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    So...how did Romney do it?

    At the National Republican Convention, GOP'ers were treated to speech after speech from promising young party leaders-to-be. Rubio...Christie...a half dozen others. These are the men who will likely lead the party in the post-Romney future. Dems have their work cut out for them in 2016 and beyond--these men seem formidable. Yet it also seemed like they were all looking ahead, touting themselves much more than they even mentioned their current candidate. Strange.

    But it's stranger still that none of them got into the race this time. Why?

    Romney is a very weak candidate, as we are seeing even more now that the conventions are over and he's still losing. But he was stronger than the hackneyed group of has beens, no-accounts, and kooks that Romney had to debate and run against back in the spring. Still, did he ever poll more than 50% in a primary?

    With such a strong bench and such a poor set of starters, how did Romney manage to keep all the young guns on the sidelines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    At the National Republican Convention, GOP'ers were treated to speech after speech from promising young party leaders-to-be. Rubio...Christie...a half dozen others. These are the men who will likely lead the party in the post-Romney future. Dems have their work cut out for them in 2016 and beyond--these men seem formidable. Yet it also seemed like they were all looking ahead, touting themselves much more than they even mentioned their current candidate. Strange.

    But it's stranger still that none of them got into the race this time. Why?

    Romney is a very weak candidate, as we are seeing even more now that the conventions are over and he's still losing. But he was stronger than the hackneyed group of has beens, no-accounts, and kooks that Romney had to debate and run against back in the spring. Still, did he ever poll more than 50% in a primary?

    With such a strong bench and such a poor set of starters, how did Romney manage to keep all the young guns on the sidelines?
    Clearly, what determines primaries is the "unacceptability factor". The candidate who wins is the one who's "least unacceptable" to the greatest number of people.

    So for instance, maybe Santorum was too much of a socio-con, and that was maybe a show-stopper for some people. And maybe Ron Paul was too much of an old kook, and that was a showstopper for a different group of people. And the real socio-cons probably nixed Gingrich, especially because he turned his back on the religious righties after the Contract with America. So who's left, after all that? Just Romney. He's the "least unacceptable".

    It's kind of a bassackwards and sideways version of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsqtr View Post
    Clearly, what determines primaries is the "unacceptability factor". The candidate who wins is the one who's "least unacceptable" to the greatest number of people.

    So for instance, maybe Santorum was too much of a socio-con, and that was maybe a show-stopper for some people. And maybe Ron Paul was too much of an old kook, and that was a showstopper for a different group of people. And the real socio-cons probably nixed Gingrich, especially because he turned his back on the religious righties after the Contract with America. So who's left, after all that? Just Romney. He's the "least unacceptable".

    It's kind of a bassackwards and sideways version of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
    the gopers shoulda gone with Newt. He's got a proven record of being able to work across the aisle. too bad he's a manwhore who gets nutty during election time.

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    I get how the primaries worked. I'm asking how he kept Christie, Rubio, Huckabee, etc...the young turks....from jumping up a cycle. Obama actually jumped the gun a little bit. By rights he should have waited until now or 2016. Why did all these other guys decide to wait? It's not like 2012 was a terrible year to face a sitting president. Romney's own theory of the race was that Obama's position was so weak on the economy that he literally couldn't win. Why didn't these other guys seize the opportunity?

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    Well if you look at the loony conspiracists on the Internet, they claim it is all about Bilderberg. A super secret conspiracy that runs the world. Apparently they pre-determined Romney must run and the powers of govt and industry have made it happen. Also if you believe them they claim Romney will win in November....Curiously one of the big powers at Bildeberg is the CEO of Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold) who manufactures and programs voting machines. Personally I think they are nuts but come November we will see, lol.

