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Romney never fully conquered social media platform

When it comes to social networking, one cannot deny that reelected American President Barack Obama's campaign team thoroughly trumped Republican challenger Mitt Romney's team.  

Even a late push by Romney in Facebook "likes" was unable to close the gap, with the final count being nearly 3-to-1 in Obama's favor.  Mitt Romney can take pride in that analysts showed his smaller legion of fans to be more active in sharing content and liking his posts.

But as the President celebrates the title of "Most Popular Tweet in History", some of those same once-engaged Romney fans are abandoning their former Facebook friend.  Mitt Romney is seeing his social media stock rapidly sink.  A site called "Disappearing Romney" is tracking this trend real time -- updating how many fans his page has.

In the last 18 hours former Gov. Romney was losing nearly 1,000 supporters an hour, as each hour on average he was "unliked" by 982 former social media buddies.

Romney unliked
Romney's former fans are "unliking" him at a steady rate.
[Image Source: Disappearing Romney]

The former Massachusetts governor's Facebook effort was marred in the days leading up to the elections by allegations that some of his "likes" were due to some kind of glitch (or according to conspiracy theorists "hacking") on Facebook.  A number of people complained that their accounts mysteriously "liked" Romney and could not be changed.

Romney and Ryan sad
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his VP candidate Paul Ryan lost the social media race, with Barack Obama receiving nearly 3 times as many likes. [Image Source: AP/HR]

Of course take the President's social media cachet with a grain of salt.  Social media's most active members tend to skew to a younger demographic, and the younger demographic also tends to be remarkably consistent at being inconsistent in terms of voting and political fundraising.

In elections that are often decided by narrow margins in battleground states, one must wonder if a candidate who loses the social media battle by such a wide margin will be able to win in future elections, as social media's influence grows by the year.

Sources: Disappearing Romney, CNN



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RE: Let's be honest
By GotThumbs on 11/13/2012 12:48:02 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, If your refering to that fact that as a proven successful business man. He is far better qualified than Obama to turn around this country, while NOT putting the burdon only on those that are self-sufficent.

On another interesting news...and of course after the election:
Social Security Wage Base Increases to $113,700 in 2013
The Social Security Administration announced the 2013 Social Security wage base will be $113,700, an increase of $3,600 from the 2012 wage base. As in prior years, there is no limit to the wages subject to the Medicare tax; therefore, all covered wages are still subject to the 1.45 percent tax. Wages paid in excess of $200,000 in 2013 will be subject to an extra 0.9 percent Medicare tax that will only be withheld from employees' wages. Employers won't pay the extra tax.

The FICA tax rate, which is the combined Social Security tax rate of 6.2 percent and the Medicare tax rate of 1.45 percent, will be 7.65 percent for 2013 up to the Social Security wage base. The maximum Social Security tax employees and employers will each pay in 2013 is $7,049.40. This will be an increase of $2,425.20 for employees and $223.20 for employers. Note that the 2012 FICA tax rate is 4.2 percent for employees and 6.2 percent for employers under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, and that the rate is scheduled to be 6.2 percent for both employees and employers in 2013.

Now all the Obama supporters will see that they too will be required to contribute and not just put the burdon onto others.

Even thouse making 80,000 + are considered wealthy next to the current average family income. You too will be pulled into the "Millionaires Tax" movement that is purposed on those making 250,000 a year. Seems the value of a dollar is such that a million dollars US is really only worth 250,000.

Now we see how Obama really plans his wealth-redistribution and who it will really include.

I think we need to welcome the cliff. Let all the tax rates expire and all the cuts happen. Lets shock this nation into the reality of what the truly knowledgeable have known for sometime. Talk is just talk and when reality hits....you realize the lies you have been told. The poor don't want anyone to tell them the truth...and Obama knew it and was re-elected because it was easy to play the blame game. Four more years people. Better tighten your belts even more now. The Sh_t is really going to hit the fan now.

