Americans reject Romney's hesitant defense of capitalism.
By waging a low-key defense of capitalism while staying "hands off" the character, background, and behavior of Barack Obama himself, Mitt Romney and the Republicans thought they had a decent chance to pick up New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, based on the obvious economic realities. They failed. At least in the urban cores of those states, apparently--along with such traditional collectivist bastions as New York, California, and Massachusetts--endless recession and government-run, Soviet-style medicine are winning issues.
In the end, the Democratic campaign machine was successful in tying Mitt Romney to a pair of troglodyte GOP Senate candidates (in Indiana and Missouri) who either oppose abortion for rape victims or don't believe rape victims can get pregnant at all, while the Romney campaign did little or nothing to attack Barack Obama on the far more personal and pressing issue of the president's having stood idly by for seven hours on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012, ordering more than one rescue mission to "stand down," thus allowing four Americans to die in Benghazi--and then sent out his spokesgals to lie about it, contending for weeks it was all about some YouTube video.
By late October, aides to Mitt Romney were demanding that Benghazi take on a greater focus in the final 12 days of the campaign, even as their candidate remained silent on the fallout from the deadly attacks, which were virtually invited by this administration's reduction' of security forces there and refusal to heed increasingly desperate requests from Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, who died in the attack.
Instead, Romney refused to be diverted from the "Economy sucks" message on which his campaign had focused from the outset--leaving Republicans susceptible to the supposedly happy news that unemployment had slightly improved to a (highly manipulable) number of 7.8 percent by the end of August.
Behind the scenes, reported Zeke Miller on the website buzzfeed.com, Romney aides were "bristling at the media, which has been pressing Romney on his endorsement of Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (of Indiana, who lost on Nov. 6), who opposes abortion in the case of rape.
"Why are we talking something some Senate candidate said, when the President of the United States LIED to the American people and said it was about a video?" one Romney aide e-mailed BuzzFeed on Oct. 24.
"Why aren't you all writing about Benghazi?" asked another. Romney aides said the decision to avoid Benghazi was two-fold--swing voters don't care about foreign policy, and they got burned on Libya the last time.
That's a reference to the fact Romney tried to bring up Obama's misdirection about the cause of the Benghazi attacks in the second televised debate, whereupon (in a dialogue obviously scripted in advance between the president and supposed "moderator" Candy Crowley) Romney was ambushed and thrown off his rhythm by a Barack Obama who now insisted he had called Benghazi a terror attack--not a YouTube video protest gone out of control--from the very start.
Obama "did in fact" say on Sept, 12 that the Libya attack was terrorism, Ms. Crowley, the supposedly neutral moderator, con-firmed--turning the event into a two-on-one tag-team match.
The setback left Romney wary of re-engaging on the subject, Romney aides told buzzfeed.com. Instead, he reverted to talking about the economy and job creation.
Indeed, the economy should have been the Great Sledgehammer against Barack Obama. Someone sharper than 'I will have to explain why running up a huge and unsustainable debt to finance Keynesian "bailouts" to the giant banks that helped cause the collapse, as well as to other favorites of the state-socialist Washington kleptocrats (see "Solyndra,") didn't amount to electoral suicide for Barack Obama.
It's tempting to say Mr. Romney would have done better running as a real advocate of freedom, calling for slashing government spending by half, pulling all our troops home from overseas, and ending the War on Drugs. But real Libertarian Gary Johnson ran on that platform--and struggled to obtain that party's usual 1 percent of the vote.
The best news for mitt Romney, personally, is that he won't be held responsible for the forthcoming economic debacle, and he presumably has enough money left to go visit his money wherever he's been smart enough to send it, overseas.
If only the rest of us were so lucky.
Vin Suprynowicz is an editorial writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the author of "The Ballad of Carl Drega" and the novel "The Black Arrow." See www.vinsuprynowicz.com
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