Mitt Romney – the movie

This is the trailer of a documentary that will be released on January 24. Romney was followed and filmed for six years with these results. I still wait upon the name of that magic Republican who could have won in his place. Instead American can spend the next three years trying to work out how to see a doctor without bankruptcy proceedings while living standards fall back a decade or two. You got Mr Cool as your president instead. Enjoy.

Meanwhile I think of the mere 6% in Australia who supported Romney for president at the time. How the other 94% think about politics is almost impossible for me to understand.

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45 Responses to Mitt Romney – the movie

  1. Meanwhile I think of the mere 6% in Australia who supported Romney for president at the time.

    Like it mattered. I suspect the other 94% tried to go and vote down at the local primary school in the first week of November, and were very surprised to find no voting booths set up for them to register their vote for the Democrats.

  2. .

    Meanwhile I think of the mere 6% in Australia who supported Romney for president at the time. How the other 94% think about politics is almost impossible for me to understand.

    Don’t try to understand what does not exist, grasshopper.

  3. DMS

    You just have to wonder what might have been.
    A few things would have course been unchanged but the following would have been welcome

    1 – a firm and rational hand at the wheel in international affairs
    2 – greater economic competence
    3 – a relaxation (I hope) of damaging green woo and socialist tendencies
    4 – completely unhinged left activists and left media (the adjectives are both redundant, I know, and in fact the latter is a subset of the former).

    No 4 is because I just like theatre.

  4. Nanuestalker

    Does this documentaryrelease signal that Romney plans to run in 2016?

  5. stackja

    Meanwhile I think of the mere 6% in Australia who supported Romney for president at the time. How the other 94% think about politics is almost impossible for me to understand.

    The 94% are like the 33.38% who voted for ALP. As Oscar Hammerstein II said who can tell you why? Fools give you reasons, wise men never try.

  6. dd

    Obama used the apparatus of state to nuke the grassroots activists, and particularly to kill off the ‘tea party’ movement, in the 12 months prior to the election. It’s pretty hard to organize when you’re being audited by multiple federal departments.

    Second, Obama lied about his signature “Obamacare” health policy. The reality is that lying wins elections although there is a price to pay down the road. It’s a big setback in a campaign if your opponent convincingly lies about their plans.

    Third Romney screwed up his ground game by giving central positions to mediocre people who he ‘trusted’ – ie Romney loyalists – who then got sold Silicon Valley snake oil of IT solutions that didn’t work as hoped or promised.

    Two of these were due to facing an opponent who was willing to fight dirty; one was an own goal. Just because he lost does not mean he was destined to lose. We tend to ascribe inevitability to outcomes after the fact – this is a temptation to be resisted.

  7. .

    DD

    I may be biased but Romney flogged Obama in the debates.

    When 90-95% of black Americans vote for Obama for no reason other than his skin colour – you can’t win.

  8. Jock

    I was one of the 6%. Romney would have been a great POTUS. Unlike Obama.

    It only goes to show that charisma and being able to hand out goodies to the 54% is all it takes.

  9. tomix

    Does this documentaryrelease signal that Romney plans to run in 2016?

    The GOP can forget 2016 if he does.

  10. Jock

    dd, I agree re the demographic vote for Obama. After the Obamacare fraud, it would be interesting to see how many whites would now vote for him. As for the black population, I think they have some soul searching to do.

  11. jupes

    I may be biased but Romney flogged Obama in the debates.

    The first one definately.

    After that for some bizarre reason he took his foot off Obama’s throat. Remember when the ‘moderator’ backed Obama’s version of Benghazi which was, of course, utter bullshit. Romney just let it go.

  12. C.L.

    The American media basically regard a Republican presidential victory as a criminal offence.

    They behave accordingly.

  13. Greigoz

    The US media crucified him. He even had his private campaign/fund raisers bugged. Added to that a huge proportion of older conservative voters abstained from voting because they liked the sound of Obamacare. Only now they realise they got sold a pup.

  14. Infidel tiger

    The Republic has survived a great deal of ruin. Another 3 years of Obama might test it.

