Miller: If Romney’s what’s wrong with America, this country has serious problems

posted at 8:41 am on November 8, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

On the O’Reilly Factor last night, Dennis Miller gave voice to something that I’ve been pondering since last Tuesday night. One very grave disappoint of this election cycle (of which there are certainly very many) is that Team Obama is basically getting off scot-free with such a viciously negative, personal, and populist campaign. They’ve in essence been rewarded for relentlessly calling Mitt Romney a heartless corporate raider and vulture capitalist, a tax-sheltering sneak thief, a greedy sycophant who may-or-may-not be a felon and is pretty much responsible for cancer deaths via factory closures.

The Obama campaign put their full weight into making Mitt Romney into somebody we all need to be scared of, instead of what he actually is: A pretty admirable representative of the possibilities of the American dream. Sure, he started out with a good leg up (what parent doesn’t aspire to provide a better life for their children?), but he was hugely successful on his own merits; spent his life highly focused on family, religion, and community; and was a bigtime go-getter who personally created jobs and economic growth. The personal and class-warfare-oriented attacks all seemed to imply that Mitt Romney is what’s wrong with America, but if we can’t recognize that he personally is at least one type (and there are many types) of exactly what’s right with America, then this is even more serious than we thought.

I want to say that I have met Romney. Folks, I know a lot of you have been convinced out there that this guy is the problem with America. He’s not. He’s a very good man, he cares greatly about this country. … He’s a great patriot. I know that that side is going to paint him as the trouble with America. If he’s the trouble with America. If he’s the trouble with America, folks, this country does have a lot, a lot of problems.

I’m hoping it’s a good sign that, after the first debate when Americans finally saw and listened to Mitt Romney in person without all of the extra noise, there was a massive popular shift in his direction, but however great or small a factor all the negativity really was, it was part and parcel of a strategy that worked for Team Obama, and the fact that they believed such attacks were part of an effective path to victory is enough in and of itself.

In that vein, some food for thought, via Tom Bevan and Carl Cannon at RCP:

Romney’s critics on both the right and the left often accused him of lacking “a core,” but those who are close him believe this misses the essence of the man utterly. “Core” values to Romney are his church and family, and to them he is a consistently devoted servant.

Mark McKinnon, a confidant of George W. Bush, describes Romney as a good man whose values run deep, but whose politics are “transactional.” That’s hardly a sin, given that the two party’s politics are transactional as well. …

To liberal writer Ezra Klein, Romney’s problem — in terms of how he’s perceived — is that what he most values is empirical data, which he thinks complement his natural management skills.

“A lifetime of data has proven to him that he’s extraordinarily, even uniquely, good at managing and leading organizations, projects and people,” Klein writes. “It’s those skills, rather than specific policy ideas, that he sees as his unique contribution. That has been the case everywhere else he has worked, and he assumes it will be the case in the White House, too.”


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Miller is a real patriot…

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM

(what parent doesn’t aspire to provide a better life for their children?)

People that voted for Obama.

mrscullen on November 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Don’t worry, income will be capped with a 100% tax rate for anyone who dares to make too much soon.

Rollie on November 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

The world loves President Sandy.

Electrongod on November 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I think The Daily Show had it right last night. There wasn’t a personal attack on Romney by Obama that Gingrich and Perry didn’t use first.

YYZ on November 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Dem Playbook
character assassination, issues be da*ned

This is the future

cmsinaz on November 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Romney is what’s wrong with America, and so are the people who voted for him.

Dante on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Well put and words to remember…..

If Romney’s what’s wrong with America, this country has serious problems.

itsspideyman on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

isn’t Ezra Klein the sage that complained the constitution was like a hundred old and stuff?

DanMan on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Not as good as his Stockdale rant but I’ll take it…

Caper29 on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

My take on what is wrong:

First, thank you to all of the HA posters that have attempted to put the best possible light on the tragedy that was this election. Normally an optimistic person by nature I can find little hope for our once great country.

Over the past thirty or so years our education system has been using our schools to further the agenda of the left, the unions, and big government. Rewriting history, vilifying religion, and coddling those unwilling to sacrifice to succeed in their own education has left us with a multi-generation pool of “educated” kids that have no real skills, reasoning ability, or attention level past the next post or tweet.

Parents have been convinced that our children’s’ self esteems need to be nurtured by the parents actions and not by the child’s own accomplishments. This is evident by the “everyone gets a trophy”, no need to keep score, little Johnny should be promoted for trying mentality. One must work hard to give him/her self every advantage possible and then there are no guarantees. But, at least if maximum effort is given then one can always feel pride in the attempt. Failure is not a bad thing. Trying to engineer the failure of no one is.

