If voters had it to do over, Romney in a landslide

posted at 3:31 pm on July 27, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Polls which ask voters for their thoughts on how the last election should have shaped up a year or two years after the fact are pretty much meaningless. The latest CNN/ORC survey which asks voters that question is no exception to that rule. Nevertheless, with just 100 days remaining before the midterm elections, this question is an instructive measurement of voter satisfaction with the president.

If voters had it to do all over again, 53 percent would support Mitt Romney over the 44 percent who would continue to back Barack Obama. The president’s remaining coalition is what you would expect it to be; voters aged 18 – 34, Northeasterners, Democrats, self-identified liberals and moderates, urban and minority voters.

Where the president suffers the most in this survey is among women. CNN/ORC found that women voters backed Romney over Obama by 52 to 45 percent. That is almost identical to the margins among male voters (54/43 percent) and dramatic reversal from 2012 when the nationwide exit polls showed women backed Obama by double digits (55/44 percent).

There is not much in the way of good news for Obama in this poll. A majority say Obama is not a “strong and decisive leader.” By 56 to 43 percent, voters say Obama does not agree with them on the issues they “care about.” Only 42 percent say Obama can manage the government effectively; 57 percent believe he cannot.

But this survey is not all roses for Republicans either. In 2012, Obama trounced Romney by 63 points when voters were asked which candidate “cares about people like me.” While Romney has closed that gap in the intervening years since the last presidential election, he has not overcome the deficit entirely. By 51 to 48 percent (though within this poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error), voters still believe Obama cares more about them than does Romney.

Moreover, even in spite of Romney’s rehabilitation, voters would still back Clinton at this stage of the 2016 cycle by 55 to 42 percent.

This post has been updated since its original publication.


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The self-described “non-partisan progressive” has gone back and forth on every issue from abortion to, you guessed it, amnesty. The double talker used amnesty to appear to be a “severe conservative” and to cudgel his opponents. Guess what? Predictably, Romney’s back to being for amnesty again: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/30/Mitt-Romney-Not-Healthy-Congress-Hasn-t-Passed-Amnesty

For amnesty? You’d think that would be the position of the Chamber of Commerce shill, but Romney puled the wool over our eyes. Romney’s dishonest character was glaringly obvious to everyone. And btw, no wonder he selected pro-amnesty Ryan as his running mate. One thing is certain, if Romney / Ryan had been elected, we’d have amnesty now.

Thank God Romney was a horrible campaigner. The only campaign he ever won, for MA governor, was in a Republican wave year, 2002, against a clueless Martha Coakley type and he still didn’t even get more than 50% of the vote.

anotherJoe on July 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Yep, let the Nanny’s vote and ya get a nanny state. Thanks a lot ladies for putting Obozo over the top.

Doomsday on July 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Hey, remember how they tried pushing Ryan as a sex symbol? That was “awesome,” wasn’t it?

vlad martel on July 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Ryan is a fraud.

bw222 on July 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

A pension for rhetoric?

You better hope he’s not a fraud – since if November goes our way – he will be the Chairman of Ways and Means.

jake-the-goose on July 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

the difference to me is Jeb Bush says he might run. I have no problem with posts about any legitimate illegimate candidate but Romney says he’s not running

gerrym51 on July 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Jeb is a ba$tard.

bw222 on July 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Seems like an issue that is losing its emotional impact – since it has been a monster for 30+ years – and counting.

Just saying….

jake-the-goose on July 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

You’re right it has become an emotionless issue. It’s the doom that never comes…….until it comes. That’s why I like the massive coronary metaphor.

DFCtomm on July 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

You’re right it has become an emotionless issue. It’s the doom that never comes…….until it comes. That’s why I like the massive coronary metaphor.

DFCtomm on July 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Ahh – point taken – well done – and thank you.

jake-the-goose on July 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Duh.

MT on July 27, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Well yeah, between Romney and the affirmative action President. The problem is that with Romney we still would have been headed in the wrong direction – given has actions as Governor I assume we may well have had Romney-care nationwide.

So I stand by my not voting for Romney or McCain. Give me a fiscally conservative small-government candidate and you have my vote. But the GOP no longer supports such candidates, so I no longer consider myself Republican.

I believe the country needs to continue its downward trajectory until we reach the crisis that either forces a chunk of the left and the RINOs to grow up, or we split the country. The faster we get there, the better. I think Texas could do it – I mean, the official position of both parties appears to be that when a people vote to separate and dismantle their country, that’s OK.

