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
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:
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.