Morally we are bankrupt. I blame a large part of this on the entertainment industry. Nothing is sacred anymore. The direct assault on religion, other than Islam, will IMO be our greatest downfall. The anything goes mentality is lazy and void of any discipline. “Void of discipline” is actually a factor in all segments of our “modern” society.

Personal responsibility is dead. Thanks to the litigation explosion over the past few decades our actions carry no responsibility as we have been taught it is always someone else’s fault and it is just unfair to suffer any consequences of personal decisions or stupidity. Our leaders as politicians teach us this, as the spin and deflection if properly executed are what is important. We will see this unfold as the Benghazi investigation commences just as we saw in the Fast and Furious debacle.

They say change is inevitable as I am sure they are right. They also say you can never go back as time marches on. Our country has changed. Oh how I already miss her. I will continue to fight for her , but I feel that as the half century mark turns in my life I will leave this earth many years from now with the fight yet won. God Bless the United States of America and all that she once stood for!

Sorry for the rant but had to get it out.

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I just read somewhere that Obama lost every state that requires photo ID. That just reinforces my belief that the election was fixed. All this introspection about why conservatism lost is a waste of time.

The Rogue Tomato on November 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM

This poor sick Republic has fallen victim to the philosophies of the Godless, hedonistic, parasitic left and it will take people of extraordinary strength, endurance and commitment to overcome their grip.

rplat on November 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM

One very grave disappoint of this election cycle (of which there are certainly very many) is that Team Obama is basically getting off scot-free with such a viciously negative, personal, and populist campaign.

They always get away with it and if Republicans do the same the democrats attack them for it. When will Republicans figure out that they can do the same?

It’s very frustrating waiting for the GOP to get a clue.

darwin on November 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM

(what parent doesn’t aspire to provide a better life for their children?)

People that voted for Obama.

mrscullen on November 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM

The ones who kill them in the womb.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I just read somewhere that Obama lost every state that requires photo ID. That just reinforces my belief that the election was fixed. All this introspection about why conservatism lost is a waste of time.

The Rogue Tomato on November 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Well isn’t that interesting.

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I think The Daily Show had it right last night. There wasn’t a personal attack on Romney by Obama that Gingrich and Perry didn’t use first.

YYZ on November 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

But Romney didn’t run the kind of negative ads against Obama that he ran against Newt.

And Romney, supposedly because he was out of his primary cash, and couldn’t use his general election fund cash, never answered the Obama negative ads over the summer.

Add in that awful convention, at which Romney was to be introduced to the nation, and you have a candidate defined by the opposition.

Wethal on November 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

well said neighbor

Rogue, they squelched our law requiring ID and the marxist still lost 58/42.

DanMan on November 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM

The personal and class-warfare-oriented attacks all seemed to imply that Mitt Romney is what’s wrong with America,

Seemed to imply? Obama ran ads saying “Mitt Romney is the problem. Not the solution.” and that he “wasn’t one of us.”

There is no seems there — heck, there isn’t even any implying there. Team Obama flat out said it.

And O’Reilly should have been pushing back on all these unfair attacks on Romney BEFORE the election when it might have helped, but he was too busy trying to get an interview with Obama.

People who don’t think Romney had a core were either willfully blind or plain old ignorant. Smaller government, pro-captilism and reapplying the principles that we our rights came from our Creator, not the government are CORE values and they are core CONSERVATIVE values. Positions on such and such pet issue –no matter how important that issue might be to you — is not a CORE value.

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Mark McKinnon, a confidant of George W. Bush, describes Romney as a good man whose values run deep, but whose politics are “transactional.”

transactional = he’ll say what you want to hear in exchange for your vote, depending on whether it’s a state gubenatorial election, a national primary or a national general election.

Wethal on November 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I think The Daily Show had it right last night. There wasn’t a personal attack on Romney by Obama that Gingrich and Perry didn’t use first.

YYZ on November 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Oh really? Did any of the GOP candidates call Romney a tax cheat or a felon or a murderer? Hell, I don’t even recall them using the word “liar” even when noting his flip-flops. What Newt and Perry did do(and were roundly trashed by even anti-Romney conservatives for doing so) was use the vulture capitalist attack and try to paint his tenure at Bain as a negative.

