Romney is doomed by his fealty to the Tea Party
Kevin Drum EXPLAINS that Mitt Romney’s most fateful decision during the Republican primary season was to attack his rivals from the right:
[T]he Tea Party has been Romney’s downfall. They forced Romney too far to the right and didn’t give him the room (or the trust) to move back toward the center during the general election…
[T]he fundamentals predicted a fairly close election, which means that the candidate and the campaign really mattered this year. All that horserace stuff played a real role. But the Tea Party made it impossible to play that role smartly. They’ve moved so far outside the mainstream that they make demands on politicians that doom them in a general election.