If Romney is so great, why can't he win his home state?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by MadeTheSwitch, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2009
    I have asked this question before but have never got an answer from conservatives, so with a few days left to go, I thought I would ask the question one last time separately.

    Why can't Mitt win MA? He won there before. And yet they do not want to elect him for office again. Why? Could it be that pesky low 34% approval rate he had when he left office?

    What are your reasons? To me is seems kind of embarrassing that he can't win a state he has won before. But I'm not sure why that is. Maybe some conservatives or someone who voted for him before can shed some light on that.
  2. haxrnick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2011
  3. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    Because he also lost the presidential race? You should stay on topic.

    As for what the OP asked, it's romnesia, it's like it never happened.
  4. kavika411 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2006
    That's a legitimate question. For example, Mondale won his home state (even though Reagan still squeeked by for a second term).
  5. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
    Maybe they can't. Maybe that 34% rate answers your question and not even conservatives can put on a spin on this one. They act like Romney himself when someone asks him why he still supported that "god intended rape babies to be born" guy.... we hear nothing, we hear nothing, we hear nothing....
  6. AlaskaMoose, Nov 4, 2012
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    AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    Isn't MA a blue State? It would be extremely difficult to switch a majority of Democrat voters in MA to switch the vote to Republicans. It's possible (happened in past years) I guess, but the presidential Electoral vote is too important to switch like that. Can you image what would happen if NY, or CA switch to red? But at the local level it's not a big deal.
  7. Macky-Mac, Nov 4, 2012
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    Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    you mean you believe CA didn't vote for Reagan? :eek: or Nixon? :eek: (edit; republicans have won california 9 of the last 15 presidential elections)

    actually it's extremely rare for somebody to win the presidency without winning their home state
  8. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    I don't think winning a home state necessarily applies to leadership. Just a few to lose their home state include: Lincoln (twice), Woodrow Wilson, and George H.W. Bush, all whom went on to become some of the finest leaders in the US' history. I'm not saying Romney will or won't follow that path but I'm pointing out that carrying a home-state doesn't always equate with leadership.

    "Squeaked by" doesn't do that election justice. Reagan took a landslide victory over Mondale, who only won his home state and lost the other 49 to Reagan making it one of the most decisive victories in US history.


    Statistical probability is about 10%
  9. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816


    Oct 14, 2008
    While your primary question of Romney losing MA is legitimate, what I bolded out is what I want to address. There's a 99.9% chance Obama is going to lose at least one state that he won in the 2004 election. This is a regular occurrence in politics that is affected by many things, including public mood and reelection incentives. This may partially answer your first question by confronting the constant changes in the American political environment.
  10. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    There's a 99.9% chance Obama is going to lose MORE THAN one state that he won in the 2004 election.
  11. hulugu macrumors 68000


    Aug 13, 2003
    quae tangit perit Trump
    That's a good question.

    It appears that losing the home state is correlated to failed presidential bids. Of the men who lost their home states, only three managed to get elected, Lincoln Wilson, and Nixon.

    It's worth noting that George McGovern, Adlai Stevenson, Dewey and Gore all lost their homes states and also failed to win the presidency.
  12. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    Ok. I stand corrected.
  13. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA

    Probability of Obama re-election: Random Drift 98.2%, Bayesian Prediction 99.8%

  14. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    Why can't he win Massachusetts? Because Massachusetts is one of the most Democratic states in the nation. And when he was elected governor here, he beat Shannon O'Brien who was relatively inexperienced (she was the state treasurer) and whose performance, or lack thereof, in one of the gubernatorial debates pretty much sank her. Obviously, Obama is a much more formidable opponent.
  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    If they're so Democratic, why have they had as many Republican governors as Democratic ones since 1980?
  16. zioxide, Nov 4, 2012
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    zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Yes, but we did elect a Republican recently to take Senator Kennedy's seat. Luckily, it looks like Elizabeth Warren might be able to take that seat back on Tuesday.

    You really want to know why Mitt can't win Massachusetts? Go look at his platform when he ran for governor here in 2002 and look at his platform now. Look at all of the flip-flops and 180's in position that he has done just when it was convenient. He's a completely different candidate (or at least wants to make himself appear he is [this week anyways]) than he was when he ran here in 2002.

    Like Deval Patrick said in the DNC, Mitt was a lot more interested in having the job as governor (as a stepping stone to his campaign now) than actually being the governor. He said whatever it took to make people believe he was the right choice so he could get in to power and use that stepping stone. It didn't help that the Massachusetts democrats ran out a piss-poor candidate in 2002 to run against him.

    edit-- Can we expand the discussion? As someone who's grown up in MA since a little kid, I hate hearing him call this his "home" state. He's not from here, he's from Michigan. So let's expand. Obama is obviously going to win here in MA (mitt's "home" state), and it looks like he'll win Michigan (the real state he is from), Wisconsin (Paul Ryan's home state), and California (Mitt's car elevator's home state) too. Why can't the Romney/Ryan ticket win ANY of their "home" states??
  17. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    Dukakis was governor for most of the 80s until 1991. There was a recession in 1990-91, the economy faltered and Weld was elected. After that, the economy rebounded and went on a roll, so there wasn't much appetite for change, and the Republicans held office.

