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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It's Time for the First Serious Round of Romney Postmortems

Posted by on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Next Sunday, Mitt Romney will do his first major post-election interview with, unsurprisingly, Fox News. This means it's time for any number of retrospective news pieces on what went wrong, featuring Republicans who took part in the Romney campaign. Now, most of these are going to be boring, intellectually lazy rehashes that concede one or two points to the Obama team, like this clip, in which Romney strategist Stuart Stevens admits that the media wasn't strictly "in the tank" for Obama...

...but there's a lot of subtext that we're going to have to keep an eye on, because it's going to tell us a lot about the future of the Republican Party. If Romney continues to blame his loss on the 47% of Americans who he thinks Obama gives gifts to, and if other Republicans agree with that assessment, they'll have effectively learned absolutely nothing from their loss this time.

The fact that GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans aren't going to the Conservative Political Action Conference this year is a bad sign; the rumors that Chris Christie won't be invited are even worse. For Republicans to win elections, they're going to have to concede some ground. Mitt Romney's carefully groomed-and-edited Fox News interview would be a good place to begin that process. If that doesn't happen, the Republican Party will be stuck in teabaggy 2012 for at least the next two years.


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Pope Peabrain 1
Until they can defeat teabaggers in primaries by explaining they are too weak in the general elections, their fears will keep them towing the ultra-conservative line.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 26, 2013 at 7:52 AM · Report this
watchout5 2
Their strategy is to deny Americans access to voting, their talking points are irrelevant, they realistically believe that they can buy their way to lower turnout.
Posted by watchout5 on February 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 3
So far, the biggest thing they've realized is that winning the old white male demographic won't win general elections any longer. Their response has been to try to win back Hispanics.

For example: here in Colorado, the ASSET bill got support from three Republican senators, one of whom is ordinarily a teabaggy embarrassment. What is the ASSET bill? It's a bill to lower tuition rates for undocumented students at public colleges and universities. This is a huge turnaround for the party of Tom Tancredo.

So, if nothing else, they've learned that they better pander to Hispanics from now on.
Posted by Matt from Denver on February 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 4
the 47% romney was TRYING to refer to were simply the percentage of straight-ticket democratic voters. then he conflated them with lazy bums in an attempt to explain his message to low-information flibberdigibbet swing voters. it was just a rhetorical fuckup, but it was delicious.

they would have lost regardless because they're assholes and obama played his first term like he was president urkel.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 26, 2013 at 8:27 AM · Report this
Howard Kurtz is horrible. Does he not understand the effect of incumbency on the media hordes? He's purportedly a media critic, right?
Posted by dirge on February 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 6
Who says anyone wants Republicans to win any goddamn elections? Except for other republicans, of course.

I know, for our democracy to thrive we need at least two viable parties. But watching the hubris of the teabaggers and fundies as they thrash and gnaw at their many failures is so, so gratifying. Fuck 'em. Let 'em continue losing at least through another election cycle.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on February 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 7
@ 4, wasn't he speaking at one of those $5k a plate fundraising luncheons? Those weren't swing voters by any stretch.
Posted by Matt from Denver on February 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 8

He was speaking other millionaires like himself. Romney said it because that's what he believes.
Posted by keshmeshi on February 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Cascadian 9
Why should any of us, liberal or conservative or otherwise, give one shit what Mitt Romney has to say? He was never anything more than a rich, otherwise empty vessel designed to embody the conservative mindset. He's interchangeable with any other rich asshole.

So why is Fox wasting the time? They should be finding an electable candidate for next time, or maybe even a winning, center-right agenda, not giving air time to a has-been.
Posted by Cascadian on February 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM · Report this

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