Ruth Dudley Edwards: Spin and Sandy lost Romney the election
Though the Republican candidate is a brilliant manager, voters didn't see him as a leader
Published 11/11/2012 | 05:00
LIKE anyone with a serious interest in US politics, I'm a devotee of the website www.realclearpolitics.com. From the internet ocean, it distils the best serious political stories, editorials, analyses and opinion pieces along with all relevant polls.
As I mused on how to sum up the election, I came across a lengthy essay by the site's Tom Bevan (co-founder and Executive Editor) and Carl M Cannon (Washington editor), called "21 Reasons for Obama's Victory and Romney's Defeat". I thought it good: here's my distillation.
Although more under-30s voted Republican in 2012 than in 2008, Obama still had the huge edge of 60-36 per cent. (There were candidates for the Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Peace and Freedom, and Justice parties, who are ignored by the media and between them got about 1.4 per cent of the overall vote.)