The Politics Of Critical Mass – Why Romney Wins!
Critical Mass – An amount or level needed for a specific result or new action to occur.
Close elections are won or lost in the final weeks. No election is ever won without Critical Mass.
On a cold Friday night, November 2nd, 2012, Mitt Romney held an outdoor rally in West Chester, Oho. It kicked off around 6:00 P.M. with a 30 minute performance by Kid Rock.
According to the the local fire department the crowd size was estimated to be between 30,000 – 35,000.
Speaking that night were some of the Republican Party’s most notable figures including: Vice Presidential Candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), Ohio Senatorial Candidate Josh Mandel, Sen. John McCain (AZ), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Rudy Giuliani (Former Mayor of NY), Gov. John Kasich (OH), The Speaker of the House John Boehner (OH), Sen. Rob Portman (OH), Rep. Arthur Davis (AL), Gov. Bob McDonnell (VA), to name a few.
Other’s on stage that night but not speaking included Gov. Rick Perry (TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA), Rick Santorum (PA), and many more.
The speeches were fiery and full of passion with Rudy Giuliani and John McCain hitting the president hard on the cover up in Benghazi and the country’s high unemployment. An Obama campaign spokesman would later describe the event as, “Speaker after speaker offered angry, hyper partisan, and widely-debunked attacks that—at times—veered into conspiracy theory territory”. Which has become the standard liberal response to all conservative commentary that hits too close to home.
In contrast to these events in West Chester, President Obama who was also in Ohio that day, he held a rally indoors at a High School Gym in Springfield. After a good deal of effort I could find no estimate of the crowd size (It was in a High School Gym so I guess we can just imagine). I can find no list of guest speakers. I can find nothing except the President’s quote “Voting is the best revenge”. Which makes me wonder, who’s angry? But I digress.
As stark as the contrast is between these two Ohio rallies that occurred on the same day, it is not an isolated example. This story of giant Romney Rallies, and Obama’s trouble filling a venue, has been repeated all across the country in the last few weeks.
It’s become so embarrassing for the president that last weekend one off his top advisers told the media that the president is focusing on “smaller, more intimate venues”. Perhaps because “Fireside Chats” worked out so well for former president Jimmy Carter?
So what can explain this? Perhaps the president’s non stop campaigning over the years has simply caused his base to lose interest. Perhaps it’s the malaise of the economy and the president’s increasingly difficult task to escape responsibility for it. Perhaps it’s the lack of anything “historic” about this election. Or, perhaps it’s the realization by many voters that this president has simply failed.
The point to this comparison is, that for what ever the reason, Critical Mass in this final day before the election is not with this president, it is with the challenger, Mitt Romney. If I am wrong, by tomorrow night we will be listening to Barack Obama’s victory speech, if I am right, his concession speech.
And the difference will shape this nation for generations to come.