  15. Tiny Dancer

    Who could stand in the way of the second coming of black Jesus and free stuff?

  16. Andrew

    If Paul Ryan is elected as GOP candidate for 2016, Hilary can already start moving into the White House. Romney came across as uncharismatic and fake. The Press hated him so he never really had a chance.

  17. dd

    I may be biased but Romney flogged Obama in the debates.

    That’s pretty much an accepted fact. He smashed the first debate in particular, and immediately after that got a large and sustained poll bounce. If it was about the debates, and nothing else, he would have won.
    The debates do matter but they aren’t everything.

  18. dd

    The media leans left but that’s always been the case. It’s no excuse for losing.

  19. Driftforge

    I think the realisation will set in at some point they there is no ‘centre’ option. When normal fails, the only options that are viable are the extremes.

    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are the only viable options of those positioning themselves.

    Warren vs Clinton on the other side will also be interesting.

  20. Tracey

    I think that Hurricane Sandy did have an impact. Obama got to look presidential whilst Romney was invisible and irrelevant during that period. Gov. Christie slobbering all over Obama probably didn’t help either. I also wonder whether Ann Romney’s medical condition may have played a part in how the Replican campaign was conducted.

  21. Tracey

    oops, make that Republican.

  22. wreckage

    The hurricane was definitely a huge boost to the incumbent, and would have been for any incumbent.

    Don’t forget there are a lot of Christians of all flavours who would have been reluctant to vote for a Mormon, and that would hold doubly true for black (and possibly other non-white) Christians. Romney didn’t really get much of the Hispanic vote, either. So Romney firmly missed the black demographic, didn’t have much traction with the Hispanic demographic, and lost a small but significant slice of the conservative Anglo Christian demographic.

    I am not saying any of this was justified, just that it was present. And Romney’s status as an investor, at a time when everybody hated investors, would not have helped. The fact that every single person in the aristocratic class in the US is wealthy and getting (theoretically impossible) consistent above-market returns probably means Romney was the least of a market vulture of any present, but to know that would require some reading.

    Personally, where I the GOP and I got a hold of power for even a second, every single individual in any of the government agencies that went around auditing political groups of either stripe would be put through the legal / procedural sausage machine. Make sure to be bipartisan, anytime they say “But we also audited Green Left Weekly!” add that to the charges.

  23. hzhousewife

    When 90-95% of black Americans vote for Obama for no reason other than his skin colour – you can’t win.

    wanted : more skin colour

    divide and conquer.

  24. stackja

    wreckage
    #1119628, posted on December 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm
    The hurricane was definitely a huge boost to the incumbent, and would have been for any incumbent.

    The hurricane would have been a negative if there was a Republican incumbent. Katrina was presented as a Bush failure when the Dems were the problem.
    Now we hear some other stories:

    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin charged with Katrina-related corruption

    dd
    #1119605, posted on December 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    The media leans left but that’s always been the case. It’s no excuse for losing.

    irony?

  25. When 90-95% of black Americans vote for Obama for no reason other than his skin colour – you can’t win.
    wanted : more skin colour
    divide and conquer.

    Yep! Hence Republican contender Herman Cain (who indisputably out-blacked Obama by about 10 shades) had to be removed from the contest, by hook or by crook.

    My radar tells me he was removed by “crook”.

  26. tomix

    I wonder how one A. Hitler, under another name, would have gone for the GOP in 2012.

    Probably not too badly.

  27. HK_Bother

    In the overall scheme of things, Romney’s loss in the 2012 Presidential Election is necessary…

    Necessary because the American people needed to see the true nature of President Obama.
    (Time is always against those who lie, BS, created a faux image to the public, disingenuous, etc.)

    In this world, I realise some people don’t ever learn things through wise ways of contemplation and through other people’s experiences. They take the most unwise way…That is to say, they need to experience pain on the personal level in order to understand what they’ve done.

    Obamacare has been a god-send to the critics of Obama. A couple of hours ago, Obama Administration announced exemptions from those how got their original insurance plans cancelled. They’re claiming enrolments have picked up.

