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2012-11-20 01:30:19 PM
It's like the whining of middle-school aged little girls: "It's not fair. It's not my fault! Our team should have won."

/Man up, GOP.
//You lost because you did it wrong.
///Try not to double down on the derp in 2016.
////Unless you want to lose again.
 
2012-11-20 01:30:19 PM

bdub77: The election was two weeks ago. People didn't buy into your bold-faced bullsh*t, that's why you lost.

Get. Over. It.


No. Don't get over it. Keep speaking, Mitt. MOAH! The gift that keeps on giving.
 
2012-11-20 01:30:51 PM

Lando Lincoln: whistleridge: Why is it just so hard for some people to say 'well...we go outplayed'?

Because that might cast doubt on the Republican message. And we all know their message is fine.


and If I understand that message correctly over the last few days, its that Mitt Romney is a clueless whiner who needs to STFU and GTFO because he totally misunderstands the electorate, and was a masterful campaigner who only lost because of a perfect storm of Christie/Sandy/The Obamaphone lady/Shenannigans in Ohio with the Trigg Romeny-owned/GOP secretary of State-controlled election machinery/Greedy plebian shiats that wanted "stuff"
 
2012-11-20 01:31:05 PM
Two weeks of living off of nothing but tears.

Still loving it.
 
2012-11-20 01:31:07 PM
If that campaign was hinging on Christie, they should have ran Christie.
 
2012-11-20 01:31:36 PM

Dahnkster: [25.media.tumblr.com image 320x480]
Ermahgerd! The pertaters are just the right height.


boingboing.net
 
2012-11-20 01:31:46 PM
All I really wanted was to never have to hear about Romney again. But, I didn't anticipate that the two weeks after the election would be Romney sucking down sour grapes and publicly complaining about how bad they taste. I can handle that.
 
2012-11-20 01:32:14 PM
So, by Teapublican logic (which boils down to politicizing everything and acting like an angry spoiled child), Christie is BAD because he chose to put politics aside and do what's best for his state during a crisis rather than politicizing the storm and sinking to new lows, putting his citizen's lives at risk for a chance to stick it to Obama.

Got it.
 
2012-11-20 01:32:37 PM

HotWingConspiracy: If that campaign was hinging on Christie, they should have ran Christie.


Why oh why didn't they listen to Ann Coulter?
 
2012-11-20 01:33:03 PM

whistleridge: If anything short of assassination, outright treason, or a video surfacing of you humping a goat happens in the last week before the election, you didn't lose the election because of it. You lost the election because you campaign sucked, pure and simple.

Why is it just so hard for some people to say 'well...we go outplayed'?


Because they wasted hundreds of millions of dollars of somebody else's money. People who are now demanding answers.

An indescribably awesome unintended consequence of Citizens United. The assholes that took the most advantage of it lost; and boy are they pissed. This is why they keep beating on the dead (dressage) horse.
 
2012-11-20 01:33:13 PM

Shrugging Atlas: We're going to have to start keeping a new list: Reasons Mitt Romney Lost The Election because it still seems to be growing by the day.


I would suggest adding the whole Jeeps to China debacle. Just 'cause imma Jeep guy.

i865.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-20 01:33:17 PM
cdn.ph.upi.com
 
2012-11-20 01:33:56 PM
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2012-11-20 01:34:11 PM
The Romney campaign won't get its own HBO movie, but it's actually as much of a fun clusterfark as the McCain campaign was, and I hope that at least we get the original writers of Game Change to write up Game Change 2: Electric Boogaloo about the Republican primaries and Romney's failure to do pretty much anything right in 2012.
 
2012-11-20 01:34:38 PM
So they want to get rid of FEMA because the states can handle disasters that cripple the, um, state...

BUT

...the governor of the state is NOT allowed to be seen near any Democrats who are helping.



Get farked.
 
2012-11-20 01:34:42 PM
Let's try to look at this objectively here. What did the Romney campaign do right? Seriously, what could the campaign hang its hat on this go 'round? ORCA? Its ground game? Setting out a clear vision for the candidate?

What we got was a guy fumbling around for months, who threatened to be overshadowed by his running mate until they scaled him back on the national stage at least. Then said candidate appears as a craven opportunist in setting up a press conference immediately following an attack on U.S. civilians in Libya.

His one shining moment was the first debate where he outclassed Obama by shamelessly abandoning everything he had been running on since the primaries in one, hour and a half performance. He then held his own but lost the remaining two debates and then, thanks to his echo chamber, deludedly thought the campaign was in the bag.