Over50 on July 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I argued this in a previous comment:

Romney failed to seize the day in his campaign against Obama, trying to run away from issues that could have won the election for him, like illegal immigration, gay marriage, and even Obamacare. He didn’t get aggressive on those issues, and instead largely tried to make it about the economy (stupid), but with his “paid 13% in taxes” pedigree, and the improving economic stats, the economy was a toss up, so Obama succeeded in making the election about the smirking Romney’s wealth and irksome personality and the “war on women,” so Romney lost.

But now I’m starting to see something. Yeah, Romney could have gained major ground by eviscerating Obama on illegal immigration, gay marriage, and Obamacare. But he didn’t. He didn’t make hardly a squawk about Obamacare. Or gay marriage. Or illegal immigration. Because he’s for those things.

And we won’t win by selecting a Democrat. We need to nominate a solid conservative that unifies Republicans, like Ted Cruz. That’s our ticket to victory. Not a gun controlling climate change pushing Islamist sympathizing amnesty shill like Chris Christie. It’s just insane that establishment types think that we can win by going left. Not going to happen.

anotherJoe on July 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Hey, remember how they tried pushing Ryan as a sex symbol? That was “awesome,” wasn’t it?

vlad martel on July 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

It worked for Ilinidiva and Merdith.

bw222 on July 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

But now I’m starting to see something. Yeah, Romney could have gained major ground by eviscerating Obama on illegal immigration, gay marriage, and Obamacare. But he didn’t. He didn’t make hardly a squawk about Obamacare. Or gay marriage. Or illegal immigration. Because he’s for those things.

anotherJoe on July 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Romney always is for whatever he thinks the voters want to hear.

bw222 on July 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

anotherJoe on July 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM


Gay Marriage – the GOP will keep its mouth shut – this is a non-issue.

Obamacare and Immigration is where the fight will (or should) take place.

Those issues aside – I can see something else, don’t know what, coming to the surface as the key issue for 2016.

2016 will be an issue campaign – not a candidates campaign.

IMO

jake-the-goose on July 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Gay Marriage – the GOP will keep its mouth shut – this is a non-issue.

Yeah, totally. Try and imagine them making an issue out of something like feminism or no fault divorce.

vlad martel on July 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Obama is destroying America. Democrats are being lemmings, standing with Obama 100%.

Punish the Democrats by destroying them at the polls in November.

Potestas Democraticorum delenda est!

georgej on July 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Obamacare and Immigration is where the fight will (or should) take place.

jake-the-goose on July 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

For once we agree. Regarding immigration, facts are racist:

* Studies show that immigrants (especially illegal immigrants) participate in more welfare programs than natural born citizens
* How will it affect our educational and medical systems? Imagine an urban student succeed when 30% of his/her classmates don’t speak English.
* Crime: 34% of all federal inmates are Hispanic
* Diseases
* Security/terrorism issues with an open borders
* The U.S. is the only country I am aware of that is trying to attract uneducated, unskilled aliens. Both Canada and Mexico attempt to limit immigration to educated, skilled immigrants that can benefit their countries, not future welfare recipients

These are issues that need to be discussed, but won’t because of political correctness.

bw222 on July 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

This poll tells me that some voters are not smart enough to learn from their mistakes. Too many vote for the perception of the candidate, not the reality. They do not bother to do research on them.

Techster64 on July 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Obama is destroying America. Democrats are being lemmings, standing with Obama 100%.

Punish the Democrats by destroying them at the polls in November.

Potestas Democraticorum delenda est!

georgej on July 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Unfortunately, Republicans do little more than act as placeholders until Dems are elected to take their place (e.g. 2001 – 2006).

bw222 on July 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

These are issues that need to be discussed, but won’t because of political correctness.

bw222 on July 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I am not so sure they won’t be discussed.

If Obama does issue this discussed EO and grants asylum to 4m+ – there may be explosion over it.

Not sure where we are headed – but this issue will be front and center.

* The U.S. is the only country I am aware of that is trying to attract uneducated, unskilled aliens. Both Canada and Mexico attempt to limit immigration to educated, skilled immigrants that can benefit their countries, not future welfare recipients

It is astonishing

jake-the-goose on July 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Well, the people who would vote for Clinton obviously are still clueless about what makes a great president. Just like we all knew it wasn’t Obama, we know it isn’t her, either. But if she runs, the idiots will vote that family in once again. How could anyone think, that given the state of our economy, our foreign relations, our insecure borders, the lack of jobs, the deterioration of our middle class, is going to get better under her watch? Why would ANYone think that? It’s beyond comprehension. It’s insanity.

scalleywag on July 27, 2014 at 5:32 PM

I call BS.

