Originally Posted by DementedLogic
You don't really have very good reading comprehension. I said that if they stayed home for Romney, they definitely stayed home for McCain. I didn't say they stayed home for both. Romney was more conservative than McCain, therefore he got more conservatives to come out and vote for him. However, he was still nowhere near as conservative as most conservatives would like. So he still missed out on a lot of the conservative vote.
I am very involved in my local Republican party. If you go to any meeting, you will find that less than 2/3 of the people there actually voted, because they were so disappointed in Romney winning the primary. These are the people who are active in the Republican party and they couldn't even draw themselves to vote for Romney. It is going to be worse for people who aren't active in politics. This hurt the state even more because we had a very winnable governor's race, but the conservative turnout was so bad, that we lost.
It's obvious that you didn't even read my post.
If they stayed home for both, then why did House Republicans receive six million more votes than they did in 2008? You are, literally, talking about a ten percent drop in support for Democratic candidates in 2012 compared to 2008.
How does their percentage dropped that precipitously and Obama's dropped by one fifth of that (2%)?
Here is what you need for your hypothesis to be true:
Eighty percent of people who voted for Democrats in 2008 and not in 2012 did not change their presidential vote.
You also make the fallacious assumption that your own personal experience with your local Republican Party is somehow representative of the entire national experience.