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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He ran with dignity and as an adult and I appreciate that.

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:22 AM

So did Bob Dole, Bush the Elder and John McCain was gracious towards Obama as well.

Obama wasn’t gracious or dignified at all so that’s his burden to bear.

sharrukin on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 AM

The more I thought about it..what the hell….RR would have been doomed from the start “inheriting” the messiah’s $16T mess …thier ability to ‘fix’ this would be long term so they would never have been able to do it in 4 years and take any credit for progress…There was no way to fix this that fast……

LaRepublican on November 7, 2012 at 2:20 AM

The only thing I’m truly worried about is the oncoming confiscation of 401K’s. A massive loan against the plan will soften the blow, but it’s still a pain.

Archivarix on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Let’s be realistic. Romney did himself in by embracing the description of ‘severely conservative’ and gratuitously bowing to the right wing in order to win the nomination.

Ultimately, it led to his undoing. There was simply no way to reverse all the positioning done to appease the Tea Party and then pivot back to the middle for the general election. The country has spoken and it doesn’t want a severely conservative president.

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:12 AM

So people(I guess “moderates” since we can’t expect anything from liberals) believed Romney was too conservative? Fine. If you’re right, then we don’t need to argue “severely” conservative principles anymore, merely con everyone into thinking we’re moderate enough.

Dongemaharu on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 AM

The Democrats have been wanting to relive the Great Depression for my entire lifetime… Looks like now they will probably get to

When America catches a cold, the world gets the flu…

WWII only cost 50-70 million lives to get out of the Depression… WWIII’s will be an order of magnitude greater…

phreshone on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 AM

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 2:25 AM

You seem to have a problem with the facts. Akin was never a tea party candidate. Ted cruz, bona fide tea party senator, won.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM

The fix was in. I called it.

The Rogue Tomato on November 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM

God, please bless America, and if you’ve got a couple of minutes, please tell me what you’ve done here tonight.

TXUS on November 7, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Cried.

Key West Reader on November 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM

You are an idiot. YOU LOST. Leave my country you piece of s#it. You followed a loser for 2 years and the American people handed your a$$ to you. Go choke on a bone.

HotAirLib on November 7, 2012 at 2:11 AM

You expect exactly half of us to bend over and accept that an equal number of lazy puke tards like yourself handed us our azzes? Not likely. Scumbag. You sicken me. May you and your definition of American People rot for eternity in a humid dancing vagina costume.

preallocated on November 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Mitt is a class act in every sense. He has my utmost respect and deep appreciation for everything he has given his country.

He would have made an excellent president. Half the country realized to this, but the other half was too foolish and stuck with a loser.

So, we are stuck now with Barack Obama for another four years. But we will be back in 2014 and 2016. This is not the end.

bluegill on November 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:12 AM

You also have a problem with facts. Romney never genuflected to conservatives. Had he done so, he might have gotten sufficient turnout to win.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:28 AM

I think once the numbers come out we’ll probably see that Romney had the worst percentage of minority votes of any candidate in history.

tkyang99 on November 7, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Although that may be true, that is not why he lost Virginia and Florida…

First, Bush tied Florida in 2000. This year its only a half point race. Florida out performed the national election by about 2 points. thats alot better then 2000, when it was only a half point better.

The Republican lost 3 battle ground states by 5 points each…Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire. What do those 3 battle ground states have in common? Almost no minorities and incredibly few hispanics. All 3 have less then 6% hispanic populations. Texas has 37.6%. Even Kansas is hugely Republican, yet has 10.5 hispanics. Immigration had very little to do with this race. It wasn’t even mentioned in the last debate. I did not see one commercial on immigration. And it had almost nothing to do with losing New Hampshire, Iowa, and Wisconsin. We lost those 90% white electorates by 5% because the 50% are idiots and we didn’t get out our 50% base out enough. We had to convince these idiots how stupid they were for voting for a liberal destroyer of our country. One decent debate a month ago just wasn’t enough of a deprogramming effort. We needed more ammo. The convention was lousy. The commercials were mostly weak and ineffective. And the candidates did’t get out enough and spread the message on TV. I thought it was a horribly run campaign other then not making huge mistakes. They hardly mentioned Obamacare for goodness sakes. We won 2010 largely on Obamacare.

This election was not lost because of immigration. It was lost because we didn’t wake up the white voters to the destruction of the nation the media and the Dems are doing. We didn’t articulate it well enough and often enough. So it became more of a ground game and they ran hard left and got their lefties to the polls.

KMav on November 7, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Sadly, after this horrible night I have to report that Mia love lost by 2000 votes. Guess we can turn out the lights on this country.