Best wishes for the strongest and best prepared.

Look at how a Staten Island neighborhood (led by a ex-marine) came together and organized themselves without the help of FEMA or the Red-cross and how they're self-reliance and can-do attitude surfaced. Now think back to Katrina and think of the examples where self-reliance failed to surface. The blame was put squarely on others rather than looking inward on the failures of a society. Some people can't look in the mirror and face facts about themselves as an individual, some can and understand they can take responsibility and make things happen as a team.


RE: Let's be honest
By Ammohunt on 11/13/2012 1:51:14 PM , Rating: 1
I am rich?(just north of $80k) well crap don't tell the wife! I feel the same the fact is Obama is not the right person to tackle these issues so i will guarantee what you want to happen; go over the fiscal cliff) will out of sheer ineptitude on his part. We plan to take precautions such as food stockpile and other provisions along with alternate methods of heating our house. Most of the ignorant college age kids that re-elected Obama no nothing of economics and how quickly something as simple as hyper-inflation can starve you to death. Hard times are coming.


RE: Let's be honest
By Samus on 11/13/2012 1:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
The Government isn't meant to be run like a corporation. A corporation is all about profit. A Government adopting corporate principles would allow it to discriminate against its citizens.

Mitt Romney was going to do exactly that, starting with the aging population.

-Much like corporations lay off the older employees (because they cost too much to insure, etc etc) Mitt Romney wanted to stop taking care of them.

This is why he lost the key states where there are large elderly populations.

-Much like corporations discriminate against women (because they cost more to insure, the 'inconvenience' of working arount maternity, etc etc) Mitt Romney had pretty vocal views on how he planned to restrict their rights.

This is why he lost the female vote.

-Much like corporations discriminate against minorities (I don't go into details, they are pretty obvious if you've worked in a multiracial environment) Mitt Romney planned on dismantling affirmative action, cut funding to social services such as food stamps (one of the few good social services programs I approve of) and raise the price of education by cutting grants.

This is why he lost the black and hispanic vote by ridiculous proportions (96% black, 89% hispanic, 85% asian voted for Barack Obama)

The guy was so out of touch with running a government it took complete morons to vote for him, which appearantly is half the country. But we already knew that from the Bush-era, who somehow got elected TWICE. I'd say even though Barack Obama isn't on the ball, he's doing a pretty good job cleaning up what Bush, and the people who elected him into office, have left the President with.


RE: Let's be honest
By ClownPuncher on 11/13/2012 2:03:07 PM , Rating: 3
I never understood the argument "He can run a business, therefore he can run a country". He can't even run a campaign. The popular vote was so close just because most of us don't like Obama.


RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2012 2:52:40 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
-Much like corporations lay off the older employees (because they cost too much to insure, etc etc) Mitt Romney wanted to stop taking care of them.


Utter horse shit. You have nothing to base that on. What because they wanted to reform Social Security and Medicare so they survive, that's "stop taking care of them"? BS. How about the billions cut from Medicare payments under Obamacare? Yeah that won't impact the elderly at all. Nevermind that Medicare will be depleted inside this decade.

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-Much like corporations discriminate against women (because they cost more to insure, the 'inconvenience' of working arount maternity, etc etc) Mitt Romney had pretty vocal views on how he planned to restrict their rights.


Again. Prove it. Show me anything where he said he wanted to restrict their rights. What? Repeal Roe vs Wade you say? Let's just completely ignore that Roe vs Wade did not legalize abortion. It made it illegal for states not to ban it (Clear violation of the 10th amendment). If Roe vs Wade was repealed, states would have that option again. Don't like it? Move to a different state or go to a state that does allow an abortion. Simple. Freedom. What he didn't want to REQUIRE that health care plans covered contraception and maternity care? Yeah that sure robs them of their "rights". Why the hell should ALL women (and all people really) have to pay for those things in their health care plans? Not all women want to be on birth control. Not all women want to have children so why should they pay for maternity care. Obamacare stripped women of their choice in what they wanted to pay for and what they didn't.

