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  • An Alternate History of the Mitt Romney Campaign

    Mitt Romney silhouetteMuch to his credit, Mitt Romney has been helping many of his former campaign staffers find gainful employment after their service to him was so rudely interrupted by the election. But chief campaign strategist Stuart Stevens has decided to take personal responsibility for his own job search, auditioning for a job co-writing alternate histories with Newt Gingrich via this piece in the Washington Post

    "I appreciate that Mitt Romney was never a favorite of D.C.'s Green Room crowd or, frankly, of many politicians. That's why, a year ago, so few of those people thought he would win the nomination."

    Yes, we all remember this clearly. The mainline GOP behemoths of Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann were all the rage among elected Republicans and Party officials, until the insurgent forces of Mitt Romney set the grassroots aflame with his anti-establishment rhetoric.

    "Nobody liked Romney except voters."

    Only 47% of voters. This was the problem.

    "What began in a small field in New Hampshire grew into a national movement."

    If the Massachusetts statehouse circa 2005 counts as a "small field in New Hampshire," then sure.

    "On Nov. 6, Mitt Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income. That means he carried the majority of middle-class voters. While John McCain lost white voters under 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points, a 17-point shift."

    Finally, something accurate. If the votes of the poors and minorities didn't count as much as upper middle-class whites, Mitt Romney would totally be president now.

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