But yeah, it was Chris Christie's fault.
 
2012-11-20 01:35:22 PM

Magorn: Lando Lincoln: whistleridge: Why is it just so hard for some people to say 'well...we go outplayed'?

Because that might cast doubt on the Republican message. And we all know their message is fine.

and If I understand that message correctly over the last few days, its that Mitt Romney is a clueless whiner who needs to STFU and GTFO because he totally misunderstands the electorate, and was a masterful campaigner who only lost because of a perfect storm of Christie/Sandy/The Obamaphone lady/Shenannigans in Ohio with the Trigg Romeny-owned/GOP secretary of State-controlled election machinery/Greedy plebian shiats that wanted "stuff"


I normally loathe Rachel Maddow, but she was spot-on last night:

* Michael Steele: huge wins for GOP, gets fired, effectively for not being whi--er, conservative enough
* Rince Preibus: huge losses for GOP, obvious incompetence on his part, gets his job renewed because he's whi-- er, properly conservative
 
2012-11-20 01:36:24 PM
Romney: "Everyone but me is to blame."

GOP: "Romney is entirely to blame, it has nothing to do with our party and policies."

They're both wrong. . .so vote Republican?
 
2012-11-20 01:36:37 PM
So, it's all Christie's fault for putting his office and his constituents above his party. Got it.
 
2012-11-20 01:36:57 PM

whistleridge: If anything short of assassination, outright treason, or a video surfacing of you humping a goat happens in the last week before the election, you didn't lose the election because of it. You lost the election because you campaign sucked, pure and simple.

Why is it just so hard for some people to say 'well...we go outplayed'?


Faith. Faith is the problem.

These are religious people and from a young age their religions have been teaching them that faith, which is specifically the stubborn decision to believe in things without any evidence whatsoever, is more important than logic or reason. Thus it's more important to them what they WANT to believe then what is true.
 
2012-11-20 01:37:08 PM
Incompetent, dislikeable businessman blames another for personal failure. Full story at 11.
 
2012-11-20 01:37:47 PM

FooDog: Shrugging Atlas: We're going to have to start keeping a new list: Reasons Mitt Romney Lost The Election because it still seems to be growing by the day.

Ok, I'll start:

Hurricane Sandy
The 47%
Debate moderators
Obama's gifts
Chris Christie
Todd Akin
Richard Mourdock
Karl Rove


NOT ROMNEY


Math
Nate Silver
 
2012-11-20 01:38:09 PM
If I had to blame one person other than Romney, I would blame Obama.

If I had to pick a third person, I'd pick the bartender who took the 47% fundraiser video and released it. All else being equal, I think that video cost Romney the election.
 
2012-11-20 01:38:27 PM
Whoa, this whole time I thought his name was Mitch...
 
2012-11-20 01:38:40 PM

FooDog: Shrugging Atlas: We're going to have to start keeping a new list: Reasons Mitt Romney Lost The Election because it still seems to be growing by the day.

Ok, I'll start:

Hurricane Sandy
The 47%
Debate moderators
Obama's gifts
Chris Christie
Todd Akin
Richard Mourdock
Karl Rove


NOT ROMNEY


Weren't Christians blamed for not turning out in droves for him?

Also:
Sluts
Liberal Media
Students
Brown People
 
2012-11-20 01:38:47 PM

peter21: Let's try to look at this objectively here. What did the Romney campaign do right? Seriously, what could the campaign hang its hat on this go 'round? ORCA? Its ground game? Setting out a clear vision for the candidate?

What we got was a guy fumbling around for months, who threatened to be overshadowed by his running mate until they scaled him back on the national stage at least. Then said candidate appears as a craven opportunist in setting up a press conference immediately following an attack on U.S. civilians in Libya.

His one shining moment was the first debate where he outclassed Obama by shamelessly abandoning everything he had been running on since the primaries in one, hour and a half performance. He then held his own but lost the remaining two debates and then, thanks to his echo chamber, deludedly thought the campaign was in the bag.

But yeah, it was Chris Christie's fault.



Romney wasn't even in the ballgame until Obama slept through the first debate. If Obama hadn't let Romney get that little bit of momentum, none of this last-minute fingerpointing would be taking place. They'd be pointing fingers, of course, but they'd be blaming things that are more long-term.
 
2012-11-20 01:38:48 PM
Romney is the grandmother in Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man is Hard to Find'.
 
2012-11-20 01:39:38 PM
"lengthy autopsy of their campaign"
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2012-11-20 01:40:05 PM
One reason that wasn't fat.

images.politico.com
 
2012-11-20 01:40:10 PM
I just... I just don't understand this rhetoric. I can't wrap my head around how people can think this way.
 
