December 2nd, 2012
Nope. I still can’t figure out why voters have never warmed to Mitt Romney. It’s a mystery!
By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.
I kinda admire the Romney’s. They seem determined to live their life, no matter how obnoxious it makes them look, no matter how much a “let them eat cake” attitude they come off with.
That consultant-fueled attempt to paint Ann Romney as a rightist Evita really impressed George F. Baronehammer though
p.s. the opening lines of Noonan’s latest sound like a very labored lift of what you wrote the day afterward (“footprints in the sand”), followed by some hokum about jolly old Tip O’Neill
All these postmortems about the GOTV, etc. have missed the important issue: People didn’t like Romney. Conservatives didn’t like him no matter how much the Weakly Standard and National Review blew smoke up our asses. Conservative voters didn’t show up, not because Orca didn’t work (although it didn’t), it’s because Romney was an awful candidate. Next time lets roll out Bob Dole again. Can’t do worse.
There’s a lot more than just conservatives not showing up, but that’s part of it. Yet, in fairness to The Weekly Standard, they really weren’t on the Romney bandwagon, even once they sort of had to be so as to not be poor sports.
Anyone remember how much Bill Kristol got mocked by the NR or Jen Rubin types for wanting someone else to enter the race, or how he treated every speech by Ryan or Rubio the way a 13 year old treats his first issue of Playboy?
This is really pathetic.
By which I mostly mean your response to the article and the quote you chose to highlight.