    Mitt Romney Seen At Bilderberg 2012 — Obama To Be Replaced?? | Common Sense Conspiracy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    At the National Republican Convention, GOP'ers were treated to speech after speech from promising young party leaders-to-be. Rubio...Christie...a half dozen others. These are the men who will likely lead the party in the post-Romney future. Dems have their work cut out for them in 2016 and beyond--these men seem formidable. Yet it also seemed like they were all looking ahead, touting themselves much more than they even mentioned their current candidate. Strange.

    But it's stranger still that none of them got into the race this time. Why?

    Romney is a very weak candidate, as we are seeing even more now that the conventions are over and he's still losing. But he was stronger than the hackneyed group of has beens, no-accounts, and kooks that Romney had to debate and run against back in the spring. Still, did he ever poll more than 50% in a primary?

    With such a strong bench and such a poor set of starters, how did Romney manage to keep all the young guns on the sidelines?
    I think the current GOP has sunk so low that Romney went into the GOP primary debates knowing he'd eventually be his party's choice for 2 shallow reasons:
    1. They (GOP leaders) figured his good looking white face would beat the black guy with big ears.
    2. They assumed that with the anemic economy.... that they have worked hard to keep anemic for 4 years....it would be easy to sell Romney as an economic genius, rather than the Vulture Capitalist he really has been all his privileged adult life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    At the National Republican Convention, GOP'ers were treated to speech after speech from promising young party leaders-to-be. Rubio...Christie...a half dozen others. These are the men who will likely lead the party in the post-Romney future. Dems have their work cut out for them in 2016 and beyond--these men seem formidable. Yet it also seemed like they were all looking ahead, touting themselves much more than they even mentioned their current candidate. Strange.

    But it's stranger still that none of them got into the race this time. Why?

    Romney is a very weak candidate, as we are seeing even more now that the conventions are over and he's still losing. But he was stronger than the hackneyed group of has beens, no-accounts, and kooks that Romney had to debate and run against back in the spring. Still, did he ever poll more than 50% in a primary?

    With such a strong bench and such a poor set of starters, how did Romney manage to keep all the young guns on the sidelines?
    Because they know their electoral history. Because they know that a sucessful campaign requires at least 1.5 years to run, and right around that time, BHO just got OBL and was soaring in the polls. Because no one could foresee if the economy would continue to recover, take-off like gangbusters, or stall. And because they saw these things and also know that the Republicans live by "next in line, please", they decided to sit this one out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    I get how the primaries worked. I'm asking how he kept Christie, Rubio, Huckabee, etc...the young turks....from jumping up a cycle. Obama actually jumped the gun a little bit. By rights he should have waited until now or 2016. Why did all these other guys decide to wait? It's not like 2012 was a terrible year to face a sitting president. Romney's own theory of the race was that Obama's position was so weak on the economy that he literally couldn't win. Why didn't these other guys seize the opportunity?
    the young turks..


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    loved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonncaruso View Post
    Because they know their electoral history. Because they know that a sucessful campaign requires at least 1.5 years to run, and right around that time, BHO just got OBL and was soaring in the polls. Because no one could foresee if the economy would continue to recover, take-off like gangbusters, or stall. And because they saw these things and also know that the Republicans live by "next in line, please", they decided to sit this one out.
    You know I honestly think none of them wanted to be saddled with what lies ahead. We are in for a world of hurt with all the world's economies, higher unemployment and debt. It is going to get much worse. I work in a forward looking area and boy it looks bad. I think it is more than any President can handle or fix but he will get the blame anyway. So put Mitt in and all the others will sit by and wait. Apparently most of them didn't even want the VP gig, both Christie and Rubio said their children are very young ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    You know I honestly think none of them wanted to be saddled with what lies ahead. We are in for a world of hurt with all the world's economies, higher unemployment and debt. It is going to get much worse. I work in a forward looking area and boy it looks bad. I think it is more than any President can handle or fix but he will get the blame anyway. So put Mitt in and all the others will sit by and wait. Apparently most of them didn't even want the VP gig, both Christie and Rubio said their children are very young ...
    We can't know that for sure.

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