Why the Republicans lost the Presidential Election in 2012
The main reason why Obama won re-election is because he made his campaign about everything he could, other than the economy.
It wasn't about race, even though that button got pushed... the 2012 election was won by Obama because they did a great job painting Romney as anti-abortion, so long as the Republicans take up the Pro-Choice mantra, they will lose more than 60% of the women voters.
We've had Abortion for 30 years in this country... let the Democrats make it an issue in any race, and you will lose the majority of the women vote, which makes up about 53% of the voters... compared to 13% of the voters being black.
We have almost two generations of voters who have grown up with Abortion being legal (the twenty somethings, and the thirty somethings) with it not even being an issue that is considered except for when election time comes around. And then it becomes a political tool to rally women to the Liberal cause.
Keep in mind, one has to factor in 'political reality' into Romney's position. Even if he didn't want to take a position on the issue, the fact that he was running to become President forced him to... he cannot not have one. Here is a small sampling of direct quotes:
“I’d like to see Roe v. Wade overturned and allow the states and the elected representatives of the people and the people themselves have the ability to put in place pro-life legislation.
I recognize that for many people, that is considered an act of murder, to have an abortion. It is without question the taking of a human life, and I believe that a civilized society must respect the sanctity of a human life. But we have two lives involved here: A mom and unborn child. We have to have concern for both lives.” – 8/5/07 at Des Moines, IA debate
“I believe from a political perspective that life begins at conception. I don’t pretend to know, if you will, from a theological standpoint when life begins. I’d committed to the people of Massachusetts that I would not change the laws one way or the other, and I honored that commitment. But each law that was brought to my desk attempted to expand abortion rights and, in each case, I vetoed that effort. I also promoted abstinence education in our schools. I vetoed an effort, for instance, to give young women a morning after pill who did not have prescriptions. So I took action to preserve the sanctity of life.” – 2/16/07 on Meet the Press
“The actions I’ll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood.” When asked where he would tell the millions of women to go if he eliminated federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Romney said: “Well they can go wherever they’d like to go. This is a free society.” … from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Women are Watching website.
At the end of the day, Romney would have likely had as significant an impact on Abortion, as Obama had on cutting the deficit his first four years in office... which is to say, he's wasn't going to impact the laws on Abortion in any significant way. But that wasn't the perception, the perception was he was anti-abortion, and even anti-women's rights. And when the opposition can paint you into that corner, you are going to lose a significant amount of women voters no matter what the other issues are, and no matter how dire those issues may seem.
Romney allowed this to happen, abortion became a big issue, one he talked far too much about, he didn't stay focused and on point... ignore, minimize the topic, deflect... and turn the conversation back to jobs, economy, insurance costs, etc.
Using Ads like this, the opposition painted Romney as anti-women's-rights
For the 2016 election the truth about Obamacare, how much more it is really costing many Americans, and how millions of Americans have lost their insurance altogether is now becoming tragic common knowledge for many.
Obamacare added 21 new taxes even though we were told it was not a tax, Obamacare costs most Americans many thousands more than they had been paying for insurance before it passed. Deductibles are prohibitive. The necessity to repeal the ACA is a topic the Republicans should bring up in detail continuously.
A very moderate review of the ACA
The truth about Unemployment should be an easy topic to bring up as well, even though the official number is below 5%, the unofficial number made up of workers that they stopped counting, young who are of working age that have yet to find a job and enter into the workforce, and the under-employed make the real number well over 10% unemployment.
The fact that Welfare numbers have gone up from 47 million prior to Obama taking office to over 110 million today should be brought up every day on the campaign trail. There is plenty to bring to the forefront of the conversation, allowing the talking points to drift from these topics, allowing the Nation's attention to move to insignificant topics that are not even going to be addressed by the President, is the way to lose the 2016 election.
Keep the Democrats answering for Obamacare, the Welfare state, the towering national debt, lack of jobs, sinking pay rates, and those truths will settle the election... let the focus move away from them, to social issues and personal issues, and watch another election slip away.
Allowing themselves to be painted as pro-rich, anti-poor, anti-hispanic, and anti-abortion will doom them from now to eternity to never winning the Presidency.
© 2012 Ken Burgess