The squish lost because he could not enthuse his base. Karl Rove, FOX News and the GOP-e ignored the tea party base (hell, kicked us in the teeth) and engineered a royal pooch screwing. Karl Rove can kiss my grits.
Jim personally, I do not want karl rove anywhere nearly those girls raised in the south. Agreement Jim.
But in the long term, that, too, will go down. Demographics kill us. We need a long term solution.
I don't think moderate Republicans realize what happened at the national convention. Those at a national convention are the top workers with the most influence in their state as regard to Party politics. These are active movers and shakers.
When Romney, his attorney, Sununu, and the national chairman, illegally called a vote passed on a rule that stripped conservatives from being delegates in the future and gave Romney the right to dump them and choose his own, conservatives howled on the floor of the convention but they were ignored.
From that moment on, Romney was toast but he was too dense to know it. He has pushed people around in business and thought he could do that with the Party. The mover and shaker conservatives went home and talked. Romney lost.