Vanceone on November 7, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Ugh. That’s got me bummed.

Dongemaharu on November 7, 2012 at 2:29 AM

KMav on November 7, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Great post.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Ok, but the House gets to file articles of impeachment.

And 2014 is going to be a heck of a year for conservatives. I’m excited about that.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 AM

The House isn’t going to do d-ck regarding Benghazi. Maybe another hearing or two, but at this point we’ll have some more details trickling out which will make Obama look like a liar and a coverup artist and it won’t matter because he never has to defend himself before the electorate again.

I do think 2014 can be very good for conservatives, but so what? We’re not gonna be gunning for a veto-proof majority in the Senate, so whatever gains we make in Congressional seats are meaningless. Obama will still be President, so our best hope is gridlock and limiting his executive orders. That and praying for the continued health of Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Ok, but the House gets to file articles of impeachment.

And 2014 is going to be a heck of a year for conservatives. I’m excited about that.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Impeachment, right… find Obama annoying? You ain’t seen nothin until you’ve seen President Biden.

Maybe we can be conservative here again now that we don’t have to defend a candidate whose policy goals contradict our own point for point

Maybe you should pick Alan West, looks like his calendar is now wide open. The country doesn’t want ‘severely conservative’ leaders.

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Iirc, the republican party told them to fcuk off. Bush won by turning out the base, giving them something to get excited about. Romney thought he had to win independents, and didn’t want to excite the base for fear of turning them off. And in fact Mitt did win independents, but that didn’t win him the race. Lesson: You have to excite your people. Voting against the other guy, just like 2004, is not enough.

Can you explain how Mitt wasn’t “conservative” enough? What did you want him to do, run on anti-gay marriage? Or on immediate deportation of all illegals?

He articulated Conservative principles of less government and free markets better than any candidate since Reagan.

So what else exactly did he not do enough of? Besides learning to shoot moose?

tkyang99 on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Reality check… NYSE up almost 60% under Obama and NASDAQ nearly doubled [...]

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Trust me, your reality check is about to bounce.

ElectricPhase on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

The worst thing about this loss is Mitt Romney FORCED HIMSELF to be the nominee. We could have had Santorum who had passion. We could have had Gingrich who had moxxy. We could have had Perry who had the Latino vote. But no, Romney forced this loss on us and we tried to tell you all but you were all too scared of their flaws. Most of their flaws were their saving graces. We would’ve been much better off with any one of them, but Mitt Romney stole the Iowa election and you just LET HIM because you were afraid to stand up to him. Great. Now we have to sit by as Obama forces you to pay for things that violates our rights, has a plan to consort with Russia to destroy the nation, continues his trillion dollar deficits, further expansion of the government, and entrenchment of the entitlement cless that MITT ROMNEY SUPPORTED AS GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSSETTS. We KNEW this was coming, but you all took the high and easy road of looking the other way at every single turn. And now we’ve turned into a ditch that is going to mean the end of America shortly. It really is not going to be pretty what takes place shortly.

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

I do think 2014 can be very good for conservatives, but so what? We’re not gonna be gunning for a veto-proof majority in the Senate

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

whyever not?

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:31 AM

However, blaming Romney for being what he is is not helpful. He ran with dignity and as an adult and I appreciate that.

Thank YOU for saying that. A good decent and successful man ran against a corrupt lying machine. He lost. But he can’t change who he is. You want a corrupt and lying Republican running for President, go ahead. It won’t change anything, just give the Dems more ammo to use against us. They will always hate us, because we believe in working hard and being good to each other. They don’t.

Sadly ‘they’ are now more than ‘us.’

I think I’m witnessing the end of democracy and nationhood. We are becoming tribal again. Hard to believe.

Anyway come on down to Oz if you feel like waiting till our elections are done next year. If we get the conservatives back in, we may forestall the inevitable slide into anarchy a few generations or so.

Ozwitch on November 7, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Articles of Impeachment 1: Fast and Furious

Articles of Impeachment 2: Benghazi

Articles of Impeachment 3: Solyndra.

QED.

Who is John Galt on November 7, 2012 at 2:32 AM

A bit too early to say exactly what happened, we need a few days to analyze the results, I’m particularly interested in what the hell happened in Florida and Virginia, which I thought we would win easily. My guess is that Romney did extremely poor among Hispanics.

