Leroy Whitby

    Romney won an election for a single political office. He was inexperienced and out of his league. The consultants for Romney were BRUTAL to his GOP opponents for the nomination. Then he barely landed a glove on Obama and didn’t ever "take off the gloves" and go for the kidney punches. He spent a billion dollars and there wasn’t a single negative ad against Obama that I can remember. He squandered the most cannon fodder for negative ads that any President has ever given his opponent in American history. Obama’s background and first term is sufficient for literally hundreds of different devastating negative ads.

    I also suspect that Romney’s reputed success in business was very narrow. World of Warcraft cost 100 million dollars to develop and it was an incredibly complex program. Romney and the establishment spent 1 billion dollars and screwed up their get out the vote program with ORCA.

    The establishment has no guts. They are losers in terms of winning political office. But boy, they make big money from these losing campaigns don’t they?

  • mark1955

    MITTEN’S was definitely a "Bad Candidate". But as Bad as he was,there was no way he lost to Obama without massive and collaborative voter fraud on the part of both the Obama/Axelrod and Jeb/Rove forces. There was no way in Heck that the Bush crime family,was going to let anyone get in Jebbies way for 2016. Least of all MITTEN’S. Heck the only way MITTEN’S got the nomination in the first place was through voter fraud with the help of the Bushies and that was specifically so he would lose. S a-matter-of-fact,MITTEN’s might have been a deliberate pawn in all of this by taking a willing dive to Obama. They are all lefties anyway’s,so what does it matter if Obama is to get another four years to the repubs?

     We have to keep pushing the voter Fraud issue,not only because election’s will be a Moot point from this point on if we don’t,but also because people have to realize Obama and his agenda lost in a massive landslide and we Conservatives are growing in numbers,not increasingly isolated and alone in our own Country.

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