Video: Romney concession speech

posted at 1:40 am on November 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We heard it as we were going off the air on the Hugh Hewitt Show marathon — a classy end to a disappointing evening.   Mitt Romney graciously conceded defeat to Barack Obama in the presidential election after nearly two years of campaigning, offering his prayers for Obama’s efforts and for America’s future:


“Paul [Ryan] and I have left everything on the field … we have given our all to this campaign,” he said, adding, “I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead this country in a different direction,” but that he would pray for the current president.

He also thanked his chosen running mate, saying, “Besides my wife Ann, Paul was the best choice I ever made.”

He went on to thank his family, especially his wife, Ann. “She would have been a wonderful first lady,” he told the crowd.

He cautioned against partisan politics in the days and months to come, saying the he would “pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”

“We can’t risk partisan bickering … we citizens have to rise to the occasion.”

I’ll have more thoughts on this in the morning, but figured you’d want a chance to comment on the speech tonight.

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Poor Obama…. he’s going to inherit a big mess.

El_Terrible on November 7, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Quick, someone to unskew the elections results! Dems are oversampled! and Michael Barone & George Will said Romney would win in a landslide! and Nate Silver is a buffoon! and blah blah blah Looking forward to more poll analysis by Allah Pundit and Ed Morrisey: “Guys, we know the polling business better than those professional pollsters, just trust us, everything will be all right”

Durandal on November 7, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Who is John Galt?

WitchDoctor on November 7, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Good man. America has made a terrible mistake.

Ted Torgerson on November 7, 2012 at 1:43 AM

4 MORE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a glorious night!

Don’t worry wingnuts, in the end, you all win too in the end with this great man in the White House another term!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:43 AM

America has made a terrible mistake.

Ted Torgerson on November 7, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Again.

the_nile on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

This hurts. I was so looking forward to a president I could be proud of. And I miss Andrew Breitbart.

I’m glad Thanksgiving is coming up. I need to remember my blessings. Badly.

parteagirl on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Death is not something that comes over a being in an instant – it is a process – it will take time for all signs of life to become still.

Make no mistake, this was our last stand and we lost.

The United States of America, as originally established and constituted, died today.

The manifestations and consequences of the decisions made today will play out over the course of the next four years, but the trajectory is set and is now unavoidable.

That Republicans hold the House is of no consequence – the power of the House is in the power of the purse. We have not had a budget in three years and are running trillion dollar deficits and piling on debt at an incredible rate. There is no mechanism to stop this.

The president can be found with both a live boy and a dead girl (never mind a dead ambassador) and need not fear impeachment. Harry Reid would never allow a trial.

Death will come to a number of Supreme Court justices over the next four years as their life spans come to a conclusion – expect nothing short of living constitution advocates to be appointed.

Taxes will hit us like a sledgehammer come the first of the year and no one in government need worry about Tea Party protests or anything else – they can just laugh at the sight of anyone that bothers to show up.

No, folks, I hate to be a sour puss but you can go out front of the house and take down the stars and stripes.

Your liberty is gone. You are no longer a free man – you live in bondage to your government.

It’s all over but the suffering.

turfmann on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

He cautioned against partisan politics in the days and months to come, saying the he would “pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”

“We can’t risk partisan bickering … we citizens have to rise to the occasion.”

Yeah.

Axe on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Agreed, a very classy ending from a man of integrity. It’s hard to believe that anyone would question his religious beliefs.

Now time to watch the Obama speech. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he’s calling in UN troops to start seizing privately held guns.

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Fck the GOP.

ClassicCon on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Hard fought campaign.

HotAirLib on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Republicans let him down today. How after 4 years of Obama, Republicans could have at best a flat turnout from ’08 is mind blowing.

LukeinNE on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Romney = Class
Obama = Not so much

goflyers on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

after nearly two years of campaigning

Romney has been campaigned for over 2 decades to end in failure.

But Puerto Rico voted for statehood. Looking at this, we NEED Rubio in 2016 to get hispanics. Why not make hispanics conservative. Bush got a lot, why not get more with a real hispanic?

Flapjackmaka on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 AM

We’re doomed. Doooooooooooooomed!

rcpjr on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Now time to watch the Obama speech. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he’s calling in UN troops to start seizing privately held guns.

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

HAHA…yeah or put you in jail for not participating in a government mandated program…hahah…oh…wait…

ClassicCon on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 AM

and Allen west down for the count! GREATEST NIGHT EVER!!!!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Your liberty is gone. You are no longer a free man – you live in bondage to your government.