In bars across America at various eras:

Late 60s: “I voted for Goldwater”

Mid 70s: “I voted for McGovern”

Late 70s: “I voted for Ford”

Now: “I voted for Romney”

Buyers regret? Tough beans, all of you voted for the god-king, now live with the consequences.

Support impeachment if he is that bad.

patch on July 27, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Also lest we forget: We have Bluegill to thank for Romney. Over all others. Never forget that.

Judge_Dredd on July 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Disappointing state of affairs that it’s not a larger margin.

Let’s hear it for the idiot class. Worst president ever, worst economy ever, worst world standing ever, and 44% would do it all again.

Oxymoron on July 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM

But this survey is not all roses for Republicans either. In 2012, Obama trounced Romney by 63 points when voters were asked which candidate “cares about people like me.”

Which is the most ridiculous result.

Count to 10 on July 27, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Obama is destroying America. Democrats are being lemmings, standing with Obama 100%.
georgej on July 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Their is no call to go on defaming lemmings like that.

Count to 10 on July 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Let’s hear it for the idiot class.
Oxymoron on July 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I believe that is a mistake. They may be low information, but they aren’t idiots. They voted for their group, and it’s self interest over the interests of the nation as a whole. You may not want to admit this, but this is the problem that the GOP is going to increasingly face, so might as well discuss it now, or it will plague us until we do.

DFCtomm on July 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Women marry jerks and then divorce them.

If and when they learn to stop marrying jerks and stick with the nice guy, they stay married.

Same thing.

The only reason Willie looks good is people forget how glad they were to be rid of him in ’00.

formwiz on July 27, 2014 at 6:08 PM

We’ll wake up one day and the country will be dead.

DFCtomm on July 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

It’s already dead in regard to why it was founded. Freedom, individual liberty, small Federal government, et al…DEAD!

Doomsday on July 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Surprised that the same jackasses who backed King Barack the second time around would also support Hillary!?

Why?

They’ve already proven that their freaking idiots!

GarandFan on July 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM

One big ass mistake America.

lel2007 on July 27, 2014 at 7:11 PM

All those lazy conservative a-holes who stayed home should have gone out to vote in 2012. At least we might not be stuck with Obama now.

Next time, get your lazy butts to the polls, I don’t care who gets nominated.

VOTE!!

Sherman1864 on July 27, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Call me a tinfoil nut job. But I still don’t trust the election results.

hawkdriver on July 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I believe that is a mistake. They may be low information, but they aren’t idiots. They voted for their group, and it’s self interest over the interests of the nation as a whole. …
DFCtomm on July 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Same could be said for the conservatives who stayed home instead of holding their nose and pulling the lever for Romney. Self interest, pride, etc. over national interests.

If the nation goes down, we all go down.

Oxymoron on July 27, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Let’s hear it for the idiot class.
Oxymoron on July 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I believe that is a mistake. They may be low information, but they aren’t idiots. They voted for their group, and it’s self interest over the interests of the nation as a whole. You may not want to admit this, but this is the problem that the GOP is going to increasingly face, so might as well discuss it now, or it will plague us until we do.

DFCtomm on July 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Well, what do you do with two-three generations of self-absorbed narcissists? Leave them be and hope they starve to death?

They may not be naturally stupid, but willfully stupid is not something to aspire to and the majority of people out there have.

Maybe all that is left is to cull the herd, survive out a revolution and hope the ones remaining have learned something. As always, the self-sufficient will manage.

kim roy on July 27, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Polls which ask voters for their thoughts on how the last election should have shaped up a year or two years after the fact are pretty much meaningless. * * * Nevertheless, * * * this question is an instructive measurement of voter satisfaction with the president.

So, the poll is pretty much meaningless except for the pretty meaningful part. (What’s my score?)

Barnestormer on July 27, 2014 at 7:53 PM

If the IRS wasn’t illegally involved in 2012, would Romney be President?

faraway on July 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

This is nothing but fantasy.

It says absolutely NOTHING about Romney’s chances if he were to run again. I voted for Romney (RELUCTANTLY) the first time. Knowing what I now know of the establishment’s hatred of me as a Tea Party supporting Conservative, I doubt I will vote for him (or any other big government, establishment (R) ever again.

The bottom line is, despite Rothman’s fanboy’ish cheer leading for Romney, and with that, the establishment GOP, if the GOP nominates another (D)-Lite, establishment (R), they deserve to lose…again.

