Daily Archives: Nov. 16, 2012

Romney still making dumb comments

“We need to stop being a dumb party, and that means more than stop making dumb comments,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said about Mitt Romney blaming his loss on “gifts” that a “very generous” President Obama gave to African-Americans, Hispanics and young people. Romney’s comments, reminiscent of his earlier remarks that characterized 47 percent of Americans as moochers, also earned four Pinocchios from the Washington Post fact-checkers. “We don’t mean to knock a man when he’s down,” they wrote. “But Romney’s comments suggest that his understanding of the election results needs some serious rethinking.”

Florida shouldn’t trust Sedgwick County to count its votes

Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen dubbed Florida the “joke state” for having taken four days to declare that President Obama had won its electoral votes. “We can’t count on Ohio or any of the swing states to bail us out again in 2016, so what are our options?” he asked. “In case you were wondering, the U.S. Constitution makes no allowance for a state to exempt itself from presidential elections in order to avoid national ridicule. Nor is there any legal mechanism by which Florida’s 11 million registered voters might have their ballots shipped somewhere safe to be counted – say, Kansas.” Hiaasen must not have heard about election night in Sedgwick County, which had seen no election results released by the time Obama won re-election.

Rove taking lessons from GOP defeat

Other than Mitt Romney, no one may have had a worse election than Karl Rove. Most of the candidates supported by the former Bush White House adviser and his political action committees were defeated. So what lessons does Rove (who will speak in Wichita later this month at the Kansas Livestock Association convention) take from the defeat? He wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Republicans need to learn from the Democratic get-out-the-vote effort, and that Republicans “must avoid appearing judgmental and callous on social issues.” He also said the GOP “must reduce the destructiveness of the presidential primaries,” and perhaps limit its number of primary debates. And he suggested holding the GOP national convention in late June instead of late August.