For failed Romney campaign, opposition to auto bailout extracted high price at the ballot box

  • Article by: JOHN FLESHER , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 11, 2012 - 1:50 PM
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wallyworldmnNov. 11, 12 2:32 PM

Truth hurts. Romney's editorial was spoken like a Bain Capitalist, not as a leader. Most people in the leadership positions, even many Republicans, recognized it was not business as usual. Real leaders have to make hard decisions during a crisis and politicizing everything is not how a real leader of either party should act. Many workers, retirees and shareholders were hurt by the sequence of events but the country and economy were better served by the action to "right the ship".

moparfoolNov. 11, 12 3:31 PM

Even Ford Motor Company, which did not go bankrupt although it was close, was begging Obama to bail out bankrupt GM and Chrysler. The reason is that if GM and Chrysler went down, so would a lot of automotive suppliers which Ford depended on for parts. Without parts, Ford would not have been able to build cars, and would itself have gone bankrupt. Romney was pandering to the rigid ideologues of the right - telling them what they wanted to hear. Perhaps Romney should have gone after those one percenters who drove GM and Chrylser over the cliff.

dentesterNov. 11, 12 3:33 PM

Romney wasn't able to overcome the Ohio and Florida voting districts that voted over 100% for Obama with more votes "cast" than there are residents.

fromupnortNov. 11, 12 3:43 PM

What I find ever so interesting is the lack of reflection by the GOP forces. The GOP believes it was right and all of us are wrong that voted against their neo-fascist policies. So, their efforts to limit voting must be doubled in 2016! Good grief. The GOP has become such a small voting block that without a full makeover, will be forever representing the backwaters of rural America and fat banker types.

comment229Nov. 11, 12 4:03 PM

Romney still won't come out and say the real reason. What a hypocrite yet to this day! He wanted a "managed bankruptcy" so the could get the unions dissolved and bring the workers back at a fraction of their pay and benefits. But he will tell you he is for the middle class. Sorry to kick a man when he is down, but total honesty was not his strong suit.

fasNov. 11, 12 4:58 PM

For once a majority of people, especially Ohio voters, voted in their own economic self interest instead of some wedge issue. If that be the case in every election, the Republicans would become a minor third party.

punky2012Nov. 11, 12 5:08 PM

Mitt Romney did not lose the election, all of America did. Everyone who works (those lucky enough to still have a job), invests, or dreams of starting a business has lost as they will be the ones Democrats come after to fund the Democrat vote-buying welfare state ($5 trillion in deficit borrowing and spending in 3 years and 9 months since Obama took office). Children not even born yet have lost as they will be burdened with paying off this Democrat debt through sky-high taxes and a LOWER STANDARD OF LIVING. Obama will probably soon propose a new "stimulus" plan which entails annual budget deficits close to $2 trillion per year. Watch. "White households median income dropped 5.2 percent from June 2009 to June 2012, to $56,000, while black households fell 11.1 percent, to $32,000 in the same period. Latino households dropped 4.1 percent, to $40,000." Source for last quote: "Middle class shrinks as incomes decline" -, Aug. 27, 2012. MILLIONS of Obama voters will lose their jobs in the next four years. Half will join the ranks of the long-term unemployed. Most of the other half will only be able to find jobs paying significantly LESS than what they used to earn. They deserve it for that is what they voted for.

sanddogsnarlNov. 11, 12 5:19 PM

Nixon adviser H.R. Haldeman famously said, "Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it's hard to get it back in."

Romney drained several tubes with his bankrupt the car companies, '47 percent' comments, and others. Then, when everything was really on the line, his propensities for pandering to a narrow segment of the voters came back to bite him when he couldn't overcome them with his lame attempts at back-pedaling and "explaining" away what he had plainly said. His campaign promos and signs should have had a chameleon on them as a logo.

rjr2205Nov. 11, 12 5:36 PM

Romney lost!! Romney, Don Trump, and others who see any kind if bankruptcy as no big deal, see it as a chance to shed or greatly reduce their debt are arogant and selfish! As a former business owner (now retired) I was on more than one occasion the person who didn't get paid, who lost big time when the "no big deal bankruptcy" action was taken! People like Romney, Trump and that ilk don't care about those who don't get paid and they want the uninformed to see it as a harmless action. President Obama's rescue was courageous and the right course of action!!!

wildfoxNov. 11, 12 5:40 PM

Even if Manic Mitt had gotten MI and OH he still would not have won. His compulsive lying and receiving USA federal bailout money for himself squashed any chance he had to win. If cons had any sense they would have chosen Huntsman ... he had a good chance to win.


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