Skip to main content

Death of the Republican Party. Republican autopsy and why the race was lost Comments

As Republicans autopsy the election, they are learning just where and how their campaign to elect Mitt Romney went wrong. So far, very few analysts seem to agree, but there are some eyebrow raising numbers. Continue Reading

41 - 50 of 78 Comments

  1. Marianna
    2 years ago

    I agree with Rose, who posted an except from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops earlier.

    If you look at the voting guide on their website, you will see that voting for a Catholic is a much more nuanced thing than just checking off the guy who is anti-abortion. Those who do are single-issue voters who are not looking at the whole picture. Talk about cafeteria Catholics -- what about those of you who think your job is done with the unborn but who do not take into account the poor, the elderly, the immigrant, the education and health of children, and the care for our environment? I saddens me that I read many mean-spirited and even racially hateful things on this comment board.

    If Jesus were on earth today, do you *really* think he'd be a gun-toting, war-mongering, big-business-loving, immigrant-hating, environment-destroying, every-man-for-himself Republican???

  2. Gail Finke
    2 years ago

    I don't know what happened but this analysis seems to be missing the point. Romney supposedly lost by appealing only the the base -- but Obama won by pandering to his base. Neither side, it seems to me, went for anything moderate and the result was a nearly equal split. the Catholic vote split in exactly the same proportion as the rest of the country -- those who are more orthodox and church-going voting with the other religious, conservative voters and those who are more secular and suspicious of "the bishops and the heirarchy" voting with secularists. There IS no "Catholic vote." Something must change and the Republicans need to figure out what, NOW. I am an independent and I have no great love for the Republican party -- but I feel complete alienation when I look at the Democrats. I think Republicans need to reorganize, or we need a third party.

  3. Caterine
    2 years ago

    Obama got the "Catholic vote" and I blame the "good" bishops for that. It is not the death of the Republican party. It is not even the death of God and his people. It is the death of the catholic church in America. Lukewarm Catholics should be thrown out of the church. Others should not allowed to receive Communion and advised to go to confession. They hide behind lukewarm Bishops.
    Pray for yourself and your family. Be part of the faithful for God is faithful! Goodness is its' own reward.

  4. Spiritus Gladius
    2 years ago

    You people talk about old angry white men. My boss is a young angry black man, a Christian, and he voted for Romney. I am a young 22 year old angry white kid, hardly a man, who voted for Romney. My girlfriend is a 22 year old angry girl, and she voted for Romney. No Republican ever "declared war" on blacks, women, gays, latino's etc. If any minority here seriously believes that the Republican party is a bunch of angry old white men who hate you, you have either been living under a rock, or are so far entrenched in the Democratic party that nothing, absolutely nothing will ever change your mind. The Latino vote is the most depressing, seeing as 85% of American Latino's are Catholic. Making up stories and pretending that Republicans hate you when they clearly don't is no excuse to vote for intrinsically evil platforms. It now appears that this problem is two fold: The Catholic Church doing nothing and pandering to liberalism, and the Catholic voter refusing to inform his or her conscience (or informing it and voting against it anyway).

  5. vance
    2 years ago

    What went wrong? The GOP nominated Romney. Romney lacked passion. He did great in the first debate but forfeited the next two. He had so many "Gimme's" during the debate that could have knocked Obama out BUT he decided to play a passive role which didn't gain him anything. "The Storm" and Fat Boy Gov helped Obama immensely. Exist polls confirmed this fact. Also, our silent pulpits helped Obama and his Party immensely. This nation and our church is in bad trouble.

  6. momtoten
    2 years ago

    Martin and Mike: thumbs up; you've nailed it.

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan illustrated everything that should be held in esteem by any God-fearing truly American citizen. Hard-working, God fearing, decent men who have true compassion for all of us who now will be slaves to this administration. Like God at the Democratic convention, America's principles were rejected. Catholics who voted for the president not only rejected America but also rejected the Church. Sorry folks, this election showed we are outnumbered and the republic is lost.

  7. Rose
    2 years ago

    Source: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

    Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

    A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

    The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

    The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.


    We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world.

    At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.” The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.

    Care for God’s Creation

    We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.

    Source: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

    The Republican message didn't address these Catholic traditions only anti-abortion it called for people to fend for themselves and the message showed a disdain for protecting the environment, not very Catholic.

  8. DarthJ
    2 years ago

    Why did this happen?
    Easy. The South, the traditional block of the United States, was outvoted by the liberal Pacificers and Yankees. Consider: In the electoral college, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana have the voting equivalent of New York State (29). How fair is that?

  9. Will ButtarazziAmybuttarazzi
    2 years ago

    Death of the Republican Party? Excuse me?! Republicans own 30 of the 50 state governors seats and the majority of the seats in Congress. Losing an election to an incumbent president who has redefined how campaigns are organized does not constitue a reason to abandon ship as it gives directive to developing a better ground game. Granted, the GOP needs to broaden its base, but that does not mean it needs to change its message as much as it needs to get around a tremendously biased media to communicate its message to new audiences, ie. evangelization.

    Even with stat the 57% of church going Catholics voted for Romney, 43% voted for Obama. How on earth could that be? If you didn't to know Obama was running for President you would have sworn he was looking to head up Planned Parenthood, the biggest Provider of abortions in our country, over 300,000/year.

    Republicans need to find their allies in cities and work to spread their message of life, marriage and family and authentic human freedom. A faithful church that is brave enough to challenge its own regularly, not just 6 weeks before an election, and not in pandering gestures to the bishops can and will be part of the solution.

    By the way, I had to give my name but the above article's author has no name....

  10. Justin
    2 years ago

    Conservatives will not attract voters by becoming a 'diet' version of the Democratic Party like the article suggests. Republicans shouldn't change their stance on a particular issue just because they didn't win on Tuesday. The party must attract more voters, but they must do it without compromising principle. We need to cut social services so people can become less dependent on government and more dependent on God. If we don't cut expenses and raise revenue there won't be any social services available for those who truly need them.

    When the left lost in 2004 they didn't become more Republican, they became more liberal. When Planned Parenthood lost partial-birth abortions they didn't become more pro life! Now they are both flourishing! Conservatives must make a confident and attractive stand; not a pandering compromise.

    While it's true that many conservatives support the death penalty, this is not even close to a crucial part of the Republican platform. So it's not a valid reason to why the Republican party has not been successful. To be honest, it seems like Republicans need to promote the death penalty as the main part of their campaign to attract the majority of Catholics who just voted for the most anti-life administration in American history - for a SECOND term. If the typical American wants to live blind, wants to think selfishly, wants to go off a cliff then they will do just that. God help us.

Leave a Comment

Comments submitted must be civil, remain on-topic and not violate any laws including copyright. We reserve the right to delete any comments which are abusive, inappropriate or not constructive to the discussion.

Though we invite robust discussion, we reserve the right to not publish any comment which denigrates the human person, undermines marriage and the family, or advocates for positions which openly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church.

This is a supervised forum and the Editors of Catholic Online retain the right to direct it.

We also reserve the right to block any commenter for repeated violations. Your email address is required to post, but it will not be published on the site.

We ask that you NOT post your comment more than once. Catholic Online is growing and our ability to review all comments sometimes results in a delay in their publication.

Send me important information from Catholic Online and it's partners. See Sample

Post Comment

Newsletter Sign Up

Saint of the Day

March 2 Saint of the Day

Bl. Charles the Good
March 2: In 1086, St. Canute, King of Denmark and father of Blessed ... Read More