Thank you, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

America let a great leader slip through its fingers last night.

Mitt Romney’s concession speech here in case you missed.

I am proud to have voted for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. God bless you and your families.



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148 Responses to Thank you, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

  1. votermom says:

    I am heartbroken today, literally in tears, but I know I am going to dig deep and turn to love and hope for my family and country if it fucking kills me.

    • mcnorman says:

      You and I both votermom. 😀

      • votermom says:

        Btw my birthday is coming up very soon. Not how I thought I would be feeling.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I had a good cry this morning while Mom was still asleep. I did not want to upset her. Now I will have to face all the crazies. My friends in the western part of the state are depressed. They never thought that so much of the country would still be as dumb as Maryland.

        When I got home last night, I thought I would check in at your site and was worried. You were responsible for my coming of lurking land to see if you were ok (well as ok as can be expected).

    • elliesmom says:

      Me, too. Off to walk Ellie before the nor’easter hits. Hoping it swings north and hits us dead on instead of the poor folks still trying to cope with the aftermath of Sandy. Elliesdad is joining me in retirement next month. We’re looking forward to having more time for each other. We’ll no longer be “rich”. Let them raise the taxes. If we run out of money, we’ll move in with the kid who voted for Obama. lol

    • swanspirit says:

      Same here tears on and off since last night , Unstoppable

    • fif says:

      Thank you Votermom. I woke up feeling sickened. People chose fantasy (and fear) over reality – again. I am stunned by the delusion, and had to sit in a room of O supporters and listen to his speech last night (I haven’t listened to him in 4 years) as you talked about “not the red states or blue states, but the United States.” This, after the most negative, divisive, insulting presidency and campaign.

    • Karma says:

      Same here, Votermom.

      And Happy Birthday wishes to you. Party like it’s 1999. 😉

  2. Me three. I am forlorn. It is incomprehensible that O was reelected. But you know, you can’t keep good people down for long. Once our pity party is over, we’ll just pick up the pieces and go on. For me, it has always been about the sexism. I guess it will be forever swept under the rug like it never happened.

    • votermom says:

      O’s campaign was so rife with sexism! Dancing vaginas, voting is sex, let them eat contraceptives…


    • Constance says:

      Democrats will never admit their sexist behavior. I do hope that someone starts a movement to teach young women about their state given rights to birth control and abortion so they will not be so foolish as to fall for the Reproductive Rights manipulation the Democrats pull on them every election. And I hope the Republican men figure out that “legitimate rape”, trans-vaginal ultra-sounds, and excluding birth control, which is the only service many women need from health care they are forced to pay for are not winning issues even though Repub men find their soap box rants cathartic.

    • fif says:

      Women came out in big numbers for O last night–the fear tactics worked. ROE V. WADE! ROE V. WADE!

  3. DeniseVB says:

    WTF? Mia Love and Alan West lost too ?

    Thanks for this post VM, with hopes you, Lola and others will keep the TCH ball rolling and the group together. We are so unique in our independent thinking and country before party alliance. I’m done being a Democrat and could never become a Republican.

    I now belong to the Party of Me. 😀

    • votermom says:

      And Jesse Jackson Jr won.
      I swear Love & West were TARGETED by the DEMS as examples to any other black pols who dare think they can decide what party to belong to.

  4. yttik says:

    On May 31, 2008 I finally woke up and it’s been as if I were given a great gift. Hillary Clinton was a wonderful role model. Sarah Palin came along and taught me all about going rogue and believing in yourself. Mitt Romney has taught me about prosperity, opportunity, that there is enough pie to go around if we’ll just reach for it. I really wish the rest of the country could open it’s eyes to the leadership we have been shown, to the potential this country has, but I guess that’s not to be.

    • kanaughty says:

      i know i feel like i am in the allegory of the cave, where i see the truth and the future, but all these people are buying the puppet show. it is the strangest thing, but it started for me on 5/31/08 too. i wish people would wake the fuck up! we are losing our freedoms in america. we won’t even have freedom of speech if ob says we can’t slander the prophet. all of our bill of rights are dead under this loser. i am sad for america and the fore fathers right now. this is not the america i loved and wanted to be a part of, this america under the obamacrats. i wanted an america where freedom counts for something and the pursuit of happiness. anyway things feel really f’d up right now. i don’t understand why americans want to lose all their rights for free hand outs!

