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Victor Post
  • GARY EZELL: Conservatives offer skewed view of why Romney lost

  • Classifying a majority of voters as “dumbed down” is disconcerting.

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  • While reading Thursday’s Nov. 22 issue I came across a commentary by Curt Smith. Although I have never heard of Curt Smith, I noticed in his biography he had once worked for George H.W. Bush, and I felt a bit of kinship since I too had worked for George H.W. Bush during both presidential campaigns.
    Mr. Smith’s assertion “tens of millions feel low” — having been cheated of “a superb chief executive” — sounds reasonable enough; no one enjoys losing. A loss made more intense considering the result: implied rejection of Republican policies and ideologies by a majority of American voters.
    Likening Romney’s assumed ideal casting as “Dr. Fix the Economy” with Franklin Roosevelt’s historical performance as “Dr. New Deal, then Dr. Win the War” and the balance of Mr. Smith’s rhetoric expounding Mr. Romney’s brilliant victories as a businessman, public leader and Massachusetts elected official was reassuring; the selection process conducted at every level of Republican party committees had selected the perfect candidate to manage a campaign where the “economy was job one.” Considering the Party’s stellar candidate, how could Obama pull off such a decisive victory in the general election?
    Insight provided in Mr. Smith’s rhetoric with regards to Obama as a person and as president with such a dismal record serves to further confound the Party Conservative Faithful as to how the Romney loss could possibly have occurred. After all in contrast, Obama’s lack of college record disclosure implying “pedestrian” grades, as an apparent “banal” law professor and a “prosaic” state and U.S. Senator; in other words, Obama is dull, unimaginative, commonplace, and lacking originality, but yet his ability to pull off a re-election is, on the surface, baffling to millions of Romney supporters. Especially considering a dazzling surge on Romney’s part as the campaign headed down the home stretch.
    Mr. Smith’s answer and assertion to this question is Hurricane Sandy struck, GOP Governor Chris Christie praised Obama and a “bi-partisan” 60-minute photo-op duped (my word) the “dumbed-down” majority of American voters. Classifying a majority of voters as “dumbed down” is disconcerting.
    Mr. Smith’s rhetoric seems to shed light on what is visceral, untrue by error or omission and presents one clue as to the GOP’s 20-plus years of failure under Conservative control.
    I am not feeling low; it is despair in knowing conservative rhetoric will trump the truth that Republican policies have been rejected.
    Gary Ezell is a Fairport resident.
     
     
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