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Much like corporations discriminate against minorities (I don't go into details, they are pretty obvious if you've worked in a multiracial environment) Mitt Romney planned on dismantling affirmative action, cut funding to social services such as food stamps (one of the few good social services programs I approve of) and raise the price of education by cutting grants.


Just laying it on thick huh. While I would love it if all of that were true, it wasn't. And how is affirmative action anything but racist in itself? It says that skin color matters in getting a job and into college. Why should a less deserving black/hispanic person get a job or into college vs a more deserving white person simply because there is an "unbalance"? Does racism exist still? Yes. Will laws ever fix it? No.

"A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both." ~Milton Friedman


RE: Let's be honest
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 2:54:36 PM , Rating: 1
It's a pleasure to watch your unraveling...mmm so salty.
SUCK IT, your ilk will NEVER control America again...


RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2012 3:40:23 PM , Rating: 3
And y'all will only control it until you drive it into the ground.

Then you'll come for what the rest of us have. And we'll shoot you.


RE: Let's be honest
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 5:12:08 PM , Rating: 2
Bush/Cheney drove it to the ground, we've just begun the long arduous process to build it back up.
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/07/24/opi...


RE: Let's be honest
By Nfarce on 11/13/2012 10:23:09 PM , Rating: 2
Democrats led by Nanny Pelosi and Harry Reid took over Congress with a super majority after the 2006 mid-terms. Or did you forget about that? Congress sets the budgets and spending, not the president. Or did you forget about that?

Besides, it's not like the last three years that Harry Reid's Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a budget or anything, right?


RE: Let's be honest
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 10:31:14 PM , Rating: 1
Numbers don't lie...Democrat presidents have been overwhelmingly better for this country in the last 40 years.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TbYDJirUcG8/UFvx6HI_KjI/...
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AJ6J5Nl8ebc/UH_tKIFwnlI/...


RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2012 10:18:42 PM , Rating: 2
And yes the country sure needs less of my "ilk".

Self reliant, responsible, productive people who don't live to see what else they can get from the government and just want to be left alone. How horrible of people those like me are.

Yeah you're right. We need more welfare rats. We need more people on food stamps. We need more 20-somethings who sit outside for months whining because some people have worked hard and succeeded while they haven't. We need more people protesting outside banks to forgive the $100k+ in student loans they stupidly took out for masters degrees in English or Creative Writing at top tier schools (forgetting that they'll never find a job that will allow for repayment of those loans). We need more people agreeing with Rachel Madcow that white people who believe in limited government are all racists (except those like her who admit it of course). And the blacks, hispanics, and asians who do are just sellouts to the white man.

We need more of that "ilk". That'll get the country unified and back on track, economically and socially.


RE: Let's be honest
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 10:27:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Self reliant, responsible, productive people who don't live to see what else they can get from the government and just want to be left alone. How horrible of people those like me are.

The country needs less religious people (zero is best), less ignorant people, and less racist people like yourself. It needs less people that think it should be illegal to smoke marijuana while drinking is legal. It needs less people who think gays should not be able to get married. It needs less people who think only the deserve to be "left alone" by the government whereas the government should make sure women can't control their bodies.

Guess what, states with the most educated people voted that way. Ignorant racists vote red.


RE: Let's be honest
By MadMan007 on 11/13/2012 4:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
Woohoo, famous quotes to support what we already think! FYI, Friedman was for a negative income tax (ie: direct redistribution handout) for low wage earners.


RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/13/2012 6:04:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
How about the billions cut from Medicare payments under Obamacare? Yeah that won't impact the elderly at all.


I'm so sick of this idiotic statement. That 'cut' was to the providers NOT to the elderly on medicare. That 700 billion blah blah blah cut to medicare... was to enforce and detect fraud better (to stop fraudulent payouts) and to re-negotiate benefit payouts to the providers, who were often charging more for routine services to those on medicare (aka doctors office visit, labs, etc).

