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    Postelection talk of "lessons learned" is often exaggerated and misleading, and so it is in 2012.

    A week after President Obama won re-election, two themes are dominant. First, that Mr. Obama kept his job because key elements of his base—notably young people, African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans—turned out for him. Second, that the growing size of these voting blocs represents a decisive challenge for the Republican Party.

    Both points are true, but most observers are overstating the gravity of the GOP's problem. In particular, they are paying too little attention to how weak a candidate Mitt Romney was, and how much that hurt Republican prospects.

    Here is what the exit poll found. Mr. Romney's personal image took a hard hit during the primary campaign and remained weak on election day. Just 47% of exit-poll respondents viewed him favorably, compared with 53% for Mr. Obama. Throughout the campaign, Mr. Romney's favorable ratings were among the lowest recorded for a presidential candidate in the modern era. A persistent problem was doubt about his empathy with the average voter. By 53% to 43%, exit-poll respondents said that Mr. Obama was more in touch than Mr. Romney with people like themselves


    In short, the current American electorate is hardly stacked against the Republican Party. But Republicans should recognize that, on balance, Americans remain moderate—holding a mix of liberal and conservative views. They generally believe that small government is better and that ObamaCare is bad. But the exit poll shows that 59% believe abortion should be legal, 65% support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and a surprising plurality support legalizing same-sex marriage in their states.

    Andrew Kohut: Misreading Election 2012 - WSJ.com
     
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    Romney was an excellent candidate with an excellent message. His image was tarnished by Obama's ads and a compliant media. In the end Obama's constituency turned out to vote for free shit over addressing any problems we have as a country. We have tipped into being a gov't cheese nation, with people just vying to see how much Big Daddy is going to give them. This country is finished. The GOP cannot and should not play this game of pandering to minorities.
     
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    LOL. Rabid, we didn't vote for free 'shit'. We voted for a nation with more oppertunity for all, rather than just the one percent. We voted for a nation where what consenting adults do in privacy is their owned damned business, not some 'Conservative' busybody's. We voted for a nation where science trumps superstition, mythology, and willfull ignorance.
     
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    You personally may have voted for that but many others had other motivations.
     
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    yes, but you want someone else to pay for you pills, condoms, and abortions,, yes sirrrrreee buddddy you voted for free shit.
     
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    ^^Lessons Learned: Zero
     
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    Lesson learned: you can win elections by sacrificing the economic health of the country.
     
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    Some good points there, but the hardliners will deny them.

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    With a right wing message so strong of telling hispanics, women, gays, and other minorities to go to hell, as well as trying to force huge government on people, that's going (and did) sink the GOP.

    If the GOP wants to ever win an election again, they need to get their heads out of their asses, tell the evangelicals and tea party to go to hell, and return to sanity.
     
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    I dont know how he got the young voters. Must be they are easily manipulated. I figured they wouldnt vote for someone that has kept them sitting on their ass after 4-8 years of college. Enjoy being a homebody!
     

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