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A GOP postmortem

Local Republican officials have same questions as national counterparts, with added twist of emergency manager law

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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 5:00 am

State Rep. Al Pscholka remembers well the biggest round of applause he got during the 2012 campaign.

"I said, 'I promise not to make robocalls,'" said Pscholka, R-Stevensville. It got him a big ovation.

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3 comments:

  • Fenton G Harbor posted at 3:56 pm on Mon, Nov 26, 2012.

    Fenton G Harbor Posts: 1137

    Just call Romney Mr. 47.... the percentage of the popular vote he received.

    It was easy to paint Mitt as a super-rich guy who's more concerned about the super-rich than he is about the other 98% of Americans. ....because that's what he is.

    People don't want government decimated. We don't want PBS de-funded because it speaks truth to political nonsense, and nobody who thinks believes that cutting taxes for the top wealth is going to do anything other than make them more wealthy. This isn't rocket surgery, it's a simple miscalculation by an out-of-touch politician, who adopted the position of an out-of-touch political party.

     
  • Observer posted at 7:01 am on Mon, Nov 26, 2012.

    Observer Posts: 356

    Republicans lost because they still don't know how to run a national campaign in ways other than throwing money at television. Democrats have had a savvy media tech program for at least twelve years, even as they lost in 2000 and 2004. Arguably, they had a nut-case candidate in 2000 (the proof is in how he has since conducted himself), and the Iraq war to come up against in 2004, when his Vietnam protests haunted him. He was the better candidate in my mind. And then there was the absolutely faulty McCain campaign. It was a disservice to Sarah Palin because the campaign itself was so hopelessly badly organized and run from the get-go. I say this knowing how it was not organized in one major state; absolutely the most unreliable field campaign ever designed - didn't even get the correct date on the literature requesting absentee ballots! Republicans designed this monstrous primary process this go around; the primary winner was advised not to expend any resources countering the Democrat script that demonizing the "rich, ruthless Romney." Romney's advisors were hopelessly outflanked by a skillful multi-media campaign, relying on that bunch of Boston retreads to run a national campaign. Ever ask yourself how well Stuart Stevens had done in the past? Who blurted out "etch-a-sketch," doing more to characterize an untrustworthy candidate than any Democrat had done. I think the truth is that Romney is better prepared to set the nation on a healthy fiscal and social track, but he is not good at picking national campaign leadership. Who designed that disaster convention? Democrats had tripped all over themselves but the R leadership couldn't pick up the ball, and frankly, advised the candidate against from taking the Democrat on where he was and remains clearly vulnerable. Of course, there were the nut cases running on the ticket who claimed their own piece of media disaster. Having said that, I'm not sure there is a good Republican national campaign staff to pick from. The RNC is a disaster. The vigorous GOTV ID effort was well designed - just not tested. Amazing misstep leading to disaster and disarray. The volunteers were dedicated and on site executing the effort. The candidate was the best among the possible primary principles but internal GOP support is weak and cannot seem to understand that it cannot survive if it relies on the tired rhetoric of the extreme right. Thou shalt not is not persuasive; thou should not and why has a better chance of motivating citizens. When the Obama patterns lead us to more obvious failure this time than the last time around, we indeed will be in a world of hum as more people fall into poverty and the groups that expected so much get over the high they feel at the moment. Who will bring the nation together? Its tired citizens will have to do it when they come to realize there is no

     
  • Observer posted at 6:45 am on Mon, Nov 26, 2012.

    Observer Posts: 356

    Republicans lost because they still don't know how to run a national campaign in ways other than throwing money at television. Democrats have had a savvy media tech program for at least twelve years, even as they lost in 2000 and 2004. Arguably, they had a nut-case candidate in 2000 (the proof is in how he has since conducted himself), and the Iraq war to come up against in 2004, when his Vietnam protests haunted him. He was the better candidate, in my mind. And then there was the absolutely faulty McCain campaign. It was a disservice to Sarah Palin because the campaign itself was so hopelessly badly organized and run from the get-go. I say this knowing how it was not organized in one major state; absolutely the most unreliable field campaign ever designed - didn't even get the correct date on the literature requesting absen

     

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