Did Mitt Romney Just Lose the 2012 Election?


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I think so. From an interview today:

“Recognize this is the decision that will be made by the Supreme Court,” Romney told CBS. “The Democrats try and make this a political issue every four years, but this is a matter in the courts. It’s been settled for some time in the courts.”

Thanks for stirring leadership Mitt. Romney’s political wimpiness on this issue threatens to sink the ticket.

Of course, many conservative and Republican friends will point out, “This election isn’t about abortion, this election about the economy.”

I have news for you. For a certain block voters who the GOP needs to win to take the Presidency that every year if they will vote, they will vote on the basis of these cultural and social issues regardless of what else is going on.

Every year when the GOP turns off social conservatives, things end up not going well. In 1996, Evangelical Turnout was down. In 2000, we ended up counting hanging chads in Florida because 2 million less Evangelicals than Karl Rove counted on showed up at the polls.  In 2008, not even Sarah Palin could get religious conservatives in the polls in force. Only in 2004, when social conservatives were engaged by the marriage issue have Republican won a solid majority in the past 20 years.

Like I said, Republican friends will argue with my post, but the folks who they need to argue with aren’t listening to them, they’re not reading blogs, they’re not listening to talk radio. These social conservative voters are listening to Governor Romney and he just told them, “You might as well not bother to show up on election day.” And that’s how you get 4 more years of Barack Obama.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LB3LDHWZXK7GXIW6DYVOYSVPHE SJ

    Wow–at least Romney is showing his true colors.

    Frankly, I can’t believe anybody would ever consider Romney a champion of the unborn.  And this is the candidate whom Santorum, Bachmann, Gingrich, etc., have been lining up behind (at least since May) just like lemmings. Shame on all of them.

  • Kevin Subra

    I have no expectations of Romney. He’s a liberal Republican (oxymoron) in every way. I will, however, vote for him, as I believe our current president is much worse, ignoring the rule of law, etc. My hope and prayer is that we are able to raise up those that will honor the founding principles and founding documents of our country in all levels of government. However, I am still one that believes that to not vote, or to vote for someone with no chance of winning, is a vote for Obama.

    Nothing, absolutely nothing, has changed about Romney. He’s the same pro-abortion, big government person he has always been.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LB3LDHWZXK7GXIW6DYVOYSVPHE SJ

      As long as the GOP feels that conservatives will vote for the lesser of two evils no matter what, then they will always take conservatives for granted.  Why shouldn’t they?  Conservatives, at least up to this point, have shown the GOP elite that they can have their cake and eat it too. 

      I’m not voting for Romney, and I hope lots of other conservatives won’t either but will instead find a better candidate to support, whether “electable” or not.

      • Kevin Subra

        As a conservative, I would understand that I am *always* voting for the lesser of two evils. That isn’t even a question. No person is perfect or flawless or sinless. So we are left with choosing the best from the choices we have. (FYI – I caucused for Santorum, but even then, I felt I was caucusing for the lesser of 5 or 6 evils. I never considered supporting Romney. He was the bottom of my list.)

        For me, I do not use hyperbole when I say that I fear for the very existence of our country as we know it if we have 4 more years of Obama. I will vote for Romney not because I believe he’s good, or the best choice (by far he is NOT), but because I believe he is the best “lesser of the two evils” that I have to choose from. I would rather have a Romney who displays some respect for law and the Constitution and our country than someone who has displayed none of the three.

        I would still see a vote for someone unelectable (at this point – Santorum was once considered unelectable, and he almost pulled it off) as a vote for Obama. If that is your desire – to have Obama re-elected – then vote for whomever you want. I don’t think Romney will be the biggest loser if Obama wins. We (the US) will be.

        In the mean time, I will continue to work for and to support find *better* people to run (be it via the GOP or a third party, which I think is much more likely now). Though I am discouraged about the presidential race results thus far, there is much to be encouraged about in other races that do have long-term impact and which will ultimately produce future high-level leaders.

  • http://kansasbob.com Kansas Bob

    I doubt that Romney has lost any support from social conservatives because of this statement. Most of them made a decision about Romney in the primaries and probably will not openly support him.

    Hard to say about past elections. Pro-life Bush lost in 1992 because of the Perot factor. Dole was just not a good candidate. I voted for Bush in 2000 because he was pro-life (too bad I didn’t know that he was not pro-balanced-budget) and in 2004 because Kerry was a bad candidate. And McCain, the old craps-shooter, was a candidate that even Palin could not rescue when he opined that the fundamentals of the economy were sound.

    If Romney does win I think that he will understand that he does not owe anything to social conservatives who hate him and are hoping he loses so that a more socially conservative candidate will run and maybe win the nomination in 2016.