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From Human Events by Newt Gingrich

With all the efforts to understand the recent election defeat, a lot of the focus has been on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his campaign.

That is exactly the wrong way to begin analyzing the outcome of the 2012 campaign.

The focus on Romney as a candidate is profoundly misleading for those who want to prepare for future Republican victories.

Any analysis of recent Republican presidential results will reveal a systemic failure which can’t be ascribed to Romney.

The last clear Republican presidential victory was in 1988 when Vice President George H W Bush won with 53.37 percent over Dukakis.

Since then we have lost the popular vote in five out of six elections for president and dramatically underperformed in re-electing a president with the lowest margin in the history of presidential re-elections. (Other incumbents were defeated for re-election but none was re-elected with a narrower margin than President George W. Bush in 2004.)

Consider the results:

President George H. W. Bush lost re-election in 1992 in a three way race with then-Gov. Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. The Republican got 38 percent in a three way race.

Senator Bob Dole got 41 percent against President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Then-Gov. George W Bush got 543,816 fewer votes than Vice President Al Gore, but won because of a fluke in the electoral college. It was the fourth weakest winning performance in American history.

President George W Bush was re-elected with 50.73 percent of the vote in 2004. It was the weakest Presidential re-election in American history. This was against a candidate who on 53 issues averaged being in the minority position by 77 to 17 percent as a senator and whose record was more liberal than Senator Ted Kennedy’s.

By contrast, President Richard Nixon got 60.17 percent of the vote for re-election in 1972 and President Ronald Reagan got 58.77 percent of the vote for re-election in 1984. So the Republicans in 2004 were running between eight and ten per cent behind the norm for re-election.

Then Sen. Obama beat Sen. McCain in 2008 with the Republican only getting 45 percent and losing by 9,549,000 votes.

The defeat of Romney with 47.61 percent of the vote running 5,910,000 behind President Obama is about the norm for recent Republican candidates.

Instead of looking at the Romney campaign in isolation Republican activists and analysts should be looking at the culture, structure and system of the GOP and its consultants, people who are paid for campaign advice without long term institutional responsibilities.

Republicans need a thorough systematic lessons-learned approach because the problem is systemic rather than personality-based.

Any team which has had 20 straight years of underperforming ought to review the entire system and not simply focus on the newest scapegoat.

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I’ll be looking forward to their reports. Believing their own party’s message (otherwise they are just RINOs) and being able to communicate it directly will be #1 for me.

» 11 Comments

  1. Kairn

    November 28th, 2012

    Put a sock in it Newt!!! You had your day in the sun and you lost. You lost because you were too much of a coward and consummate politico to put yourself forward as a 100% conservative. Same goes for Romney. And the whole lot of you elitist GOP ninnies. You stand for nothing but your own self serving drive to feed your damn egos and fatten your wallets with dirty money and tax revenues.

    I’m sick of all the blah, blah, blahs coming out of the GOP post Romney. I am sick of your cowering and cringing when the puerile Dems fling poo your way. I am sick that most of you have allowed yourselves to be compromised and easily blackmailed because your peckers want what they want when they want it. And you cave in despite knowing the huge risks. I am sick that you have all handed your spines over to the hat check girl before you enter the Halls of Congress.

    Compromising with evil has become your mantra. You have fallen right into the trap the Dems have set for you.
    STUPID COWARDS ALL OF YOU!!!

    Is there even one truly bold and righteous man in Congress who will dare to stand up on his hind legs and start fighting back against the repugnant evil that has overwhelmed DC???

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  2. serfer62

    November 28th, 2012

    Yeah Karin, its Boehner…oh, wait

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  3. RANDO

    November 28th, 2012

    1) 51% of statistics are wrong.
    2) NO MORE RINOS!!

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  4. Menderman

    November 28th, 2012

    “Over the next few months we will be issuing a series of reports on different aspects of the Republican failure to modernize.”

    Since when did morals, values and principles need ‘modernizing’?

    Personal responsibility is a thing of the past?

    Not wanting to pay for others abortions is an antiquated idea?

    Keeping the money I earned is greedy, but some OWS piss ant wanting to take it from me for free college isn’t?

    I have an idea. Lets listen to people like Bill Whittle who want to run an actual conservative. Let’s examine the past. The last time we ran a real conservative that said things like “Government is the problem, not the solution to the problem” we won in a landslide. The media hated him…the rogue cowboy war monger. That war monger took down the USSR without a single shot! Now, we need to ‘modernize’ and become more like the failed USSR? More central planning? More free shit?

    Do we want to win the Presidency at all costs or do we want to do what is right for freedom loving people the world over? The world is counting on us, and we damn well better step up, run a freedom loving, government hating candidate that is guided by his heart and soul and not by polls.

    Those of you that want the GOP to modernize and be more like progs, follow cindy mccain and don’t let the door hit your ass o the way out!

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  5. thirdtwin

    November 28th, 2012

    Remember how we all laughed and laughed at how the Left ignores how lame its message is, and how they constantly tinker with the delivery of their lame ideas in a fruitless effort to get through the stupid proles’ thick skulls? How we smirked at Lakoff and his Little Blue Book?

    Well, guess what? The Left finally perfected the delivery system for their lame message. And as a consequence, the fucking GOP now thinks the message is good.

    Here’s the choice, you RINO ponces: Either we tie you to the mast, since you cannot resist the siren song of the Left, or we keelhaul your sorry asses while we steer this bitch hard to starboard

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  6. NoMoreGore

    November 28th, 2012

    The first place to look is election integrity. Bush Sr split the conservative vote with Ross Perot, so I don’t see that race as meaningful. Bush Jr knocked out Gore who should have been a shoo-in…. even if by electoral college only.

    I think Obungo beat McCain legitimately. But I think Romney won this election. It was simply stolen from him.

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  7. bitterclinger

    November 28th, 2012

    Rush posed an excellent question today: Can you name one Republican who can convey conservatism in everyday language and in a cheerful, unapologetic manner?

    Sarah Palin.

    Look what her own party did to her.

    THAT is the problem. Palin is the answer.

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  8. JDavid

    November 28th, 2012

    The RINO Establishment, those who were in charge before Nov 6 who are still in charge, are not disturbed because they have not perceived that they are endangered species and hunting season just opened.

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  9. Racist

    November 29th, 2012

    bitterclinger

    November 28th, 2012
    Rush posed an excellent question today: Can you name one Republican who can convey conservatism in everyday language and in a cheerful, unapologetic manner?

    Sarah Palin.

    Look what her own party did to her.

    THAT is the problem. Palin is the answer.

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  10. Racist

    November 29th, 2012

    OK, Let’s try this again…

    bitterclinger

    November 28th, 2012
    Rush posed an excellent question today: Can you name one Republican who can convey conservatism in everyday language and in a cheerful, unapologetic manner?

    Sarah Palin.

    Look what her own party did to her.

    THAT is the problem. Palin is the answer.

    THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE! PERIOD! ANYTHING ELSE IS JUST USELESS RHETORIC AND A WASTE OF TIME!!! Sarah Palin stood up and boldly declared the values and the solutions we all CLAIM to uphold, and when the Left attacked her “WE” cowered like a bunch of pu$$ies and left the woman to fend for herself against a mass mob of raving lunatics.

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  11. Racist

    November 29th, 2012

    …and by “THIS” I meant Bitterclinger’s comment, not my useless babble…

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