Perhaps there time would have been better spent running a winning campaign; not
a losing campagin. This is water under the bridge. How ridiculous to write a
book about something that never happens? Silly!
@Pragmatic, do you suppose the Obama campaign had a readiness plan for the first
200 days? Doesn't appear to me that they did, but rather "fly by the
seat of their pants" was about what they planned. The Romney campaign did
not lose the election, rather the millions of voters that would not vote, either
because Romney wasn't the right religion or didn't fit the exact
libertarian idealogy desired. Another problem in this country is exactly what
Mitt alluded to in his famous 47% comment: too many people would rather sit and
let the government take care of them, and those folks will never vote for a
Republican. It's a sad day to think we could have had a man who was
actually planning to improve things like the tax code, Medicare, etc. Instead,
we are going to reap the whirlwind as Obamacare starts to really take affect.
Know so many small companies who are reducing their numbers, making full-time
workers go part-time, etc. It's going to be an interesting time ahead.
Start storing that food!
@fowersjl: "The Romney campaign did not lose the election, rather the
millions of voters that would not vote, either because Romney wasn't the
right religion or didn't fit the exact libertarian idealogy desired."
Seriously? Good grief. How's the weather on your planet?
@ flowersjl: When Obama was elected in 2008 he didn't take advantage of a
law that was passed in 2010?!?! What a slacker!And how sad that so
many people think so poorly of Romney that they feel the need to repeatedly
offer the same disproven reasons for the outcome of the 2012 election instead of
allowing him the dignity of owning his errors and his loss.
We are so lucky this team did not win the election.
2nd terms are notorious for scandal, abuse, & investigations. It looks like
Obama will not disappoint.It would have been a breath of fresh air
to have a Romney presidency.
If Romney and Leavitt had published this book 60 days BEFORE the election, it
would have been more useful...as someone who likes Romney and read/watched much
of the election, I still had a hard time understanding the specifics of how
Romney would govern other than that he was "not Obama". What a
frustrating election since we wound up exactly where we were after months of
campaigning and hundreds of millions spent!!
Memo to D-News: the election is over; time to move on.
Look at the grief and pain he's saved himself.... Except for the millions
he spent on losing two campaigns.
I think it would've been a closer race if Romney thought things through
before he spoke. Two things hurt his campaign. First, he tried to shift further
to the right during the primaries after having been a centrist governor. When he
tried to move back to the middle during the general election, too many people
thought he wasn't sincere or very disingenuous. Second, he never thought
before he spoke. He did a great job of antagonizing 47% of the population who
receive some sort of federal assistance. The 47% included the elderly and
married enlisted military. The Republican Party would have been much better off
going with Jon Huntsman. Huntsman was the real candidate the Obama campaign
feared would win the Republican nomination. As long as the Republican Party
insists that their candidates be to the right of Attila the Hun, the Democratic
Party will continue to win the presidency for the next couple of decades. The
Democratic Party is salivating and hoping that some wing nut like Michelle
Bachman, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rick Perry, Rand Paul, or Sara Palin gets the
Republican nomination. The Democrats will be able to call it a day on Tuesday,
November 8, 2016.
Geez Louise, DesNews, give it a rest. Mitt lost, and the country won as a
result. Let him return to the obscurity he so richly deserves.
Mitt Romney was on the record as saying he would have ADDED 2 TRILLION dollars
in defense spending on top of Department of Defense's requested budget.
Now tell me how fiscally ridiculous that would have been with Republicans
barking about the debt. Republicans talk about cutting spending that helps the
poor and needy buy love to help their contractor buddies.
I see that the Republican addiction to self-delusion and sour grapes continues
unabated.That's unfortunate for all of us.
Replace the ACA? With what? All these years now and I have yet to see a
comprehensive proposal from the right wing that addresses the issues. Actually
put a concrete plan on the table, which the GOP has never done, and then
let's talk. The Romney campaign was nothing but weak platitudes and talking
points, and never gave us, the American people, a reason to vote for Romney. It
was all about "Obama bad, me good." All without a vision nor a sense
that Romney stood for anything but himself.