  5. jeffhas says:

    I hate postmortems… so here is one:

    Mitt should have chosen Rubio.

    Repubs not trying to build a bridge to the Hispanic community was just unbelievably breathtaking.

    They let the Dems define them as the party of bigotry once again.

    I understand why Mitt chose Ryan, and I waited for the ‘Very Serious Discussion on Debt’… which never quit materialized (thank you MSNBC).

    No matter – I have no more dogs in this fight, and no more fight left for these dogs.

    • DM says:

      I don’t think that Rubio would have changed the equation. I believe Ryan was chosen with the hope that he would help with WI and expand the map. It didn’t happen. I don’t believe that Rubio would NOT have changed the votes of Hispanics. FL is different because its Hispanic population is mostly Cuba, but Mexicans, the bulk of the Hispanic population have a different worldview than the Cubans. Hispanics in this country are not monolithic.

  6. votermom says:

    Snark is how to I cope

  7. cj says:

    Mitt Romney was the only thing standing between us & the Obama tyranny, so I threw my lot in with the Republicans again this year. I’m not sorry, and I don’t blame him for the loss. And I’m not in despair. Like elliesmom & Lulu, I’m retired so things might get tougher, but hopefully not unbearable.

    I’d like to know the demographics though. It will be fascinating to see what % of the population glibly voted for their own destruction.

    • Constance says:

      At least in Washington we can subsidize our income with small pot grows legally. That will make a lot of difference to the many people I know who have been forced out of career jobs in their 50’s and lost their home equity if not their homes. People are not going to put up with this garbage health care system for long. You pay and pay and pay and they never serve your medical needs they just generate bureaucratic business.

      • yttik says:

        I was thinking of taking up farming myself..

      • cj says:

        I think people in their 50’s are going to be screwed the most, but Obamacare may do me in too. I’m 62 & am not convinced medicare will still be viable by the time I become eligible. And then who knows what the hell kind of medical care will be covered anyway.

        Good luck on subsidizing your income. My youngest son got his license to grow pot last year, but hasn’t had the money to do anything with it yet.

      • votermom says:

        I hope we get legal pot in PA. I could sure use some right now.

    • DM says:

      You can start with the Blacks. They have suffered the most under Obama and will continue to suffer because I don’t expect the economy to get any better.

  8. Constance says:

    Many Obama voters supported the Democrat brand but don’t think the man is up to it. With this win the Obamacrats hold the most power in the party. They have made it clear they won’t have Hillary in power as that would dilute their own power. And now Biden thinks he is running in 2016?!

    • elliesmom says:

      The Democrats are going to run Elizabeth Warren in 2016. Another “historic candidate”. Think about it. She’s the only ivy league law professor in the country who doesn’t have an ivy league degree herself. The whole Cherokee heritage thing was to justify giving her a job at Harvard. She didn’t claim Native American status before she wanted to join the faculty at an ivy, but she couldn’t have been tapped for working in DC if her credentials had been from Smalltown U w/o people asking why her?. She’s too old to make her start small so they ran her for the senate right out of the gate. Martha Coakley was a better choice for the senate, but she’s not malleable. So the Democrats hung her out to dry and waited two years.

      Nobody here could ever accuse me of wearing a tinfoil hat. But anybody (including Bill) who thinks the Democrats are going to run Hillary in 2016 isn’t paying attention. Joking Joe is just playing placeholder until Elizabeth has a year in senate under her belt. Why do you think she was a keynote speaker at the convention? She’s on the fast track, which is why I voted against the first woman senator from MA. Lord knows, it was time for a woman, but it should have and could have happened – 2 years ago. I don’t know who the kingmaker is, but he’s at it again.

      • votermom says:

        I stole that scary thought.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I never could get on the Vote Lady Parts bandwagon for Warren. My bar is still content of character rather than skin color, sex or the stupid “it’s their time”.