2012-11-20 01:40:49 PM

Shrugging Atlas: FooDog: Shrugging Atlas: We're going to have to start keeping a new list: Reasons Mitt Romney Lost The Election because it still seems to be growing by the day.

Ok, I'll start:

Hurricane Sandy
The 47%
Debate moderators
Obama's gifts
Chris Christie
Todd Akin
Richard Mourdock
Karl Rove


NOT ROMNEY

Weren't Christians blamed for not turning out in droves for him?

Also:
Sluts
Liberal Media
Students
Brown People



That's "bluh people" to you, pal
 
2012-11-20 01:41:12 PM

Nadie_AZ: FooDog: Shrugging Atlas: We're going to have to start keeping a new list: Reasons Mitt Romney Lost The Election because it still seems to be growing by the day.

Ok, I'll start:

Hurricane Sandy
The 47%
Debate moderators
Obama's gifts
Chris Christie
Todd Akin
Richard Mourdock
Karl Rove
Math
Nate Silver


And a few more:

Chrysler
Tropical storm Isaac
Tax returns
Gays
Brown people
Vaginas
American Red Cross
New Black Panthers
St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen


but still NOT ROMNEY
 
2012-11-20 01:41:22 PM

lordjupiter: Shrugging Atlas: FooDog: Shrugging Atlas: We're going to have to start keeping a new list: Reasons Mitt Romney Lost The Election because it still seems to be growing by the day.

Ok, I'll start:

Hurricane Sandy
The 47%
Debate moderators
Obama's gifts
Chris Christie
Todd Akin
Richard Mourdock
Karl Rove


NOT ROMNEY

Weren't Christians blamed for not turning out in droves for him?

Also:
Sluts
Liberal Media
Students
Brown People


That's "bluh people" to you, pal


Christians who didn't vote Republican
 
2012-11-20 01:41:28 PM
Because it could not possibly be that Romney was such a terrible candidate that the only reason for him to be in the White House was on a guided tour.

No, couldn't possibly be that at all.
 
2012-11-20 01:41:55 PM
Dear GOP, you didn't get my vote because you openly hate me. I'm one of the working poor who is excited about the prospect of decent health insurance. I'm one of the gay people you think you should be able to deny equal rights to. I'm one of the people who barely contributes via income tax, but still pays a higher effective tax rate (sales, payroll, social security, medicare) than Mitt Romney. I'm one of the people who, when I call for government to actually do something useful for me, you berate and call a "taker," despite your financial adoration of subsidies for everyone who is already doing ok. You can blame Christie, "gifts," hurricanes (or other acts of God), but unless you stop using your policies to try to decide whether lawmakers know whether mj or neurontin has worse side effects, who I can marry, and whether or not my ownership of a refrigerator means I should pay more taxes so our illustrious "job creators" can have another tax break, you're not getting my vote.
 
2012-11-20 01:42:33 PM

Philip Francis Queeg: One reason that wasn't fat.

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Muppet Face.
 
2012-11-20 01:44:11 PM

SilentStrider: lordjupiter: Shrugging Atlas: FooDog: Shrugging Atlas: We're going to have to start keeping a new list: Reasons Mitt Romney Lost The Election because it still seems to be growing by the day.

Ok, I'll start:

Hurricane Sandy
The 47%
Debate moderators
Obama's gifts
Chris Christie
Todd Akin
Richard Mourdock
Karl Rove


NOT ROMNEY

Weren't Christians blamed for not turning out in droves for him?

Also:
Sluts
Liberal Media
Students
Brown People


That's "bluh people" to you, pal

Christians who didn't vote Republican


Rush Limbaugh
 
2012-11-20 01:46:14 PM
If it wasn't for the hurricane, NJ would have gone 125% Romney as predicted every day from the start.
 
2012-11-20 01:46:38 PM

Dimensio:
As a four point poll shift in every swing state would have been required for Mr. Romney to have won the election, I also understand the blame assigned to Governor Christie: admitting error is a sign of weakness.


And this is what I will never understand. It's not a sign of weakness. Admitting a mistake is a sign of strength. It says I'm secure enough that an error won't ruin me. Refusing to admit a mistake is a sign of weakness. It means I'm afraid that one mistake will make people think less of me. That I will be fired or people won't like me anymore.

The only thing that is worse is someone who blames someone else for their own mistake. That's not weakness, that meanness.

