Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
Gov. Mitt Romney should have won the election. After all, the economy was bad and unemployment was high. But the governor, Rep. Paul Ryan and the Republican Party kept making mistakes.
Consider that polls showed that some two-thirds of the American people think that a woman should have the right to choose to have an abortion. But the Republican Party’s platform vowed to end this choice. It didn’t help their cause with women, when almost every congressional Republican voted against the equal pay for women bill.
They lost Hispanic votes by voting against the Dream Act and refusing to discuss a way that illegal immigrants could have a path to citizenship.
Unions were described as being evil and a cause of the recession, costing them votes with union members.
They blamed teachers for the poor educational environment in the schools they refuse to adequately fund.
As part of their plan to make the president a one-term president, Republicans gummed up the works in Congress. Republicans fought bills such as the president’s American Jobs Act, which called for funding to repair the infrastructure — which would have created thousands of construction jobs — and also protecting jobs for teachers, police, fire and EMT personnel. Republicans blocked this bill, apparently fearing that it would stimulate the economy and make President Barack Obama look good.
The president and Democrats welcomed these groups and people disrespected by Republicans, promising to work on their behalf. The Republicans moved into a gated community. Romney didn’t stand a chance.