Obama should have been as easy to defeat as Jimmy Carter was defeated in 1980, based on his first term. Obama’s 2012 strategy changed little from that of 2008; it went from “blame Bush” to “blame Romney” and paint “the rich” as enemies of the poor. Obama’s team wooed African Americans, Hispanics, single women, union members, and youths of the “millennial generation.” Obama’s team didn’t care that they antagonized other voters because they didn’t need them. They used identity politics and focused on themes of class conflict, to the detriment of a unified America.
Romney’s economic views, based on capitalism and private enterprise, were solid. But in the face of government giveaways, there are groups of people who no longer believe in that system. Our country needs conservative leadership to address the looming fiscal disaster fueled by the entitlement economy. Candidates must learn to address the issues that people care about such as jobs and unemployment.
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