By Scott Greer
One of the biggest names among conservatives has endorsed Jerome Corsi’s explosive new book “What Went Wrong: The Inside Story of the GOP Debacle of 2012… and How it Can Avoided Next Time.”
Phyllis Schlafly, author of the 1964 bestseller “A Choice, not an Echo,” praised the book in a recent column as the best analysis of how the GOP lost the 2012 presidential election.
“At last Republicans can read a coherent explanation of why they didn’t win in 2012,” Schlafly declared in her column.
Corsi’s work recalls Schlafly’s warning decades ago that establishment Republican candidates – like Romney in 2012 and Sen. John McCain in 2008 – are destined to lose.
“Centrist” Republican presidential candidates offer voters nothing more than an “echo” of their liberal Democratic opponents, not the “choice” voters want – the choice that exists only when conservative Republican presidential candidates run hard-fought contests on conservative principles, directly challenging leftist presidential contenders like Barack Obama.
“The Republican Party is not dead, but it is bleeding from the mistakes and prejudices of the high-dollar establishment that shrinks from dealing with the social, moral and job-loss issues that concern the grassroots,” Schlafly explained. “The establishment inflicted us with another centrist loser in the model of John McCain and Bob Dole.”
Schlafly also believes Corsi’s analysis of the 2012 election offers the GOP a blueprint for victory, so long as they choose to follow it.
“Republicans will keep losing if they don’t learn those lessons and take the party’s decision-making away from the big-money crowd and return it to the grassroots,” Schlafly concluded.
Having been embedded as a journalist covering Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign to reclaim the White House for the Republican Party, Corsi’s “What Went Wrong: The Inside Story of the GOP Debacle of 2012… and How it Can Avoided Next Time,” provides a ring-side seat to an election many pundits thought was an easy Romney victory.
There was certainty on both sides, with Mitt Romney’s campaign advisers convinced Romney would be elected president, while Barack Obama’s team was equally resolute.
The question Corsi seeks to answer in “What Went Wrong” is, “How was the Republican Party so misguided?”
Where did the Romney campaign go wrong? For conservatives nationwide, the outcome of the 2012 presidential election was a wakeup call: a well-crafted Romney campaign message focused on private enterprise and the economy could not defeat a superior Obama ground-game backed by a state-of-the-art computer-driven voter intelligence capability.
Corsi brings to his analysis of the 2012 election the same set of skills that permitted him to impact the 2004 election when, as a Harvard-trained political scientist and a professional journalist, he co-authored the New York Times No. 1 bestseller “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry,” helping to launch a challenge that successfully impeded Kerry’s advance to the White House. He also authored the New York Times No. 1 bestseller “The Obama Nation.”