John once wrote that:
The funny thing about all of this is that no matter how bad all their ideas are, no matter how disastrous their governance has been, no matter how many horrible things they have done to the economy and this country, what really is killing the Republican party is that deep down, they are just complete assholes.
I don’t know much about Mitt Romney personally, but his 47% bs certainly made him look like an asshole. In 2004, it seemed to be part of the Bush-Rove strategy for Bush to act like a dick on the campaign trail. And the 2012 Republican primary was often a contest to see who could be the biggest asshole.
Do you think it made much difference in this election that Obama has studiously avoiding seeming like a jerk? I’m not sure what I think. I believe it’s definitely a smart move politically to guard Obama’s image as a basically nice enough guy, but I don’t know if it gave him a big advantage or a small one.