GOP Noise Machine Consolation Prize: 2012 is not 2008 They keep saying that even if Romney loses, the big story is Republican gains since 2008. D'Oh! Of course there would be, Republicans and right leaning Independents crossed over to vote for Obama in 2008. All that happened is we are back to 2004, not 2008. Hello? The spin is to make wingnuts think they've made gains when all that happened is the political landscape went back with a reset. gotta love the shit though. The spin is amazing.