Not to mention that same 700 billion cut was in Paul Ryan's budget proposal. That was a classic case of the government overspending on something and both sides wanted to trim that fat! But sure demonize obamacare for THAT... and not the mandate... sheesh


RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/13/2012 6:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why should a less deserving black/hispanic person get a job or into college vs a more deserving white person simply because there is an "unbalance"?


Well it could have something to do with the fact that when black people were brought here they were slaves and couldn't even speak our language. They weren't allowed to communicate with each other, go to school, learn anything we were teaching whites. Some time passed. Then with segregation they could have schools and learn, but weren't given anything that could be used to actually educate anyone. More time passed. Now after segregation when we are all 'equal' schools don't have the time to help everyone who was PURPOSEFULLY HELD BACK from an education for CENTURIES and give them the attention and education they need to survive in today's world.

Tell me, if you decided to start a nascar team TODAY would you be able to IMMEDIATELY compete with say... the #2 or the #48??? NO?? Why not? Oh yeah! THEY HAVE HAD A HEAD START AND HAVE AN ADVANTAGE!! SAME THING FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN EDUCATION!! This is in place to bring people up to speed who were held back intentionally!! Why can't you wrap your head around that?

Sir, your ignorance is sticking out. Please push it back in.


RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2012 10:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
So future generations have to pay for the sins of their forefathers into eternity? Blacks and hispanics have the same opportunity to succeed today as anyone else. Asians were resented too, they don't seem to have any issues. Why? Because personal success is ingrained in their culture. In black culture, idiots like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have ingrained a culture of dependence. Along the very argument you make. "We were oppressed so they owe us something".

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Tell me, if you decided to start a nascar team TODAY would you be able to IMMEDIATELY compete with say... the #2 or the #48??? NO?? Why not? Oh yeah! THEY HAVE HAD A HEAD START AND HAVE AN ADVANTAGE!!


Tell that to Toyota. Nearly all the cars are the same to begin with. It comes down to the driver. If you could hire away a good driver from another team, you'd absolutely be competitive soon.

Your argument is also invalid to start with. We're not talking about a racing team. We're talking about individuals. Individuals who grow up in the same schools as the rest of kids.

My Congressman would be offended by your statement. He is black, grew up in a single parent home, in a poor part of town, in a public school, and he now is a private business owner and a US Congressman. Why? Because he was taught self responsibility and to work hard.


RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/14/2012 10:42:21 AM , Rating: 3
WOW just wow. Great job choosing to completely miss my point.

quote:
My Congressman would be offended by your statement. He is black, grew up in a single parent home, in a poor part of town, in a public school, and he now is a private business owner and a US Congressman. Why? Because he was taught self responsibility and to work hard.


LOOK SEE!! One of them got somewhere! There's no need for affirmative action anymore! I highly doubt you speak for this person in any capacity.

quote:
Tell that to Toyota. Nearly all the cars are the same to begin with. It comes down to the driver. If you could hire away a good driver from another team, you'd absolutely be competitive soon.


Ah ok. So the logic there is that all of the cars are equal, but the drivers are not. Thanks for making my point for me. Sure almost all of the schools are equal, but the STUDENTS are not. Some students have parents that have had the opportunity (can't stress that word enough) to go to school for the past however many generations and have learned things to pass on to their kids. Just as a driver can't be good overnight, usually the best drivers are the ones whose family has been in racing for generations! Imagine being a driver that used to be not allowed to race only because of the color of their skin! Wouldn't you say they were at a disadvantage!?

I said "if you started a race team" not if a car company decided to make race cars. Let's look at a few of Nascar's affirmative action drivers.... you know them, they are the ones that are first to go a lap down, and are basically lap traffic from the moment the green flag drops... kind of like minorities in school.

