Romney and GOPe stomped on the conservative base, took away any input from them at the national convention and from conventions in the future, and the conservative base stomped back and left the presidential line blank on the ballot. I watched that convention process from beginning to end and knew Romney, Sununu, Romeny’s lawyer and national chairman (GOPe) had shot themselves in the heart.
Let’s stop blaming Romney or the GOPe. There isn’t some conspiracy, but only the reality of bad demographics, terrible GOP outreach (find an Indian businessman, Korean grocer or high income black that’s a Republican) and conservatives ourselves.
We have a crummy bench, coalesce around great “ideas” instead of great candidates. Democrats are a power party. They only want to win and get their way. It’s a zero sum game. We have to win and to do that you have to get the right message, right candidate and the right vote totals.
We’re in a tough spot.