That’s a convenient selective memory by Jon Stewart and crew. They’re trying to let Obama and his team off the hook for their nasty, shallow campaign. But look, I’ll give props to Obama. He ran for reelection offering no new ideas and no real defense of his first term performance aside from blaming it on Bush and the GOP. And he was rewarded by a narrow margin by an uninformed, ignorant, and frankly selfish electorate. I would say it’ll be schadenfreude when the economy crashes in Obama’s 2nd term and they’re sitting around wondering what the hell happened, but unfortunately we’ll be suffering alongside them.

Doughboy on November 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I saw this morning that all 77 counties in Oklahoma voted for the Republican nominee.

For the 2nd national election in a row.

Dennis Miller would probably get a warm welcome in the state.

PappyD61 on November 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

He’s right, we are on our own, look out for friends and family and try ease the damage as the decay and stagnation begin to take their toll.

rob verdi on November 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Very well said, HR.

TXUS on November 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I’ve come up with the perfect show business analogy for this whole debacle: The Simpsons episode “Homer’s Enemy”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOgS8gTATv8&feature=related

Those of us who voted for Romney are Frank Grimes. Hard-working people who play by the book.

Obama is Homer Simpson. ’nuff said.

The election was the children’s nuclear power plant contest. We thought we would finally defeat our lazy, over-rated, incompetent, and dangerous, yet inexplicably popular, hated rival.

Instead, Homer/Obama bested Frank Grimes/conservatives and libertarians yet again, with Obama voters playing the role of Lenny, Carl, and the rest of the nuclear power plant workers who reward Homer’s buffoonery with praise, the risk of a total meltdown be damned.

Now we’re running around, just looking for some high voltage cables to prove our point about Obama’s cluelessness…

I’m not trying to be flip about that Charlie Fox on Tuesday night; I see bad times ahead for all of us. I just have to laugh about what an utter disaster it is.

MidniteRambler on November 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Heh, I just watched this minutes before it was posted.

Yeah, Dennis is going Galt on a certain level as soon as he can. That’s the impression I’ve been getting from him over the past year and during his post election show. Can’t say I blame him. I love the way he puts it, “This country is not a country of people who bust their hump anymore.”

Dongemaharu on November 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I saw this morning that all 77 counties in Oklahoma voted for the Republican nominee.

What are the schools like down there, I wonder.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I think The Daily Show had it right last night. There wasn’t a personal attack on Romney by Obama that Gingrich and Perry didn’t use first.

YYZ on November 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

And you’d be wrong. Unless Newt & Perry said that Romney was responsible for the death of a woman for cancer, or that he was the “problem” not the solution or that he “wasn’t one of us.” (The didn’t).

Low information voter. That’s you (and yes, they exist on the left & right).

Anyone who thinks Santorum or Newt would have fared better against Obama is deluding himself.

But Romney didn’t run the kind of negative ads against Obama that he ran against Newt.

And Romney, supposedly because he was out of his primary cash, and couldn’t use his general election fund cash, never answered the Obama negative ads over the summer.

Add in that awful convention, at which Romney was to be introduced to the nation, and you have a candidate defined by the opposition.

Wethal on November 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Did anyone see Modern Family last night? There was a line that actually sounded critical of Obama, it cracked me up. The little boy, Luke, is in the ER with an allergic reaction, when the little girl, Lily, asks what the IV is that is attached to his arm. Luke says he doesn’t know, but “thanks to Obama, you’re paying for it.” Suddenly Luke is my favorite character on television.

mbs on November 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I have a coworker (actually the lead security officer) where I work who, when I said that his guy won (when I got to work Tuesday night), responded “good, now the rich can pay their fair share.”

This guy HATES Romney with a passion. He has nothing nice to say about him. But the thing is, he can’t actually verbalize his hate except as something abstract. If you try to pin him down to what he hates about Romney in particular, or Republicans in general, he falls back to claiming that both sides are cheaters and liars. He really doesn’t have a clue. Press him any further on why he then supports Democrats, he just says he doesn’t want to talk about it.

But he votes Democrat. Not because he knows anything about them. He just wants to make sure “the rich pay their share.”

He’s a no information voter. He “knows” vague generalities that he’s picked up from TV, but nothing specific.

It’s kind of scary. He has his prejudices and doesn’t want them questioned. He doesn’t want to think, at all.

Kraken on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Awwww look – Hotair is looking to a washed up comedian for answers to questions that have already been answered.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Mark McKinnon, a confidant of George W. Bush, describes Romney as a good man whose values run deep, but whose politics are “transactional.”

transactional = he’ll say what you want to hear in exchange for your vote, depending on whether it’s a state gubenatorial election, a national primary or a national general election.

