If Mitt Romney Loses, Blame All the Time the GOP Wasted This Cycle – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic
Since 2009, the GOP wasted staggering amounts of time on off-putting conspiracy theories, squandering years that would’ve been better spent rigorously critiquing Obama; its base wasted months on obviously unqualified primary candidates, and failed to rally around Romney even when it was clear that he would be the nominee; if there was any benefit of doing so from their perspective, it was forcing Romney to the right in his positions and his rhetoric; but his time as a “severe” conservative was wasted too, because he made his final pitch to voters as a moderate.
Again, it may all prove beside the point. Even winning campaigns make mistakes, and in victory, the critics all turn their attention to the mistakes of the guy who lost. But if Obama wins on election day, the GOP should reflect on all the time it wasted and the missed opportunities that resulted.