In assessing the Republican meltdown of November 6, let us not blame the candidate at the top of the ticket. No, we mustn't blame the candidate, not when there are so many other explanations readily at hand. Explanations such as:
The hurricanes did it. Yes, there were two hurricanes that got in the way of a Republican victory. There was Hurricane What'sitsname at the end of August that, just like '08, forced the Republicans to cancel the opening day of the party's national convention. Bad luck, it seems. You can hardly blame Romney or the Republicans for what insurance companies like to call an "act of God." (Then again, one might wonder what the Republicans had done to make God mad.) Surely one more night for America to watch "rah rah" Republicans cheering, howling, and waving their little flags for Romney might have inspired more people to go out and vote for the great man.
The compressed schedule of the remaining three days left prime-time viewers deprived of the inspiring oratory of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and even knocked out of prime-time viewing a biographical video of Romney. Or so it was reported, anyway. I don't know how long the video was, but if it had been highlights of Mitt taking firm stands for those conservative Republican principles he had lately been espousing, I would think it could be shown in hardly any time at all — much less time, anyway, that what was squandered on Clint Eastwood's awkward and amateurish impersonation of Clint Eastwood.
Then there was Hurricane Sandy in the week before the election. That blocked Romney's momentum, forcing the challenger to cancel campaign appearances, while Obama could be seen visiting disaster areas, looking and acting presidential. And there was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie heaping praise on Obama just before the election, lauding the president for his leadership, his compassion, concern, yadda, yadda, yadda. And yes, that's the same Chris Christie who, as keynote speaker at the convention, hardly mentioned Mitt Romney in a speech laden with praise of Gov. Christie. Surely, it was Christie's "betrayal" that cost Republicans the election. But no, no, wait a minute, it was ...
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