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“Even on Election Day, November 6, 2012, the Romney team was confident of victory.” Stuart Stevens, the campaign’s chief strategist and speechwriter was certain that Romney’s message “would resonate with the electorate across the nation, easily trumping any computer-driven, Internet-based get-out-the-vote strategy the technological geeks running the Obama campaign could devise and implement.”
– Jerome R. Corsi, What Went Wrong
Jerome R. Corsi, the conspiracy-crazed, fear mongering, race baiting, factually challenged best selling conservative author, reached the height of his powers during the run-up to the 2004 presidential election when a book he co-authored helped take down John Kerry’s presidential campaign. In his new book, What Went Wrong: The Inside Story of the GOP Debacle of 2012…and how it Can Be Avoided Next Time, Corsi offers his post-election analysis and advises Republicans how to win future presidential elections. And, ironically, if you disregard the nutty – which will take a heap of disregarding – he makes some interesting observations.
Corsi’s editors, however, do let Corsi be Corsi: To get Obama “over the top with the last few votes necessary to win an election, the Democratic Party has engaged in the systematic vote registration of ‘a shadow group’ of illegal aliens, felons, dead people, multiple-state voters, and assorted others in a massive, nationwide campaign to enable voter fraud.” All of which was “masterminded” by … wait for it … ACORN.
Corsi Builds Career Skewering Kerry, Obama and Gays
In 2004, Jerome Corsi, a financial services marketing specialist with a spotty record in that field, emerged on the national political scene with Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry (Regnery Publishing), a book he coauthored with John O’Neill. The book, which unmercifully skewered the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Kerry’s Vietnam War service record and condemned his anti-war activism, helped sink the Kerry campaign, despite the fact that the charges against him were disproven by numerous news outlets.
Four years later, Corsi pursued a similar attack dog strategy against Barack Obama, the Democratic Party’s presidential standard-bearer. Like Unfit for Command, Corsi’s The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality also shot up the charts to number one on the New York Times’ bestseller lists.
“The goal is to defeat Obama,” Corsi said at the time. “I don’t want Obama to be in office.”
Although he sold thousands of books and raised his personal profile – appearing on dozens of talk radio programs and doing hundreds of interviews -- Corsi didn’t achieve his goal. As with his previous work, The Obama Nation was filled with unsubstantiated charges -- Obama was a stealth liberal, had close connections to Islam, was closer to the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright than he cared to admit, and it raised questions about Obama’s drug use – that clearly failed to resonate with the electorate. Factcheck.org called The Obama Nation "a mishmash of unsupported conjecture, half-truths, logical fallacies and outright falsehoods."
During the run-up to the 2012 election, Corsi, co-authored with Brad O’Leary, How Obama Can Be Defeated In 2012: A Battle Plan Based On Statistical Political Realities, which proved to be Dick Morris-like. In 2011 he also wrote Where’s the Birth Certificate?: The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President, which, despite the fact that Obama released his birth certificate several weeks before Where's the Birth Certificate? was published, it nevertheless reached No. 6 on the New York Times list of best-selling hardcover non-fiction books.
It is nearly five years later and Corsi, a WorldNetDaily senior staff reporter, is still entrenched in the politics of the far right. Last month, in an appearance at the Eagle Forum’s annual Collegians Summit in Washington, DC, Corsi “warned the students in attendance that gay marriage will lead to polygamy and pedophilia that will turn America into a modern-day version of pagan Rome,” People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch reported. Corsi said that if a constitutional right to same-sex marriage is established, pastors who preach against it could be persecuted and charged with “committing a hate crime.”
In June, Corsi warned that the success of the gay rights movement could lead to “snuff films” in which you “kill a few people because it’s sexually exciting.” “If sex becomes disassociated from a biblical purpose, than all the abuses we saw in paganism are about to return.” He added that if the country “proceeds down this path…there will no longer be any basis for freedom in the United States.”
What Went Wrong
Team Romney, with Stuart Stevens at the helm, was clearly out played.
What Went Wrong: The Inside Story of the GOP Debacle of 2012…and how it Can Be Avoided Next Time, published by WND Books and dedicated to longtime conservative matriarch Phyllis Schlafly, essentially asks two questions: “What went wrong? and What must be done differently in 2016 to win?”
The Preface to What Went Wrong starts off tamely enough, acknowledging that an over-confident and out-manned Team Romney was easily out-played by an Obama organization that was extraordinarily technologically savvy: “Their key advisors were young enough to understand computer and social media technology and educated to take advantage of the social science and psychology that they had been taught in universities.” Democrats mastered the “get-out-the-vote, or GOTV, ground-game stage of a long campaign.” Corsi later characterizes “Obama-metrics” as bringing “ward politics to the Internet age.”
Then Corsi starts getting dicey, charging the Democrats with having “perfected the art of voter fraud at a systematic level, having developed the ability to run a nonstop effort between and within campaign cycles to gain through subterfuge enough extra votes to ensure victory in virtually and close election, including the presidential election of 2012.”
One of the biggest mistakes Republicans made was “nominating yet another GOP establishment favorite in Mitt Romney” in the first place. “Cutthroat Democratic operatives” were easily able to use his “centrist track record” against him.
Corsi’s assessment of the current political scene repeats some of the same old right wing bugaboos that surfaced during the Romney campaign: “Obama has steadily worked to move America toward a socialist state”; the “new Democratic majority coalition,” which includes African Americans, Hispanics, single women and “radical feminists concerned about advancing against men in the workplace and managing the needs of childbearing without a husband,” union workers, and youths of the Millennial generation, all “look to big government to set the regulatory table unfairly in their advantage and to pay them generously from the public treasury to compensate for their economic plight.”
Corsi the race-baiter states: ”Since the Civil War, this nation has never been as close to a class war amplified by a race war as it is today,” and, he argues, “the nation is on the verge of creating a generational underclass for which education is minimal and a ‘gangsta’ drug culture predominates.”
He is also highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, and a Republican Party “dominated by a GOP establishment … led by Karl Rove, [who] fancy themselves big-government conservatives, or in terms of a previous era, ‘Big Tent Republicans,’ inclusive of diversity even on social issues key to conservatives, such as same-sex marriage and abortion.” As many conservatives have done since the election, Corsi maintains that Rove was “one of the big losers … in 2012 election.”
What Went Wrong provides chapters on the reassembling of the New Deal coalition; results from battleground states of Ohio, Florida and North Carolina; and a section titled “Who Voted, Who Didn’t,” which is the most conspiratorial-laden.
Corsi advises Republicans not to try and out-Democrat the Democrats. Rather, the GOP should ally with Tea Party activists, and “press for voter-ID laws, while challenging state election officials on a continuous basis to scrub registration lists for voters who have moved or died.” Republicans should try and convince minority and young voters that the road to “a prosperous economic future is through a private enterprise system … lower taxes and reduced government spending and regulation.”
Corsi is a prolific author. And, while What Went Wrong has not knocked the socks off the book-buying public, if Hillary Clinton declares her intentions to run for the presidency in 2016, expect one, two, many anti-Hillary books to be cranked out by Corsi and company.