I think once the numbers come out we’ll probably see that Romney had the worst percentage of minority votes of any candidate in history.

tkyang99 on November 7, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Soo, how do you propose to win minorities, just curious. You are not implying in any way that putting a candidate with a Hispanic name on the VP ballot would change the fact that the GOP is not the party of free stuff and amnesty, thereore tey have nothing really tooffer to the minorities in question. As or the other minority, I hope you are joking…

jimver on November 7, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Can you explain how Mitt wasn’t “conservative” enough?

tkyang99 on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

It wasn’t his positions, it was his attitude. He believed the tea party was something to be avoided, as were any/all of its champions. Jesus, he kept Palin out of the convention and pissed off the Paul supporters with floor rules shenanigans. He needed to throw the base a bone and didn’t, not once.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Can you explain how Mitt wasn’t “conservative” enough?

tkyang99 on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Romneycare
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Assault Weapons Ban
shutting down coal plants
etc, etc, etc.

sharrukin on November 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

We’re not gonna be gunning for a veto-proof majority in the Senate, so whatever gains we make in Congressional seats are meaningless. Obama will still be President, so our best hope is gridlock and limiting his executive orders. That and praying for the continued health of Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Vote down the debt increase. Either the country goes into a detox shock and emerges renewed, or Obama goes into full dictator mode and gets swept out in an armed uprising.

Archivarix on November 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:12 AM

You also have a problem with facts. Romney never genuflected to conservatives. Had he done so, he might have gotten sufficient turnout to win.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:28 AM

It was enough genuflection to scare Democrats en masse to vote. How much further right could Romney have gone?

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

iamse7en on November 7, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Don’t look ahead. This is the end of America. Obama is the 5th column. There’s nowhere else to look to.

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Impeachment, right… find Obama annoying? You ain’t seen nothin until you’ve seen President Biden.

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Please, please, oh, please let this happen.

At least we’d have something to laugh about!

ElectricPhase on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM


Iirc, the republican party told them to fcuk off. Bush won by turning out the base, giving them something to get excited about. Romney thought he had to win independents, and didn’t want to excite the base for fear of turning them off. And in fact Mitt did win independents, but that didn’t win him the race. Lesson: You have to excite your people. Voting against the other guy, just like 2004, is not enough.

I agree. I could never get excited about a candidate who was so visibly uncomfortable with the very base of voters he pretended to want to represent.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

You are on a conservative site and trolling and you’re telling us in OUR home (site) to f@ck ourselves?

This site has gone to heck in a handbasket allowing you and yours to troll here. This would not be allowed on liberal sites – you have the freedom to speak here that we would not get at Kos or HuffPoo.

If this is the direction that Hot Air wants to take, then by all means. There are other sites to check out.

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Testify.

I have sent a message to the editors, as M240H has suggested, singling out a couple of these trolls (bet you can guess one of them) and asking that the general troll situation be taken care of around here.

I agree with M240H and suggest that everybody do the same. Click “Contact HotAir” up at the top of the screen next to the search bar, and send a polite message.
It’s easy, don’t even need to use e-mail. It’s just posting a comment that will attract the attention of the editors. We have long said that this would be settled on election day, either because they lose and complain too hard, or because we lose and they do this sort of crap.

Gingotts on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

So, we are stuck now with Barack Obama for another four years. But we will be back in 2014 and 2016. This is not the end.

bluegill on November 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM

It is for me. I’m going to do something else. I don’t mean I’m about to fly out of a window or something — O Crap! ManlyRash! We lost Manly again! LOL — Guy, stop betting four years away at a time!

Axe on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

The time has come to forget about spending tons of money on 30 second TV ads and useless yard signs. TV is becoming less powerful due to the Internet, people just block those ads out anyway and who votes because they saw a stupid sign? Instead spend the money on get out the vote campaigns. The country is still center right but the truth is most people DON’T VOTE AT ALL. Republicans need to spend their money registering voters and then busing them to the polls, even if they have to skirt the law by giving them a free stuff if they have to. This is what democrats do and how they win elections.

Dollayo on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Just as the Left destroyed Bush, the GOP needs to take a lesson and do the same to Obama.

Tater Salad on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Reality check… NYSE up almost 60% under Obama and NASDAQ nearly doubled. Largest companies in the world are pouring investment dollars into the US. Apply is moving some production from China to the US and expending glass, semiconductor and other operations here.

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:24 AM

There’s no way you could be trolling this long and not know all of this. But what the heck:

The NYSE and NASDAQ were at the very bottom of the 2008 crash on Obama’s inauguration day. The market recovery happened before he even got his seat warm. You’ve been parroting that same line for 3 and a half years now. It isn’t fooling anyone.

“Apply” is moving some business to the US? You’re really going with cherry picking? Not to mention that an expanding production sector is a sign of a weak economy. There’s a reason we produce everything in China. It’s not because Asian people have small hands. It’s because they work cheap. Because they’re poor. If our information-and-service economy is “making strides” in manufacturing, that’s not a good sign. Mass manufacturing is backwards.

