McCain lost because he looked tired and old on camera. Obama by contrast looked young and full of vigor. The GOP is afraid of Pailin, not because of her beliefs but because she has been so much grist for the media mill, calling her extreme, stupid etc, they're afraid of turning off voters. I think Ryan has the right stuff and the media has had a hard time finding things to lie about when it comes to him..Conservatives, like myself may have found Romney wanting, but his choice of Ryan has put him over the hurdle. Voting for any third party candidate would only give us 4 more years of that SOB in the WH.Perhaps with the recent Newsweek cover "Hit the Road Barack, why we need a new President",a traditionally left mag. has seen the light.