It’s all over but the suffering.

turfmann on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

I’ll live and die free. :)

Axe on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 AM

If the world does not exist in the morning, i will shave.my mustache.

eh on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Tonight was the end of Romney’s national political ambitions, and those of Chris Christie as well. The conservative smackdown of Christie will begin in earnest tomorrow, and its going to rain down equally from the establishment, the grassroots, and any Republican with potential ambitions for 2016. Republicans in NJ, you should stand down in 2013 and let that SOB get annihilated by Cory Booker.

Lawdawg86 on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

So how many Senate seats will the GOP piss away in 2014?

Mark1971 on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Poor Obama…. he’s going to inherit a big mess.

El_Terrible on November 7, 2012 at 1:41 AM

I think more than people realize.

Oil Can on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Don’t worry wingnuts, in the end, you all win too in the end with this great man in the White House another term!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:43 AM

You didn’t grow up with a man in the house did you?

ClassicCon on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

a very classy speech by Willard, probably feeling guilty for being such a lying liar the whole campaign!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

What Denver giveth, New Jersey taketh away.

YYZ on November 7, 2012 at 1:47 AM

and Allen west down for the count! GREATEST NIGHT EVER!!!!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Allen West deserves to lose. He is what is wrong with this country.

We don’t need divisive figures like him in our politics.

HotAirLib on November 7, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Work for cash, people, starve the beast. At the same time try to get all you can for free from the government. If this is what the country wants I’m not going to be left not getting any free stuff.

rndmusrnm on November 7, 2012 at 1:48 AM

I think more than people realize.

Oil Can on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

I wonder who he will blame…

the_nile on November 7, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Lots hope ed and ap retire from Poll analysis

red_herring on November 7, 2012 at 1:48 AM

a very classy speech by Willard, probably feeling guilty for being such a lying liar the whole campaign!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Your guy lied about letting 4 people die so he would not have to make Islam angry….quite a man!

ClassicCon on November 7, 2012 at 1:49 AM

1) Love Allen West.
2) 2014 is going to be huge.
3) Can we pleeeeeease stop hearing about “electability” and “appeal to independents” now? Turnout wins elections, not independents. You need a candidate who sparks interest.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Oh well, at least we still have a solid conservative bench in the House to block any and all Barack Osama legislation.

TonyR on November 7, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Allen West deserves to lose. He is what is wrong with this country.
HotAirLib on November 7, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Get back on your DNC plantation West…or Lilly-white HotAirLib is going to track you down!

ClassicCon on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

To all Hot Air liberals:

When your electric bill doubles over its current levels in the next year or two and you want someone to blame, look in the mirror.

When the price of gasoline reaches $6 or higher in the next two years and you want someone to blame, look in the mirror.

When one of your nearby hospitals closes because its managers were forced to choose between their principles and the government’s mandates and you want someone to blame, look in the mirror.

When one of your relatives can’t get care because an Independent Payment Advisory Board decides it’s not worth it and you want someone to blame, look in the mirror.

You have chosen all these outcomes.

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

either orr on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

And Ed, I love the site, you did great with it. But Nate Silver is a pro. Listen to him from now on.

Flapjackmaka on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

I thought that we could only win by running moderates like Romney.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Time to treat Obama as a lame-duck; remember the House GOP got more votes.

Tater Salad on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Gop turnout was flat with 2008 because there are fewer gop voters.

eh on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Make no mistake, this was our last stand and we lost.

The United States of America, as originally established and constituted, died today.

That’s self-indulgent loser talk.

Man up, grow pair, and get moving. There are things to to do . Start locally.

CorporatePiggy on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Oh well, at least we still have a solid conservative bench in the House to block any and all Barack Osama legislation.

TonyR on November 7, 2012 at 1:49 AM

And some pretty amazing governors. We didn’t win tonight but nothing much changed, meaning we’re still well set up for the future and the Democrats are not.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 AM

“They think they’re so smart. You didn’t build that! Someone else made that happen!”

The next two-three years will be hell indeed. I don’t think he gets to four. The country is going to be one big boarded up empty streets Detroit. The dollar will be worthless worldwide.

Marcus on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 AM

and Allen west down for the count! GREATEST NIGHT EVER!!!!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 AM

RACIST MUCH?

threeinone on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Really??..Who??!!??..Do you have a name in mind??..:)

Dire Straits on November 7, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Well, maybe Hillary Clinton would have appealed more to moderates. Hopefully the GOP will consider that next time. *rollseyes*

Dongemaharu on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Taking tomorrow off. Anyone up for barbeque? I could go for barbeque.