          Dems were still stinging from Scott Brown taking Uncle Teddy’s seat, he was to be destroyed at any cost. Brown’s moderate voting record lost his original tea party supporters too 😦

          If a viable third party doesn’t rise from the ashes and start building by February, we deserve the country we get from the duopoly of Dem and GOP parties.

      • cj says:

        My oldest texted me last night…don’t despair Mom, at least we’ve got Elizabeth Warren. I could barely catch my breath from the hysterical laughter as I poured myself another drink.

      • kanaughty says:

        so what i would love to see if e warren vs. susanna martinez.

    • swanspirit says:

      Biden will be in a nursing home before this term is over

  9. FLVoter says:

    I thank all of those here for your wonderful support and writing. I truly believe Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are honorable men that ran a campaign they can be proud of. Team Obama ran a scorched earth campaign. I was truly embarrassed by some of their ads and talking points. They really lowered political campaigning to new lows. I hope to never see this type of campaign again. It was terribly damaging to the country.

    I truly do not believe Team Obama would have won had the press not been so firmly entrenched in their corner. Maybe it’s me because my family fled from a communist country with nothing but the clothes on our backs, but the greatest danger to a democracy is when the press is part of the government. In four years I hope this will be over and the press can become somewhat independent. I also hope that all Americans come to see the dangers of the press and government working together and put an end to this. The USA is the greatest country in the world. My hope for this country lives on beyond these very bad 16 years that we are experiencing. Maybe it is the hope that only an immigrant can have in her adopted country. Maybe you have to experience something worse and see a country turn communist before you can appreciate what you have in this country. The American people are strong and will survive. Unfortunately, at the end of the Obama Administration the Democratic Brand will be as badly damaged as the Republican Brand was at the end of the Bush Administration. So be it, they deserve it. The ends do not justify the means.

    I am so tired of the vilification of people. Just because someone has a different belief that does not make them evil. Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are not evil and I may not be popular saying this, but I do not think President Obama is evil. He’s is just incapable of addressing the issues facing this country. I don’t think he really gets how serious the problems are.

    Peace to all and thank you with the most humblest and grateful of hearts for you all and for this great country. It may sound corny but I really do believe it, God Bless America.

    • piper says:

      I also agree. My father came from Russia after the second world war. He always said that his countrymen traded one type of tyranny for another – nothing really changed they were still cold, hungry and forced to follow ‘rulz’ otherwise the gulags.

      • votermom says:

        We should have some kind of “lessons from immigrants thread” on how to live in a tyranny.

        I came from a 3rd world country that had a “Dear Leader” for 22 years. I remember how there was only a puppet media, criticism was only in hushed whispers …

        • nerdle says:

          You basically just described Vietnam, today, in a nutshell. Except we don’t have a Dear Leader.

        • Erica says:

          I think that’s a great idea. We all can benefit from speaking the truth and hearing perspectives from around the world. I gave my friend from Vietnam a ride this morning and she was upset about the election; very concerned that most don’t want to think for themselves and don’t see the warning signs of tyranny. She’s the only person in the Bay Area that I know who is not under the spell of Obama. And she’s angry that her children are being indoctrinated, rather than taught how to think and analyse for themselves.

  10. votermom says:

    RB nails it

    We’re Already Learning The Wrong Lesson.

    Posted by RB in Blog on November 7, 2012 10:45 am / no comments
    It’s the day after and the knives are already out. “We lost because Romney was never a true conservative.” or “We lost because the tea party didn’t show up.” or “We lost because… blah blah blah.”

    Here’s the reality: Everyone pointing the finger at who “lost” is asking the wrong question. The right question is “What won?”

    Small, petty politics won. More specifically, our inability to combat small petty, politics won. We are an ideological movement. We have principles we hold on to. The left simply does not. They hold no truths to be self-evident. They have no moral compass. They will lie, cheat, and steal for their movement. We will not.

    What won last night was marketing. What won last night were communications strategies. Our ideology didn’t lose. Our ideology was never heard. It was drowned out by a media more focused on gotchas and Big Bird and binders and feeding a narrative created by the masters of marketing: Obama For America. The media won’t allow an ideological battle because every time they do, they lose.

