Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

So, wait a minute – why did Obama win again?

Posted on November 12, 2012 in Henry's Head, Perspectives
By Andrew Henry

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Many disappointed Republicans are lashing out at the American public for making a mistake by re-electing President Obama, claiming that things are going to get worse, not better. And I can absolutely understand why.

Mitt Romney may have lost, but he still represents a true Republican. I mean, yes, during his years as governor of Massachusetts he was widely considered a “moderate” Republican. Yes, many small businesses were suffering before he became governor, and he turned them around and made most of them successful. But when he became the frontrunner during the Republican primaries, he realized something crucial: the version of Mitt Romney that was governor wasn’t going to cut it. He realized that in order to stand a chance of becoming president, he would need to renege his views on gay marriage, abortion and many other important stances in order to become a “real” Republican, or for all intents and purposes, a “Realpublican.” Mitt Romney had the courage to abandon his clearly unsuccessful views as Governor and change them in order to gain the support of the section of the conservative community that was on the fence about him. He said a firm “no” to abortion rather than support it, as he did in a National Review article from 2011 titled “My Pro-Life Pledge.” He said a firm “no” to gay marriage rather than endorse it, like he did in a 1994 article for New England newspaper Bay Windows. Romney appeased the far right because he understood what it means to sacrifice for the good of this country. He sacrificed his former views. He changed and altered his Republican views for us.

You know when someone is in a relationship, and they change to please the other person in the relationship? That’s what Mitt Romney did. All those clips of him saying one thing in an interview and then stating the exact opposite in a different one – he did that for the betterment of the American public. It’s absurd that Democrats fail to realize this completely clear fact.

He also understands us, that is, students in college. Romney went to college himself, and he understands what it’s like to be a hard-working student just like us. Granted, he did go to Brigham Young University and Harvard paid for by his family, but Romney understands us in that he wants us to be able to be just like him – successful, wealthy and generally happy people. He knows that everyone wants to be rich, and he only wants us to have that opportunity as well. He did say that we should just “borrow from our parents,” but he was really trying to tell us that he wants us all to have successful enough families that we have the ability to borrow from our parents. He wasn’t just speaking from personal experience because his parents paid for his education, because that would be insensitive. That’s not the type of person Mitt Romney is – he cares about us.

He also came under fire for his comments on the 47 percent of America that supposedly doesn’t pay income tax, saying that those people feel they are victims and will support Obama unconditionally. Mitt Romney stated that he wouldn’t “worry about those people,” which many interpreted to mean that he simply does not care about 47 percent of America. But if Democrats would only look beyond the words, they could see the real message.

Romney was really saying that he wasn’t going to worry about people that were already successful, a.k.a. the 47 percent, not that he doesn’t care about them. That 47 percent is just like him – successful people. He was implying that he wasn’t going to worry, and focus more on the citizens of America that did need help, the people who do pay income tax. Why these implications about Romney’s positive stance on helping the less fortunate went unnoticed is beyond me.

It’s clear to me that Romney has more going for him than people realize. If only the Democrats would look past their winning campaign strategies and see the big picture – that winning isn’t everything. Something that Mitt Romney personally understands.

  • Guest

    Color me confused.  I thought the free cell phones came from a congressional bill, one voted on by a majority democrat house and a majority democrat senate, a senate that included one Mr. Barack Obama.  I guess MSNBC kept you in the dark about that one.

  • Gobalee66

    I work like a dog but don’t recieve free cell phones or food stamps. although i understand your commnet to be ignonrant and you are no canadian. Free cell phones started under bush and more people recieve food stamps in red states than blue. stay in your bubble and watch fox news, troll. 

  • Canadian

    The reason he lost was he promised jobs to people to lazy to work, Obama offered free cell phone and food stamps it simple to see.

  • trisailer

     Sorry Chris, but we just beat you on the issues. We did it by fact checking and intelligent analysis of the true facts. The only thing that’s changed is it’s getting harder to present a pigs ear as a silk purse.

    What’s killing the GOP is the absence of real conservatives who are interested in solving problems instead of accumulating power to implement misguided, destructive policies.