The same goes for “exports”, when you get around to pulling that out. Remember how you economic illiterates whined about rock-bottom exports during those hungry, depressed, desperate Bush years? Yeah, that’s because we had a strong currency and a strong economy. When you become more competitive at making doohickeys, its because your currency is weak and foreign investors can swoop, grab some paper, and put you to work.

Keep em coming.

HitNRun on November 7, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Benghazi….

skydaddy on November 7, 2012 at 2:35 AM

This election was not lost because of immigration. It was lost because we didn’t wake up the white voters to the destruction of the nation the media and the Dems are doing. We didn’t articulate it well enough and often enough. So it became more of a ground game and they ran hard left and got their lefties to the polls.

KMav on November 7, 2012 at 2:28 AM

We couldn’t instill fear in them. Obama and his team did a good job with that with certain demographics. When you can manage to convince enough women out there that contraception and abortion will be confiscated by the mere election of Mitt Romney as President, that tells you how effective scaring voters is.

I’m glad that the Romney/Ryan ticket ran a positive campaign, but they did need to lay out what the future would hold for this country if Americans voted for 4 more years of Obama’s policies. That way even if the GOP did come up short in 2012, they’d have the biggest “I told you so” campaign ever waiting for them in 2016.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Why the hell didnt the base turn out? what happened? What more did cons need?

Jack_Burton on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

This is a blessing in disguise…and the trillion dollars businesses have been sitting on will NOT invest here and send thier money overseas..the stock market will crater…The One will become the Depised One….gas prices will soar…the middle class will become the deprived

and the seas havent stopped thier rise…they needed 4 more years too…

So libtard, hotairlib, gumby and all the rest of you blowhards…look out…you own it now..will be anxious to see if you keep showing up here

LaRepublican on November 7, 2012 at 2:20 AM

^This

Our debt is not sustainable once interest rates inevitably rise. The bond market is not going to like what Obama is selling in his second term. It would have been a messy cleanup for Romney, and conservatives would get the blame. Now the collapse can happen, probably sooner than it otherwise would have, and Obama and the progressives will have to own it.

rndmusrnm on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Remember Bronn fighting for Tyrion against Jon Aryn’s widow at the moon door?

He kicked the other guy out of the door and said: “HE fought with honour.”

That’s where we are today, folks.

Ozwitch on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Jesus, he kept Palin out of the convention and pissed off the Paul supporters with floor rules shenanigans. He needed to throw the base a bone and didn’t, not once.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

So true. I could see why Romney could want Bush and Palin away, but pissing off Ron Paul cohorts who wanted their 15 minutes of recognition was outright arrogant. Most of them are young enough to bury the corpse of the GOP and dance on its grave.

Archivarix on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

It was enough genuflection to scare Democrats en masse to vote.

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Um, no. It wasn’t. The arguments that worked for Obama were that the GOP hated women and Romney was a rich guy. All this crap tonight about how the electorate rejected the GOP for being too ideological is horse puckey.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

I never believed the American people could actually want this. Now it’s clear the majority of this country has now embraced collectivism and misery on both the personal and national level. We lost more than an election today. It won’t happen overnight, but America and everything it stood for will bleed away, and the entire world will suffer tragically as a result.
We did all we could, and it wasn’t nearly enough.
Don’t forgive them, for they know just what they’ve done. They just don’t care.

Sign of the Dollar on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

america…
(and i didn’t use a capital on purpose..)

In 2008 I understood why so many voted for obama. The ‘first black president’.

I got that.

But now…after 6 trillion in debt.
After an abysmal record. A NOTHING shown as just that.
….america voted for it’s destruction. For it’s failure.
It is now over run by the lazy. By the dark hearted and vile.
It has ceased to be the “America” that I knew. The America that I loved.

I am only now…a civilian here. With the only blessing that I am in TEXAS.

Since this country has voted for it’s destruction…For it’s demise…Let them have it.And it will come.
I no longer have sympathy for those in NY. NJ. Who are suffering through the aftermath of the ‘storm’. You have the the govt you voted for. LIVE WITH IT.
MY blessing is that I live in TEXAS where we’ll kick ass till we die. As for the rest of you (ohio, colo, nev, etc…)

go to hell.
(you voted for it after all.)
>:D

Handel on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Well, just got up to see the final results. The Lord has decided there are not 10 righteous in our country and has delivered us to the communists.

To all you trolls; may you rot in the hell of the communist evil that you have helped bring upon us. There is no good in the man that you have helped bring to power over this country.

May the Lord provide us some means of escaping the evil unleashed upon us. This country was a wonderful beacon of freedom and liberty and the fools in our midst have voted to relinquish that freedom for “free” crap. Yeah, good luck with that for as long as it lasts.