    That’s it. There was no ideological shift in this country. More than half the country couldn’t tell you what the hell “ideological” even means. THAT’s the problem. We fought an ideological battle when they were fighting an American Idol contest.

    So stop the finger pointing. Stop the “I told you sos.” WE didn’t lose the election. Marketing WON the election. And we’d better figure out how to outdo the marketing machine fast or it is really really over.

  11. driguana says:

    Forward into a new era of watched togetherness…blessings to all…cross the bridge to decency…soon forward…it has been a great pleasure and deep learning experience to have shared with all of you..while I am deeply saddened by the blinders put on the eyes of citizens in this country by the media, I am satisfied with the new knowledge I have gained…thank you everyone…

    • yttik says:

      “I am satisfied with the new knowledge I have gained…”

      Me too! And I’m grateful for the leadership I’ve been shown. Just because people have chosen a celebrity, doesn’t mean we all have to follow them. Celebrities rarely make good role models. Those leaders who have sprung up to speak the truth can still be followed. I’m taking some of Palin courage, some of Romney’s prosperity, with me wherever I go.

  12. DandyTiger says:

    Thanks to myiq, the other hosts, and all the commenters. You guys rock. Thanks for helping keep me sane.

    We’ve been through a hell of a lot worse and this country and made it out better for it. We’ll make it through this. The Obamacrat party owns the problems and I wish them luck. It’s a hard road. Things will likely get better over time despite it all because it’s a big country, and in the end, politics only does so much.

    • kanaughty says:

      the sad thing is that these people are so delusional, that even in 4 years, they will blame bush! i love to blame bush because he did suck, too, but ob owns this shit, he knew what he was getting into, and he didn’t fix it! he was squirreled into obamacare and condension to anyone who didn’t follow their demands. no bi-partisanship at all.

  13. tommy says:

    48% didn’t vote for O. That still gives me a ray of hope. On the other hand, the obots are already calling this the ‘Obama Revolution’. Yep, I can see it. If O doesn’t have disastrous second term like GWB (which is a distinct possibility), in 20-30 years he’ll be known as St. Obama in democratic history a la Reagan for the repubs. *puke*

    • swanspirit says:

      I truly believe that love of America and respect for Obama as a human being or as president are mutually exclusive. I just do . And the people who think that NOW he is going to be a good president are still delusional and very soon will be ib shock and complaining , and I do not want to hear it .

  14. piper says:

    Will the people in this great country wake up to the coming realty. There isn’t enough wealth here to sustain the government spending for more than a few months even if we took all the wealth from Soros, Oprah, Buffett, Gates, Koch brothers, the Hollywierds, etc. Who will get the ‘blame’ for increases in food, gas, heat/cooling, health, education, taxes and decreasing home values.

    I’m going to stop my rambling now. Thanks and the best to all who post here and our gracious hosts, Myiq, Lola, Votermom and Oswald. Read for a long time before delurking – will check in daily.

  15. votermom says:

    Greta has a poll. I have no clue.

  16. SimoFish says:

    I’m just trying to figure out how to make it through the day – one day at a time. I am still in shock.
    I blame the media – it’s that simple.

    • DM says:

      SimoFish, I think if you want to blame, don’t look further than the voters.

    • votermom says:

      I agree with you – this is a victory of the media

      • cj says:

        Absolutely. I wonder if they’ll eventually grow tired of monster they created?

      • DM says:

        The information was out there. Those who wanted to know what was going on didn’t have to work hard to know. In the same way I knew that there were no WMDs in Iraq, people can find today information not possible when the media controlled the newspapers or the TV. The Spanish-American War was totally manufactured by the media. That’s not the case today.

        They see Obama in a different light. The voters believe what he spews. If we want to blame, then it’s the voters. But I’m not looking for who to blame, and I don’t blame the voters.

    • yttik says:

      I guess I’m doomed to always be an anti-establishment radical 🙂

      • votermom says:

        I know! ME TOO!!!!!!!!! LOLOLOLOLOL

      • leslie says:

        Me three…. And my kids still call me an ” anti-establishment radical”.