And with another failure under the establishment’s belts, they will usher in the death of the GOP, once and for all.

Meople on July 27, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Polls which ask voters for their thoughts on how the last election should have shaped up a year or two years after the fact are pretty much meaningless. The latest CNN/ORC survey which asks voters that question is no exception to that rule. Nevertheless, with just 100 days remaining before the midterm elections, this question is an instructive measurement of voter satisfaction with the president.

Which is it, Noah, instructive or meaningless?

It can’t be both.

:)

itsnotaboutme on July 27, 2014 at 7:58 PM

If the IRS wasn’t illegally involved in 2012, would Romney be President?

faraway on July 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

For Conservatives and the Tea Party, would anything be any different if Romney had won?

It’s a known fact, the establishment (R)s hate the Tea Party, and the notion of smaller, limited government just as much as the DimocRats do.

Meople on July 27, 2014 at 7:58 PM

For Conservatives and the Tea Party, would anything be any different if Romney had won?

Meople on July 27, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Sure, 30 million illegals would already be granted amnesty. :)

faraway on July 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Same could be said for the conservatives who stayed home instead of holding their nose and pulling the lever for Romney. Self interest, pride, etc. over national interests.

If the nation goes down, we all go down.

Oxymoron on July 27, 2014 at 7:35 PM

You know what, sugar, I went to the booth. I did hold my nose and my common sense to pull the lever for a no trying, amnesty loving, Obamacare hustler.
Did it 4 years before that too. I f you think anybody can put this crap in front of me again? GFY.

katy the mean old lady on July 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Call me a tinfoil nut job. But I still don’t trust the election results.

hawkdriver on July 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Wel, that makes two of us.

katy the mean old lady on July 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Sure, 30 million illegals would already be granted amnesty. :)

faraway on July 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Yeah, no kidding. THAT would have been a done deal already, you’re SO right.

You know what, sugar, I went to the booth. I did hold my nose and my common sense to pull the lever for a no trying, amnesty loving, Obamacare hustler.
Did it 4 years before that too. I f you think anybody can put this crap in front of me again? GFY.

katy the mean old lady on July 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Katy, my sentiments EXACTLY. Never again.

Meople on July 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Call me a tinfoil nut job.

hawkdriver on July 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

OK, you’re a tinfoil nut job.

faraway on July 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

And no real change in course from Obama.

rickv404 on July 27, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Meople on July 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Gotta say, love the nick. ;)

kim roy on July 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM

The president’s remaining coalition is what you would expect it to be; voters aged 18 – 34, Northeasterners, Democrats, self-identified liberals and moderates, urban and minority voters.

All LIV’s. Sure to do the same over and over unless/until we can get past the LSM blockade. Some signs seem to show of cracks, but only for this lame duck. They will still rabidly support any Dimmocrap instead of do their jobs in a non-partisan way.

IrishEyes on July 27, 2014 at 8:13 PM

If the IRS wasn’t illegally involved in 2012, would Romney be President?

faraway on July 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Call me a tinfoil nut job. But I still don’t trust the election results.

hawkdriver on July 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Well, that makes two of us.

katy the mean old lady on July 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Four. Stolen.

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Call me a tinfoil nut job. But I still don’t trust the election results.

hawkdriver on July 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Wel, that makes two of us.

katy the mean old lady on July 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Three of us.

bgibbs1000 on July 27, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Gotta say, love the nick. ;)

kim roy on July 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Thanks! I appreciate that. :)

Meople on July 27, 2014 at 8:16 PM

The Clintoon factor still highlights how retarded society is though, that she, somehow would not have screwed up the nation.

TX-96 on July 27, 2014 at 8:21 PM

You can all congratulate yourselves because you didn’t vote for Romney because he was a RINO. And yes, he is a RINO and is for amnesty and Romney care type system.

But he still would have done a much better job than Obama. We would have not had the issues we are seeing today if Romney won. It was clear then and it’s clear now. I expect liberals to be dumb, but conservatives that they they are smarter, are actually the real dummies.

Bet on July 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM

I expect liberals to be dumb, but conservatives that they they are smarter, are actually the real dummies.

Bet on July 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM

You can only take people down the garden path so many times before they start to wise up.

