Mitt Romney & the GOP meet George McClellan UPDATE: Via Mike of Granite Grok

by Datechguy | November 9th, 2012

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Mitt Romney & the GOP meet George McClellan UPDATE: Via Mike of Granite Grok

I’m your dad, it’s my job for it to be my fault

Doc­tor Who Father’s Day 2005

“no one but McClel­lan could have hes­i­tated to attack.”

Gen­eral Joseph E. John­ston April 1862

For over a year I wrote piece after piece with the tag line

“Ride right through them, they’re demor­al­ized as hell”!

chron­i­cling in piece after piece with infor­ma­tion to back it up of democ­rats run­ning away from Barack Obama.

with the elec­tion over and Barack Obama re-​elected I’m sure quite a few peo­ple are ques­tion­ing this, but the facts from the last two years haven’t changed.

Glenn Reynolds said over and over again, “Don’t get cocky” but I think he fun­da­men­tally mis­un­der­stood me. There are two sen­tences in that mes­sage I was giving.

They’re demor­al­ized as hell” was a state­ment of the left’s con­di­tion. That was an objec­tive fact. Barack Obama drew mil­lion upon mil­lions less votes than in 2008. His mar­gin of vic­tory was a full 5 points smaller than the last time around. Plenty of peo­ple were con­vinced Obama is no longer the one.

But it doesn’t mat­ter if they are Demor­al­ized as Hell if you don’t Ride Right Through Them.

Which brings us to Mitt “McClel­lan” Romney.

There were two dif­fer­ent Mitt Rom­ney on the cam­paign trail.

There was the Mitt Rom­ney that wanted to be loved, the Mitt Rom­ney that didn’t want to attack Barack Obama. The Mitt Rom­ney that didn’t want to push back against the media, the Mitt Rom­ney that didn’t want to defend the Con­ser­v­a­tive prin­ci­ples that he sup­pos­edly had. He was more con­cerned with being liked than attack­ing. Unfor­tu­nately while this gives you points for sports­man­ship, George McClel­lan was uni­ver­sally loved by his troops it doesn’t give you vic­tory on elec­tion day.

And then there was the Mitt Rom­ney of the pri­maries. The Mitt Rom­ney that was will­ing to play hard­ball against his GOP foes, who was will­ing to con­front them, attack them and go after them. That was the Mitt Rom­ney who had no prob­lem play­ing with the rules at state and national con­ven­tions to lock out Ron Paul vot­ers who had learned the rules and played by them and then tossed them aside. This Mitt Rom­ney and his team played hard­ball with con­ser­v­a­tives fig­ur­ing “Where are you going to go?”

They went home and stayed there on elec­tion day. More than three mil­lion of them, less than the num­ber that aban­doned Barack Obama but still McCain vot­ers stayed home by the Millions.

If those mil­lions show up, Mitt Rom­ney is plan­ning his tran­si­tion, the democ­rats knew it too, on Tues­day the Media for the entire morn­ing was wear­ing long faces for a very long time. They couldn’t have imag­ined that Repub­li­cans would stay home twice in a row.

…but they did.

I couldn’t imag­ine it either. I was sure given the voter ID num­bers from Gallup & Ras­mussen Sil­ver was wrong, I mis­in­ter­preted his results. It wasn’t a ques­tion of the Dem base show­ing up, Mil­lions deserted Obama, but his poll instead was a warn­ing that the GOP base was stay­ing home. As I said in a rough draft of my final pre-​election commentary.

Or let’s put it this way. If the Union army spent its entire time march­ing in the North to this tune…

…instead of this march­ing south to this one…

…we would be two dif­fer­ent coun­tries right now.

Barack Obama is the only two term pres­i­dent in his­tory to win a sec­ond term with fewer votes than the first time around. We can pussy foot around it but the blame is Mitt Romney’s he alone could have over­ruled his advis­ers and cho­sen to attack. He could have given the Ron Paul sup­port­ers their pride, he could have defended con­ser­vatism instead of ignor­ing it.