For $16.19 (on Amazon) you can escape into the fantasy world of the Romney
presidency that never was. I suppose that's no more delusional than
escaping into the alternate realities that are carefully constructed 24 hours a
day on Fox News and MSNBC to entertain their respective followings of faithful
Bad thing about Oboma winning is more people expected something for nothing.
Now Obomacare is forcing many businesses to hire more part time workers, and
raise prices. So how does it work now? Minimum wage raising will also raise
I agree with a lot of what fowersjl said. One thing I will say... my company of
45 has eliminated 12 employees since the election due to economic conditions
brought on by new government regulations since Obama took office. Knowing
Romney's position and keen economic experience I would not have let those
employees go if he had been elected.Electing and then Re-electing
Obama is the biggest mistake the American people have ever made.
We dodged a real bomb when Mitt was defeated. His election would have been a
national disaster far greater than the ones when President Cheney and his little
friend slid into the White House.
We would be in the same or worse shape we are in now. At least the middle and
lower class. Get over him. He lost big time...
That most of you just spit out the dem line in the face of all that is going on
is pathetic! People's lives are being ruined by this administration &
you think that's funny. This administration will be proved by time to be
the most criminal that has ever held the office. And no, I read
everything, not just right wing info. Please tell me what you read?Do you
not understand that if another administration, not on your side, gets in and
does the same thing to the progressives you will scream like a stucked pig.The IRS, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, AP, Rosen - all have to be
investigated.But everyone in the admin "knows nothing, underlings did
it!" Get a clue!This has got to stop and civility and honesty
has to return to politics.
We are most fortunate that things worked out as they did.
Mitt Romney has obviously lived a life of exemplary service. The saying
"you can pretend to care, but you can't pretend to show up" shows
the huge contrast between Romney and Biden who never gives anything. However, Romney doesn't really have a signature charity that people could
point to, often giving in secret. Certainly good from the perspective of
personal enlightenment. However, if he had taken a few million from his
advertising budget and built schools in Africa and Mexico it would have done
more for him than more TV commercials. It would have blunted the racial divide,
and been a huge contrast point to Biden and Obama.
Star Bright, I can't let your channeling of Michelle Bachmann go
unchallenged."People's lives are being ruined by this
administration" No, people's lives are being ruined by GOP hostility
to the middle class. Healthcare financing is a joke - the #1 cause of personal
bankruptcies."This administration will be proved by time to be
the most criminal that has ever held the office." Only in your FOX-fueled
imagination."IRS" - trying to cope with the toxic political
landscape created by Citizens United and Tea Party political groups seeking
tax-free status."Fast & Furious" - the focus should be
on American gun manufacturers' total disregard for where their guns are
going."Benghazi" - Good luck with that. Maybe talk to your
GOP reps about why they repeatedly voted to cut State Dept security funding."AP" - Not happy about this, either. But when you dig deeper
into the why and who, it's not as simple as you'd think. And OBTW -
Republicans were clamoring for the source of the intelligence leaks exactly as
much as the Obama Administration.You want civility and honesty to
return to politics? Me too! Why then did your post contain so little of either?
by not electing Mitt president the first time we shot ourselves in the footby not electing Mitt the second time we shot ourselves in the head
It appears the Romney transition team forgot a little thing called Congress.
You know, those 535 people who can't agree it's Thursday. President
Romney, like President Obama, would have accomplished very little in his first
Thank goodness that ship did not sail! We would be in much worse shape with
R-money at the helm!
"Knowing Romney's position and keen economic experience I would not
have let those employees go if he had been elected."So you fired
employees from a small business not based on your sales figures or production
needs or any other kind of actual financial numbers or planning for your
business, but based on the outcome of a federal election? Yep, that
seems like sound business planning.
