Interpreting the Results

Being able see the results of something is not the same as understanding the cause. Malaria is not caused by bad air (mal-air), as people once thought. The sun does not rise and set, the planet revolves. And Mitt Romney did not lose this election because he was too conservative, or because he ran a bad campaign, or because of anything the Obama campaign did.

Mitt Romney got two million less votes than John McCain. Mitt Romney got 57,896,358 votes. Four years ago, John McCain got 59,934,814 votes. Both of them lost because tens of millions of conservative Americans did not think they were worth voting for. If the Republican Party tries the same thing again in four years, running a moderate to liberal big-government politician, they will lose again. You can’t out liberal the Democrats, they’ll run all the away to the socialist to stay to your left. Find a socially libertarian, fiscally conservative candidate and you can win this thing. Do you not understand? Paul Ryan would have won. Gary Johnson would have won. Mitt Romney could not win.

You think you’re going to win the conservatives with a candidate that supports more national gun control legislation? That signed the Massachusetts “assault weapons” ban? That used that legislation as a talking point in a debate? I had decided to hold my nose and vote for him, as I did in for McCain in ’08. Then he said this in the last debate and I was done. If I hadn’t had Gary Johnson to vote for, I would have left the Presidential slot blank. How many million Americans absolutely could not vote for Romney because of this stance? I don’t give a rat’s ass if the unconstitutional legislation you’re passing has bipartisan support. Here’s the critical moment from the transcript. Damned with his own words.

MS. CROWLEY: Governor, Governor, if I could, the question was about these assault weapons that once were banned and are no longer banned. I know that you signed an assault weapons ban when you were in Massachusetts. Obviously with this question, you no longer do support that. Why is that? Given the kind of violence that we see sometimes with these mass killings, why is it that you’ve changed your mind?

MR. ROMNEY: Well, Candy, actually, in my state, the pro-gun folks and the anti-gun folks came together and put together a piece of legislation, and it’s referred to as a — as an assault weapon ban, but it had at the signing of the bill both the pro-gun and the anti- gun people came together, because it provided opportunities for both that both wanted. There were hunting opportunities, for instance, that hadn’t previously been available and so forth. So it was a mutually agreed upon piece of legislation.

That’s what we need more of, Candy. What we have right now in Washington is a place that’s — that’s gridlocked. We haven’t had — we haven’t — we haven’t — we haven’t had the leadership in Washington to work on a bipartisan basis.

MS. CROWLEY: So if I could, if you could get people to agree to it, you’d be for it.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Candy —

MR. ROMNEY: I was able to do that in my state and bring these two together.

So good luck in 2016, Republicans. You had this one in the bag, high unemployment, an annual deficit of a trillion dollars, Fast’n’Furious, Benghazi, bailouts, Obamacare. All you had to do was find a conservative that could rally the people to vote and it would have been a cakewalk. I suspect you don’t believe that, and that you will try to go even more liberal in an effort to gather votes that you cannot get, throwing away the core voters that want conservative, responsible government. Nature abhors a vacuum and a real third party will fill your place in American politics. Does anyone remember the Whig party?

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