The GOP has nothing of substance to offer and shaking the scary Obama doll at folks isn’t going to change that reality.

sharrukin on July 27, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Anybody that believes this poll needs to check into the nearest mental institution for an extended stay. With the up coming presidential election in 2016 these very same voters will find something in common with the liberal Democrat candidate and do their thing all over again. These voters are so brain dead that they don’t even know they are lying to themselves, or if they do, they do not care.

savage24 on July 27, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Moreover, even in spite of Romney’s rehabilitation, voters would still back Clinton at this stage of the 2016 cycle by 55 to 42 percent.

This is the problem with foolish voters.

“In 2008 we elected an idiot, statist liberal. That worked out poorly.
Let’s re-elect him in 2012. That worked out poorly.
Tell you what, in 2016, let’s try a different idiot. statist liberal.
Why does the country suck? We just can’t find the right idiot, statist liberal.”

Some people never learn.

Theophile on July 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

It’s just that there hasn’t been a campaign against Romney lately. No one has been attacking Romney much recently.

Same goes for Hillary.

bluegill on July 27, 2014 at 8:55 PM

MOTHER FLUKE the 2012 voters. Seriously. FLUKE YOU.

ConstantineXI on July 27, 2014 at 9:02 PM

One thing always remains true; you can’t fix stupid.

Diluculo on July 27, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Fools !!!!
Whitey Ford on July 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

You’re just singing the blues.

Closet Optimist on July 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

You can only take people down the garden path so many times before they start to wise up.

Yeah, giving Obama a second term was really wise.

Bet on July 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

It’s just that there hasn’t been a campaign against Romney lately. No one has been attacking Romney much recently.

Same goes for Hillary.

bluegill on July 27, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Surveys seem to show that the more Hillary shows herself, the lower her numbers go. That makes sense, because she is such a terrible speaker and she can’t quote any accomplishments from her time as Secretary of State or Senator. All she has is that she was the wife of a past president.

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Yeah, giving Obama a second term was really wise.

Bet on July 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

No it wasn’t.
Giving Romney a chance wouldn’t have been wise either.

But those were the two worthless candidates being run, and Romney was even less inspiring than Obama. How Romney managed THAT is still a source of wonder. Millions of people simply didn’t bother going to the polls.

Want better results, then get better candidates.

sharrukin on July 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM

If Romney had done half the things he campaigned on, he would have been the most conservative President since Reagan. I don’t buy the whole “he would have been just as bad as Obama!!” argument. Those who sat the election out over principle have no room to complain about Obama right now.

Jack_Burton on July 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

If Romney had done half the things he campaigned on, he would have been the most conservative President since Reagan.

Jack_Burton on July 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

If he hadn’t already staked out a political opinion on both sides of nearly every issue you might have a point. As it was his credibility was a joke.

He was the stereotype of the ‘Say Anything To Get Elected’ politician.

sharrukin on July 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

It worked for Ilinidiva and Merdith.

bw222 on July 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Actually, you have no idea what you are talking about, but then you TruCons never do.

And we won’t win by selecting a Democrat. We need to nominate a solid conservative that unifies Republicans, like Ted Cruz. That’s our ticket to victory. Not a gun controlling climate change pushing Islamist sympathizing amnesty shill like Chris Christie. It’s just insane that establishment types think that we can win by going left. Not going to happen.

anotherJoe on July 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

More evidence that rightwingers don’t know what they are talking about. Cruz would lose hugely in a national election–IF he could even get the nomination, which he would not. And if you think he would unite the Republican Party, you’re not only an idiot, you’re delusional.

It’s hilarious that TruCons, who on a good day are between 15%-20% of voters, keep selling the fiction that a “real conservative” would dazzle the country and win big. That is what is not going to happen. For the millionth time, Romney didn’t lose because he was a “moderate” or “Democrat-lite,” but because he wasn’t likeable enough. Voters couldn’t identify with him. They sided with him on the issues, but thought it was Obama who “cared about people like me.”

Didn’t you read what Noah wrote? And do you really think voters are going to see Ted Cruz as someone who “cares about them?” In general voters don’t see conservatives as caring people. You come across as anti-gay and anti-immigrant, and that’s just for starters.

You TruCons should put THAT in your pipe and smoke it.

Meredith on July 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Joana, that you?

CW on July 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Meredith on July 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

You can kiss my behind in front of Macy’s window next Thanksgiving.

katy the mean old lady on July 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM

It’s hilarious that TruCons, who on a good day are between 15%-20% of voters, keep selling the fiction that a “real conservative” would dazzle the country and win big. That is what is not going to happen. For the millionth time, Romney didn’t lose because he was a “moderate” or “Democrat-lite,” but because he wasn’t likeable enough. Voters couldn’t identify with him. They sided with him on the issues, but thought it was Obama who “cared about people like me.”

