It is ludicrous to claim that the fault lies among conservatives for Romney’s precipitous drop among independents, which he’s endured over the past month (in some polls, it’s been a negative swing of 20 points), the primary reason he now lags Obama in most measures. Consider: since Romney ground Newt Gingrich into pulp in Florida with his 65-1 ad ratio three weeks ago, there has been not one debate, not one major piece of scandal or breaking news, not even one major round of negative ads against Romney. There has only been a series of gaffes on Romney’s part (most notably his line about not caring about the very poor) and a series of numbers which show mild economic improvement.
In reality, it’s those who demanded conservatives get in line ages in advance who made a fundamental mistake in how they approached this election. By demanding an ideological shift from a more populist, more fiscally conservative base they no longer direct or control, Romney’s most prominent backers failed to learn any of the right lessons from what led to the 2009-2010 cycles.
- Harvard, Jew haters, motherhood and Israel (h/t Fuzzy)
- Someday everyone will be a Neanderthal Jerk for 15 minutes … (added) and Sharron Angle.
- Payroll tax cut package pushes nation closer to hitting debt ceiling.
- A ‘funny’ thing happened on the way to the ballot box.
- Watch: Arabs hurl stones in Temple Mount.
- Live updates on Syria’s uprising.
- Assad’s ‘ghost gangs’ that haunt Damascus.
- And now I find out what trouble really means: “Those who can’t do, comment.”
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