The numbers have been crunched and three million Republican voters stayed home on election day. They preferred four more years of Obama and tyranny over the “moderate” Romney. Maggie’s Notebook has the transcript of one of them who called into Rush Limbaugh’s show. Go read it if you want, here’s Rush’s conclusion.
If there’s a 70% chance of curing your cancer, but you hold out for a hundred percent, is that what you would do? Or would you go for the 70% chance? Takes all kinds.
It sure does take all kinds. These people voted for John McCain who is famous for his moderation and reaching across the aisle, but they couldn’t vote for Romney? We’re doomed.
I suppose it could be worse, I could have had a collision with a deer on top of all of this bad news.
Update: How many of those Republican voters who stayed home were duped by Obama?
Given all this data, how did Obama win? Simple: by relentlessly attacking Romney, thus driving down Republican turnout, while orchestrating an unprecedented micro-targeting campaign to drive base Democratic voters to the polls. On the former, The Washington Post reports:
“The most striking data we saw early on was on the ‘understands problems of people like me’ question,” said a senior White House official involved in the discussions. “Into the summer, Romney was in the teens in this category.”
The choice was made. The onetime campaign of hope and change soon began a sustained advertising assault that cast Romney as a heartless executive, a man who willingly fires people and is disconnected from how average Americans live their lives — an approach reinforced by Romney’s mistakes along the way.