Some might think it’s unfair to blame him, but Mitt Rom­ney spent years of his life and begged thou­sands of peo­ple for mil­lions of dol­lars to be the standard-​bearer of the party and with that role comes respon­si­bil­ity for the results.

Mind you the blame for putting him in that posi­tion can be shared by all those who decided that nom­i­nat­ing a mod­er­ate Mass­a­chu­setts Gov­er­nor who never attempted to grow the party in his own state dur­ing his time in office was a good idea, but once he was nom­i­nated the choice was no longer between Mitt Rom­ney and a strong con­ser­v­a­tive but Mitt Rom­ney and Barack Obama and given that choice the only thing to do was to fight like hell for Mitt as the standard-​bearer of a con­ser­v­a­tive party.

If only the repub­li­can estab­lish­ment felt the same way about those who sup­port the party.

Update: Fixed video and added Dr. Who quote because…it’s a Doc­tor Who quote

Update 2: Speak­ing of not ral­ly­ing the troops

I should also say, this is the first I’ve heard that this project even existed. No one told me about it.

This is project ORCA that turned out to be a beached Whale, I had not heard of it either. Per­haps instead of rely­ing on some­thing like this there was another alternative?

It is the Chris­tians who get out the vote, folks. We are the base of the Repub­li­can Party. We were ignored (and even hated) by the estab­lish­ment. Some will try to say that the ORCA fail­ure is itself to blame. No. It’s that Mitt Rom­ney relied on it in the first place, instead of seek­ing the help of the socially con­ser­v­a­tive base of the party, that he lost. No “mod­er­ate” can­di­date will ever win for the GOP, least of all one who treats us lit­tle peo­ple as if we don’t matter.

And yet what did Lisa Graas do?

I voted for Mitt Rom­ney. I voted for the whole Repub­li­can ticket. I could have done far more than sim­ply vote for him. He never asked. He didn’t want my help. So, he lost.

There are folks to blame for this elec­tion, Lisa Graas is not one of them.

Update 3: Got the fol­low­ing e-​mail from Mike Rogers of Gran­ite Grok:

Great com­ments.

Here’s the thing, and a good rea­son why the Paulis­tas deserve scorn and derision:

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the con­ser­v­a­tive party, like NY state), is NOW, after a his­toric elec­tion that demon­strated the inept­ness of the “Wiz­ards of Smart”.

The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part can­di­date, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DUR­ING an his­toric elec­tion, when one of the evils is immea­sur­ably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

If we suc­cess­fully set up a con­ser­v­a­tive party, and win some seats, we can choose to align with Repub­li­cans or even endorse their can­di­date as a tac­ti­cal mat­ter on a vote by vote basis.

What say you?

Sounds good to me.

I’m your dad, it’s my job for it to be my fault

Doctor Who Father’s Day 2005

“no one but McClellan could have hesitated to attack.”

General Joseph E. Johnston April 1862

For over a year I wrote piece after piece with the tag line

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

chronicling in piece after piece with information to back it up of democrats running away from Barack Obama.

with the election over and Barack Obama re-elected I’m sure quite a few people are questioning this, but the facts from the last two years haven’t changed.

Glenn Reynolds said over and over again, “Don’t get cocky” but I think he fundamentally misunderstood me. There are two sentences in that message I was giving.

“They’re demoralized as hell” was a statement of the left’s condition. That was an objective fact. Barack Obama drew million upon millions less votes than in 2008. His margin of victory was a full 5 points smaller than the last time around. Plenty of people were convinced Obama is no longer the one.

But it doesn’t matter if they are Demoralized as Hell if you don’t Ride Right Through Them.

Which brings us to Mitt “McClellan” Romney.

There were two different Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.