AZfederalist on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 AM

I give up the fight. Y’all have fun complaining, but freedom lost. I’ll just keep Goin Galt.

Who is John Galt on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Most amusing part of tonight… no matter who ya was for..you guys can see a difference between Mitt and Barry.

welfare/warfare, Barry or warfare/welfare, Mitt. Yous guys are blind to the thuggery as long as your guy is do’n da loot’n

Wake me when there is a individual liberty candidate in the mix and I’ll dump my Kool-Aid stock. Until then drink up, kids, ya make’n me rich.

roflmmf

donabernathy on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 AM

You seem to have a problem with the facts. Akin was never a tea party candidate. Ted cruz, bona fide tea party senator, won.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Mourdoch was Tea Party and blew it…and he kicked out a sitting (R) senator to boot. OK..Akin was not Tea Party but he as a right-wing idiot you must agree. I am being dead serious here…you need to look for people with intelligence & ideology. Republicans only look for the second part which gets you in trouble with independents.

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 2:38 AM

I could see why Romney could want Bush and Palin away

Archivarix on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

I don’t give a crap what they wanted. It’s a 3-day pageant of political characters. Everyone who has a name recognizable to Joe Blow should be on that stage. Romney’s convention was a complete snoozefest with nothing memorable except an off-the-cuff Clint Eastwood comedy bit.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Reality check… NYSE up almost 60% under Obama and NASDAQ nearly doubled [...]

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Yeah, you can thank Bernanke for that. That and the dollar collapse that follows it.

rndmusrnm on November 7, 2012 at 2:38 AM

whyever not?

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:31 AM

You think we’re gonna pick up 22 Senate seats in the 2014 midterms? Remember, we need 67 to have a veto-proof majority. The Congress is useless until we win back the White House and we have to wait til 2016 for our next shot at that. 2014 will be nothing more than an opportunity to pad our numbers and win a moral victory.

The choice election was 2012 and we lost badly when you include the Senate outcome. 2016 will be about trying to clean up the mess Obama and the Dems leave us. God help whomever the GOP Presidential nominee is, especially if he or she actually wins and inherits that nightmare.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Why the hell didnt the base turn out? what happened? What more did cons need?

Jack_Burton on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Someone who wasn’t Obama-lite.

sharrukin on November 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM

We came as close as we could UNTIL we either get rid of the media’s influence.

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:09 AM

You are so right! When people get their news from comedians this is what we get. People don’t realize the influence of the news media and entertainment shows have on the election. It’s all positive all the time for O. The biggest lies like Libya are somehow Romney’s fault.

I talked to a guy tonight who said he voted for Obama the last time because he just did not like that “Cain” guy. If you don’t know the names of candidates in the recent elections, PLZ don’t vote!

HellCat on November 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Ozwitch on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

spoiler alert mofo, not all of us read books./s

rndmusrnm on November 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

You’ve been parroting that same line for 3 and a half years now. It isn’t fooling anyone.

No, I almost never talk about the stock market because I think it’s a false indicator. But you predicted the markets tanking when in fact the markets have held strong, factoring in an Obama victory.

If our information-and-service economy is “making strides” in manufacturing, that’s not a good sign. Mass manufacturing is backwards.

Not true at all, manufacturing can expand in the US, driven by innovation and automation. In fact, that’s the basis of manufacturing in Germany and it generates more wealth than comparably less valuable services jobs. Not everyone is going to find employment at Google or Facebook or Goldman Sachs.

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

OK..Akin was not Tea Party but he as a right-wing idiot you must agree. I am being dead serious here…you need to look for people with intelligence & ideology. Republicans only look for the second part which gets you in trouble with independents.

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Fcuk independents. Romney won independents but it didn’t win him the presidential race. It’s a better proposition to excite your base than try to appeal to indies.

And I am from Missouri, worked my a$$ off to beat Akin in the primary, worked my a$$ off to get him to drop out of the race after his fatal interview, I accept zero blame for that self-centered jackass. Literally any other Republican in the state would have beaten McCaskill. As it was, Akin brought down the entire ticket and we lost some downballot races we should not have.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

It wasn’t his positions, it was his attitude. He believed the tea party was something to be avoided, as were any/all of its champions. Jesus, he kept Palin out of the convention and pissed off the Paul supporters with floor rules shenanigans. He needed to throw the base a bone and didn’t, not once.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

That convention was an utter disaster. There was many reasons they hardly had any bounce from it. You named two.

