For all the great talk by the progressive chattering class about some grand win by Obama, the evidence shows otherwise. I voiced my concern during the GOP primaries that Romney wasn't that strong of a candidate. Conservatives were picking through conservative candidates during the primary cycle in order to try and find the "anti Romney" candidate.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but I guess I must in order to drive this point home. The talk by the left and some gullible Republicans is that Romney lost, because Hispanics, single women and young people came out for Obama. That is as wrong as two left shoes. Did they come out in support of Obama? Yes they did, but they weren't the reason Romney lost
. These groups always vote Democrat, so that is nothing new. Romney lost the election due to a lack of enthusiasm among his own base
. According to Michael Patrick Leahy over at Breitbart, Romney lost the election because of not getting 333,000 votes in 4 swing states, that's it.
So again, all this talk about minorities, single women and young voters being this great force was true four years ago but it wasn't this time around.. It's interesting to note that the four battleground states that went for Obama all have Republican governors.. Here's the break down of each of the four states, and this will point to why conservatives were right to have questioned the strength of Romney early on. This was the vote break down in 2008.
Obama won with 1,958,270 votes to McCain's 1,726,053 votes, a difference of 232217
Obama won with 1,905,528 to Romney’s 1,789,618 votes, a difference of 115,910
Obama won with 2,708,685 votes to McCain's 2,501,855 a difference of 206,830
Obama won with 2,697,260 votes to Romney's 2,593,779 votes a difference of 103,481
Obama won with 385,591 votes to McCain's 316,937, a difference of 68,654 votes
Obama won with 368, 529 votes to Romney's 327,870 votes, a difference of 40,659 votes
Obama won with 4,143,957 votes to McCain's 3,939,380 votes, a difference of 204, 577 votes
Obama won with 4,236,032 votes to Romney' 4,162,174 votes, a difference of 73,858 votes
In every battleground state Obama won in 2008, his vote totals were down noticeably in the 2012 election. If Romney was a strong enough candidate, he would have received those 333,000 votes in those four states and would have won the election. Put it another way, if Romney would have received the same vote totals that Bush received in 2004 in those four battle ground states
, he would have been president elect Romney.