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Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in 2012 Elections | 8 comments

Always a blame game

Romney lost so let the blame game begin.  Conservatives just can’t believe they are out of touch with the American people so some are blaming Romney.


Conservative leaders on Wednesday lashed out at Mitt Romney, saying his attempts to paint himself as a centrist and hide his principles cost him the presidency.

They vowed to wage a war to put the Tea Party in charge of the Republican Party by the time it nominates its next presidential candidate.

“The battle to take over the Republican Party begins today and the failed Republican leadership should resign,” said Richard Viguerie, a top activist and chairman of

He said the lesson on Romney’s loss to President Obama on Tuesday is that the GOP must “never again” nominate a “a big government established conservative for president.”

Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots said Romney failed to make the kind of strong case for conservatism that would have won the election.

Of course it’s the Tea Party that probably cost the Republicans the Senate for the second election in a row.

Some are blaming Chris Christie because he was well, doing his job.  Doug Mataconis:

It was inevitable that conservative activists and advocates would find someone other than Mitt Romney and the Republican Party to blame for the fact that Mitt Romney lost the election and succeeded in winning only two of the states that Barack Obama had won in 2008. After all, we can’t admit that the Republican Party is slowly but surely losing touch with a large segment of the American public, including its fastest growing minority group. We can’t say that four years of opposing the President at every turn while failing to offer a coherent alternative contributed to the GOP’s problem. Nobody’s going to admit that the fact that GOP still hasn’t come to terms with the legacy of the Bush years, or that it spent the better part of the winter and spring of 2012 alienating women, contributed to its electoral troubles. And, surely, it can’t be because the polls were right all along and the American people actually wanted to re-elect the President. No, a scapegoat must be found and, at least in this initial 24 hours after Election Night, that scapegoat appears to be the Governor of New Jersey.

If the Republican Party is going to survive it must come to recognize that their problem is their ideology.  It’s simply not very popular.  I was watching FOX News today and Shepard Smith left the ranch again.  He was talking to some Republican hack who was talking about not increasing tax rates but eliminating deductions.  Smith went ballistic and said that everyone is in favor of eliminating deductions as long as they are not their deductions.  Once again poor Shep is telling truth to power – something Roger Ailes is not real happy about I would guess.  Republican economics is always based on unicorns and fairy dust.

In 2008 I thought that Obama would be a one term President because there was no way he could fix the economy.  What I didn’t count on was the Republicans would only be able to come up with a hapless field to challenge him.  If Mitt Romney is the best the party can come up with the party is in big trouble.

Cross posted at Middle Earth Journal

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  • bluebelle

    Well, that was certainly predictable! The GOP will never realize that no candidate is a good enough salesman to sell their severely conservative principles to the country, because the majority of the country is centrist and moderate.

    Let them try again in ’16 with a Tea Party candidate like Paul Ryan and see how far they get. He couldn’t even help Romney win Wisconsin.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    thank you ron. i’m holding you and your mom in good thoughts daily.
    hang in there.

    re this post and ‘blaming’, I cannot believe the temerity, the deceit, the obfuscation that some from whatever political persuasion that they dare to try to perpetrate such a fiasco on us by masquerading as two-year olds on the playground in nah nah and neener neener and you, no you, no you, no you.

    We shall not be fooled! We KNOW they are adults pretending to be short by walking on their knees.

    lol. I hope you all are laughing with me.

  • rudi

    They will stay on script, even though the data doesn’t fit the voodoo economics model. The small stimulus actual performed better than the austerity of conservative EU countries.
    GDP Growth
    The USA peaks and valley are better than GB, Ireland and Germany.

  • zephyr

    I listened to some angst-ridden attempts at self-examination on the radio this morning from a couple prominent republicans. They seemed truly mystified about why their brand is failing. I had to laugh, I mean the clues are all around them – in plain sight even. This doesn’t mean they will find them or use them if they do, but they are courting obsolesence if they don’t.

  • Carl

    Unicorns and fairy dust is right, but did anyone expect these crazy people to go down without a fight? They may take over the Republican party but it will be the end of the Republican party!

    At this point I’d be in favor of nationalizing energy as an Emergency Global Warming measure. Hire more people and put out of work upper management of every thus defunct company. Be like a stun-gun in the face of the Tea-Party.

  • clarkma5

    I wish Romney HAD run as the tea party wanted him to, maybe they would see how badly he would have lost and learned something from it. Romney’s moderation is what almost got him the white house, not what lost him it.

  • Dr. J

    If the Republican Party is going to survive it must come to recognize that their problem is their ideology. It’s simply not very popular.

    Obviously “fund sympathetic causes with money materialized from nowhere” is a more popular ideology. But it’s a dubious recipe for the Democratic Party’s long-term survival.

  • zusa1

    “Obviously “fund sympathetic causes with money materialized from nowhere” is a more popular ideology. But it’s a dubious recipe for the Democratic Party’s long-term survival.”
    At some point the message of “we are spending our children’s future” will take on personal meaning with the youth of today.

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