After a short rest, my partisan is going to start bickering like it’s never bickered before.

@Ed Thanks guy; whole crew. Excellent job as usual. Updates read like serials. :) Someone call and console Kelly Maher. :)

Axe on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Gop turnout was flat with 2008 because there are fewer gop voters.

eh on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

…no, “flat turnout” means there were the same number of voters. Try to keep up.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 AM

a very classy speech by Willard, probably feeling guilty for being such a lying liar the whole campaign!

DBear

Yeah, Willard shipping guns to Mexican drug cartels so they could murder hundreds…just so evil. oh leaving those 4 men to die in Benghazi just so he could avoid a “terrorist incident”. Damn tragic. Oh, and making those victims of the Fort Hood “domestic disturbance” suffer emotionally. Quite the work of satan right there. Oh wait, Willard didn’t do any of those things did he?

Zaggs on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Gop turnout was flat with 2008 because there are fewer gop voters.

eh on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

It was flat because they ran the same type of liberal squishy with the same results.

sharrukin on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 AM

The trolls are great. They really bring a lot of class to this site.

AZgranny on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 AM

What I do realize that Saul Alinksy tactics work now. 2008 was Hope and Change. Campaigning is will get much uglier. Expect modern day brown shirts (OWS) in the Dem party. They should just call themselves the socialist party.

Oil Can on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Allen West deserves to lose. He is what is wrong with this country.

We don’t need divisive figures like him in our politics.

HotAirLib on November 7, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Right. Which is why your side in the same state sent Alan Grayson back to Congress.

JimLennon on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

HotAirLib on November 7, 2012 at 1:47 AM

You’re a piece of trash. You’re guy spent nearly a year slandering Romney’s character and 4 years dividing this nation like no other President and you have the audacity to call West divisive?

jawkneemusic on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Don’t worry wingnuts, in the end, you all win too in the end with this great man in the White House another term!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:43 AM

You didn’t grow up with a man in the house did you?

ClassicCon on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Classy response to that DBag :)

jimver on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Mitt Romney couldn’t even beat a guy who ascended to the Presidency with no qualifications whatsoever.

Don’t know what that says about Mitt, if anything. I DO know what it says about our country.

mintycrys on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Cuomo vs Rubio in 2016. We got to get this one guys.

Flapjackmaka on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

WitchDoctor Who is John Galt?on November 7, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Me. and I’m crying, too.

Who is John Galt on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Looks like Mia Love might pull it out. There’s some jackass libertarian sucking 5000 votes.

Mark1971 on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Republicans in NJ, you should stand down in 2013 and let that SOB get annihilated by Cory Booker.

Lawdawg86 on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

I, for one, fully intend to. The next envelope from The Fatboy goes back filled to the brim with choice obscenities.

Archivarix on November 7, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Make no mistake, this was our last stand and we lost.

The United States of America, as originally established and constituted, died today.

That’s self-indulgent loser talk.

Man up, grow pair, and get moving. There are things to to do . Start locally.

CorporatePiggy

I’m with the first sentiment. We’re a nation of takers. Try to stop that and its only because you hate takergroup x. Hell you can’t even try to ban same sex abortions (even though those huge anti-feminist countries like England and Sweden have) without being accused of being misogynist.

Zaggs on November 7, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Time to layoff the military supply workers, those WARN notices can go out now.

Tater Salad on November 7, 2012 at 1:55 AM

4 MORE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a glorious night!

Don’t worry wingnuts, in the end, you all win too in the end with this great man in the White House another term!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:43 AM

How long before Benghazi catches up to him? I can’t wait!

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Don’t worry wingnuts, in the end, you all win too in the end with this great man in the White House another term!

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Bad news for you scooter…the next 4 years will be even worse than the past 4…because no matter how you slice it…Obama is incompetent. It’s gonna end badly for chumps like you…meanwhile..us wingnuts will do just fine…because that’s how we roll.

But swing by my place..I’ll leave a little extra in the garbage can for you.

HumpBot Salvation on November 7, 2012 at 1:55 AM

What is Obama going to do the next four years?

He only knows how to do one thing. – campaign

audiotom on November 7, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Okay, the fight begins anew. He’s a commie, we aren’t. Game on!

Who is John Galt on November 7, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Dongemaharu on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Good luck with that..:)

Dire Straits on November 7, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Christie is dead to me. The awful thing is that he is scheduled to become the head of the Republican Governor’s Association in a few years.

