To the Editor:
So what happened? According to Dick Morris, Karl Rove and other Republican media figures, Mitt Romney would win, and win in convincing fashion. In fact, some predicted a landslide win.
Apparently, the American people had a different view of the candidates and soundly rejected Romney. It was such a resounding victory for the president that Rep. Paul Ryan could not even help Romney win Wisconsin. The Republican candidate had everything going for him: a struggling economy, high unemployment, the unpopular Affordable Care Act, and the fact that the voter enthusiasm that the president had in 2008 was missing in 2012.
Perhaps the message Republicans should take away from this embarrassing loss is that they have to change their message, because it is clear that a majority of the American people reject extremism. Because they have pandered to reactionaries to win primaries, Republican candidates find themselves looking like pretzels as they attempt to move to the center in general elections.
If Republicans could not win in 2012, running against a weakened president, a sluggish economy and high unemployment, their chances of regaining the White House in the near future look bleak.
The tone for this election was set back in the primary debates when every Republican candidate said that they would not accept $10 in spending cuts for a $1 increase in revenue. This was fiscal insanity on display, and was just one of the reasons a majority of Americans said no to Romney and Republican policies.