Didn’t you read what Noah wrote? And do you really think voters are going to see Ted Cruz as someone who “cares about them?” In general voters don’t see conservatives as caring people. You come across as anti-gay and anti-immigrant, and that’s just for starters.

You TruCons should put THAT in your pipe and smoke it.

Meredith on July 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

It’s so funny that without the truecons you ain’t winnin’ shit. You are dumber than cows.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Despite all the “this is meaningless” comments, this is bad news for Democrats in 2016. The poll isn’t a statement about Romney, It’s about Obama. And voters will see any Democrat nominee as a continuation of Obama.

InterestedObserver on July 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Meredith on July 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Honey, I bet you’ve been on the shelf longer than a tube of Ipana tooth paste at a drug store in the Upper Peninsula.

bw222 on July 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

If the media hadn’t been covering for Obama on every single issue that is being blown wide open, as they did prior to the 2012 election, Romney might have won.

The media is the enemy.

talkingpoints on July 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

He was the stereotype of the ‘Say Anything To Get Elected’ politician.

sharrukin on July 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

.
Yeah sure…. ALL the politicians are out there telling the voters “if you want free stuff, vote for the other guy ”
.
I get tired of hearing that everyday from those stereotypical politicians.

FlaMurph on July 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Meredith on July 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

I don’t get the feeling you’re even a Republican at all.

But, on the off chance that you are, YOU and those that think like you, are a BIG part of the reason the GOP is facing extinction.

You talk about Conservatives and Tea Party voters, the FACT is that IF the GOP still gave a $h!t at all about smaller government, lower taxes and the Constitution, there wouldn’t BE a Tea Party.

The fact the Tea Party exists, and that you come here to bash Conservative voters, tells you all you need to know about the current state of the Republican party.

Meople on July 27, 2014 at 11:25 PM

If the media hadn’t been covering for Obama on every single issue that is being blown wide open, as they did prior to the 2012 election, Romney might have won.

The media is the enemy.

talkingpoints on July 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Fair enough and I agree. However, Mitt had his chance to point that out and went nice.

cabra viejo on July 27, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Yeah sure…. ALL the politicians are out there telling the voters “if you want free stuff, vote for the other guy ”.

FlaMurph on July 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Pull the other one, it’s got bells on.

“And my campaign has made it very clear: the President’s cuts of $716 billion to Medicare, those cuts are going to be restored if I become President and Paul Ryan becomes Vice President.”

- Mitt Romney

sharrukin on July 27, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Yeah, giving Obama a second term was really wise.

Bet on July 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

No it wasn’t.
Giving Romney a chance wouldn’t have been wise either.

But those were the two worthless candidates being run, and Romney was even less inspiring than Obama. How Romney managed THAT is still a source of wonder. Millions of people simply didn’t bother going to the polls.

Want better results, then get better candidates.

sharrukin on July 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Like sharrukin said, you establishment (R)’s bitch and moan about the results of ’08 and ’12 when YOU losers got EXACTLY the candidates you wanted.

Then you go out and blame everyone BUT the piss-poor, DimocRat Lite, big-government Republican type candidate.

You all pick another establishment (R) in ’16 and the GOP deserves to lose…again.

Meople on July 27, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Mitt Romney couldn’t defeat Obama and a giant windstorm. He’s unelectable in any sort of realistic confrontation.

The Nerve on July 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Yep. And the fools who did not go out and vote are as much to blame as the leeches.

VegasRick on July 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

They are worse.

V7_Sport on July 28, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Want better results, then get better candidates.

sharrukin on July 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM

You were holding out for Vladimir Putin no doubt.

V7_Sport on July 28, 2014 at 12:17 AM

You were holding out for Vladimir Putin no doubt.

V7_Sport on July 28, 2014 at 12:17 AM

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2476/3975167029_cc949b8077.jpg

sharrukin on July 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Fair enough and I agree. However, Mitt had his chance to point that out and went nice.

cabra viejo on July 27, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Excellent point. Romney needed to take off the jacket and fight for his country. He was facing the Chicago Machine writ large. He didn’t do it.

thatsafactjack on July 28, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Fair enough and I agree. However, Mitt had his chance to point that out and went nice.

cabra viejo on July 27, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Excellent point. Romney needed to take off the jacket and fight for his country. He was facing the Chicago Machine writ large. He didn’t do it.

thatsafactjack on July 28, 2014 at 12:48 AM

The proof is in the numbers. The American People have admitted they made a mistake. The best man doesn’t always win.

cimbri on July 28, 2014 at 12:54 AM

We would go a long way in solving many of our fiscal and social problems by repealing the 19th amendment.Almost all of our ills are related to that horrible amendment.

celtic warrior on July 28, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Want better results, then get better candidates.

sharrukin on July 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM

You were holding out for Vladimir Putin no doubt.