Mark1971 on November 7, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Cuomo vs Rubio in 2016. We got to get this one guys.

Flapjackmaka on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

It’s too early for Rubio. He should go for FL governor first.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Mitt Romney couldn’t even beat a guy who ascended to the Presidency with no qualifications whatsoever.

Don’t know what that says about Mitt, if anything. I DO know what it says about our country.

mintycrys on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

I guess most of the electorate must watch the View. We were all excited that FOX news had such high ratings. Guess that was all on our side. The rest of the country doesn’t care about news.

AZgranny on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 AM

What is Obama going to do the next four years?

Vacation. I’m ok with that, cause he wont be screwing us.

Flapjackmaka on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 AM

I think Romney ran a decent general election campaign, but he was unable to prosecute the case against Obamacare because of his record in Mass., and his “gently convince voters to break up with Obama” strategy fell flat on its face tonight, while Team Obama’s more traditional “personally destroy your opponent’s character” strategy was vindicated.

Rubio has to be on the ticket in 2016. We cannot sustain these kinds of losses with Hispanics and still remain a viable national party going forward. Beyond the above-mentioned failings, Mitt’s biggest failure/mistake was his repeated use of illegal immigration as a wedge issue against his opponents during the primaries. It was short-sighted and tremendously costly.

Also, Mitt should go drag Christie’s fat ass out of bed in the middle of the night tonight and strap him to the roof of his car for a cross-country drive.

Lawdawg86 on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Mitt Romney couldn’t even beat a guy who ascended to the Presidency with no qualifications whatsoever.

Don’t know what that says about Mitt, if anything. I DO know what it says about our country.

mintycrys

Has nothing to do with Mitt. He was fighting against 2 campaigns. Obama, and the media. They make firing 8 people a huge to do, but nothing with Fast and Furious or Benghazi. Sickening.

Zaggs on November 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Mitt Romney couldn’t even beat a guy who ascended to the Presidency with no qualifications whatsoever.

Don’t know what that says about Mitt, if anything. I DO know what it says about our country.

mintycrys on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

It’s all hard to believe.

the_nile on November 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Hey, someone tell me about how ‘electable’ that Romney guy is supposed to be again. I could use a good laugh right about me.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Cuomo vs Rubio in 2016. We got to get this one guys.

Flapjackmaka on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Between the two, I’m not sure who is the Tea Party guy these days. Cuomo balanced NY budget by curbing unions; Rubio co-sponsored SOPA.

Archivarix on November 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

either orr on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

They won’t care. They’ll get the government to subsidies the difference like with everything else in these loser dead beats lives.

jawkneemusic on November 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

It’s too early for Rubio. He should go for FL governor first.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 1:56 AM

The GOP sodomizes you YET AGAIN, and the first thing you can do is get excited about which one to bend over for next.

WHAT THE FCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?

ClassicCon on November 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

I can’t be mad at Mitt. He didn’t lose to Obama. He lost to the media and the stupidity of the American voter.

Mark1971 on November 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Meanwhile, Barry’s speech is just more of the same old same old platitudes and crowd rousing lines.

No recognition of a 49% – 49% split.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Dammit, I really did NOT want to execute Plan B. Dammit. But I have a plan B, how are you Staten Islanders doing?

Who is John Galt on November 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

United States of America
1776-2008
Rest in Peace (not likely, though)

The Rogue Tomato on November 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Good bye to our republic, it was good while it lasted. With the ever increasing minority voters leaning democratic, the Republican Party is not looking good. We can’t go moderate: (McCain, Romney) and we can’t go too Social Conservative. We must adopt Libertarian ideals or cease to exist.

cjv209 on November 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM


Mitt Romney couldn’t even beat a guy who ascended to the Presidency with no qualifications whatsoever.

I know, right? This Mitt fellow is quite the electoral powerhouse.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Who is John Galt?

WitchDoctor on November 7, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Agreed, but we have nowhere to go.

Common Sense on November 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM

The trolls are great. They really bring a lot of class to this site.

AZgranny on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 AM

:)

Axe on November 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Goodies vs. Goods.

Goodies won.

America lost.

profitsbeard on November 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM

He’ll be impeached before Christmas!

Cheers!

StubbleSpark on November 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM

United States of America
1776-2008
Rest in Peace (not likely, though)

The Rogue Tomato on November 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

USSR 2008 -2009 then progrom.

Who is John Galt on November 7, 2012 at 2:01 AM


I can’t be mad at Mitt. He didn’t lose to Obama. He lost to the media and the stupidity of the American voter.

