Time to Regroup

Monday, 26 Nov 2012 04:22 PM

By Herman Cain

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Romney lost. Republicans lost. Conservatives lost. And our nation lost the opportunity to get its mojo back. As someone once said, defeat is temporary, but giving up is permanent.

It's time to regroup.

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Mitt Romney's messages could have been bolder and sharper.
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Let's start with what happened. Many political analysts, commentators and writers have tried to identify that one reason as to why we lost. There's not just one reason in my own humble analysis. There were three big reasons:
  • Obama got the minority vote at least 2-to-1 across the board.
  • Class warfare narrative worked for Obama and against Romney.
  • Romney and the Republicans got beat on the get-out-the-vote ground game.
Some people want to blame having a weak candidate, but I think not. Governor Romney was an excellent candidate. Remember, I competed against him in the Republican primary. He was always prepared, articulate and energetic. All you have to do is to recall the first presidential debate.

I do believe, however, his messages could have been bolder and sharper. This might have helped to overcome some of the blatant mainstream media bias in favor of Obama. And for those of you who deny the blatant media bias, call me when the effect of excessive Kool-Aid wears off.

The keys to victory going forward are, therefore, right in front of our eyes. We must have another strong candidate, a substantially better ground game, a strong narrative that encourages self-achievement and real prosperity instead of class envy, and a prospective leader who unites us instead of dividing us with ethnic pandering.

Let me emphasize a point. Republicans cannot out pander and promise to give away more "free ice cream" than the Democrats. But what we can do is to not scare people away from the Republican Party with confusing rhetoric and inaccurate perceptions.

Yes, the Republican and conservative brands need some damage control, and it is delusional to think that one solution or one person or one organization is going to miraculously fix it overnight. But if each of us, and each organization, focuses on what we can do better to impact the mid-term elections and the next presidential election, then we can positively impact the gloomy outlook that many of us foresee for the next four years.

In essence, do what you can do.

That's what we are doing with Job Creators Network, because we believe the concept of employer-to-employee information can help to create a more informed electorate. As I have often quoted Thomas Jefferson, when people have the right information, they will make the right decisions.

Save the savable. Not everyone wants a society of free ice cream.

Following the conclusion of his presidential campaign, Herman Cain established The Cain Solutions Revolution, an organization whose mission is to educate the public and advocate for the policy solutions that drove his campaign for the presidency. Read more reports from Herman Cain — Click Here Now.


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