    Side note:
    From what I understand of the situation. The Obama Administration is intentionally being deceptive as to what they consider what an enrolment is. Its like if you’re unsuccessful, you redefine what success is in order to make yourself look good! In reality, if an American health insurance company doesn’t get a cheque from you; you are NOT enrolled. Simple as that.

    Its begun to be really desperate for Obama as the deadline approaches.

  28. wreckage

    Herman was too black. Obama is a lovely shade of coffee-and-cream, dark enough for solidarity, but not dark enough to be threatening to the average Dems voter: urban, white, wealthy and middle class.

  29. gnasher

    Didn’t the kenyan win some areas with 100% of the vote ala Saddam Hussein, maybe the name helped.

    I would like to see Allen West somewhere up there for the repubs, that guy is very good.

    The gimmedats & the media would still bash the crap out of him though.

    Regardless, the repubs are labor lite mostly, just like the UK conservatives & maybe our version is too?

  30. Zatara

    As I understand it, there are approximately 80 million US “evangelical” Christians. Roughly half of them are registered voters and only half of the registered ones vote.

    One wonders what impact 60 million motivated voters might have.

  31. Percy

    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are the only viable options of those positioning themselves.

    Cruz the standout at the moment, his profile (I won’t say popularity) is so high amongst the general population I can’t see how he won’t be running in 2016. The Tea Party will throw everything they have behind him also. I think Paul needs more time. The other option at this stage is (shudder) Christie.

  32. Yohan

    Romney had momentum but what killed it was hurricane Sandy in the last week of the election. It gave Obama the chance to strut around and look presidential. It was at that point the polls stopped creeping Romney’s way and actually went backwards.

    Also looking at some of the voter demographics, it was not the fact that there is more Hispanics and migrants that were the problem, but that many hardcore Republican voters stayed home because Romney was a moderate and a Morman.

  33. wreckage

    Yohan: my implication was not “boo, migrants”, rather that Romney simply lost too many slices of the family-values electoral pie.

  34. dd

    Some people need to get over the racial angle. Every politician has a natural constituency. This is not news. Sure, African Americans voted for Obama but on the other hand, Mormons vote for Romney. If Romney had won, Democrats would be complaining about Romney’s mormon voting block.

    it was not the fact that there is more Hispanics and migrants that were the problem, but that many hardcore Republican voters stayed home because Romney was a moderate and a Morman.

    Romney had an inferior ground game, and in particular an inferior get-out-the-vote operation.

  35. Rabz

    wanted : more skin colour

    divide and conquer.

    Allen West, come on down!

  36. Ant

    After 4 years of Obama and the crushing consequences of his destructiveness and ineptitude he won about the same number of votes in 2012 compared to his tally in 2008.

    Problem is that Romney didn’t do much better in 2012 as McCain in 2008.

    Millions of Americans who would regard themselves as conservatives didn’t bother to vote.

    Leaving aside Obama’s serial lying and the validation he gets from the media class, Romney is a big government Republican. Like McCain, he’s a RINO.

    And like with McCain millions didn’t bother with him because they weren’t inspired enough to think that he would make much of a difference. McCain’s final result owed much to how his campaign was energised by Sarah Palin. Something Paul Ryan could hardly do.

    Romney’s ground campaign was pathetic and the fact that he couldn’t significantly outscore McCain when the economy was in such a state proves it.

    The GOP needs to nominate an inspirational conservative candidate that can skewer Obama and the Democrats over their lies and the destruction they have wrought across the country and internationally.

    I’d probably run naked down Flinders St celebrating if Ted Cruz ever became president, or Allen West. The latter is probably one of the most gifted public speakers I have ever heard – all without teleprompter. And the former carries brilliant credentials underpinned by strong conservative principles. And his Hispanic background could energise a great many Dems and Independents and insulate him somewhat from the standard racial attacks leveled at ‘white’ Republicans.

    Alas, the GOP’s touting Chris Bloody Christie. Another disaster, and one that’s thrown the backing of his state, New Jersey, behind Obamacare – a massively negative issue for Democrats that will erode their support for years to come. So, how’s Christie going to respond to that, seeing that he’s effectively backed it? Like Romney and his Romneycare, Christie will be left with his pants down around his ankles. They never learn.

