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Category: Election 2012

Buyers’ Remorse

Now Americans Say They Want Romney

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Romney vs. ObamaGet this: Mitt Romney would win the popular vote if a rematch of the 2012 election against President Obama were held today, a new CNN/ORC poll shows.

According to the poll, if the 2012 election were held again today, Romney would receive 53% of the popular vote while Obama would receive only 44%, CNN reported. That’s quite a turnaround, especially when you consider that Obama beat Romney 51%-47% in the actual election.

And there’s more interesting news in the poll:


Romney Defends Christie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Romney and ChristieRumors persist of post-2012 antagonism between the Christie Camp and Team Romney, Save Jerseyans, but the former Governor of Massachusetts hasn’t been anything but gracious in public towards his New Jersey counterpart.

Mitt Romney defended Chris Christie from his Bridgegate critics in a Friday night interview with WashPo:


They’ll Do Anything to Win

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

democrat donkeyNone of this comes as a surprise, Save Jerseyans, but it’s still disheartening to see what’s become of this once great republic.

You’ve probably heard that we finally have confirmation: the Obama Administration cooked unemployment numbers in the run-up to Election 2012. Welch, Trump and Santelli suddenly seem a little less nuts, don’t they?

I’ve never trusted this President from day one because I bothered to research his background unlike most of my fellow voters. I know how he thinks. The Democrat Party’s disturbing yet effective moral relativist streak goes hand-in-hand with its prevailing ideology, and the end result has been lies of increasing frequency and magnitude over the past 20 years. Fake jobs numbers and “you can keep your doctor” are only the latest, biggest. baddest examples.

The Obama Administration is just the culmination of the long-decline of a once-great political party.


Claim: Christie’s Behavior “Bugged” Mitt

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Romney and ChristieDespite many visible signs of reconciliation over the past year, the authors of a new book DOUBLE DOWN: Game Change 2012 (due out Election Day, Nov. 5th) are alleging that tensions between the Romney campaign and Christie camp went much deeper than anyone initially suspected, Save Jerseyans.

Check our this excerpt from the book (h/t Swampland):

In the nine months since Christie’s endorsement of Romney in October 2011, Boston had formed a mixed view of the governor who George W. Bush had once nicknamed Big Boy. Christopher James Christie, 51, was less than two years into his first term as governor of New Jersey, suave as sand­paper and morbidly obese. He was also one of the most intriguing figures in American politics. His voice was like an air horn, cutting through the clutter. There was no one better at making the referendum case against Obama, at nailing the President to the wall with ferocity and caustic humor. Christie’s temperament was ideally suited to the unfolding tenor of the race. “We’re in a street fight, and he’s a street fighter,” Romney’s chief strategist Stuart Stevens told Romney. “He’s the best street fighter—and he’s comfortable saying things that you’re not comfortable saying.”

He was also a fundraising dynamo, but he and his staff were overbearing and hard to work with, demanding in ways that would have been unthinkable from any other surrogate. Months earlier, Christie had banned Romney from raising money in New Jersey until Christie had given the O.K. to do so—a move Romney found galling, like something out of The Sopranos. Are you kidding me, Mitt thought. He’s going to do that? There were plenty of New Jersey donors who’d given money to Mitt in 2008; now Christie was trying to impose a gag order on talking to them?  “He sounds like the biggest asshole in the world,” Stevens griped to his partner, Russ Shriefer. More recently, Trenton insisted on private jets, lavish spreads of food, space for a massive entourage. Romney ally Wayne Berman looked at the bubble around Christie and thought, He’s not the President of the United States, you know.”

Click here to read the rest of the excerpt…

About-Face: Obama Embraces Bain

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bain CapitalCory Booker (D-Twitter) was for Bain Capital-style venture capital firm before he was against them, Save Jerseyans.

An apparent scolding from Barack Obama’s White House affected a change of heart.

Good news, Mr. Part-Time Mayor! You can go back to embracing capitalism again.

Why? Because after running ads attacking Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital tenure in 2012, President Obama just tapped a Bain executive as his new top economic adviser! (h/t Daily Caller). Mitt ran on the notion that his experience turning around giant, failing corporations made him well-suited to rescue the federal government. President Obama finally concedes the point.

Changing your principles on a daily basis must be exhausting…

Unconcerned By Voter Apathy

Is Low Election Day Participation Really a Bad Thing? An Analytic Approach to Voter Turnout

By Nicole Sanders | The Save Jersey Blog

Voting BoothsAs a democracy we are privileged to have the ability to vote for those we want to represent us. There was a time when only white men who owned property could vote, then the Fifteenth (15th) Amendment of the Constitution gave black citizens the right to vote and then the Nineteenth (19th) Amendment gave women the right to vote.

Our ancestors before us fought for these rights and today a lot of people seemingly take them for granted. The question becomes “have Americans lost the passion to vote” and is it necessarily a bad thing?

I decided to study the presidential elections of 1988, 1996 and 2004 in an effort to try to answer just that, Save Jerseyans…

Case Study #1 Voter Turnout 1988

First we will start with the presidential election of 1988. During that year, the Republican nominee George H.W. Bush was running against the Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis. Mr. Bush chose then-Senator Dan Quayle to be his running mate and Mr. Dukakis chose then Senator Lloyd Bentsen to be his.


Unapologetically Articulate Conservatism

2013 From 2012: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go

By Christopher Canarelli | The Save Jersey Blog

Christopher CanarelliIn my first piece for Save Jersey, I want to touch on where we are, as a party, and where we need to go to be successful in future elections, not only in New Jersey, but throughout the United States.

