Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Another Conservative Writer Gets It

Justin Green on why Romney lost the 2012 Presidential campaign in The Daily Beast.

In the wake of the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, Romney had precious little to say on employment, household debt, higher education, helping the working poor, health care costs (and access!) and making it easier for young families to afford the cost of children.

Mitt Romney could have ran for President as someone who had been a moderate Republican Governor of a solid blue state, but he veered hard right to win the primary. That decision came with consequences.  Romney was doomed by actions like turning his back on RomneyCare, failing to realize that many voters didn't give a rat's behind about top marginal tax rates, and neglecting concerns of young voters such as student debt.

That's where Romney failed, and it's why no social media overhaul can compensate for policies that fail to address the basic needs and desires of the American electorate.

It's still not 1980 anymore.

3 comments:

Joseph Camacho said...

I like this piece. I'm glad you wrote about it.

Ballard Burgher said...

Thanks for commenting Joseph. I thought Green nailed an important point on the Romney/GOP failure to speak to a number of key issues.

Joseph Camacho said...

It seems that conservative commentaries/pundits are slowly making their way back towards the center. At least the ones I've noticed. We'll see what comes of that, if anything.