      • Erica says:

        I was thinking the same thing–seems like no matter how I vote, I’m always going against the grain.

        But you know what, at least I can be proud of my consistency. I think giving guns to drug lords is bad-period. I think not protecting your people around the world and covering up your failure to do so is bad–even if a dem president does it. I think branding Arizonanans as racists and not hlping with their border problems is despicable–always. And I think raiding your treasury to feed wallstreet and insolvent donors is corrrupt–no questions.

        And to all my firiends who have ignored all that in the holy name of Obama, I say with love: open your eyes, open your minds, and start to think for yourselves!

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  17. DM says:

  18. tommy says:

    Sorry Mitt. You ran a good race and a great campaign. But like the voters proved, nice guys come last. Whatever you intend to do now, may God bless you and your family.

  19. DM says:

    I have nothing but admiration for Mitt, a very smart man, and a very good man. I’m sad that we didn’t get him for president, but I’m happy that he doesn’t have to fix Obama’s disaster. God loves Romney more than the voters. That’s a trade I’d make any time.

  20. DM says:

    U.S. Falls in Prosperity Ranking: “The American Dream Is in Jeopardy” Says Report

    Here are the top twenty countries:
    1. Norway
    2. Denmark
    3. Sweden
    4. Australia
    5. New Zealand
    6. Canada
    7. Finland
    8. Netherlands
    9. Switzerland
    10. Ireland
    11. Luxembourg
    12. United States
    13. United Kingdom
    14. Germany
    15. Iceland
    16. Austria
    17. Belgium
    18. Hong Kong
    19. Singapore
    20. Taiwan

    • Jadzia says:

      Shit, I need to move to Finland. After growing up in da U.P., I’m basically Finnish anyway. And the winters? No problem. And the drinking? NO PROBLEM. Suomi kuutsu!

  21. votermom says:

    This makes no sense.

  22. Constance says:

    This is what angers me this morning. The talking heads are already teeing up the next narrative and it is that Republicans need to attract Hispanic voters if they want to win anything. NO. Republicans do not need to court minorities some of whom are not even citizens and can’t vote anyway. Republicans need to attract the majority and that is Women Voters. While running around spewing about “legitimate rape”, trans-vaginal ultrasound and excluding birth control from health policies when it is the only health service many women require may be cathartic for the Republican men who do it, it is LOOOSSSING.

    • bluestate says:

      Republicans need to attract the majority and that is Women Voters. While running around spewing about “legitimate rape”, trans-vaginal ultrasound and excluding birth control from health policies when it is the only health service many women require

      totally agree. they need to dump the extremist pro life crowd that wants to make abortion a crime, and the people who are anti birth control too. the irony is that greater access to birth control means less abortions. the dems would not be able to hold women by their ladyparts if they did.

  23. britgirls says:

    Man … it was hard to watch that concession speech. 😦

    Okay, this is how I’m coping. Just putting my head down, working hard, focusing on caring for my family and making sure we’re all as self sufficient as possible. I’ll do random anonymous acts of kindness … it makes me feel better.

    We feel bad, but it’s not a total disaster. Imagine how the Sandy victims are feeling right now? It’s so cold right now and snow on the way. I went to Target and got a ton of supplies as my kids’ school is having a drive for supplies for hurricane victims.

    Thanks TCH writers and commentators. I love this tribe. Klown may think he can get away … but he can’t. We always find him. lol

    Hey … has anyone heard from Helen? I’m worried because she hasn’t been here lately.

    • britgirls says:

      My husband is still thinking of us moving back to the UK long term. God help me. I would hate to move back there.

    • DM says:

      Helenk must be where the storm hit hard because that’s how long she’s been absent. She might not have power yet.

  24. DM says:

    Like I said on a prior TCH comment: I’ve only voted once for the winner of the presidency, BC in 1992.

    I’m going to advertise that I’m the best predictor of the lossing candidate.

