Tuesday, November 06, 2012


The Republicans like to compare Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter.

How about if we take a moment to compare Mitt Romney to John Kerry?

In 2004, many of us Democrats were foaming at the mouth at the opportunity to knock an unpopular president out of the White House.  In 2012, many Republicans were foaming at the mouth at the opportunity to knock an unpopular president out of the White House.  The Dems didn't get their wish in 2004, and the GOP did not get their wish in 2012.  The Republicans tarred John Kerry as a "flip-flopper".  The Democrats did the same to Mitt Romney.  John Kerry could not unseat the unpopular George W. Bush.  This year, the GOP could not unseat the not-so-popular Barack Obama.

Why did this happen?

The answer is easy (and to all you Democrats, my asbestos suit is on):  in each case, the losing party ran an inferior candidate.

In 2004, there might have been others who would have stirred the public's imagination more than the pedantic and professorial Northeasterner John Kerry.  This year, the GOP probably could have found others who could have stirred the public's imagination more than the very rich and insular Mitt Romney.

Now as for comparing Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter, there is no comparison.  Sorry, there just isn't.  Other than the fact they are both Democrats, I see no similarities.

To my friends on the right, this is your John Kerry moment.  You now know how we felt in 2004.  And don't worry, you will survive the next four years, just as we survived the second term of Dubya.

Now, the next election campaign begins!  I know, it's four years away, but the GOP will already be dreaming about who they will run in 2016.  Chris Christie?  Marco Rubio?  My bet would be on one of those two.  On the other hand, they might just run someone like Mitch Daniels or Tim Pawlenty.  8-)


Blogger jim marquis said...

I agree that Romney was an inferior candidate. But I have to repeat what I said on my own blog...he was partially made inferior by the strict conservative guidelines imposed by the Republican base. After the Tea Party victories of 2010 they became a tribe of howling beasts who would accept nothing less than a nominee who was both financially elitist and emotionally retarded.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I think Paul Ryan will be the GOP's fair haired boy for a long time. Even if he doesn't run in 2016, he's only 42 and he'll be hanging over our heads for a long time.

There's a rumor that one of the Koch Brothers promised Romney an additional $100 million in campaign money if he chose Ryan for his running mate. If that's true, there was surely a method to the Koch brother's (I forget which one) madness. Paul Ryan will be a Koch errand boy and prostitute for the next few decades.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

We will probably get to see Romney's sons enter politics too... I suspect we'll see at least one of them enter the arena in the next ten years or so.

Jim, I think you're right. And it's pretty amazing how the other guys are the ones who look more like the "elitists" now... at least their leaders are looking that way. Just as we thought the majority of Americans were stupid for re-electing Bush in 2004, those on the right now think the majority of Americans are stupid for having re-electing Obama.

But is it really a matter of counting on stupidity for your candidate to get elected? Are we really any more stupid than the Republicans were in '04? They would say "yes", of course. 8-)

What comes around goes around, and truth bites hard sometimes. 8-)

But this election wasn't a referendum on stupid. It was more of a referendum on the right wing moral values stuff and on the "tea party"... and Americans said they want less of both. So, for those on the right who believe Mitt Romney "wasn't conservative enough" and want a candidate who is farther to the right next time around, I say "Bring it on!"

And if the election was a referendum on Barack Obama, well... he won, and rather convincingly.

3:25 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Like Jim Marquis said. As for who the GOP will run in 2016, there is no telling. Jeb Bush seems a strong possibility, but he might not want it. I would be surprised if they were to run Paul Ryan. He failed to bring in his home state and even his home town. Too many 47 percenters in both, most likely.

5:12 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Kerry did indeed run a lousy campaign. He was Democrat version of Mitt.

I think waiting to see how the internal battles shake out before we pick possible pretenders to the GOP throne. I see the old guard of the GOP distancing themselves from the Tea Party upstarts they thought they could control. By mid terms I assume the dust will have settled.

4:42 PM  

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