“Romney Was Too Liberal to Win”
Another myth busted. Now can we please stop talking about how Obama won by “supressing” voter turnout, or that Romney lost because he couldn’t get conservatives to come out for him due to his being somehow insufficiently conservative? At the very least, can we wait until the votes are finished being counted?
As things stand already, the only person to ever receive more votes than Barck Obama in 2012 is….Barack Obama in 2008. When the votes are finished being counted, it’s pretty clear that Romney will have received more votes than McCain in 2012, as Tom Maguire points out here; while less likely, I suspect it’s also within the realm of possibility that Romney will have exceeded George W. Bush’s 2004 total of votes, such that the only person to have ever received more votes than Romney this year will have been Barack Obama. Mind you, relying on popular vote totals from different elections is still no less foolish, but since that is the metric some have put forward, I think it worth pointing all of this out.
Further, as even Stacy McCain emphasizes, Romney outperformed – significantly in many cases – his party’s Senate candidate in 11 of the 15 most strongly contested Senate races. And this is all before you get to the issue of how poorly conservatives did on ballot measures around the country last week. The simple fact is that the GOP’s loss last week has very little to do with Mitt Romney, and an awful lot to do with the fact that, for an awful lot of people, the party is viewed as having lost its collective mind. It would behoove conservatives and Republicans to try to understand why this is.