There was the Mitt Romney that wanted to be loved, the Mitt Romney that didn’t want to attack Barack Obama. The Mitt Romney that didn’t want to push back against the media, the Mitt Romney that didn’t want to defend the Conservative principles that he supposedly had. He was more concerned with being liked than attacking. Unfortunately while this gives you points for sportsmanship, George McClellan was universally loved by his troops it doesn’t give you victory on election day.

And then there was the Mitt Romney of the primaries. The Mitt Romney that was willing to play hardball against his GOP foes, who was willing to confront them, attack them and go after them. That was the Mitt Romney who had no problem playing with the rules at state and national conventions to lock out Ron Paul voters who had learned the rules and played by them and then tossed them aside. This Mitt Romney and his team played hardball with conservatives figuring “Where are you going to go?”

They went home and stayed there on election day. More than three million of them, less than the number that abandoned Barack Obama but still McCain voters stayed home by the Millions.

If those millions show up, Mitt Romney is planning his transition, the democrats knew it too, on Tuesday the Media for the entire morning was wearing long faces for a very long time. They couldn’t have imagined that Republicans would stay home twice in a row.

…but they did.

I couldn’t imagine it either. I was sure given the voter ID numbers from Gallup & Rasmussen Silver was wrong, I misinterpreted his results. It wasn’t a question of the Dem base showing up, Millions deserted Obama, but his poll instead was a warning that the GOP base was staying home. As I said in a rough draft of my final pre-election commentary.

Or let’s put it this way. If the Union army spent its entire time marching in the North to this tune…

…instead of this marching south to this one…

…we would be two different countries right now.

Barack Obama is the only two term president in history to win a second term with fewer votes than the first time around. We can pussy foot around it but the blame is Mitt Romney’s he alone could have overruled his advisers and chosen to attack. He could have given the Ron Paul supporters their pride, he could have defended conservatism instead of ignoring it.

Some might think it’s unfair to blame him, but Mitt Romney spent years of his life and begged thousands of people for millions of dollars to be the standard-bearer of the party and with that role comes responsibility for the results.

Mind you the blame for putting him in that position can be shared by all those who decided that nominating a moderate Massachusetts Governor who never attempted to grow the party in his own state during his time in office was a good idea, but once he was nominated the choice was no longer between Mitt Romney and a strong conservative but Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and given that choice the only thing to do was to fight like hell for Mitt as the standard-bearer of a conservative party.

If only the republican establishment felt the same way about those who support the party.

Update:  Fixed video and added Dr. Who quote because…it’s a Doctor Who quote

Update 2: Speaking of not rallying the troops

I should also say, this is the first I’ve heard that this project even existed. No one told me about it.

This is project ORCA that turned out to be a beached Whale, I had not heard of it either. Perhaps instead of relying on something like this there was another alternative?

It is the Christians who get out the vote, folks. We are the base of the Republican Party. We were ignored (and even hated) by the establishment. Some will try to say that the ORCA failure is itself to blame. No. It’s that Mitt Romney relied on it in the first place, instead of seeking the help of the socially conservative base of the party, that he lost. No “moderate” candidate will ever win for the GOP, least of all one who treats us little people as if we don’t matter.

And yet what did Lisa Graas do?

I voted for Mitt Romney. I voted for the whole Republican ticket. I could have done far more than simply vote for him. He never asked. He didn’t want my help. So, he lost.

There are folks to blame for this election, Lisa Graas is not one of them.

Update 3: Got the following e-mail from Mike Rogers of Granite Grok:

Great comments.

Here’s the thing, and a good reason why the Paulistas deserve scorn and derision:

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

If we successfully set up a conservative party, and win some seats, we can choose to align with Republicans or even endorse their candidate as a tactical matter on a vote by vote basis.

What say you?

Sounds good to me.

DaTechGuy on DaRadio Saturday Noon EST. WBNW AM 1120 Concord WPLM 1390 Plymouth WESO 970 Southbridge, FTR Radio, the 405 Media

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