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This diary is shorter than diary's are supposed to be but that's kind of the point.  I've seen lots of analysis about why Romney lost.  People are pointing to demographics and turn-out and Republicans are blaming Sandy, but I think it's more simple than that and I hope that we can get the focus of the analysis but on one simple point:

Romney lost because you cannot lie your way to the Presidency.  Maybe you could in the past but you can't do it any more.  That's it.  End of story.  

Yes, the mainstream media did a horrible job this election cycle of holding Romney's feet to the fire (the failure to continue to push him to release his tax returns being the most obvious example).  But the Obama campaign and other parts of the media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, the gay wizard Nat Silver) are powerful enough that, as long as the people continue to support the truth and spread the truth, you cannot lie your way the Presidency - not any more.

If liberals lose to the truth, I could live with that.  But I have to think that, as long as the truth is out there, liberals are only going to get stronger and more powerful.

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  •  You can't robocall your way, either. (2+ / 0-)
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    phonegery, FiredUpInCA

    I have the feeling Romney robocalls were starting to turn swing state supporters off.  It pisses people off to have you invade their home again and again and again and again and again for a message you're already sick of.

    The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

    by TheOrchid on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:20:56 AM PST

  •  We Don't Rely On The Media Anymore..... (4+ / 0-)
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    sunbro, kyril, jan4insight, FiredUpInCA

    We do our own research.  They are such shills, they deserve to be bypassed.

    Howard Finemann is a case in point.  After the Des Moines Register endorsed Romney, Howard said "for the first time I believe Barack Obama may lose".

    Howard laid it out there.....the scenario that Obama is now going to lose because of a newspaper endorsement.  This is the same newspaper that endorsed Richard Nixon.....after Watergate.  

    Was that a case of you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours?  

  •  "Can't lie your way..." (4+ / 0-)
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    kyril, phonegery, Ashaman, Notthemayor

    I'd like to agree, Trevor, but I tend not to. Two reasons: 1) Romney came reasonably close to doing just that; 2) There was no historical precedent for the hugely dishonest campaign that Romney waged. No presidential candidate had ever lied so consistently and so hugely (so there wasn't really any "maybe you could do it in the past" to compare to).

    •  Completely agree. (0+ / 0-)

      He came way too damn close to doing it.  People who pay as much attention as we do are a distinct minority.  They don't know the background facts and aren't doing any checking.  They like facts that fit their beliefs.

      I am very worried that a steady stream of lies and contradictions managed to a candidate this close.

      "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

      by Notthemayor on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 09:13:31 AM PST

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  •  Got too d*mn f*cking close for comfort. /nt (3+ / 0-)
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    sunbro, kyril, FiredUpInCA

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:27:19 AM PST

  •  actually...Mitt Romney's giant Con Game of a (5+ / 0-)
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    kyril, phonegery, Ashaman, Inland, flycaster

    campaign, whereby he lied to everybody about everything, kept changing those lies, making stuff up and making massive numbers of general promises to make things better...was quite successful. He conned his way into actual contention. Especially with the first debate and his rhetoric thereafter.

    He may have lost, but to me it 's still scary that he can come within two percentage points of winning a majority of votes by simply conning his way into contention.

  •  Sure you can. (0+ / 0-)

    Romney was a miserable candidate, for a dozen reasons. But lying didn't sink his campaign, it's the only thing that kept it alive.

    Imagine if Romney hadn't said anything about the 47%, if he has a 21st century opinion about women, and if his immigration policy was moderate. He could have lied about everything else and won. The lies didn't kill him, it was the crappy ideas behind the lies that killed his chances.

  •  You can't lie about corporations (1+ / 0-)
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    Trevor Shane

    Willard learned that. They will check you in real-time and give their workers the day off to vote against you.

    Republican overreach--over-the-top lies, rhetoric and voter suppression--is one of the best Democratic Get Out The Vote efforts there is.

    The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

    by FiredUpInCA on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 09:33:17 AM PST

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