As part one of a two-part interview with R.I. now circulates among readers, I came across this just released article as I was searching for evidence to disprove R.I’s assertion that Mitt Romney’s loss was simply a case of bad messaging and lower voter turnout for conservatives. While turnout did play a role, it now appears more likely it was the growth of Libertarian Party appeal that had a lot more to do with giving Barack Obama a second term as president.
EXCERPT: (via National Review Online)
How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?
From 2008 to 2012, those voting for the Democrat ticket dropped from 69.49 million to 63.16 million, a drop of 6.3 million.
From 2008 to 2012, those voting for the Republican ticket dropped from 59.95 million to 59.47 million, a drop of just over 479,000.
From 2008 to 2012, those voting for the Libertarian ticket increased from 523,433 to 1.22 million, a jump of just over 700,000.
…It’s their right; every vote has to be earned, and surely a Romney presidency would have offered its own disappointments to the Libertarian worldview. But it may be a continuing liability for the GOP that roughly one percent of the electorate believes strongly in limited government, but votes in a way that does not empower the GOP to do anything to limit that government. LINK
So while overall voter turnout for Barack Obama declined by MILLIONS over the 2008 numbers (which is what all the internals were showing would happen according to WHI prior to the election) the turnout for Mitt Romney was only slightly lower than what took place in 2008. And yet, as I’ve said before, Barack Obama still managed to win. When you have the number of people voting Libertarian increasing by over 700,000 votes since 2008 - that certainly put a significant dent in Mitt Romney’s chances to win this election. Libertarians are not entirely to blame though. I wish to be very clear with that. There is still no real excuse that fewer Republicans voted in 2012 than 2008 given what was so clearly at stake. The reasons for THAT remain…murky. Some have suggested it was anti-Mormon sentiment. Others suggest, as does Republican Insider, it was largely the fault of poor messaging on the part of the Romney campaign. LINK Certainly the mainstream media did its best to Republican voter turnout.
And perhaps, as many of you have declared – it was THEFT of the size and scope we have never before seen in an American election.