Mitt Romney has done something with his life in his businesses, government,
volunteerism with the Olympics and many other events and activities such as his
family and Church. He has not torn down moral values but lifted them by living
those principles. Is he perfect? No, but he appears to have and has had plans
for living within the government's abilities. President Obama
hasn't had a 100 nor 200 nor a 4 or an 8 year plan. He knows how to tear
down principles that our country has lived with, for and in for over 200 years.
He has brought in more racial and ethnic discontent than any administration for
40 years with his give to anyone that will vote for him policies. He has
brought down our military morals with Generals he has appointed, CIA-director,
Attorney General that deceives, a Secretary of State that says, "What
difference does it make" if 4 of her diplomats and corps die while we
don't give support. Now, with Obamacare looming in the distance, we find
out the IRS, the lurker of our lives is deeply into partisan politics and covert
procedures similar to Germany in the 1930s.
Star Bright is forgetting about the Bush administration.
We have a Vice-President that was very open about the $300.00 total donation he
made in 2011. He is so benevolent to our citizens. The President isn't
much different about his open donations to Acorn and SIEU or other entities such
as those with goods in kind. He has made a difference from Chicago to
Washington, D.C. President Lincoln went from the Chicago convention to
Washington, D.C. but ended up a different kind of President that tried to unify
our divided country. It wasn't easy but he did it with rebellious people
and states. He paid the ultimate price as he did his work, day and
night, sitting at the telegraph because he cared about his citizens. He
supported the nation's Constitution and had to spend hours, days and years
to do it. He had a plan and his advisors didn't necessarily like his
plans. The main thing, he didn't run off to a campaign event
or prepare for his nightly Jay and David shows at the sacrifice of even 4
dedicated servants of our country, such as in Benghazi. Lincoln's family
suffered but this President's family takes millions of dollars in
Gosh JWB I'm surprised you could stop watching Fox News long enough to
write this post. The facts are that unemployment percentages are down, home
values are rebounding nicely and the stock market is at an all time high. To be
fair, I think the same things would have occurred if Romney would have been
elected. Presidents don't really have much influence on how our economy
reacts and works.
" a Secretary of State that says, "What difference does it make" if
4 of her diplomats and corps die while we don't give support."I don't really feel like taking the time to address the total amount of
absolute nonsense in your post, so lets just look at this fabrication. Can you provide the actual quote where Hillary Clinton asked what difference
it makes if four people died in Benghazi? And if you can't will
you try to show a shread of integrity and admit that you just make stuff up to
try to make people you don't like politically look bad?
Presidents have an impact on their employees and the people by the integrity and
honor they have and live in their personal lives. You have to have a President
that is real and down to earth and can govern. This President has yet to learn
how to govern. He is on the campaign road all the time and needs to do
governing by interacting with his cabinet members. Cabinet members appear to be
rogue members of society and can do anything. That way there is no direct
involvement with the President and he can't be blamed. He has
not been a governing person of a company, state, county or city. His family can
take expensive vacations on their own with 100s of people in the entourage at
government expense. He doesn't set an example of one that can govern or
even know how to budget. He gets his way when he forces the Congress to do his
bidding and they pay the price of what they did, not him. Congress passed
Obamacare, he only signed it into law. It is like watching TV news
in the 1960s at supper with all the events of Vietnam and biased news.
Obama won. The United States of America and its citizens lost.Most
of the comments above show that our country deserves the disaster that is taking
place. If these represent the majority view, then the "low information
voters" truly did win, and will be paying the price in increased taxes (if
they pay taxes) and a drastically lower standard of living, worse healthcare,
and increased threats from foreign enemies, and a spiraling loss of freedom.
Any one of which could end our existence as a free nation.Unfortunately, the hard working, tax paying, productive people in this country
are doomed as well. Leavitt's book is a good explanation of the thoughtful
preparation that the Romney team put into preparing to save our country. It
probably would have worked, especially with a strong leader who loves this
country.By contrast, we are stuck with Obama's ceaseless
campaigning, never taking time to govern or solve problems, all the while
surrounded by his gang of Chicago grifters, and more scandals coming to light
every week. Obama won. Our nation and way of life lost.