The staffers feal weak and they're lashing out. I get it. But it telegraphs weakness, not strength.

What I don't understand is Mitt. He has enough money to have clout anywhere he decides to hang his hat. (Besides the political ring) If he simply said he got beat, disappeared for a year and then set up a big foundation, he'd be fine. Instead he's hissing and spitting and lashing out, and I don't get it.
 
2012-11-20 01:46:57 PM
These people are pathetic.

Your candidate was horrible. His campaign was horrible. Your party is full of willfully ignorant, regressive bigots, plutocrats and religious zealots, who shiat on their fellow countrymen.

This is why you lost. Period.
 
2012-11-20 01:47:05 PM

Philip Francis Queeg: One reason that wasn't fat.

[images.politico.com image 605x328]


Ryan has that perfectly punchable douchbag face.
 
2012-11-20 01:47:56 PM
So the insulting lie about Jeep moving to Japan had nothing to do with him losing Ohio? Or his insulting 47% remarks had nothing to do with losing the 47%+?
 
2012-11-20 01:48:21 PM

lordjupiter: So they want to get rid of FEMA because the states can handle disasters that cripple the, um, state...

BUT
...the governor of the state is NOT allowed to be seen near any Democrats who are helping.
Get farked.


Oh, they did. Heh heh heh.
 
2012-11-20 01:48:30 PM
Does this mean he has to go be fat somewhere else?
 
2012-11-20 01:48:30 PM
This is why I'm disgusted with politics. Blame-games like this--and this particular instance of the political party getting angry with one of their own being bi-partisan--can just as easily happen if the situation was reversed regarding Republicans and Democrats. I usually vote Democrat, but I was just as disgusted with the treatment Bush W received from the Democratic party during his 8 years. Too much of the focus is on being right rather than doing right.
 
2012-11-20 01:49:02 PM

firefly212: Dear GOP, you didn't get my vote because you openly hate me. I'm one of the working poor who is excited about the prospect of decent health insurance. I'm one of the gay people you think you should be able to deny equal rights to. I'm one of the people who barely contributes via income tax, but still pays a higher effective tax rate (sales, payroll, social security, medicare) than Mitt Romney. I'm one of the people who, when I call for government to actually do something useful for me, you berate and call a "taker," despite your financial adoration of subsidies for everyone who is already doing ok. You can blame Christie, "gifts," hurricanes (or other acts of God), but unless you stop using your policies to try to decide whether lawmakers know whether mj or neurontin has worse side effects, who I can marry, and whether or not my ownership of a refrigerator means I should pay more taxes so our illustrious "job creators" can have another tax break, you're not getting my vote.


Dear firefly212,

TL;DR

~GOP
 
2012-11-20 01:49:14 PM

FooDog: Shrugging Atlas: We're going to have to start keeping a new list: Reasons Mitt Romney Lost The Election because it still seems to be growing by the day.

Ok, I'll start:

Hurricane Sandy
The 47%
Debate moderators
Obama's gifts
Chris Christie
Todd Akin
Richard Mourdock
Karl Rove


NOT ROMNEY


Hurricane Sandy
The 47%
Debate moderators
Obama's gifts
Chris Christie
Todd Akin
Richard Mourdock
Karl Rove
Blacks
Single women
Hispanics
Young people
Gays
Nate Silver

NOT ROMNEY
 
2012-11-20 01:51:19 PM
I'd like to remind people of all the articles from the right claiming the left was spiking the ball and being bad winners. Then of the endless stream of articles from the right blaming everybody, including the voters, for them losing. I'd also like to bring up the recent post about barackofraudo.com claiming that the election was stolen. I'd like to remind everyone that Romney got 59 million votes. Lastly, I'd like to be sad for the state of the country.
 
2012-11-20 01:52:00 PM

lordjupiter: peter21: Let's try to look at this objectively here. What did the Romney campaign do right?

But yeah, it was Chris Christie's fault.


Romney wasn't even in the ballgame until Obama slept through the first debate. If Obama hadn't let Romney get that little bit of momentum, none of this last-minute fingerpointing would be taking place. They'd be pointing fingers, of course, but they'd be blaming things that are more long-term.


That first debate is how Obama not only defeated Romney, but how Obama rope-a-doped the entire Republican and Tea Parties.
 
2012-11-20 01:52:18 PM
So the Republicans are going to destroy their most viable candidate for 2016 because he didn't lock his car doors when the President walked by. You know, I'm starting to wonder if maybe Obama didn't use his magic hurricane machine to engineer all of this. It's just too silly to be real.
 
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