We know Romney didn't run enough ads in the Spring then ran too many ads in the Fall.
We know Republicans depended too much on their turnout operation and too little on messaging.
We know Republicans depended too much on messaging and too little on their turnout operation.
We know the GOP and the Super PACs were too focused on fundraising and we know the Obama campaign raised more than enough money.
We know … well, you know what we know.
We know Republicans lost the Presidency and did significantly worse in the U.S. Senate than anyone might have believed.
But we also know that Republicans held their own in the U.S. House (losing only single-digit seats in the face of a really bad night); and actually gained a Governor to make the current total of Republican Governors a 30 out of the 50 available.
It is Governors' mansions, not the floor of the U.S. Senate that tends to produce high-end Presidential candidates. In addition to Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal there is a really good bench of very talented men and women who should be looking at the 2016 campaign.
As the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza pointed out over the weekend
"Remember that when the Democratic Party found itself in the political wilderness after the 1988 election, it turned to its governors - including the boy wonder from Arkansas - for ideas on how to remake itself. And we know how that turned out."
Governors are executives. Senators are legislators. Governors have to keep their states running. Senators have to negotiate semi-colons in legislation.
As I have said many times, no Governor in the history of Governors has ever gone to the person running the Department of Motor Vehicles in their state and said:
"I understand we've been handing license plates out the long way to customers at the DMV office. I think we should hand them out with the wide side facing out. Don't you?"
That is, effectively, what Senators and Congressmen do all day, every day.
President Obama didn't fall into the Senatorial trap because he wasn't there often enough, or long enough, to learn the bad habits.
In a complex system like a major Presidential campaign the ability to allow the department heads to do their jobs without tinkering all day, every day is a huge advantage. Ask anyone who has worked for a Senator.