Wethal on November 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

THIS X less votes than McCain got in 2008.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2XkKK1mio4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do74pBXLOTI

PappyD61 on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

One very grave disappoint of this election cycle (of which there are certainly very many) is that Team Obama is basically getting off scot-free with such a viciously negative, personal, and populist campaign.

You know, many leftists said the same about Bushs 2004 campaign. We once knew how to play that game and its just stunningly stupid that we stopped playing it, especially considering that Obama provides a rather target rich environment for this kind of campaigning.

Valkyriepundit on November 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I just read somewhere that Obama lost every state that requires photo ID. That just reinforces my belief that the election was fixed. All this introspection about why conservatism lost is a waste of time.

The Rogue Tomato on November 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM

That can’t be true because he won CT and they require an ID to vote. Also we the president voted he was required to show an ID in Illinios so they must have a similar law.

cw10036 on November 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

then this is even more serious than we thought.

This.

bitsy on November 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The dehumanization of Romney (an extension of the dehumanization of all non-liberals) did work. The drop in turnout was mostly on the non-Democrat side (be it Republican or “independent”). It also worked against Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, where Baldwin was able to define him for everybody under 30 as a Romney clone.

Look for it in every local race from here on out.

Steve Eggleston on November 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

DanMan on November 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM

TXUS on November 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Thank you!

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

what parent doesn’t aspire to provide a better life for their children?

Turns out that 50.3% of the parents think the way to do that is bigger government and “free stuff”.

We are boned. We let the Left take over education from kindergarten to the universities and indoctrinate two generations of our children.

“even when conservatives won elections, the people who lost those elections taught our children the next day.”

cool breeze on November 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I saw this morning that all 77 counties in Oklahoma voted for the Republican nominee.

For the 2nd national election in a row.

Dennis Miller would probably get a warm welcome in the state.

PappyD61 on November 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I am proud of my state. We like personal responsibility and freedom.

msupertas on November 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

One very grave disappoint of this election cycle (of which there are certainly very many) is that Team Obama is basically getting off scot-free with such a viciously negative, personal, and populist campaign.

No the grave disappoint was he got away scot-free from his ACTUAL RECORD!

the_nile on November 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

But Romney didn’t run the kind of negative ads against Obama that he ran against Newt.

And Romney, supposedly because he was out of his primary cash, and couldn’t use his general election fund cash, never answered the Obama negative ads over the summer.

Add in that awful convention, at which Romney was to be introduced to the nation, and you have a candidate defined by the opposition.

Wethal on November 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I hit submit — but I meant to quote & address this comment in my last post.

If you think Romney going negative on Obama would have worked, you’re a fool.

It wasn’t “supposed” about those funds — it was the law. Romney ended up with higher favorabiliteis at the end than Obama did — he just wasn’t giving away free stuff. So, again, a pointless “point” from someone who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

And if you think Romney had an “awful” convention you’re a low-info voter who believes whatever the MSM tells you.

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Did anyone see Modern Family last night? There was a line that actually sounded critical of Obama, it cracked me up. The little boy, Luke, is in the ER with an allergic reaction, when the little girl, Lily, asks what the IV is that is attached to his arm. Luke says he doesn’t know, but “thanks to Obama, you’re paying for it.” Suddenly Luke is my favorite character on television.

mbs on November 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Leftist Agenda Television.

mmmmmm, no thank you. Don’t even watch Network television anymore. Have never even watched more than 5 minutes of “Friends” “Frasier” “Big Bang Theory” or the others.

PappyD61 on November 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I couldn’t have said it any better! I work in a public school and see this on a daily basis. So sad

wolverinefan on November 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Well said, HR. Your second paragraph sums up exactly why our kids go to private Christian school. The public schools will never have the opportunity to “educate” my children.

Nikkia2112 on November 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Apparently there is a majority in America now that thinks the reason prices go up is gouging, that thinks the reason everyone doesn’t have a guaranteed job is corporate greed, that thinks the government should capitalize business rather than banks.

The government run schools have been turning out masses of government drones for a couple of generations, while ever greater regulations and central control have tied down the engine of business. Big media is the propaganda machine of the left. We are living Atlas Shrugged.

claudius on November 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

We’ve heard this before but I’ll say it again; here’s the problem and we’re pushing the average age so a solution had better come very quickly.