Those same stupid voters gave us a Republican House in 2010. I wonder what they saw in those Tea Party candidates that they didn’t see in Mitt? I just wonder …

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 2:01 AM

My condolences, America.

Regards from Jerusalem.

Shy Guy on November 7, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Good bye to our republic, it was good while it lasted. With the ever increasing minority voters leaning democratic, the Republican Party is not looking good. We can’t go moderate: (McCain, Romney) and we can’t go too Social Conservative. We must adopt Libertarian ideals or cease to exist.

cjv209 on November 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Nope…there is no political solution except one

ClassicCon on November 7, 2012 at 2:02 AM

The Rogue Tomato on November 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

A House Divided doesn’t not go down in peace.

Oil Can on November 7, 2012 at 2:02 AM

I have said it before and I will say it again. The most charasmatic nominee ALWAYS wins. We live in a TV age. Likability matters. The last 20 elections in a row the most charasmatic candidate won.

Conservative Republican candidates win too. And moderates lose. Four in a row on both fronts. So find a freakin charasmatic conservative in the primaries. And don’t find the next establishment moderate to shove down our throat. Let there be a real and fair contest and let the best candidate win on their own right. Lets have a real primary and not some dog and pony show.

One thing nobody has ever mentioned that I can remember is how much Mitt Romney was a shadowy candidate. When did he ever do a national TV interview other then the 20 minutes on 60 minutes. Obama was here, there and everywhere. And Romney was nowhere. He was nowhere during the primaries aswell. We can’t fight in fear and hiding. Playing not to lose. The next primary must find the “best” candidate. A fighter. The money people and Bush machine cannot control this process. The party establishment can’t either. NEVER AGAIN.

KMav on November 7, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Those same stupid voters gave us a Republican House in 2010. I wonder what they saw in those Tea Party candidates that they didn’t see in Mitt? I just wonder …

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 2:01 AM

If you think those were the same group of voters then you need to go back to square one.

ClassicCon on November 7, 2012 at 2:02 AM

hey mr “poll sample expert” ed morrissey, nate silver nailed all 50 states this year.

can we expect a mea culpa?

DBear on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM

I guess most of the electorate must watch the View. We were all excited that FOX news had such high ratings. Guess that was all on our side. The rest of the country doesn’t care about news.

AZgranny on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Doh. Not stalking you; you just caught me twice. :) I think you put your finger on it with this one. Anyone want to carry the fight to the actual battlefield? Check with Breitbart. He’s upstream.

Axe on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Ah, yes. The GOP has become rather good at nominating gracious losers.

Here’s to hoping in four years we see fit to nominate a real constitutionalist rather than another carbon-copy of the pro-war, big government Republican mold which has been permanently rendered a loser in the post-Bush world.

Inkblots on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Some Quick Thoughts.

First off, dang, Mister Romney is a class act all the way. It’s a tragedy that we cannot have such an honorable man as President. Instead we’re stuck with a partisan, lying, small ugly man of a politician as President. Beyond his horrible policies, I think this is what bothers me most about Obama, I just have ZERO respect for him.

Second, we’re the victims of bad luck. Our chances for victory were EXCELLENT, but there were two problems that crushed them for us. First was the fact that too much time took place between the last debate and election day. Romney surged whenever he had a chance to get in front of the American people directly, bypassing the media. Once the media had a chance to trash him for a couple weeks, it started eating into his lead.

And the final stroke of bad luck, was flipping Hurricane Sandy. There is no doubt this gave Obama a bump, and while it looks like the bump was fading by election day, it obviously didn’t fade quite fast enough.

It was probably going to be a close election either way, but had the timing not worked against us, it probably would’ve been a 2-3% Romney victory, instead of a half a percent loss.

PS

I don’t fault Ras of Gallop too much for overestimating the Republican Party ID. They are ID of LIKELY voters, and I think now that we’re in an era of convenient early voting, there probably isn’t much difference between Registered and Likely voters.

WolvenOne on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Mitt Romney couldn’t even beat a guy who ascended to the Presidency with no qualifications whatsoever.

Don’t know what that says about Mitt, if anything. I DO know what it says about our country.

mintycrys on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Mitt Romney had to beat Obama, the teat suckers AND the media. The fact that it was this close is amazing. He ran a dignified campaign and while he wasn’t my choice at all, I thank him for that and for trying.

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:04 AM

So after weeks of cherry-picking polls and misleading viewers, I wonder what Ed will have in the morning. Hmmmm.

mythicknight on November 7, 2012 at 2:04 AM

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