Mitt Romney, who was a moderate governor of a blue state, with a moderate staff, running a campaign that seemed to be geared around avoiding social issues and being as non-offensive as possible, lost to Barack Obama.
Didn’t we see this same movie in 2008, except with John McCain in the leading role?
Well, here’s the part where the losing candidate’s staffers point the finger everywhere except where it belongs: towards their own performance and the performance of their candidate.
Candy Crowley took a look at the Latino vote on this week’s State of the Union. Noting how strongly the president performed among Hispanic voters, she observed how Mitt Romney‘s winning only 27 percent of the Latino vote is “worrisome” for the party and “close to hurtful” for Hispanic Republicans. Carlos Gutierrez, who led the Romney campaign’s Hispanic outreach, was invited to respond. And he wasn’t pleased.
…Inevitably, Gutierrez was asked to respond to Romney’s “gifts” remark, wherein the former presidential hopeful asserted that the president won re-election due to the “gifts” he have to key demographic blocs. (Namely, minorities and young voters.)
“I was shocked,” he said. “I was shocked, and frankly I don’t think that’s why the Republicans lost the election…I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong. We are the party of growth, of prosperity, of tolerance.”
Don’t you love how we’re told that we have to run squishes like McCain and Mitt to win; then when they lose, the same people who told us they were so “electable” blame conservatives for their defeat anyway. If we’re going to be blamed anyway, isn’t it time that we run an actual movement conservative as the GOP’s nominee in 2012 instead of Jeb Bush, Chris Christie or whoever the GOP establishment thinks would make a good John McCain, part 3?