The Republican party has to take it’s party back from the “tea party”group.
There was no room to include (moderate Republicans) in the current platform especially with regard to social issues. Romney also made some huge mistakes early on that came back to bite him such as being against the auto bail-out. (Ohio is a state where 1 in 8 people are employed due to the auto industry). Latinos are among the fastest growing demographic in the nation and he lost 71% of their vote with his “self-deportation” comments.
He talked about getting rid of FEMA and then we had Hurricane Sandy come along. The states of NY and NJ were grateful to get Federal Government help through FEMA.
He said he would get rid of Planned Parenthood and was against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which caused him to lose the majority of women voters. He was against equality of “Same Sex Marriages” which probably alienated any gay Republicans.
He was not a fan of current student loan arrangements which hurt him with the youth. Factory workers did not identify with him and blamed his history of out-sourcing for their job losses. The black vote has been Democrat for over 50 years, there was no shot there.
Romney (lost in every possible demographic except the older white male voters).
No one is going to get elected by appealing to (only one segment) of the country. You also can’t win the presidency strictly because there is a vocal crowd that hates the other guy. You have to present your plan and not change it every time you get in front of a camera. Last but not least his party was never fully in his corner. He was a candidate they got stuck with.
If the Republican party does not learn to adapt and find a way to become more “inclusive” it is in danger of becoming a dinosaur party. The 1950s aren’t coming back.