Thursday, November 08, 2012

Strange election. When you can be four years into a failed presidency and the opposition doesn't show up, something needs an explanation for the fact that Obama didn't win as much as the Republicans failed to turn out as many votes as they did when they knew they were going to lose. Glen Reynolds writes:
Finally: I keep hearing demographic deepthink about population shifts and how if Romney had gotten as many Latinos as George W. Bush he’d have won. Maybe so. But if Romney had gotten as many Republicans as John McCain he’d have won, too. I kept going on and on about the importance of showing up, and that seems to have been what mattered. Why didn’t people show up? Good question. Was it undercover anti-Mormonism? Or was it simply that Romney — who campaigned for independents and deliberately distanced himself from the Tea Party — didn’t pay enough attention to the base? Maybe the numbers will answer this, but obviously the Obama people thought this was a base-turnout election and Romney’s people didn’t. Obama’s people were right.

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