- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Republicans are being led astray by the media and by themselves. Mitt Romney was, in fact, a good candidate with a sound message who could have (and probably would have) defeated any white Democratic candidate.

If President Obama got the same number of black American votes as did John F. Kerry and Al Gore in Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and Mr. Romney had duplicated John McCain’s 2008 performance in these states, he and not Mr. Obama would be our next president. Instead, black voters representing between 13 percent and 15 percent of the electorate cast more than 95 percent of their votes (between 15 million and 18 million) for Mr. Obama, while for some unexplained reason, some 7 million fewer whites voted in 2012 than voted in 2008. In the former case, it is hard to understand why the media doesn’t proclaim the black vote racist, or why in the latter case, it doesn’t yell that maybe there was suppression of the white vote. A reversal of these numbers would certainly get this type of response from Democrats.

Certainly, Republicans need to increase support among Latinos and women to be more competitive in Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia and Florida.

Republicans need to focus on the fact that, other than academics, homosexual and environmental activists and quasi-socialist media and union members, their 57 million votes (48 percent) represented the majority of the producers and makers in the country, while the Obama vote included an overwhelming majority of the takers — those dependent on government.

Now is not the time to abandon our principles. All efforts are needed to reduce the size of government, reduce spending and advocate freedom, liberty and individual and fiscal responsibility. Continued failure of Obama economic and foreign policy, combined with the impending disastrous impact of Obamacare, will provide the opportunity for a Republican resurgence in 2016.

MIKE FERREER

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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