Date: Nov 8, 2012 12:20 PM
Author: John
Subject: Romney Wasn't Conservative Enough -- Statistically Feasible?

Not really sure if this is the correct forum for this, but here goes:

After the presidential election, a number of pundits are saying that gov. Romney lost because >> he wasn't conservative enough <<.

Thinking about this mathematically, I've drawn a simple number line of political affiliation below.
The spectrum extends from 100% liberal (-1) on the left to 100% conservative (+1) on the right.


In order to appeal to the MAXIMUM number of voters, isn't it clear that a candidate should position
himself/herself EXACTLY IN THE CENTER (i.e., at the "0" point along the number line)?

How can one's moving further to the right (away from "0" and closer to "+1") possibly have the effect
of attracting more voters?


-1........................0........................+1
|----------------------|----------------------|
100% Liberal Moderate 100% Conservative