In 2008, John McCain was seen as a weak candidate. Why? Was he really that weak? Or did the media just tell us this (over and over)?
This time around, the media also claims Mitt Romney isn't strong enough. Why? Is a candidate with business experience, turn-around experience, and a history of working well with the opposition really that unfit to be president, or is that simply what the media wants us to believe? It seems that this is a big chicken and egg problem. Is there really a big problem with Mitt and that's why he hasn't locked in the nomination, or is the media telling us this, and people are mindlessly voting this way? That remains to be seen.
We cannot stand on the sidelines as the media continues to blast us with misinformation and negative GOP-related headlines. One common theme we have seen throughout the GOP primary process is low turnout. Is this really true? Take this headline from Chris Wills of the AP (printed in the Detroit Free Press):
"Turnout low," huh? Well, Mr. Wills, let's see.
First, he claims, "Mitt Romney's perceived electability carried him to a major Illinois victory over Rick Santorum today in the Republican race for the White House, though turnout was light despite the rarity of the state actually playing a major role in a presidential primary." Of course, Mr. Wills cites no facts and no numbers to back this claim (a major no-no at The Elephant in the Room). I have decided (very simply) to look at this subjective claim that turnout was "light."
Approx Illinois population during 2008 GOP primary: 12,747,000
Approx Illinois population during 2012 GOP primary: 12,870,000
Approx increase in population: 0.964%
Total turnout for 2008 Illinois primary: 899,422
Total turnout for 2012 Illinois primary: 917,046
Approx increase in Illinois GOP primary turnout: 1.96%
So let me see if I have this straight? The GOP primary voter turnout increased at a rate that is 2x greater than the increase in the population, and somehow turnout is "light?" In my humble, honest, subjective opinion, voter turnout is pretty strong. When you get more votes one year versus the previous year, and the amount of new votes exceeds the amount of new residents by a 2 to1 rate, that is pretty strong. Is Mr. Wills intentionally trying to spin voter turnout? Left or right, wouldn't a "low" or "light" voter turnout look bad for the GOP? I would love to hear from him to find out his justification for the term "light."
Mr. Wills' Twitter page: https://twitter.com/#!/chrisbwills
Mr. Wills' contact info located here: http://illinois.ap.org/contactUs/default.asp