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“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

–Alexis de Tocqueville

rplat on November 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

What is coming back to haunt the Republicans is that they fought G.W. Bush on Immigration. Bush and Rove were out there saying we need to do something for the biggest growing voting block where a good percentage would lean to the right. Now there going to do it and Obama is going to be the Savior.

cw10036 on November 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Live it up while you can, you’ve got about 18 months under Obama’s policies before the free stuff runs out.

Congrats parasite, you’re host is dying.

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I just read somewhere that Obama lost every state that requires photo ID. That just reinforces my belief that the election was fixed. All this introspection about why conservatism lost is a waste of time.

The Rogue Tomato on November 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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“I make claims without providing any links. I know that makes my claims baseless, but I’m going to put it out there anyway.”
The Rogue Tomato on November 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

You were playing catchup in Ohio after being typecast. Don’t go pointing fingers at anyone else. Your advisors were terrible on that and ground game.

Starlink on November 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

He let too many smug insiders run his campaign.

the_nile on November 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

what parent doesn’t aspire to provide a better life for their children?

Shirley Sherrod would tell them to tell their kids to get government jobs.

Wethal on November 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

mmmmmm, no thank you. Don’t even watch Network television anymore. Have never even watched more than 5 minutes of “Friends” “Frasier” “Big Bang Theory” or the others.

PappyD61 on November 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Wasn’t there a recent story that said that TV shows are writing in dialogue to promote Obamacare?? No thanks. They better not mess with Dexter or Breaking Bad, as those are the only two shows I watch…other than old reruns.

Nikkia2112 on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Romney is what’s wrong with America, and so are the people who voted for him.

Dante on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Typically Obot projection — you’re what’s wrong with this country.

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Awwww look – Hotair is looking to a washed up comedian for answers to questions that have already been answered.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

You have a point, he’s no Janene Garafolo.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Live it up while you can, you’ve got about 18 months under Obama’s policies before the free stuff runs out.

Congrats parasite, you’re host is dying.

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Exactly , everyone lost in this election. The smug voters just doesn’t know it yet if ever.

the_nile on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

And if you think Romney had an “awful” convention you’re a low-info voter who believes whatever the MSM tells you.

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Other than Eastwood’s chair routine, can you name any other memorable prime time moments?

Wethal on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

To liberal writer Ezra Klein, Romney’s problem — in terms of how he’s perceived — is that what he most values is empirical data, which he thinks complement his natural management skills… That has been the case everywhere else he has worked, and he assumes it will be the case in the White House, too.”

Uh, no, Romney’s problem was that he didn’t get elected.

Once in office, I think we all agree he would have done fine.

I think many more will be agreeing with us in the near future.

HitNRun on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Romney does not believe in personal freedom or personal choice. Romneycare is testament to this. Romney, just like the rest of the Republican Party and Democratic Party, believes in concentrated, centralized government power. Romney and his supporters and voters are what’s wrong with America.

Dante on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Awwww look – Hotair is looking to a washed up comedian for answers to questions that have already been answered.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Washed up comedian with a nationally syndicated radio show with over 300 stations? A guy who still does TV and makes a great living? I wish I was that washed up. Are you that washed up?

Dongemaharu on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Live it up while you can, you’ve got about 18 months under Obama’s policies before the free stuff runs out.

Congrats parasite, you’re host is dying.

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM
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Ohhhh those goddamn parasites – I wish they’d just – heyyyy wait a minute –

“Seventy percent of counties with the fastest-growth in food-stamp aid during the last four years voted for the Republican presidential candidate in 2008″

“The increase in food-stamp recipients also was pronounced in Republican bastions such as Collin County, Texas, which registered a 128 percent increase to 47,102 households in 2011, and Gwinnett County, Georgia, where usage climbed 117 percent to 101,815 households. Collin County, a Dallas suburb, gave McCain 62 percent of its 2008 vote. Gwinnett, part of the Atlanta metro area, supported the Republican with 55 percent of its ballots.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-05/republican-heavy-counties-eat-up-most-food-stamp-growth.html

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Once in office, I think we all agree he would have done fine.

HitNRun on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

You think wrong; I don’t agree, so speak for yourself.

Dante on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Awwww look – Hotair is looking to a washed up comedian for answers to questions that have already been answered.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Multi-tasking. Typing while sucking. Wipe your chin.

msupertas on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Let’s do this my friends. Let’s start something:
Starting on Obama’s inauguration day in Jan 2013, let us ALL fly our American flags upside down until things are put right. America is, & has been, in distress for a very long time. If you are with me, let’s like this & pass it on.