One other disaster from that disaster was the platform it gave to Christie, so he could have a higher profile and tell us how out standing Obama was doing. I think that was worth atleast a point all on its own. Which just so happens was the difference in the big three states.

KMav on November 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Romney was the best we had. Those other clowns wouldn’t have even come close.

WisCon on November 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM

You think we’re gonna pick up 22 Senate seats in the 2014 midterms? Remember, we need 67 to have a veto-proof majority.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM

I was more thinking 60. But just getting to 51 gives us committee chairmanships which would be huge, and I think that’s a reachable goal for 2014.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:43 AM

‘The ONLY Candidate Who Can Beat Obama’!

SuperCool on November 7, 2012 at 2:43 AM

And I am from Missouri, worked my a$$ off to beat Akin in the primary, worked my a$$ off to get him to drop out of the race after his fatal interview, I accept zero blame for that self-centered jackass. Literally any other Republican in the state would have beaten McCaskill. As it was, Akin brought down the entire ticket and we lost some downballot races we should not have.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

I believe in God.

I believe in letting unborn children live.

I believe that God will punish Todd Akin.

Alberta_Patriot on November 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Reality check… NYSE up almost 60% under Obama and NASDAQ nearly doubled [...]

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Right, those money printing machines hard at work :)…

jimver on November 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

I see the mood here is similar on this side of the screen.

Gads, I can’t even picture what the next 4 years is gonna be like.

BlaxPac on November 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Articles of Impeachment 1: Fast and Furious

Articles of Impeachment 2: Benghazi

Articles of Impeachment 3: Solyndra.

QED.

Who is John Galt on November 7, 2012 at 2:32 AM

You forgot Harry Reed controls the senate

audiotom on November 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Iirc, the republican party told them to fcuk off. Bush won by turning out the base, giving them something to get excited about. Romney thought he had to win independents, and didn’t want to excite the base for fear of turning them off. And in fact Mitt did win independents, but that didn’t win him the race. Lesson: You have to excite your people. Voting against the other guy, just like 2004, is not enough.

I agree. I could never get excited about a candidate who was so visibly uncomfortable with the very base of voters he pretended to want to represent.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

What’s worse? The discomfort of voting for the status quo/RINO or the discomfort of the next four years?

Really… if people weren’t enthusiastic about trying to avoid a second Obama term, then we have deeper soul searching to do – like a narcissistic and useless population.

There’s no excuse for anyone who tries to call themselves a “conservative” not to have done what they could to oust Obama.

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Let’s be realistic. Romney did himself in by embracing the description of ‘severely conservative’ and gratuitously bowing to the right wing in order to win the nomination.

Ultimately, it led to his undoing. There was simply no way to reverse all the positioning done to appease the Tea Party and then pivot back to the middle for the general election. The country has spoken and it doesn’t want a severely conservative president.

bayam

Dude, you won. The election is over. You don’t have to keep lying, though I know it will be difficult, you being a liberal and all. They aren’t going to take away the win if you speak the truth now.

Here’s realistic….when a significant portion of the country voted for obama because they believed Romney and Ryan were going to remove their lady parts or something, the country is gone.

xblade on November 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Romney was the best we had. Those other clowns wouldn’t have even come close.

WisCon on November 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM

That goes without saying.

jimver on November 7, 2012 at 2:46 AM

You forgot Harry Reed controls the senate

audiotom

With even more seats now.

xblade on November 7, 2012 at 2:47 AM

I was more thinking 60. But just getting to 51 gives us committee chairmanships which would be huge, and I think that’s a reachable goal for 2014.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:43 AM

That requires picking up a net 6 seats. We did pull that off in 2010, but it’s never an easy task no matter how unpopular the incumbent President is. And again, what the hell difference will committee chairmanships make. We need the power of the Presidency coupled with the majority in Congress. We have to wait til 2016 for our next shot at that.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 2:35 AM

The problem was they picked Ryan to articulate the conservative message, then had him and Romney hide for three months. I swear to you that Palin did more interviews with the press then ryan did. We need to present our case. We did not in this campaign almost ever, except in the debates. Which just so happened to best the be4st moments in the campaign. When we presented the case. Just wasn’t enough of that over 3 months.

KMav on November 7, 2012 at 2:47 AM

There’s no excuse for anyone who tries to call themselves a “conservative” not to have done what they could to oust Obama.

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Shame only gets you so far. At some point a candidate has to offer a compelling alternative, and that’s something Romney was not good at.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:47 AM

We’re sorry, Israel.

Regards from those of us who care for you, in what was once America.

Gingotts on November 7, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Thank you. And sorry — truly, we tried.

Axe on November 7, 2012 at 2:06 AM

I actually look at it as a blessing in potential for Israel. For decades we have cow-towed to US and EU pressure to bend over for a peace process leading to our own destruction.

