The Romney camp, as delusional in defeat as in the thick of things:
Although Romney himself stopped short of placing any blame on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who praised President Obama’s leadership during the storm, several Romney supporters privately pointed fingers at the outspoken governor.
"A lot of people feel like Christie hurt, that we definitely lost four or five points between the storm and Chris Christie giving Obama a chance to be bigger than life," said one of Romney’s biggest fundraisers.
Yet others blamed "the campaign’s early strategic decision to frame the race as a referendum on Obama rather than a choice between two different governing philosophies"--"the strategy and message were 'total failures,' " said another fundraiser.
All this from a two-page Washington Post story on the Romney camp's internal postmortems, and not a word--not one word--from any insiders on the campaign's pathologically titanic mendacity. Many of the Post's sources spoke on condition of anonymity, so there was no reason for them to fear, at long last, some honesty. Yet all remained utterly foreign to it.
The campaign launched with blistering dishonesty--the "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose" ad--and it concluded with blistering dishonesty, about Jeeps and China. Everything betwixt was a passel of lies, from Obama's tax hikes to apology tours to welfare freebies. In short, the Romney campaign was one immense lie, from start to finish. Its accumulating weight finally crushed the campaign--all hope was lost when Ohioans ultimately grasped Romney's breathtaking contempt for them--yet before that finality the lies had already smothered Romney's few affirmative arguments.
I'd very much like to think that this idious, bush-league gang of prevaricating misfits and malefactors known as the Romney campaign was a cautionary tale for the next Republican presidential nominee. Again, that's what I'd like to think ... rather than, the past is prologue.