Stop talking and spend some time thinking
By Newt Gingrich
We were wrong.
We were wrong about the turnout.
We were wrong about the makeup of the electorate.
We were wrong about the advertising mix and message that would work.
We were wrong about the effectiveness of President Obama’s turnout mechanism.
The simple fact is Republicans spent more and achieved less than Democrats in 2012.
This was not just a personal defeat for Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan.
We lost Senate seats we should have won in North Dakota and Montana.
We lost Senate seats we might have won in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia, New Mexico, and Massachusetts.
We had two candidates throw away Senate seats in Indiana and Missouri.
In 2010, we had three candidates throw away Senate seats in Colorado, Delaware, and Nevada. Why have the Democrats not suffered similarly from candidate missteps (as in Massachusetts)?
We had a chance to pick up four governorships. We won one (North Carolina) and lost three (Montana, New Hampshire and Washington)