The story in Ohio

Byron York:

John McCain got 2,677,820 votes in Ohio. In 2012, according to a still-unofficial tally from the Ohio Secretary of State, Mitt Romney got 2,583,582. If before the election you had said to any politically involved Ohio Republican that Romney would receive fewer votes than McCain, you would have gotten a blank stare in return. “I would not have believed that,” says Alex Triantafilou, head of the Republican Party in Hamilton County, a critical swing area that includes Cincinnati. “I would have argued strongly that that was not going to be the case”…

There was simply lower turnout among white voters — somewhere in the 200,000 range, which is, again, more than Obama’s winning margin….There are several theories about those missing white voters, but the most plausible is that the ones who were undecideds or weak Republicans were deeply influenced by Obama’s relentless attacks on Romney in May, June, July and August. A steady stream of negative ads portrayed Romney as a heartless, out-of-touch rich guy, and Romney didn’t really fight back.

Plus: the Obama team had the Optimizer. The Ohio story reflects poorly on the judgment of the Romney campaign. There were plenty of 21st century ways for them to fight back against excellent, disciplined opposition, some at low cost. But that’s hkistory now.

2 Responses to “The story in Ohio”

  1. gs Says:

    My feelings were fatalistic as I voted for Romney, my former governor. I suspected he’d be a one-termer if he managed to win. What’s coming to light about the campaign suggests my concerns were not baseless.

  2. Paul Says:

    Mitt, nice guy, would of been fine/OK President, isn’t a fighter. ( Sorry ) He’s a milk drinking, yupper income, Harvard boy. Never played defensive end, hockey, served in the Marines or any service. Grew up ubber wealthy, exclusive prep schools. Dad never made him work on a construction site for a summer, or the assembly line. No Romney has ever served in the military since coming to the US in the 1840’s.

    I know these people, like Mitt, but not Mormons. Really nice. Too nice. HW and GW both were in the military, and it was good for them. Helps knock the silver spoon out of their mouths, makes them comfortable sharing the shower, having a beer. Mitt never, and couldn’t do that. He didn’t even have a clue. I have always felt bad, a bit, for him and those like him.

    America is still a wild country. People are very different. They don’t read the WSJ, but they know when you don’t have a clue what their life is like, and when you lie to them that you do.

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