I voted for Mitt Romney. I wish he had won the election. It would have been
nice to see what could have happened.That being said, I have to
agree with some other commentators. He did not win the election. There's
no saying where we "would" be if he "had" won. I was willing to
risk it and vote for him since I don't agree what has happened for the last
4+ years. However, we cannot prove where we would be had Mitt won this last
Star Bright is right. It seems that a lot of the comments here today
are from people who did not do their homework on Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.
They just accepted the false and vile information about Romney that the MSM fed
them. So sad that we have such an incurious and gullible electorate.Mitt Romney would have been a fantastic president. I can guarantee that he
would not have,1. Refused to provide proper security for personnel in
dangerous places,2. Refused to send help in attacks like Benghazi3.
Would not have lied about a silly video for weeks on end4. Would not use
fear and intimidation via federal gov. agencies to suppress political speech in
opposition to his agenda.People, please wake up before your country
is completely gone.
"All these years now and I have yet to see a comprehensive proposal from the
right wing that addresses the issues."Not quite true Esquire.The "comprehensive proposal from the right wing " WAS the ACA.
I am sure that you remember the Heritage Foundation and Orrin Hatch proposing
the insurance mandate in an effort to counter Hillary Care.The
easiest way to get the GOP to change their mind is to adopt their plan.
How sad for our country! We could have one the best prepared men ever to run for
the presidency serving the USA with a strong and talented team right now. And we
could have been on track for a giant recovery. Instead we are watching the
destruction of our republic from within as our derelict Usurper-in-Chief takes
us down a totally losing path. We blew it big-time and we may never recover from
it! The reasons Obama won are because he's Black and because half the
nation are on some kind of government dole. It appears that now we will never be
able to elect a decent person like Romney ever again. And that spells the end of
America! Hope those who stayed home and didn't vote plus the Progressive,
Liberal, Marxist, Democrats are proud of themselves! They did this to us!
Your probably right Jane, nobody would be talking about benghazi after Mitt
started a pre-emtive war (war of aggression) against Iran or maybe North Korea
because that's what he was told to do.Aren't the same
prophets who were predicting the end of the world in his first term, getting
tired of being tools for less than entertaining news groups?
I'm so thankful that I don't have it on my conscience that I supported
Obama. Never in my life have we had a more divisive man as president. The
trouble is that there are more people on the wagon than pulling the wagon.
Romney's problem is that he overestimated the intelligence of the average
The majority of Republicans in Utah did not vote, for any office. You could say
that by the time the vote got to us, that President Obama had been elected.
However, the majority of Republicans haven't voted forever, the mayor,
governor, State and U.S. Representatives and Senators, even the Attorney
General. They are not involved with politics, whether the caucus or primary
system. The caucus system at least, some people are involved. Primaries for
offices will cost millions of dollars more and will bring in outside money for
our elected officers. We are a state and don't want to become like
California, New York, Illinois or even Texas. We have our foibles but those are
better than corruption at every level. We may questions the land developers
intentions whether governor or legislator, but that is for their personal gain
and not the normal corruption. Are we accepting normal corruption? It starts
as a benign kind of corruption and then grows beyond the ability to stop it,
even with chemotherapy or radiation. Tooele county has both chemical and
radioactive waste and they are short of money as the federals contracts have
dried up. Utah is setting itself up.
What is the use of discussing the things that did not happen? America deserves
what she has voted for and what she has sown... whether that be a fruitful
harvest or the whirlwind. It remains to be seen which one will be the result.
Nov 6,2012 election night I had the feeling that something was very wrong. The
pundits including Dick Morris and others felt Romney would win. Having lived in
liberal blue states and helping in governor and senate campaigns I knew from my
contacts that something was up that would give Obama an unfair advantage. The
targeting that took place on conservative organizations and contributors had a
chilling effect on voter turnout on the Romney side in places like Virginia,
Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire. The opposite happened when liberal and union
organizations were given the green light and tax exempt status helped
immeasurably in getting their people out in critical swing states. As the
lawsuits are pursued and what really happened between 2010 and the election we
may actually see if this election was stolen. Democrats were certainly helped by
the IRS and Republicans and tea party groups were hurt. The executive orders
giving favorable treatment to classes of people may eventually be proven as
totally political motivation on Obama's part. We now know the depths the
Obama campaign went to win or steal the election.
