About the win by the community organizer
The Kansas City Star
Mitt Romney’s analysis of why he lost the election is itself an explanation of why he lost the election: He’s clueless.
Romney says that there were too many primary debates, and the debates resulted in lots of gaffes and gave ammunition to Democrats. But who forced Romney to raise his hand and swear he wouldn’t raise taxes even one dime in exchange for spending cuts. Who forced him to offer a $10,000 bet. Who….oh, never mind.
Romney shot himself in the foot, then reloaded and shot himself in the other foot, then reloaded and tried to shoot some varmints, and now he wants to blame somebody else for his loss.
Romney also thinks the president gave gifts to Latinos and minorities. He said, for example, that these groups liked the promise of health insurance. But weren’t Republicans vociferous in pointing out how unpopular Obamacare was? How can people be bribed with something they supposedly don’t want? And a health insurance policy won’t be free to most people, including the majority of minorities, who work and will have to pay something toward their coverage.
Then there is the president’s support of the Dream Act, which hasn’t been passed, and the president’s decision not to deport immigrant children who have no legal status. These may be popular decisions in the Hispanic community in general, but the people who benefit directly from the president’s decision aren’t voters. They’re not even old enough to be voters yet.
Most important though is that the president’s position on the problem of undocumented people isn’t any kind of financial gift but rather a ray of hope to be permitted to be a citizen and have the opportunities only America has.
But the ultimate irony from my perspective is this: During the campaign, Obama was derided because of his experience of being a community organizer. Romney was held out as a financial guy who was good with analyzing numbers. As it turned out, the community organizer showed the value of understanding how to organize people. The Obama campaign had an incredible ground game that was built out over the last four years. Obama’s team got the voters to the polls.
And, at least in part, it was this ground game that increased the number of minorities and young people who would be a “likely voter” in the election, and this was reflected in the accurate polling results of the public polls. Yes, the polling results the Romney campaign didn’t believe and continued not to believe until late on the day of the election.
In the end, Romney and his people weren’t very good at getting people to volunteer and get organized at the local level. His campaign relied more on advertising funded by big money. The Obama team organized the people and counted the votes accurately.
In the end, the Obama team worked better with people and with numbers. And poor Mitt still doesn’t get it.
But some Republicans are getting it, and that gives some hope that they’ll be good enough with numbers to know that the budget talks now proceeding can’t reduce the deficit without revenue increases as well as budget cuts. Some Democrats are pretty obstinate, too, about recognizing the need for a balanced approach to deficit reduction.
The president has been saying this repeatedly for a long, long time. Romney may have known it, too, but he never had the courage to say it.
That’s his problem, and now it’s time for sincere negotiators to get down to business.