The problem is we need someone with serious back bone. Netanyahu and the Likud are not the answer. If you want to see parallels of shifting sands to the left, compare what the Likud has become to what the Republican party has become. You’re about to watch the RINOs turn into pink elephants, as they run after illegals, blacks, Hispanics, at the expense of whatever they had left of conservatism.

I have been calling my fellow Jews, both in the US and similarly in Israel, “stupid Jews” for years. Unfortunately, I can now call my fellow US citizens “stupid Americans” – and very stupid at that.

The situation is sad. It’s pathetic.

Shy Guy on November 7, 2012 at 2:48 AM

I heard some analysis on Fox Business News tonight suggesting that Romney lost the election some weeks or months ago when X or Y happened. They are wrong, Romney lost the election when he spearheaded and passed the assault weapons ban which inspired the national ban. Romney lost the election when he had an elaborate signing ceremony to celebrate Romneycare and the crony-mandate, the only thing that he has never flip flipped on and still supports to this day—even many of his supporters laughably claim that he was dragged kicking and screaming and had no choice but to sign it. Romney lost the election when he ran to the left of Ted Kennedy for the Senate and when he supported Geithner and Bernanke and the bailouts, until the election started and he flip flopped, as usual. Romney lost the election when he rigged a vote at the Republican National Convention that neuters the grass roots and would have stopped Reagan from ever being president had the rule been in affect at the time. I’m not sure how involved Romney and his campaign were with all the cheating by the GOP establishment during the caucuses and probably primaries, but whoever is to blame, Republicans lost the election when they cheated and rigged votes during the primaries.

According to a poll earlier this Tuesday Romney was winning independents by a wide margin. Presumably they were the only ones gullible enough to fall for the billion dollar propaganda campaign. If Romney won so many independents then he must have lost traditionally Republican voters by an even wider margin.

Now the grass roots next task is to undo the rigged vote and get rid of the anti-Reagan rule that Romney shoved down the parties throat. If that rule isn’t undone then I don’t think I will ever vote for another Republican. The few I voted for this time need to run as Libertarians next time, IMO.

FloatingRock on November 7, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Amen kim roy! I’m sad because this isn’t the America I thought I knew. Looters take all.

txhsmom on November 7, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Gee, trying to imagine if/how many of hubby’s customers will have to pink-slip, now, just to be able to meet the month-end bottom line ??
Hmmm….. Sure am hoping they’ll be able to pay the $thousands they owe us, before going under !!

Rubber, meet road, dammit.

pambi on November 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Soo, how do you propose to win minorities, just curious. You are not implying in any way that putting a candidate with a Hispanic name on the VP ballot would change the fact that the GOP is not the party of free stuff and amnesty, thereore tey have nothing really tooffer to the minorities in question. As or the other minority, I hope you are joking…

It’s not gonna happen over night. The Republican brand is damaged among minorities, and the media isn’t helping. We probably have to take baby steps, but we gotta start somewhere. Like when Newt had the right idea when he reached out to hispanics during the primary.

Also I don’t think the “absolutely no amnesty” platform is going to fly anymore. We can compromise. We can be more flexible.

But I think most important of all, we as Conservatives need to overcome the fear/belief that any immigrant automatically becomes a Democrat voter for life. It doesn’t have to be that way.

tkyang99 on November 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM

I feel sorry for the business owner who has to down size, lay people off and eventually close

The business climate was holding on for today, and the answer was a bold slap in the face

audiotom on November 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Most amusing part of tonight… no matter who ya was for..you guys can see a difference between Mitt and Barry.

welfare/warfare, Barry or warfare/welfare, Mitt. Yous guys are blind to the thuggery as long as your guy is do’n da loot’n

Wake me when there is a individual liberty candidate in the mix and I’ll dump my Kool-Aid stock. Until then drink up, kids, ya make’n me rich.

roflmmf

donabernathy on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Geez. Yet another who thinks it’s all about economics. Libya, F&F, Israel/Iran. Yeah, I’m worried.

People like YOU who can’t see the big picture and get mired in a single issue or put the blinders on are the problem.

You are no better than some idiot woman worrying about birth control and tampons.

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:50 AM

of course people immediately rush to blame the social conservatives for everything.

of course. it’s all our fault.

did romney run as a strong socon? uh, nope, don’t think so. and yet he lost anyway! interesting that socons get the blame!

