I’m really not much for laying blame. But there is a cast of characters out there that should bear some responsibility for Mitt Romney’s loss that have not been called to account.
President Obama won 10 states – six of them were swingers – with Republican governors. These states had a total of 136 electoral votes.
Since we’re doing this – let’s make sure we note which states Obama lost that have Democrat governors. There were six with 47 electoral votes.
My calculus then says that if all governors on both sides had done their jobs – Romney would have a net gain of 89 electoral votes. That would have given Romney 295 and the White House.
The main offenders: Scott in Florida, Branstad in Iowa, Kasich in Ohio, McDonnell in Virginia, and Walker in Wisconsin.
These guys all have political machines. They all have get-out-the-vote apparatchik. They all have lists – phone, email, address. They all have money. They all have connections.
They all helped blow it.
And interestingly, some of them – Kasich, McDonnell and Walker particularly – are being talked about as new party leaders and part of the strong bench for 2016. None of them would be mentioned this way if Romney had won.
They can now make news by standing up to ObamaCare, creating jobs in their states, and doing gubernatorial things. They can be the opposition and not the loyalists. Without a Republican president, there is still air in the room.
As the GOP begins to vet for 2016 –and yes the maneuvering is already started – I hope someone asks these guys that why - if they couldn’t win their states for Romney – should we expect them to win other ones for themselves.