    Look at the US Congressional delegation. Since 1983 (the beginning of Dukakis' last stint as governor), there have been a total of 3 Republican House members and 1 Republican Senator. From 1997 - 2010 the entire delegation was Democrats.
  18. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    Alaska is quite red, but we elect Democrat senators, governors, and mayors. NY is blue, but they too elect Republicans at State level.
  19. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    It shouldn't really be a surprise he's not going to win MA. A Republican presidential candidate hasn't won MA in 28 years. In 2008 McCain only got 36% of the vote. MA is a very solid blue state.

    However, Romney's polling at 42% in MA. To turn around your question a bit, why is Romney doing so much better than the last Republican presidential candidate did in MA? After all, the numbers show Romney is taking MA voters from Obama. Or as you put it, if Obama's so great why are more MA voters voting for Romney relative to how they voted in 2008?
  20. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    IIRC, with the exception of RR, MA has voted for democratic presidents exclusively since the 50s.
  21. MadeTheSwitch thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2009
    But it isn't just a home state, it's the state he won an election in. It is a state he has governed. I find that puzzling as I equally do over the notion that George H.W. Bush was one of our finest leaders. Based on what? He didn't get reelected, so it would seem America does not agree with that statement.

    And I consider that an embarrassment too. But not quite as much of one as losing the one single state that someone once governed. That's a bit more personal and individual then a national office.

    Sorry. I only call it his home state because that was where he was Governor and where he has his campaign headquarters. So he seems most closely tied with MA as disappointing as that might be to you! (Yeah, I wouldn't want to claim him either....lol).

    But yet the point still stands. They elected this man before. Why don't they want him back in office?

    Probably because it's his home state. That is what SHOULD be happening. But he should be winning even more.
  22. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Perhaps America doesn't, but I do. I think George HW Bush rarely gets the credit he deserves, largely because his own party turned their back on him. A few initiatives are...
    -The Americans with Disabilities Act...this was the biggest civil rights legislation in decades, and he fought hard for it, often noting on the segregation and discrimination that persons with disabilities face
    -Strengthening of environmental regulations against his own party's wishes
    -Working together with Mikhail Gorbachev to end the Cold War in a cooperative effort
    -START 1
    -Significant improvement to the highway systems in the US
    -His effort to reduce the deficit through bipartisan agreement, which was a main part of why he lost the election.
  23. whoknows87 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    This guy Romney will say anything to become President, liar liar liar
    funny how the single biggest achievement he rallied for was healthcare reform in his home state......but he doesn't talk about that ( figure why) but he will talk about saving the Olympics
  24. jnpy!$4g3cwk, Nov 4, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012

    jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    Woodrow Wilson is quite a mixed bag, and was and is quite controversial. Many civil liberties scholars consider the Wilson government the most repressive the U.S. has ever had. I have often found it curious that
    Wilson was considered such a liberal when I was in school. Consider:


    Antitrust laws
    Federal Reserve
    Women's suffrage
    Income Tax
    (Attempt to curb child labor - failed)
    (Attempt to mediate WWI -failed)


    While President of Princeton, praised the KKK in a book of history that
    he wrote
    Barred black students from entering Princeton
    After promising support for minorities during his campaign,
    Wilson soon officially segregated most of the Federal
    Government for the first time since 1863, including the
    Civil Service+Post Office, military, government lunch rooms
    and restrooms in Washington D.C., downgraded or forced out
    black managers throughout the Federal Government. Easily the
    most racist and segregationist President the U.S. had post-Civil War.
    Espionage Act of 1917
    Sedition Act of 1918
    Immigration Act of 1918
    Arrest and deportation of foreign nationals
    Arrest and imprisonment of antiwar citizens
    Suppression of newspapers with antiwar editorial content
    Arrest & imprisonment (10 year sentence) of Robert Goldstein for
    producing a film critical of Great Britain
    Arrest & imprisonment (10 year sentence) of Eugene Debs for an
    antiwar speech
    Palmer raids arrested 10,000 people for criticizing the government,
    especially expressing antiwar sentiment
    Set up the Committee on Public Information for internal propaganda

    On Topic:
    Romney hardly qualifies for favorite son status in any one particular state, since he has ties to Michigan, Utah, and Massachusetts.
  25. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    Fixed that for you. ;)


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