V7_Sport on July 28, 2014 at 12:17 AM

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2476/3975167029_cc949b8077.jpg

sharrukin on July 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

This you?

Heh. Back at you.
Seriously, “get better candidates… ” Wow, there goes plan A. Why didn’t anyone else but the FSB employed resident putin apologist think of that little gem? “Get better candidates… ” The thing is, Boris, Romney is the guy who ran and then made it through the primaries. There is a process at work and at the end of it sensible people chose between the least worst alternative. It’s always been that way. The idea that deliberately losing to the worst will change any of that is stupid.
No worries, you got the weakness you lobbied for.

V7_Sport on July 28, 2014 at 1:48 AM

cimbri on July 28, 2014 at 12:54 AM

And now we can all sit around and regret that ‘mistake’ at leisure.

First, it wasn’t ‘the American people’ who made that ‘mistake’. It was the American electorate. Only the voting population is responsible for what happened in that election. They had a duty, as citizens privileged to vote, to get off the couch, research the nominees, and get themselves to the polls, and cast their ballot responsibly.

That didn’t happen. 93 million eligible voters failed to make it to the polls at all.

thatsafactjack on July 28, 2014 at 2:02 AM

I wonder what would happen if they polled Republicans on a 2012 Primary do-over.

Rusty Nail on July 28, 2014 at 2:30 AM

Just who has the brains, balls, guts, heart and track record? I think in 2012 that was Romney Hands-down Warts and All.

But we don’t live in any such dome. And so allowed himself to be painted as a greedy heartless monster Romney did, (pretty much 180 degrees from who and what he really is).

Sacramento on July 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Romney didn’t have the balls to take on Obama.

Romney didn’t have a great track record (Romneycare and a lot more).

Romney didn’t have the brains to create a GOTV effort, and instead relied on ORCA, which failed.

Romney didn’t bring the Ron Paul supporters on board, or the Palin supporters, instead leaving them out while embracing the fat boy Chris Christie. Real clever.

As to heart…yeah, he’s a nice guy and had nice things to say about Obama and how he didn’t want to light his hair on fire.

sharrukin on July 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Most in particular since his son announced to the press that Mitt didn’t really want to be Prez anyway. Sorry, but when someone goes through all that and then says “Naw, I didn’t wanna anyway”, I’m going to not be too enamored of the guy. At least Fred Thompson said and kept saying all throughout his abortive campaign that he didn’t really want this, then got out at the first clear opportunity. Mittens v2.0 impresses me very little. Make that not at all.

All that gel in Mitt’s hair, I can see why he wouldn’t want his hair on fire. He’d do a pretty impressive impression of Michael Jackson during taping a Pepsi commercial.

BillH on July 28, 2014 at 3:08 AM

You TruCons should put THAT in your pipe and smoke it.

Meredith on July 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

I don’t smoke, hon.

BillH on July 28, 2014 at 3:13 AM

Womyn are so stupid. Wave some birth control in their faces and they run to the polls to vote for the putrid, slimy leftists every time. What a bunch of idiots. Almost as stupid as the blacks.

acetylene420 on July 28, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Voters still believe Obama cares more
about them than does Romney
______________________________________

MITT Romney’s many KIND ACTS

BIG-HEARTED MITT
Romney’s life characterized by
little-told stories of GENEROSITY

______________________________________

One cold December day in the early 1980s,
Mitt Romney loaded up his Gran Torino
with firewood and brought it to the home
of a single mother whose heat
had been shut off just days before Christmas.
……………………………………………………………………

Years after a business partner died unexpectedly,
Romney helped the man’s surviving daughter
go to medical school with loans for tuition —
loans he forgave when she graduated.
……………………………………………………………………

Mitt Romney has a nice FAMILY and
has LIVED a life of SUCCESS
in which he’s tried to give something back.

‘When you are in the service of your fellow
beings you are only in the service of God.’
……………………………………………………………………

Romney’s many KIND ACTS — some of which were
first reported in the book “The Real Romney”.

