Letter: Mitt Romney's defeat was due to a misguided campaign and his own ill-advised comments


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  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    Romney lost because he proved (1) that he couldn't be trusted to do anything except what would benefit him and (2) it was impossible to believe a word he said. Obama didn't win that election. Romney lost it by his own actions and words.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Nov. 17, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    Look up the ANONYMOUS letter claiming to have kept Rove from stealing the election by blocking 3 data portals set up to crash the server and change voting results in Iowa. Thom Hartman is a pretty smart guy and lays it all out with plenty of facts on youtube.

    It explains how crazy Rove was in disbelief about certain counties results.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    The nation is moving on, evolving and growing up. The republican party is not. Romney could not run far enough away from them.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    @Mountanman -- So, only minorities are benefited by Obamacare and food stamps? Really? Do you even know any "minorities"? And you seriously do not know ANY Caucasians who are on food stamps or who do not have insurance? I doubt it. You know, if you actually ever got to know any of these dreaded "minorities", you would probably find that they are as decent and hardworking as you are.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Nov. 15, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    A go either way race until Sandy came ashore and everybody thinks it is about this or that but not Sandy. Think again folks. Sandy made it possible to see the President acting his domestic role acceptably and also made it possible for Governor Christie to acceptably abandon Romney with his interaction with President. Sandy response by both Obama and Christie, with its necessary coordination, probably does most to explain the divergence between pre-Sandy close race and post-Sandy not-so-close election. All other factors had plenty of time to be accounted for. Romney was appropriately subdued in the aftermath and was left without any reasonable action designed to increase his standing but without demeaning Obama during that specific period; Obama's role was needed for the good of the nation.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    @ Mountainman

    "Of course its political suicide to tell the truth in America,but if we can't even accept the problem, there is no hope of fixing it!"

    Nobody can ever accuse Romney of telling the truth. If he DID, he would be our President.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    Romney is his own worst enemy.

    The vote was based on the information that the candidates provided,
    and we, as a Nation did not buy his salesmanship.

    That might work in business, but not in the White House.

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    Here's a message for all, if you want to stay in power then you had better govern for the benefit of the middle class and the poor or it will be more of the same. You can't divert the issue of too few quality jobs into war. You can't divert the issues of unregulated capitalism and expect prosperity. You can't continue to expect the 99% to continue to cover the costs of globalization. If you do then soon, there will be no republicans or democrats. It is by way of the masses that democracy and our free republic will survive.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    If the GOP is the new victim class and is hoarding in on traditionally left wing passive/aggressive power sources - how will you ever be able to maintain your "I am victim, hear me roar" power structure?

    Perhaps you can up the ante and simply play the victim of the victim-of-the-victims?

    (Isn't the drama triangle a fun ride?) sarcasm

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    George. The real victims of this election are the tax payers, both living and the unborn(those who are not aborted with free taxpayer funded abortions)!

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Nov. 15, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    Mitt Romney was a dead horse put against Obama by the bilderbergs to keep Obama in office. He had no agenda of making this a real election. His job was to keep Ron Paul out of it.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Old guy. The reason Mitt Romney lost the election is because Obama promised minorities more entitlements (Obamacare, amnesty for illegals and more food stamps), paid for by people not even born yet! Any honest person can see that, but being honest in America these days is political suicide!

  • George Bronx, NY
    Nov. 15, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    ladies and gentleman I present the new professional victim class, previously known as the GOP.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    Mountan: Math lesson here pal: If 47% of the Country are the ones sucking the system dry of entitlements, why don't the 53% of Americans left vote them down? As Slick Willie said during the convention: "It's just arithmetic!" Another angle would be what if Mitt is wrong and there are really 53% of the Country that demands entitlements and you are permanently out voted being a member of the 47% righteous (in your mind)?

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    what you mean romney is not a victim, but he was so sure he represented that 47% of Americans )that work and pay all other taxes) he claims are professional victims. wrong again mitt your victim stance only represents the GOP.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Mountainboy, the truth is that the vast majority of Americans do take personal responsibility and do work hard to support themselves. There is just a tiny percentage who actually do what you ascribe to the 47%.

    The vast majority of the 47% are either working very hard, are out of work and unable to find a job at the moment, or are genuinely disabled in some way, or have retired after long work and service to our nation.

    Your comments, like those of Mitt, are simply disgusting. And that is one of the reasons he lost the election. Trying to cast blame on your fellow Americans using a very wide brush is not patriotic. In fact, it is people like you who are holding the country back from achieving the greatness conservatives seem to always tell us we have lost.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    @ Real Maverick. Exactly right! That's what conservatives want the 47% of Americans to do; TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for their own lives and stop gaming the system for ever more entitlements!

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    When will repubs accept personal responsibility for their loss?

    Perhaps *gasp* Americans are smarter than you think?! I know I know, wild concept, I know. But perhaps people other than your top 1 % also can think for themselves. Maybe... Just... Maybe... There was something wrong with your platform?

    Could it be your stance on taxes?
    Could it be your stance on abortion?
    Could it be your stance on illegal immigration?
    Could it be your stance on defense spending?
    Could it be your stance on Iran?
    Could it be your stance on marriage?

    Could it be, that perhaps, just perhaps, people remember the last 2 repub Presidents and the disasters they left us?

    Own it! Take responsibility! The only thing I've seen out of the GOP since the election ended is looking at others to take the fall. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    Republican Governor Bobby Jingal said it best yesterday and the day before when he said --

    Republicans need to stop being the party of stupid,
    Talk radio and their extreme rhetoric pushed Middle America away from the GOP,
    Mitt Romney was dead WRONG when he tried to blame his loss because Pres. Obama was out buying votes via free gifts and hand outs to Hispanics, Gays, Women, and the Young [ala Rush Limbaugh's Obama is Santa Claus garbage].

    As a Liberal - I like having Rush Limbaugh and his ilk on the radio.
    They do republicans more damage than good.

    With the economy in shambles the way it is - this was Mitt Romney's election to loose.
    And AM hate radio did a spectacular job loosing it for him.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    Romney shot himself. Period.

    Lies don't cut it.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Romney lost for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest reasons was that he never had a "Sister Souljah" moment with the more extreme elements of the conservative base. While Donald Trump, was making the most ridiculous Birther statements, Romney was showing up at Trump fund raising events!

    Romney's silence on some of the wackier conservative statements, and conspiracy theories made it look like Mitt was afraid of the far right base, or that he agreed with them.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    Mitt Romney lost the election because 47% of Americans have figured out how to game the system, contribute nothing or very little and whine for more! Of course its political suicide to tell the truth in America,but if we can't even accept the problem, there is no hope of fixing it! If you want to see some real ill-advised comments, check in with Joe Biden!

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    The party of "Personal Responsibility" is looking every which way for a scapegoat.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Nov. 15, 2012 2:36 a.m.

    His "missquided" campain and statement were directly driven by the republican party's platform. So you are really just saying that he lost because the republican party doesn't represent enough of Americans.