Ok---so maybe I don't know for sure, but I want to make a call on it because right now there is alot of speculation about who those approximately 9 million voters who voted in 2008 but not in 2012 are. I'm especially interested in those 3 million or so who voted for McCain and not Romney.
There is alot of talk about those folks----maybe they didn't like Romney, Romney didn't connect with the base, Romney was too moderate, Romney was never a conservative, people don't trust Mormons, endless theories. They really go on and on. The thing is, those same arguments were made about McCain as well----to the letter except the Mormon stuff.
The most obvious reason NO ONE has mentioned. What's that? Well, I'm guessing that McCain did better than Romney because HE HAD A WOMAN ON THE TICKET WITH HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Duh!!
For those of you who don't like Sarah Palin or think that she was a joke or whatever, please understand that Sarah Palin was an aspirational figure to many women anyways in spite of your own opinion of her. And you can put down her supporters as well, probably in a way using one of the most sexist of memes that leaves some of the ugliest of scars-------that her supporters were just a bunch of dumb women. If you go there in your mind, you miss something very very important that deserves respect. That missing ingredient? That there are women, lots of them, who are hungering for a woman president and vice president. There are many, and not just women, men too, who feel that the time has come to put a woman in the White House.
So I'm putting my money on the fact that Sarah Palin brought out those extra 3 million voters and by extrapolation a woman brings alot of excitement to a ticket and that needs to be considered next time around. I have not heard ONE PUNDIT even mention the fact that Palin brought out the voters when everyone knows that McCain would have done far worse without her by his side in 2008. And if I am going overboard by mentioning that "everyone" knew what positives Palin brought to the ticket, enough people knew it and know it now and will acknowledge it.
I'm sorry to have to say this, but it is sexist in the extreme that the speculators don't even have this idea in their brain. They are so accustomed to not considering women at all that it was a sexist blind spot to have missed this simple explanation. Those of us who talked incessantly about putting a woman on the ticket were right----really right. A woman on the ticket brought John McCain 3 MILLION more votes than Romney. Romney needed around 3 million more votes placed judiciously to have won this thing. A woman on the ticket would have likely delivered.
One last thing-------this is a blog about electing women and getting women into power. We are neither Democrat nor Republican. We speak our mind about both parties. For you partisans out there who can't stretch your brain out to see both sides of this thing, I will delete your comments if you go on a partisan witch hunt attack here. Both sides I might add. If I am praising a Republican it is for good reason vis a vis our cause. Ditto for the Democrats. It doesn't make me either one. I am an Independent. Check it out. In fact, I am such an independent, that in this election I voted for 8 Republicans and 8 Democrats. You can't be any more independent than that!!!!
So on that thought, we now know where those votes went. The answer to either party? Put a woman on your ticket in 2016----preferably at the top!!!! Victory will follow.......