The story of Ellen Hummel, whose father died of
a heart attack when she was 5.
Ellen turned to the Romneys to learn more
about her dad, a close family friend who worked
with him at Boston Consulting Group and later,
the private equity firm Bain Capital.
Later, she also asked Romney for a loan to
help her pay tuition at Columbia Medical School.

“I went to him asking him for help and
he freely gave it,” said Dr. Ellen K. Hummel.

Just before graduation, she received a note from
Romney, forgiving the loan. “It was a Christmas letter,”
she said. “It was something caring and
it was something saying ‘This is a gift.’ ”

……………………………………………………………………

One story concerns a cold December in the 1980s.
Romney got a phone call about an urgent need
of a single mother who needed help.
The woman’s heating oil had been turned off
in the dead of winter.

“I remember well loading it ( firewood ) all up,”
Tagg Romney recalled. “And we drove it to
her house and made a fire for her and
dropped off quite a bit of firewood
so [the family] would be able to keep warm.”

Stories like these are legion.

______________________________________

Mitt Romney’s personal life
reveals a genuine KINDNESS

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/08/mitt_romneys_personal_life_rev.html

……………………………………………………………………
The case for Mitt Romney

http://www.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?expire=&title=The+case+for+Mitt+Romney&urlID=494088613&action=cpt&partnerID=380404&cid=176039311&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jsonline.com%2Fnews%2Fopinion%2Fa-case-for-mitt-romney-mp7ccdr-176039311.html

______________________________________

http://www.ZeroHEDGE.com

www. RealClearPOLITICS.com

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Global HAWK on July 28, 2014 at 6:23 AM

It’s cute that you people think politicians can fix what politicians broke. Wrong, but cute.

gryphon202 on July 28, 2014 at 7:13 AM

This is staggering – 44% still support this guy??

disa on July 28, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Hillary cannot use the “War on Women” attack
________________________________________

In spite of Romney’s rehabilitation,
voters would still back Hillary Clinton
at this stage of the 2016 cycle
by 55 to 42 percent.
……………………………………………………………………..

Hillary cannot use the “War on Women” attack because

Hillary defended a CHILD RAPIST with GUSTO.
……………………………………………………………………..

Hillary cannot use the “War on Women” attack because

Bill Clinton have experience with War on Women:
The War on Women — Bill CLINTON Style:
……………………………………………………………………..
Bill Clinton’s history of sexual violence against women:

Women have been charging Bill Clinton
with sexual assault since his days as
a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford 30 years ago.
……………………………………………………………………..
http://albertpeia.com/oxfordassault.htm
……………………………………………………………………..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_misconduct_allegations_against_Bill_Clinton

……………………………………………………………………..
Sen. Claire McCaskill said on NBC’s Meet the Press:
former President Bill Clinton was “a great leader,

but I don’t want my daughter near him.”

______________________________________

www. ZeroHEDGE.com

The Clinton–era ROOTs of the FINANCIAL CRISIS

http://www.aei.org/article/economics/the-clinton-era-roots-of-the-financial-crisis/

________________________________________

Global HAWK on July 28, 2014 at 7:46 AM

44 PERCENT would still back this guy? Amazing.

And, I totally gave up on letting polls give me hope after Obama’s re-election.

Pale Rider on July 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

If voters had it to do over, Romney in a landslide

An absolute lie. The same polling shows they’d choose Hillary over Romney. In other words, they haven’t learned.

xNavigator on July 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

But now I’m starting to see something. Yeah, Romney could have gained major ground by eviscerating Obama on illegal immigration, gay marriage, and Obamacare. But he didn’t. He didn’t make hardly a squawk about Obamacare. Or gay marriage. Or illegal immigration. Because he’s for those things.

So you are going to stand there and honestly say that we would not be better off today with Romney as president instead of Obama?

At least Romney respects the Rule of Law and the Will of the People.

AtTheRubicon on July 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

So I stand by my not voting for Romney or McCain. Give me a fiscally conservative small-government candidate and you have my vote. But the GOP no longer supports such candidates, so I no longer consider myself Republican

Glad you stand by your non vote to save this country. Hopefully the Obama destruction is impacting you. Too bad the rest of us are suffering because of your moronic decision. Spit in you!

fishstick on July 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Not a believer that women have suddenly become “awakened’.

Poll the same women at the same time about Hillary.

I bet they prove they are still asleep.

Carnac on July 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Oops. Just saw where they DID prove they are still asleep.

55 to 42 Hillary over Romney.

Thanks for nothing.

Carnac on July 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM

And Kerry would have won in 2004… what is the point of this post?

beverlyfreaks on July 28, 2014 at 11:13 AM

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