Republicans and Conservatives alike had to swallow a pretty tough pill in 2012, as Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential election has made four more years of Barack Obama inevitable. In light of the events of November, future prospects for many seem grim, but fear not, my fellow Conservatives and Republicans, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I am more than happy to show you the way.

As we pick up the pieces and prepare for the next battle, my strategy is threefold: uniting Republican voters, providing a continual education as to why the Republican and Conservative ideology is superior to the ideology of Democrats and finding the best candidate who can most intelligently articulate the party’s message.


Mitt Holds No Grudge

Romney Tells Fox News He Doesn’t Blame Christie’s Obama Sandy Embrace for Election Loss

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie in Ohio for RomneyThe debate over Chris Christie’s “embrace” of President Obama in the final days of Election 2012 continues preoccupy many base Republicans in their discussions of Election 2016.

Everyone seems to have a strong opinion. You undoubtedly have your own, Save Jerseyans.

I’ve taken the position that other factors doomed the Romney campaign, ones that predate both of his presidential campaigns. Exit polling did, however, suggest a clear correlation between late-breaking backing for the President and the manufactured-perception that he responded masterfully to Hurricane Sandy particularly in Sandy-ravaged New Jersey and New York.


Mitt’s Jeep “Lie” Wasn’t

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

JeepAs it turns out, the popular political site PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” for 2012 wasn’t a lie after all, Save Jerseyans.

Too bad we can’t get a do-over based on their bad information.

You may recall that PolitiFact’s “fact check” determined that Mitt Romney’s infamous Jeep TV Ad was misleading for claiming Barack Obama “‘sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China’ at the cost of American jobs.” Many analysts believe the manufactured blow-back proved political fatal to Mitt Romney in critical Ohio, a battleground state where he ultimately lost by 3-points.

But like I said: the blow-back was based on bad info. Check out what the folks at Reuters reported this past week


May Nothing You Dismay

Santa Claus

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

God rest ye, fellow Republicans…

May nothing you dismay! Mitt Romney may not be president, but we’ll live to fight another day.

That’s the liberal Boston Globe‘s unspoken conclusion at the end of the newspaper’s epic, must-read Sunday postmortem of the Romney campaign:

Exit polls told a stunning story. The majority of voters preferred Romney’s visions, values, and leadership. But he had clearly failed to address the problem that Romney’s own family worried about from the start. Obama beat Romney by an astonishing 81 to 18 percent margin on the question of which candidate “cares about people like me.”


You read every bit of that right here on November 7th, Save Jerseyans. And your Blogger-in-Chief said it in a few thousand less words. You’re welcome. But perhaps hearing it from a mainstream media source instead of a biased conservative like yours truly will make the point stick?

Republican ideals weren’t rejected on November 6th. Campaigns that were unable to articule Republican ideals were rejected on November 6th… by the narrowest of margins.

So let’s use everyone’s favorite holiday as an opportunity to end the infighting, stop ripping each other to shreds, “and with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace.”

Merry Christmas Eve.


Obama and Romney’s Chili Summit (PHOTO)

The White House has released a photograph of the much-hyped Thursday lunch meeting between President Barack Obama and his vanquished Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

Their rare one-on-one meeting was closed to the press corps. Reportedly, they shared bowls of turkey chili before sitting down for a private Oval Office chat. No word as to what they specifically discussed, or whether the President shared a post-chili pack of smokes with his former opponent.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall…

Negotiables and Non-Negotiables

With each passing day, yet another political analyst weighs in on what is wrong with the Republican Party, why it lost the presidential election and failed to take over the Senate, and what it needs to do to win in the future.

The pundits seem to fall into one of two camps. There are those who think that the GOP should start over from scratch and reinvent itself. Others believe that Republicans should dig their collective heels into the ground and refuse to compromise or change a single position.

The answer, I believe, is somewhere in the middle. In other words, both sides are right and both sides are wrong.

Simply put, I think the GOP needs to prioritize its positions into two categories: negotiables and non-negotiables.

Put the party’s core beliefs on one side and everything else on the other.


Obama Won Election By Less Than 334,000 Votes

Cross Posted at Dan Circucci’s Blogspot

What if I told you that Barack Obama was re-elected by less than 334,000 votes?
Sounds incredible, doesn’t it?

After all, Obama won by millions of popular votes, didn’t he?

And he pretty much won the electoral votes handily, yes?

And all that means that the Republican Party is pretty much finished, dead, kaput, right?

Well, you’d be surprised.

Because 333,000+ votes in four states actually handed Obama his victory.

Here’s how it stacks up:

According to still unofficial figures Romney lost New Hampshire by 40,659 votes, Ohio by 103,481, Virginia by 115,910 and Florida by 73,189. That’s 333,239 votes. That’s what made the difference in those four states. And those four states would have given Romney 64 additional electoral votes which added to the 206 he already won would have given him the 270 electoral votes he needed to become president. None of the rest of it matters.

It all came down to 333,239 votes (in four states) out of the more than 124 million votes cast nationwide. That shortfall represents less than .003 of the total vote. Less than three thousandth of the total! Less than one-third of one percent.

That’s how close this election was.

And the four states that I’ve cited are joust four of the states that were thisclose. There are others.

So, don’t let anybody tell you that the Democrats have a mandate or that the Republican Party is dead and finished.

NOTHING could be further from the truth. And the figures prove it.