    • kanaughty says:

      me too, maybe i should have voted for the one and the opposite would have come true. maybe i am just bad luck 😦 i keep voting for people i think can actually get things done, but i have been wrong for so long. i guess people want a president who doesn’t get things done, a celebrity or an idiot…

  25. gram cracker says:

    Good morning all. Words are hard to come by this morning. Thank you votermom. I am in awe of your witty, spot on, quick response insights and comments here and on twitter.

    Even more so if English is not your native language as you sure have an impressive grasp of American culture and nuances of the English language. I’m going to join facebook and twitter just so that I can follow you and others here.

  26. kanaughty says:

    i wrote this all on john’s blog. i am so fed up with the ob cult
    “i am sad to think that now that this has happened we are looking at president santorum in 4 years. i would have rather have had a moderate with business experience now than a social conservative who hates gays and women in 4 years. and the repubs always pick the next in line, so they will go santorum. and people will have dem and ob fatigue, so santorum will win. we are screwed if you are a real democrat and social liberal, we are screwed in 4 years!

    “people in america just don’t know how to play chess, they only think of the move right now instead of the move down the line, and that is the problem because now we will have the worse possible outcome in 4 years! anyway, this really stresses me out because this is worse for us in the end.

    “you watch, he will totally ignore benghazi, sandy, and israel now because he has no need for any of those votes anymore. all he knows how to do is campaign. the man has no plan! i can’t believe people voted in the man with no plan!”

    • DM says:

      I disagree. I think the GOP for its survival will repudiate the social agenda. People like Akin and Santorum have demonstrated they can’t win a senate seat, much less a national office.

      • kanaughty says:

        i am worried the gop hasn’t learned their lesson though that they will be hard headed and go for santorum because they will be in denial of why they lost. they will always say they lost because their candidate was too moderate.

        i think they lost because they just can’t get their stubborn people to the polls because those stubborn people are waiting for the zombie of reagan or won’t vote at all and would rather have a failed dem in, then vote for the guy who matches their principles better.

        i mean it all makes no sense to me why they are so stubborn to vote for someone other than the second coming of reagan.

        i just want a guy or woman up there who the presidency is about america and americans, not all about themselves and their own lazy self and pushing through things that make america worse, where we lose even more freedoms… 😦 i am just sad that people don’t want to seem to love their freedoms or their privacy anymore.

  27. DandyTiger says:

    25-50% of the military vote in VA and OH wasn’t counted.

    • DM says:

      t’s not uncommon to have uncounted ballots and still know who won a race. If the difference is too great, the uncounted ballots don’t change anything.

  28. tommy says:

    This thread is full. Time for another one, perhaps?

  29. DM says:

    Votermom, we need another thread.

  30. gram cracker says:

    Like myiq and others here have written, I am going to focus more on taking care of myself and those I care most about. Time for me to get serious about losing weight and exercising more. Going to have to live off the fat of my own body as living off the fat of the land is likely to cost too much. Won’t be able to afford gas so will have to walk to the poor house. Auto gas has to cost more so Obama can reward his alternative energy investor campaign fund raising bundlers.

    Have you seen the stock markets reaction to Obama’s reelection? My IRA is taking a big hit today. Many public sector union’s pensions are invested in the stock market. Why don’t they realize that they are voting against their own interests by supporting an administration whose policies hurt business?

    • AniEm says:

      I think the whole point of this was to get as many into the poor house as possible. It makes for a bone-tired, discouraged, and easily manipulated population. According to the vote results, the US is already halfway there. Sorry for the cynicism but it explains the election win and loss.

  31. DM says:

    • DM says:

      Yup. But I don’t believe third party votes take away anyone’s vote. If they weren’t there to take those votes, these voters would skip the selection or write “mickey mouse” on the ballot

  32. votermom says:

    New open thread up

  33. I haven’t posted on here much, well hardly at all. I was introduced to the blog by lulu-atlarge. I have come to read everyones thoughts everyday since this july. I am recently medically retired from the Marine Corps and have become enthralled in politics now. My wife and toddlers would say I eat, drink, breathe, and sleep politics now. I need to ask you all a question on what direction you think the republican party needs to head in. Where do you think we really went wrong, where does the party go from here, and how does party do it? Thanks for any responses.

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