    The mass media only shone a light on the lies, they were not the ones trying to pass them off as truth.

  • CANtakeajoke

    After reading the comments, I think I may be the only Republican that understands the joke here.  You’re reading a column in the “perspectives” section of a college newspaper.  Clearly this is to be taken as one man’s opinion at the very least, and anyone that has read Andrew’s columns before should understand that he brings a brilliant (especially for a college student) perspective to all of his work.  To read this as anything BUT satire is to do a disservice to this very talented young writer.

  • CatchersMitt

    Its only a swing and a miss if Mr. Henry wasn’t intentionally swinging for that poor dead horse. Albeit this does come off a little like a sore winner, I was hoping from the title of this article the content would focus more on the varied conservative attempts at framing their loss.

  • Guest

    People just can’t take a joke about politics these days!! Jeeesh! This is SATIRE people.. Don’t take it so seriously..

  • Guest3

     Hahaha, it’s a satirical article!! Yes, it is fiction.

  • Guest101

    Wow. A lot of people on the comments section really can’t take a joke. This was pretty funny, and I definitely see the satire.

  • Guest101

    Uh-oh. Someone doesn’t understand jokes.

  • This is probably the most disgusting piece of analysis I have seen yet, which leads me to understand why the PPH/BDN would run it on their front pages online…

    I’m sure that the common college or grad student, with all those years of experience politically, can offer a better understanding of our world than can the people who have lived in it…/sarc

    I’m glad that the media and its minions feel that this win for Obama was nothing more than a license to kill (in print), and that us “republikans” should go and hide for the next four years..

    I honestly thought that when I was younger (and more naive), that the press had something to offer to daily life other than “entertainment..”  This piece obviously falls under that category, as there are not that many real and un-spun statements made..  

    I’m sorry that someone else dares have a backbone and speaks up for their beliefs in public.. I forgot that in this country, people are punished publicly for having dissenting opinions.. especially now that the left is playing the hypocrite..

    I’m fairly certain that this election has determined that our country pays no more attention to the issues as they do to the next episode of “Jersey Shore..”  And that Pauly D will probably be our next presidential nominee.. but wait – your side was chastising him for not ponying up for the ‘Shore rebuilding after the storms..

    It just stinks when you guys can’t agree on something, like who is really telling the biggest lie..!  Watching the “Walking Dead,” Michonne tells the “Gov’nah” that “people who have nothing to hide usually don’t have to say so..”  No words ring truer when it comes to the state that our Mass Media has put us in.. Now there is a new retraction and respin everyday..

    I think I see a drone above.. must’ve overstepped my free-speech today.. 


  • guest

    “Yes, many small businesses were suffering before he became governor, and he turned them around and made most of them successful.”  . . . Uh, what? Is this piece supposed to be fiction? Maybe you’re only basing your info off of Romney press releases. As a MA resident, this is news. I’d like to see the statistical evidence – real evidence, not etch-a-sketch evidence – to back this up.


  • StillRelaxin

    Andrew, I think you could have stopped after your first sentence. “Many disappointed Republicans are lashing out at the American public.” It’s what these people do everyday. The poor ones show up here calling others names and the rich ones funnel millions of dollars into campaigns to elect stuffed shirts like Mitt who thinks like them and will further do their bidding to keep most folks down while lavishing economic windfalls upon those who are in need of nothing.

  • Anonymous

    What? You can’t be serious. You are obviously joking right?

  • Anonymous

    Agree, add to that the main stream news are in bed with any liberal idea floating. When things like Lybia are swept under the radar and lies about Gov. Romney are promoted, we have an electorate who cares more about free abortions, contraceptives, want more give-me’s from Obama rather than facing the real problem of over spending and fundamentally tearing down the greatest country in the world.

  • Lbh333

    This has to be the most shallow analysis of this year’e elections …

    Swing and a miss, Mr. Henry …

  • Fpratt

    I hope this is supposed to be satirical…

  • Jeff

    A modest proposal, this.

  • Anonymous