There are a lot of Chicken Littles in these comments, claiming that Obama is the
worst president in history, that America will not survive his presidency, etc.
I disagree with that assessment. Obama certainly has many faults, and I
disagree vehemently with his continuation of many of Bush's policies. He
should have prosecuted those who authorized torture of enemy combatants, and
helped to re-establish the rule of law in our country, for example.Regardless, to claim that Obama is the worst president in US history is
certainly a stretch. We've had some pretty terrible ones, from James
Buchanan to George W. Bush. And to be so fearful that Obama will destroy
America is to have far too little confidence in the ability of America to
survive. These times are far less trying than those we endured during the Civil
War, but we emerged a greater nation after that. Have faith, America is too
great for a single president or even a string of bad presidents to destroy.We did survive George W. Bush, didn't we? Some of us feared we
wouldn't, and we were wrong.
Wow. So many deluded conservatives posting delusional conservative posts.Frightening!
If Romney did his church callings as bad as he ran for president he would need
to be disfellowshipped
Great...this is like salt in the wounds.Hype and Pain...I mean Hope
and Change. Yes we can!!!Obama is a bigger joke by the day.
The past is exactly that—the past. Mr. Romney lost and it doesn’t
make much sense to speculate about “what if” using tired campaign
rhetoric. Sadly, Mr. Obama’s leadership has given us nothing
but charisma. I just want somebody I can trust. The conservatives are mean;
the liberals are sneaky; and the electorate is gullible.
"I knew from my contacts that something was up that would give Obama an
unfair advantage. The targeting that took place on conservative organizations
and contributors had a chilling effect on voter turnout on the Romney side in
places like Virginia, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire"This has to
be the most far fetched attempt to explain Romney's loss to date.Congrats.
thebig1Hate to break it to ya, but you don't get
disfellowshipped for doing a poor job on your church calling. Good
Maybe they should reveal who would have held positions in the cabinet, etc., so
that voters would know in advance what they were getting. Maybe we could even
have "shadow" cabinet secretaries like they have in Britain.
Coulda, shoulda, woulda. He gave it 100%, but at the end of the day, America
has moved on. Unfortunately for them, but they don't care about nice,
patriotic, ethical, responsible.They will rue the day, but our
descendants will pay, pay, pay...
"This has to be the most far fetched attempt to explain Romney's loss
to date."JoeBlow,I'll attempt to summarize his
"far fetched attempt":As he said, people were predicting
Romney would win. This isn't two-week-old polls, this is same-day stuff.In addition, the IRS scandal had already started, as he mentioned, which
was targeting conservative groups.There were reports of poll
stations in battleground states where GOP poll inspectors were harassed by
democrats.Some military voted were not counted.Several
democrats were arrested for voting several times in the election (were they all
caught?).Many Republican votes were not accounted for.59
precincts in Philadelphia voted 100% Obama; not a single vote for Romney (if you
have taken statistics, you know that's not possible; how many wards in Utah
do you think voted 100% Romney?).There were reports of more than
100% voter turnout (Obama was really popular, I guess).Are you more
Riverton Couger, you believe everything you read on the Internet I see. Every
chain e mail you get you believe. Every utterance by Glenn Beck you believe. Well, yeah, there are people like that.
mark,I never got a chain email about the voter fraud. In fact, the
stuff I said was true. There were 59 precincts in Philadelphia that voted 100%
Obama, and that is statistically impossible. There were people arrested for
voting more than once. Of course, Obama worshipers don't like facts getting
in the way, so I don't blame you for accusing me of being a low-information
voter. Most low-information voters voted for Obama, by the way.