Badger40 on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Wasn’t there a recent story that said that TV shows are writing in dialogue to promote Obamacare?? No thanks. They better not mess with Dexter or Breaking Bad, as those are the only two shows I watch…other than old reruns.

Nikkia2112 on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Too early for ObamaCare but one of the early Dexter episodes took a shot at Dubya. You’ll see it eventually, it’s a rare tv show that can refrain from attacking conservatives or the GOP.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I think The Daily Show had it right last night. There wasn’t a personal attack on Romney by Obama that Gingrich and Perry didn’t use first.

YYZ on November 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Lee Atwater thanks you for your understanding.

SAZMD on November 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

They didn’t steal the election in 2012. They bought it in 2009 with taxpayers own money. Remember the $831 billion stimulus? That is a lot of Obama phones. Now we know how much a US election costs.

bitsy on November 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

With this election, I have lost interest in what happens in my country. I care less today that I did before Tuesday. And I have four children yet to go out in the world. I don’t know how to navigate this culture that has been foisted upon me by the new majority of our citizens. What do I teach my children now? They will be run over by their peers who lack any basic morality and any sense of personal responsibility. Can you tell I’m pessimistic today?

ktrich on November 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Stop cryin’ already. Lazy, stupid people voted for free shit and superficiality–that’s what’s wrong with this country. They are gladly enslaved by an elitist hard Left power structure of media, culture, and politics. They don’t realize yet that they’re voting their liberty and dignity away, and don’t seem to care.

Romney shoulda went negative, hard and relentlessly instead of all this crap about love and unity and ‘I’d like to buy the world a coke crap’. Scorched earth wins. If Romney didn’t get this after nuking Newt outta the race he deserved his loss.

Look at the movement toward him after he tea-bagged Obama in the first debate. He didn’t escalate after that–he retreated. (I know my fave word). He caved to Obama’s media. Plain and simple.

RepubChica on November 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

It wasn’t “supposed” about those funds — it was the law. Romney ended up with higher favorabiliteis at the end than Obama did — he just wasn’t giving away free stuff. So, again, a pointless “point” from someone who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

In OH, Obama was giving away “free stuff” in a sense. The auto bailouts were presented as saving jobs that Romney was represented (not necessarily accurately, given how a proper Chapter XI could have been done) would have been lost.

Wethal on November 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Romney does not believe in personal freedom or personal choice. Romneycare is testament to this. Romney, just like the rest of the Republican Party and Democratic Party, believes in concentrated, centralized government power. Romney and his supporters and voters are what’s wrong with America.

Dante on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I’d love to meet you so I can see how they stacked $hit that high.

msupertas on November 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Awwww look – Hotair is looking to a washed up comedian for answers to questions that have already been answered.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM
You have a point, he’s no Janene Garafolo.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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Hey the baby is back.

Nobody is looking to that hag for answers since everybody already knows why you lost the election.

You guys just can’t burst out of your bizarro world bubble.

You let the tea party f*ck you in the primaries and then you let your own arrogance and incompetence f*ck you in the POTUS campaign.

If you’re not willing to learn from your mistakes, then by all means wallow in the mud of stupid and keep losing.

Now say some crap about not winning doesn’t matter since you have a majority in congress.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Let’s do this my friends. Let’s start something:
Starting on Obama’s inauguration day in Jan 2013, let us ALL fly our American flags upside down until things are put right. America is, & has been, in distress for a very long time. If you are with me, let’s like this & pass it on.

Badger40 on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

If that would catch on it would be a stunning display across the country.

darwin on November 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Ohhhh those goddamn parasites – I wish they’d just – heyyyy wait a minute –

“Seventy percent of counties with the fastest-growth in food-stamp aid during the last four years voted for the Republican presidential candidate in 2008″

“The increase in food-stamp recipients also was pronounced in Republican bastions such as Collin County, Texas, which registered a 128 percent increase to 47,102 households in 2011, and Gwinnett County, Georgia, where usage climbed 117 percent to 101,815 households. Collin County, a Dallas suburb, gave McCain 62 percent of its 2008 vote. Gwinnett, part of the Atlanta metro area, supported the Republican with 55 percent of its ballots.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-05/republican-heavy-counties-eat-up-most-food-stamp-growth.html

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Maybe they were looking for someone to make things better so they could get OFF food stamps….no that can’t be it.

Here’s one right back atcha: 18 of the 20 wealthiest counties in America voted for Bark in 2012.

Now why would they do that, were they hoping he would make things worse for them?

