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The real reason Romney lost

November 25, 2012 - Harry Eagar
It's obvious, but in all the postmortems, I haven't seen anyone finger it.

First, let's review the bidding:

Romney himself: Obama bought the election by gifting non-whites with gummint goodies.

John Podhoretz (editor of Commentary): Democrats had no policy to offer but organized the greatest get-out-the-vote operation in history. (Why the targets voted for a no-policy candidate is not explained in this version.)

Franklin Graham and other religious bigots: It was the judgment of God for America's embrace of homosexuality.

Glenn Beck: Wake up call from God (or something).

Bob Vander Plaats (antigay head of Iowa Family Leader): Obama would have lost if Republicans had run a really far right candidate.

You may have seen a few others.

The real reason can almost (but not quite) be set out as a syllogism:

1. Almost all voters report to American business management; and if they don't, they used to or have a spouse who does; or at the very least have friends who do and who talk about their experience.

2. After stripping off the decorations, Romney's fundamental offer was to run government like American managers run businesses.

3. Given their personal experience, most Americans have no desire to have something as important as government run like a business.


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