Update: I hear they may not have yet added in the FL vote tally….if so, what I said below may have to be adjusted some.
We kept hearing that the Republicans were enthused, would turn out in huge numbers, and that Obama voters would stay home, or even vote for Romney, and so the GOP had a good shot at taking the White House. It turns out that only one of the above actually happened in reality – lots of Democrats stayed home.
So why did Romney lose? Because also too many Republicans didn’t bother to go out and vote, the numbers suggest.
The final results are still not in, but it appears most are (ca. 90%), and they tell a sad story: too many Republican voters sat on their butts and thus gave this one away:
Obama 2008: 69,456,897 votes
Obama 2012: 59,000,000
McCain 2008: 59,934,814
Romney 2008: 57,000,000
Like I said, there are still more votes to be counted, and the GOP tally probably will surpass 08’s, though not by much, if at all. The numbers already suggest that enthusiasm was lacking.
All that talk about an “energized party” appears to have been lots of hot air.
The numbers also tell us just how valuable Palin was in energizing the GOP in 2008. Although people were tired of the GOP, she mobilized GOP voters – as many as what we saw yesterday. If Palin had not been the VP candidate in 2008 and had made her debut yesterday, we’d be saying “President-elect” Romney today.
I’m not taking anything away from Paul Ryan. But we have to admit that the ticket was a bit bland this time around.
The GOP really knows how to pick ’em. Is there a Ronald Reagan in sight for 2016?