Dirty azs 1%’ers.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

George Orwell

itsspideyman on November 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

And if you think Romney had an “awful” convention you’re a low-info voter who believes whatever the MSM tells you.

Dark Star on November 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

It was a far less effective convention than it could’ve been. I liked Eastwood’s bit, but it was out-of-place and on the wrong night. Chris CRISTie’s keynote address was lame, at least given his supposed attack dog reputation which was nowhere to be found that night. Paul Ryan was adequate, but giving speeches has never been his strength(not knocking the dude, just telling it like it is). And Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech was good, but should’ve been far more focused on Obama’s failings. The highlights were likely Ann Romney, Condi Rice, and Marco Rubio and considering none of them were on the ballot and only one even holds elected office right now, that’s not a good sign.

The GOP will look back and regret pulling their punches against Obama. They took their first and only lead in 2008 against him after Palin destroyed him in her speech. They won big in 2009 and 2010 when they went after him and trashed Porkulus and Obamacare. And the only real time Romney had the momentum in this election was right after the first debate when he took it to Obama to his face and ridiculed his record and his ideas in front of 70 million viewers.

The moral of the story. Stop treating Obama and the rest of the Democrat Party like they’re a bunch of nice people who just happen to hold differing views. They are destroying this country. They have no regard for ruining the reputations and even livelihoods of anyone who stands in their way(just ask Sarah Palin and her family). And they’ll lie, cheat, steal, and p-ss on the Constitution if that’s what it takes to get their agenda through.

Doughboy on November 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

It appears that some are finally waking up to the reality that so many of us have known for a long time now. Even Hannity said this:

“The reality is that America is changing … the allure and the appeal of socialism and redistribution of wealth has taken hold with about half the electorate. I think we have to face a reality that maybe America is no longer the center-right country that it once was…. America has been conditioned now to be an entitlement society.”

Alot of this is the product of uncontrolled mass legal immigration. Obama got 75% of the Asian vote which includes Muslims, Non-Muslim south Asians, and Non-Muslim east Asians. 5% of the delegates at the DNC were Muslims and they make up 1% of the population, for now. And that’s just one example.

TxAnn56 on November 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

From Ohio, let me tell you what hurt conservatives the worst… Obama ran a series of commercials HEAVILY in the last two weeks before the election showing Collin Powell endorsing Obama and urging people to stay the course. They were very effective and I believe undermined Romney’s advantage at the end.

I blame Powell.

dominigan on November 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Picked up 1100 WTAM from Cleveland last night (from long distance), and Bob France had a caller that said Dem-leaning people who could not stand Obama could bring themselves to vote for Romney. They stayed home. The caller thought it was his Mormonism, but I would also say it was more like the negative caricature from Obama’s ads for most of them..

It did not go all according to plan for Obama’s team, but he suppressed the turnout of those who did not like him just enough to win. He pulled off the strategy by a couple of whiskers. The turnout shows it.

mwbri on November 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Too early for ObamaCare but one of the early Dexter episodes took a shot at Dubya. You’ll see it eventually, it’s a rare tv show that can refrain from attacking conservatives or the GOP.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

The worst is Law & Order. I caught a rerun last week that cast a military recruiter in the worst light. I’ve seen it time and time again in other episodes. It’s disgusting. I love crime shows but that one is just unwatchable.

Nikkia2112 on November 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

George Orwell

itsspideyman on November 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Does that boot have DHS and TSA logos on it?

Dante on November 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Awwww look – Hotair is looking to a washed up comedian for answers to questions that have already been answered.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM
Multi-tasking. Typing while sucking. Wipe your chin.

msupertas on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM
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Awww, look, a hotair baby took time out from crying to post some hard hitting grade 9 taunts.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

My hometown rag had an extensive article today about how qualified Ashley Judd would be to run against Mitch McConnell in 2014. This is what being wrong for America looks like.

Her qualifications…

She follows politics and is UK baketball’s # 1 fan. And our esteemed, deeply liberal Congressman, John Yarmuth, was excited about her potential candidacy.

joeeddie on November 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

With this election, I have lost interest in what happens in my country. I care less today that I did before Tuesday. And I have four children yet to go out in the world. I don’t know how to navigate this culture that has been foisted upon me by the new majority of our citizens. What do I teach my children now? They will be run over by their peers who lack any basic morality and any sense of personal responsibility. Can you tell I’m pessimistic today?

ktrich on November 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

With this election it’s even more important to be observant of what happens.

