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  •  That "message" they're not able to sell... (13+ / 0-)

    That's not because Romney isn't shouting it loudly enough. Or because the management of the campaign just isn't good at marketing. There is a market for everything, as the saying sort of goes. But actually, it's because Americans, truly more centrist-minded than Republicans were hoping, don't buy the extremist bromides the GOP now unequivocally stands for. In other words: it's a GOP problem. And it's one that will continue into 2014, 2016, and probably beyond.

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey ////\\\\ "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois

    by rovertheoctopus on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:20:19 AM PDT

    •  See 2010 (10+ / 0-)

      They will always be able to anger their troops to drive up turnout on their side in Mid-Terms, which for some strange reason always gets low voter turnout. They forget it doesn't work in a Presidential year.

      The Tea Party, the racism of 2010 (especially against the non 9/11 non Mosque) were all used to drive up the turnout during an off year.

      The Democratic Party needs to learn how to get people out for the Mid-Terms as well as the General.

    •  The OTHER problem for Romney (10+ / 0-)

      is personality. Or lack thereof. He is not a folksy charmer; he is a cold, cold SOB. The people who voted for GWB twice, hate Romney and aren't showing up to his campaign bus stops. They aren't volunteering to make phone calls for him.

      It's going to cost him the election.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:40:59 AM PDT

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    •  Closing a sale pitched since the night of Nov 4 08 (5+ / 0-)

      After all they've worked for - delaying the seating of Al Franken, winning Kennedy's seat back, filibustering every attempt to stimulate the economy, pounding Obama with bullshit accusations to undermine his legitimacy, abandoning any philosophy embraced by Democrats (including what used to be their own), blaming the economy on Obama since week six, etc., they couldn't come up with a candidate who could take all the bullshit and package it up into a nice presidential victory.

      Like scratching and clawing their way all the way to the Superbowl with no star players, and to have their heads handed to them on the field.

      What a shame.

      History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation. -- Patrick LaGrange, aka Julian Barnes

      by Nicolas Fouquet on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 08:25:40 AM PDT

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    •  They haven't figured out yet (2+ / 0-)
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      terabthia2, rovertheoctopus

      voters don't pick their government using the same criteria for picking a business.

      Voters may not want a "Washington insider", but they sure don't want a Vulture Capitalist.

      The problem really isn't as much about how poorly the campaign is being run (though it is a contributing factor).  The repubs simply picked the wrong guy to win a general election.  

      Unfortunately for them, they only had "wrong guys" to choose from, and there are only "wrong guys" for the foreseeable future.

    •  we'll see... i just wonder (1+ / 0-)
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      how the election would be with someone who could hide his extremist views and be folksy etc   like Mike Huckabee, for example,  used to be able to do.

      What would that race be like :)  President Obama vs Huckabee

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