Bill Maher gave his two cents on President Obama’s routing of Mitt Romney in the presidential election and offered reasons on why Mitt Romney, “the white Barack Obama” won:
Mitt Romney has lost and he’ll soon be accepting his new job as professor of method acting at The New School in New York City. And after watching him play all these different characters over the last two years, really, who better?
Now comes the hand-wringing and finger-pointing that always follows electoral defeat; 500 columns of “If they’d done what I said, something, something, measuring the drapes in the Oval Office.” And they’ll all miss the forest for the trees. Except Dick Morris — he’s always right.
So now that I’m done telling you how everyone else will be full of shit and focusing on the wrong things, let me focus you on the big picture thing that’s absolutely correct: Mitt Romney lost because of the Republican brand and Republican policies. There are other reasons, of course, like Mitt being unlovable to anyone not named Ann Romney, but nothing trumps the idea that 2/3rds of America thinks the other 1/3 is a frightening conglomerate of Bible-thumpers, xenophobes, and vaginophobes. (Not a word, but should be.)
Take Mitt’s pivot from being “severely conservative” to being “the white Barack Obama.” Sure, everyone tacks to the middle after the primaries, but Mitt’s performance was different: it was a full-scale repudiation of just about every idea that conservatives hold dear. The positions were changed. The rhetoric was completely different. He was basically Barack Obama, Caucasian Edition. Source
The bottom line is that Mitt Romney misjudged the power of the Obama ground game, even though they had a clear money advantage. In short, they don’t know how to play the game that led Barack Obama to victory against John McCain in 2008. The Republican Party has a Dr. Seuss problem.