    It’s worth remembering that Reagan carried nothing but disdain from most of those that control his party and won by bypassing the lot of them and appealing to ‘We The People”. And he won two massive landslide victories, almost winning a clean sweep of electoral college votes in both elections, and massively increasing his support for his second term. Something quite incredible.

    Cruz unfortunately doesn’t have Reagan’s gift of communication, but he does appear to have Reagan’s resolute determination, a backbone of steel and a knack for getting under the skin of the Washington political class.

    Something that 10s of millions of Americans, who are exasperated at the scale of corruption, cronyism and waste being perpetrated with their fortunes in DC, could rally behind.

  37. mareeS

    “90-95% of black Americans vote for Obama for no reason other than his skin colour”

    That may be so, but black Americans (or people of colour, as Obama describes himself) account for about 13% of the US population, compared to people of Hispanic descent/origin at 15% or thereabouts, an almost direct turnaround from the ethnic composition of the two groupings in the USA in the mid-1990s.

    Voter organisation among minorities would account for the size of the black American vote on race lines, but still wouldn’t be consequential in its own right without “les autres.”

  38. Oh come on

    I still wait upon the name of that magic Republican who could have won in his place.

    Hindsight is 20/20. Romney was the right choice at the time, considering the circumstances. Obama won the electoral college convincingly – the popular vote was a squeaker. Obama’s ground game got him over the line.

    A couple of counterfactuals:

    Perry on his game would probably have been more likely to take Obama than Romney. But Perry on his game was not what we saw consistently throughout the GOP primary (and who can forget that fatal debate).

    A big unknown is Pawlenty, who pulled out of the race far too prematurely (again, easy to say in hindsight, although you’d think his strategists would have realised the conventional wisdom they were exercising was a bit dated, considering the late McCain resurgence in the previous GOP primary). We never got to see how Pawlenty would shape up as a result of the crucible that is an extended primary campaign. Perhaps a battle-hardened Pawlenty could have beaten Obama. We’ll never know.

  39. This helps the understanding…

    http://is.gd/j5OZ5e

    John Adams…

    “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

  40. Romney was a decent enough candidate, the problem is the republican party itself, which is full of Christian fundies who scare the hell out of regular voters. There are a lot of otherwise conservative or libertarian-minded US voters who simply won’t vote at all as long as people like Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann keep up the crazy routine.

  41. Ant

    Watch the Whittle video, Yobbo, and wonder how some can be so easily duped no more.

  42. Andrew

    “90-95% of black Americans vote for Obama for no reason other than his skin colour”

    That may be so, but black Americans (or people of colour, as Obama describes himself) account for about 13% of the US population, compared to people of Hispanic descent/origin at 15% or thereabouts, an almost direct turnaround from the ethnic composition of the two groupings in the USA in the mid-1990s.

    If people think ethnic groups were a problem for the Republicans in ’08 and ’12, just imagine how big a challenge the Republicans will have against Hilary Clinton with the gender issue gaining prominence. The Republicans need a younger, fresher face like a Cruz or Rubio instead of someone who is just another McCain, Bush or Romney. Rubio would be someone who could certainly appeal to the Hispanic vote across the country along with the traditional Republican base.

  43. the voter

    How do you reach out to the un-informed voter with the truth about their politicians to make an enlightened vote. Casting a vote based on the colour of their skin, the cut of the suit or the style of their hair or whether he gave you a cell phone….. is a wasted vote and a slippery slope

  44. Yohan

    Romney had an inferior ground game, and in particular an inferior get-out-the-vote operation.

    Yes this is true and probably the biggest factor to them losing.

    I read some of the boards where those who participated in Operation Orca told what happened. The smart phone software used for the ground game completely broke down, the ability to touch base with registered republican voters and bring them out to vote thus was highly compromised.

    For some reason the Romney camp decided to bypass the traditional GOP state based infrastructure and bring in their own outside help, it turned out to be a bad mistake.

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