Be prepared, frugal and vigil.

the_nile on November 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Romney did call out Obama for negative attacks in all three debates, and he did it quite well.

It just didn’t matter.

I’m hoping the basic problem in this election can be summed up as too many voters thinking (wrongly, and due to more lies by the liberals and their media lapdogs) that Romney was going to outlaw Planned Parenthood. That is a problem was can solve.

If the basic problem in this election can be summed up as too many voters wanting Planned Parenthood to be “free”, then we are well and truly screwed. This article leans to this latter conclusion.

MidniteRambler on November 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Starlink no fingerpointing.. ..just that dear leader once again set the precedence that all one needs to do is to kill your opponent

cmsinaz on November 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Over the past thirty or so years our education system has been using our schools to further the agenda of the left, the unions, and big government. Rewriting history, vilifying religion, and coddling those unwilling to sacrifice to succeed in their own education has left us with a multi-generation pool of “educated” kids that have no real skills, reasoning ability, or attention level past the next post or tweet.

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Also demonizing businesses and capitalism and fostering a breathtaking ignorance of basic economics.

cool breeze on November 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

And that’s why Romney’s post 1st debate bump never moved too far up but base lined at 2-4 points. Obama went full-court press negative and kept the bump within striking range.

RepubChica on November 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Awww, look, a hotair baby took time out from crying to post some hard hitting grade 9 taunts.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

How would you know what grade 9 taunts are?

darwin on November 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Maybe they were looking for someone to make things better so they could get OFF food stamps….no that can’t be it.

Here’s one right back atcha: 18 of the 20 wealthiest counties in America voted for Bark in 2012.

Now why would they do that, were they hoping he would make things worse for them?

Dirty azs 1%’ers.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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Yeah, I know, those 1%ers voted for the guy who wants to tax them more.

Why is that?

Your brain must be exploding because it makes no sense to you.

America rejected your shitty ideas.

Get over it.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

What are the schools like down there, I wonder.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

We fly the American flag outside our schools, not the butt wipe O flag, if that’s what you’re asking.

msupertas on November 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

transactional = he’ll say what you want to hear in exchange for your vote, depending on whether it’s a state gubenatorial election, a national primary or a national general election.
PappyD61 on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Obama comes to mind?

rich801 on November 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Doughboy on November 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Rubio wasn’t in prime time, either, so the national audience never saw him.

Wethal on November 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

dominigan on November 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Don’t forget: there were many conservatives and libertarians, probably including some who are now Hot Air posters, who thought Colin Powell would be a great Presidential candidate in 1996…for the GOP.

My point is, beware of flash-in-the-pan saviors in 2016.

MidniteRambler on November 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

It’s time to trollcot the gypsum board.

Kraken on November 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I Didn’t Even Need Ruby Slippers, A Ouija Board, or Have to Wiggle My Nose!!!!

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-didnt-even-need-ruby-slippers-ouija.html

M2RB: The Unband

Must see!!!!

Resist We Much on November 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Awww, look, a hotair baby took time out from crying to post some hard hitting grade 9 taunts.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I’m not seeing a denial.

msupertas on November 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

George Orwell

itsspideyman on November 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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You’re the kind of intellectual giant who says things like gay marriage will lead to people marrying goats because it’s the next logical step.

Rich people are laughing at you. Every day.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

America rejected your shitty ideas.

Get over it.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Right. America voted for higher taxes, higher gas prices, higher food prices, higher unemployment, government run health care, and a bigger, more powerful, more intrusive central government.

Those are really some outstanding reasons.

darwin on November 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Hey the baby is back.

Nobody is looking to that hag for answers since everybody already knows why you lost the election.

You guys just can’t burst out of your bizarro world bubble.

You let the tea party f*ck you in the primaries and then you let your own arrogance and incompetence f*ck you in the POTUS campaign.

If you’re not willing to learn from your mistakes, then by all means wallow in the mud of stupid and keep losing.

Now say some crap about not winning doesn’t matter since you have a majority in congress.

Dave Rywall on November 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Oh no, winning was everything in this election, and all the retards who voted for disaster a second time around are about to be hit with an economic human-wave assault.

Here’s the thing: I’m a producer, so I’ll just keep my head down, consolidate, help friends and family, and weather the storm. Your leftist brethren down here won’t have it so easy, because when people like me withdraw from the economy in any meaningful way, the machine will grind to a halt.

They are too stupid to understand what is coming, but clarity has a way of manifesting itself when all they hype is stripped away. Hope and Change Part Deux is just over a month from being stripped away.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

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