To add to this post I wrote on Saturday, Romney’s “missing” McCain-vote total is now down to approximately 250,000 votes. As Gabriel Malor at Ace’s points out, Romney got more votes than McCain (and more votes than George Bush) in swing states except for Ohio, and even there the difference was not very large. And Romney did just as well in the red states.
So, where was Republican turnout a bit less than before? In the blue states. Is this because people there are discouraged because the voting is so lopsided? Or is it because Republicans have been moving away? Or perhaps because these are the easiest states for Democrats to commit voter fraud?
Here’s Malor’s explanation of why we lost. Short version: it’s the cultural issues, stupid.
If you want to know why I’m still harping on this stuff it’s because it remains very important to understand why this election was lost, and what we could do about it in the future, and to be as correct as possible about it. And yes, there are quite a few people who are saying “all is lost, and will always be lost” and think such discussion is futile. I can’t think of a more certain way to make it futile than to give up.