In this really politically charged climate Romney consistently lost his cool -- something that President Obama rarely did. Remember the Benghazi exchange during the second Presidential Debate when Romney walked head-first into a carefully laid trap? So his own shortcomings were also liabilities that Team Obama exploited to the hilt. They painted him as a stuck up, aloof and arrogant rich white man, born with a golden spoon his mouth, who really could not relate to the common man or woman.
In fact, it was very easy for President Obama to make that case. Remember the retirement plan fiasco when Romney badgered the president about his overseas investment and the president coolly came back saying that his was not as big as Romney's? And his oft repeated vow not to raise taxes on the wealthy while being utterly dismissive and contemptuous of the so-called "47 percent?"
There is no doubt that Romney was a flawed candidate. But he was the very best that the GOP had to offer. Nobody in their right mind would have voted for loony Newt Gingrich who expressed the desire to put a colony on the moon during his second term as president, conspiracy-theorist, the zany Ron Paul, Rick Perry who had a number of senior moments and Rick Santorum who is stuck in medieval times.
All of them would have been beaten by President Obama. And the reason is very simple. That crowd of Republicans represents the old, rigid right wing of the party. They have been pulled further to the right by the Tea Party extremists. So for many there is no middle ground and no compromise. It's a zero sum political game that is out of touch with the realities of a 21st century America. While Romney was not a standard bearer for this crowd his chances of winning the presidency, he thought, was to find favor with the ultra-right elements in the GOP. So he had to veer sharply to the right of the party.
Of course, that backfired for another simple reason. America is not in the era of Ronald Reagan as those Neanderthals keep harping about. Every justification for their actions or new developments must have something about Ronald Reagan. Heck, there is an entire new generation of voters who could care less about Ole Cowboy Ronald. But this group within the GOP still clings doggedly to his image and holds him up as the modern day GOP saint and an example of what the party should be in the Age of Obama.
These folks can't understand that 50,000 Latino children turn 18 years every day in the United States. They can't understand that this new generation cares little if you are Black, white, gay or straight or Christian or atheist. As a matter of fact the fastest growing "denomination" in the United States is the agnostic/atheist group. White male dominance and privilege is now seriously curtailed. White men spent nearly $1 billion to put another rich, white man in the White House and it failed miserably. Times have changed. Obama was able to put a rainbow coalition of whites, young people of all races, Latinos, African and Caribbean Americans, Asians, gays and lesbians that was and is representative of a New America.
In the end poor Mitt became the Republican candidate for president by default. He was not liked or popular within his own party. He could not use George Bush as Democrats used Bill Clinton because Americans still blamed Bush for the economic blight of the country today. You can say that he was not the right person to be the GOP's standard bearer in a really difficult environment.
He and his campaign, sucking on the teat of self-aggrandizement and the false confidence that comes from too much money and privilege, could not relate to the ordinary voter, especially the women in his "binders." Their reckless miscalculation and misreading of the American voter bordered on the criminal. They believed that a bad economy would automatically make President Obama a soft target. Their end-game Benghazi strategy was clumsy and stupid, especially when his friends on Fox and Friends continued it ad infinitum during the Hurricane Sandy devastation.
The election is now over and the best man won. The blowhards and buffoons will continue bloviate for the next week or so until they either grow tired or ignored. Ann Coulter, the ultra-conservative darling of the Tea Party and the Republican Party, called the President of the United States "a retard." She felt that as a white woman of privilege she was entitled to her opinion and to put our president "in his place." That's the present Republican Party mindset. If the GOP does not change, its people like Counter, Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin et al. (I'm sure there is a breeding machine set to stupid in the GOP) that will help to render it irrelevant in the next contest.
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