Sachiko on November 7, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Dude, you won. The election is over. You don’t have to keep lying

Yes, I was constantly accused of lying about the polls in PA and MI. But as you said, those were all lies. HA fed you the truth.

bayam on November 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

Here’s realistic….when a significant portion of the country voted for obama because they believed Romney and Ryan were going to remove their lady parts or something, the country is gone.

xblade on November 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Thanks for the laugh :) I needed that…on the other hand it is so surreal, almost like a scene from the theatre of the absurd…

jimver on November 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

I guess impeachment is too much to hope for.

I’m considering going on the dole. I’ve always believed I should support my self and earn my way through life. America has said they want a society where I leech off the government. So now I wonder, is it unAmerican to work now? Is going on the dole the new patriot’s duty?

Dan_Yul on November 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

And again, what the hell difference will committee chairmanships make.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 2:47 AM

They set the agenda. It makes a difference, it’s one reason the GOP was able to mostly ignore Clinton when it came to setting a budget.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

I feel sorry for the business owner who has to down size, lay people off and eventually close

The business climate was holding on for today, and the answer was a bold slap in the face

audiotom on November 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM

No joke. Livin it, atm.
(pambi on November 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM)

pambi on November 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

There’s no excuse for anyone who tries to call themselves a “conservative” not to have done what they could to oust Obama.

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Shame only gets you so far. At some point a candidate has to offer a compelling alternative, and that’s something Romney was not good at.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:47 AM

I understand what you are saying and not arguing with *you*, but c’mon. F&F, Benghazi, Iran, Putin, etc, etc, etc is not enough to give a compelling argument.

My “come to Jesus” moment was when Obama offered his flexibility to Putin. That compelled me to accept a RINO.

What do people need? Jugglers and dancing bears???

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Ozwitch on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

spoiler alert mofo, not all of us read books./s

rndmusrnm on November 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Jeez. That was Season One of the TV series. 2 years ago. Seriously.

Ozwitch on November 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Class a word that Barack Obama has never failed to understand.

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Resist We Much on November 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Romney did the best that anyone could do. And the GOP is not to blame.

Americans voted to elect a complete unknown, who had absolutely no record of genuine achievement. Then, despite his miserable performance after four years on the job, they have chosen to re-elect him.

Romney didn’t fail. Americans have.

The Resolute Desk on November 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

You forgot Harry Reed controls the senate

audiotom

With even more seats now.

THERE’S A STORM A’COMIN. mark my words. And I wont shed a tear for those caught in it.

Handel on November 7, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Don’t forgive them, for they know just what they’ve done. They just don’t care.

Sign of the Dollar on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

That’s poetic, but it’s wrong, so I’m going to argue with it. :)

They don’t know.

Look at all the Obama supporters’ comments tonight, across threads. His economic policies are working, his social policies are important and transformative in a good sense (and need to be protected from being undone) — on and on, lots of different perspectives. They believe what they are saying. And knowing that the collectivism underneath is fundamentally “evil” (their scare quotes) — that’s a million miles away.

Or not. I was already wrong once today. I’m jumpy.

Axe on November 7, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Obama has won it all. The House will be effectively neutered. We can all talk about softening our stances on social issues or whatever trick pony is suppose to appease the public so that they will vote for Republicans but the long and short of it is that it doesn’t make any difference. We cannot continue on the economic path that Obama is committed to and he has no intention of changing. Why should he? The only sound advice that can be given, which if you are here you already have done or have in motion, is to protect yourself from the fall out the best you can.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Ugh. That’s got me bummed.

Dongemaharu on November 7, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Why??..You seem giddy over the Romney loss..:)

Dire Straits on November 7, 2012 at 2:55 AM

kim roy on November 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Hey, for me all it took was SCOTUS upholding ObamaCare. I’m really upset that implementation of that horrendous law is going to move forward. But nothing’s set in stone, policies that need fixing now will still need fixing in 2 years, and Obama will not be on the ballot in 2014. People obviously cannot be rational about him.

alwaysfiredup on November 7, 2012 at 2:56 AM

YOU LOST.

You lost, too. You just aren’t smart enough to realize it.

reaganaut on November 7, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. I am hoping Republicans weren’t pushing as hard as they could have on this issue out of fear of a backfire. Now? What have we got to lose?

But I wonder what it’s worth anyway. When more than half of the electorate are bought and paid for, their votes and their intellectual engagement (such as it is) can easily be dismissed as being driven by their stomachs and genitalia. To the politically-involved producers, they have become unengageable, and now they are undefeatable. Why invest in a system where it has become two wolves and a lamb voting on dinner? If we can’t have something awful happen that burns down the government bakery and circus that is totally not our fault, if we fall further into the political machine that ensures that we cannot defeat the looters politically, do we have an option left besides divorce or violence (same thing)?

Sekhmet on November 7, 2012 at 2:56 AM

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