Jason White
Josh Wise
Scott Speed
Reed Sorenson
Regan Smith- HEY ONE OF THEM WON!! JUST LIKE YOUR CONGRESSMAN!! GUESS WE DON'T NEED THIS PROGRAM ANYMORE!! /s


RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/14/2012 10:51:37 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
So future generations have to pay for the sins of their forefathers into eternity?


Dangerous thinking, this is.

Why not say
"How long are us Germans going to have to pay for the sins of this Holocaust thing" "See? Jews are fine, they have their own country, their own leaders, they aren't being ruthlessly slaughtered and are allowed to reproduce..."

I would only wish that the sons of the fathers who committed these terrible acts would seek forgiveness for their father's actions and do everything they can to make a wrong right - NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES.


RE: Let's be honest
By FITCamaro on 11/14/2012 12:13:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I would only wish that the sons of the fathers who committed these terrible acts would seek forgiveness for their father's actions and do everything they can to make a wrong right - NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES.


Of course you would. To you the debt will never be repaid.

I don't hold Germans today accountable for what happened under Hitler. Those who committed those unspeakable acts are mostly dead now. The only thing that is important is to remember that it happened and why its wrong so that it never happens again. Germany was harshly punished by the world for its actions and that has now ended. Yes Germany still pays reparations for medical bills to those who survived the Holocaust but that will end when those people pass away. But if you can find me a living slave in America you'll have also discovered the world's oldest person.

Yes the US still has troops in Germany but that's not because the world is still fearful of Germany rising up to start another world war. Those bases were established to stop the threat from the Soviet Union back in the day and now exist to provide as first responders for any military action needed in that area of the world. My cousin is there right now.

According to you, the families of murderers and rapists are forever indebted to the family of the loved one who was killed or raped. And you also just admitted that essentially black people are justified for wanting the government to take care of them because of slavery in the past. We did make a wrong right by ending slavery and ending segregation.

If my father does something terrible, in no way am I responsible for his actions nor will I give whoever was involved anything for restitution. Germany signed an agreement to care for those it harmed. If Germans today don't like that, they can take it up with their government.


RE: Let's be honest
By anactoraaron on 11/14/2012 2:57:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
To you the debt will never be repaid.


whoa whoa whoa.. I never said anything of the sort. Great way to engage in polarized conversation, stereotype one person's beliefs with what kind of person you think they are. Reminds me of why the Republican party cost Mitt Romney the election (there's just so many people who want stuff and they think Obama will give them stuff). That kind of attitude towards people tends to piss them off. If you piss off enough people by lumping them together to what you say their ideals are - regardless how they actually are or how they individually differ - it will undoubtedly cost your party votes. And just because someone is 'opposed' to your opinion on one matter doesn't then give you the right to say what 'they must obviously be thinking'. Nothing could be further from the truth in this discussion. I do in fact see an eventual need to end affirmative action. Is it too hard for your brain to digest the concept that just because I think similarly to that dreaded 'liberal agenda' on this issue then 'I'm just one of those kind of people and this is how I obviously feel about it'?

It reminds me of that famous 47% comment. It's soooo much easier for simple people to lump a group of people together to focus your discontent at (a la liberals and conservatives) than separate them into individuals with different backgrounds with differing ideology. Why can't people be liberal about certain things and conservative about others? Why must one and only one ideal be the way to think about things?

In this case, there's only been a level playing field in education for realistically ONE generation (about 30 years or so), and that was with the help of affirmative action! Considering most white folks have had about 10 generations of preferential treatment when it comes to education there's still things that are needed to level the playing field to 'make up' for what was done to other folks in the past. Think about it... how many minority families that have lived here for the past 200 years can say 'My dad was a doctor, his dad was a doctor, and so on for X generations - that's right, NONE - but I'm sure that there's white folks that can say that! I'm not saying affirmative action should be around forever, but we shouldn't get rid of it right now just because a few black people have been able to be successful through education.

Couldn't help but notice you didn't respond to the Nascar comment. Nothing to say on that analogy then?


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