Romney got fewer votes than McCain. Where was the "excitement"

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    Last week, all the conservatives could talk about was the crowd size and the "excitement" on the Romney side of the ledger. He ended up getting 2 million fewer votes than McCain.

    Any clues about what happened to the "excitement"
     
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    Interesting. Those two million votes sure would have helped, y'know?

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    It probably would have put him even with Obama.

    Here's the thing. Romney got 2 million less than McCain did (which is justice, because McCain was a better man and a better candidate.) But Obama got 8 million less votes than he did in 2008. (Which again, is probably fair in that a lot of his supporters were disappointed.)

    But overall, that means that 10 million people who voted in 2008 became so disillusioned with the process they didn't bother this time.

    I'm not sure this is good for democracy in general.
     
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    Depending on the states that had less turnout. Those are the results I'm looking to see. I Imagine the Sandy hit areas will have less turn out but perhaps Arizona and Illinois will make up the rest?

    If it was a swing state that had less turn out; I have to agree with Joe to a point...that isn't good but I think its not good for NFL-level politics and isn't speaking to the heart of democracy.
     
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    Couldn't agree more. Our "leaders" should be able to look at these numbers and get a very clear message, but somehow I'm not holding my breath on that.

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    Put another way, it IS democracy; a decision not to vote is still a decision.
    Perhaps more people would vote if there were more people to vote for; i.e., more choice and less domination by the two institutions that have installed themselves at the head of the US government under the title of Democrat and Republican.
     
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    The voter turnout was lower overall.

    Funny how no one has mentioned that Obama received fewer votes than he did in '08, all they seem focused on is Romney's failure to garner as many votes as McCain...
     
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    Obama recognized all along he wasn't going to get as many votes as he did in 2008. It was always a matter of whether he'd get enough.

    Keep in mind, Obama got 10 million more than Kerry did in 2004 and 19 million more than Gore did in 2000. So going up was going to be a challenge.

    McCain got 3 million less votes than Bush did in 2004. So ROmney losing another 2 million votes is probably a big deal.
     
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    I see Romney getting less than McCain as more relevant and telling...it's obvious to most that Obama's popularity isn't as high as 2008, but 4 years in the WH will probably do that to most people.

    It's absolutely shocking that Romney got less than McCain did when you consider the hype and sense of urgency coming from the right since the election cycle began.
     
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    The GOP sucks. They will die off soon enough. Make room for the libertarians! :)
     

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