Good first step, Rick. Keep analyzing.
Romney could've put the election away in the third debate and made hurricane sandy a non-event, but chose not to.
Instead, Romney showed voters that there was little to any difference between him and Obama on foreign affairs. That gave voters no reason to vote Obama out and Romney in. In short, Romney cost Romney the election.
I will also say, I type the above with a very heavy heart. Romney wasn't my first (or second) choice in the Republican Primaries, but I do believe in my heart of hearts he would've been a MUCH better President than Obama, and Romney's economic policies were the right cure for what ails America.
Those who stayed home out of 'principal' should be ashamed of themselves. Look what hell you wrought on the country by doing so, you sorry-assed SOB's.