It’s been an interesting couple of days reading all the theories as to why Mitt Romney lost the election.
In fact Mitt Romney did not “lose” the election, Barack Obama won it.
I have read almost all the articles siting reasons for Romney’s loss and they all have validity, but they overlook one simple fact.
The electorate wants to still believe in Barack Obama.
Looking at the exit poll, and I think by now we should appreciate the danger of ignoring polls. The statistic that jumps out is 53% still blame George W Bush for the economy. Through the months of the election cycle, the number of people who still blamed Bush for the country’s current problems always lingered at the 50% mark. It was a statistic that bothered me.
It was a statistic that showed me that the electorate did not want to blame the current President for the country’s current problems. When President Clinton told the American people ” No President could have fixed the economy in four years,” he told the people what they wanted to hear. He gave them something to believe.
Don’t get me wrong all the arguments about Obama’s negative campaign are valid and portend a future of even more campaigns filled with negativity. The President’s campaign combined that with the message; “it’s not my fault.”
The electorate chose to believe him, they simply did not want to fire him. How else do you explain an easy willingness to support him after one photo-op and over-the top praise from a Republican Governor.
I’m not prepared to discuss the Governor, as a New Jersey Republican these have been some very difficult days.
In the end the electorate gave Barack Obama a second chance not based on rational thought or policies, they did so because they felt he should have more time.
Some of my biggest mistakes came from actions that were based primarily on how I felt.
So, let us recap. Four years ago, Barack Obama was elected President on “hope and change.” President Obama was re-elected on the argument that he needs more time to achieve his “hope and change.” Basically, the electorate repeated it’s actions of four years ago expecting different results.
In remembering Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”
One can only conclude: the electorate has gone insane!