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“Fortunately for Obama, two forces intervened to rescue him. One was the mainstream media, which ensured that Benghazi, Hurricane Sandy, and the increase in the unemployment rate wouldn’t be used to undermine Obama. As for Hurricane Sandy, Obama flew in for a photo-op and then immediately returned to campaigning.If George W. Bush were president, a relentless media would have ensured that Bush didn’t return to the campaign trail.

“In the way it used research, this was a campaign like no other,” said Todd Rogers, a psychologist at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a former director of the Analyst Institute. “It’s a big change for a culture that historically has relied on consultants, experts and gurulike intuition.”

“Election Over, Political Campaigns Reveal Their Bags of Tricks: What the Data-Fueled Race to Pennsylvania Ave. Can Teach Marketers on Madison Ave.”

“We conservatives may never reach a consensus among ourselves as to the main factors that caused our election defeat, but surely we can agree that we must do a better job of selling our ideas. Never mind, you say. The electorate has irreversibly become a taker class, and conservative ideas of self-reliance, personal responsibility and individual liberties will never appeal to a majority again, especially with demographics working against the GOP. We must reject that, or we are as good as surrendering. To accept it, we are confessing our skepticism of the power of ideas, which itself is contrary to the conservative spirit.”

“Any truly conservative movement must be based on reality. It understands unfortunate things happen. Before Sandy - a totally unpredictable and impossible to avoid hurricane - a sick economy was on its way to sinking the Obama presidency. As the storm arrived, everyone was tuned in to the weather. The mainstream media had its audience, it was in love with the president, and the situation was ideal to produce progressive theater. A terrible event was taking place and only the Great Father in Washington was there to hold our hands and comfort us, especially those not in the path of the storm. That Republican Governor Chris Christie led the hosannas to the great leader made bipartisanship a perfect stage event to showcase the essential progressive myth that government can solve all problems if we all just work together. It was a sitcom that even liberal columnist Ruth Marcus conceded was critical in convincing 17% of the public to vote for Mr. Obama and his party.”

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