The truth is, Romney was better than the GOP deserved. Party nitwits undermined him, and the self-righteous tried to bring him down. The nitwits are well-enough known at this point — those farthest-right social conservatives who couldn’t find it in their hearts to keep their traps shut. No abortion for rape or incest? Sit down. Legitimate rape? Put on your clown suit and go play in the street.
Equally damaging were the primary leeches who embarrassed the party and wouldn’t leave the stage. Nine-nine-nine, we’re talking about you, Herman Cain. And Gov. Oops? You, too. And then there were Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann, who never had a real shot at the nomination and certainly could never win a national election, yet they refused to surrender to the certain nominee.
Did they have a right to persist in their own fantasies? Sure. But not if they were serious about getting a Republican in the White House. Thus, for months and months, Romney had to spend his energy and, as important, his money to prevail in the primaries against opponents who had no chance and who ultimately hurt him. During that same precious time, Obama’s campaign was busy pinpointing specific voters, practically learning the names of their dogs, and buying ads in niche markets.
If anyone thinks that the reason why Romney lost is because of social cons or two idiot candidates, you are wrong. Romney was the best out of shitty bunch of candidates. If you can't get out of a primary and not have the ability to shake it off, you aren't the best choice.
If you come out of the primary and get attacked for two months while you let you advisers tell you not to worry till autumn, you aren't the best choice.
If your GOTV software was junk and destroyed any chance of last minute votes, you aren't the best choice.
If Kathleen Parker thinks that a moderate GOP candidate can go up against a liberal DEM and win by pissing on the base, trying to get moderate without outlefting the DEM candidate, then you're an idiot and that candidate wouldn't be the best choice.
Parker and other establishment GOPs are the ones living in a fantasy world where their methods have any chance of success. It never has and never will work.