Jonah, you almost had me with your insightful second paragraph. But you lost me with "psephological". Maybe you should have paid attention in math class instead of flaunting your erudition with sesquipedalia.
Seriously, you are usually a beacon of reason, Jonah. Attacking math because a charlatan misuses it is a loser's game. We lost because conservative intellectuals are just as uncomfortable with middle school math as liberals.
Self-indulgent political gurus argued endlessly over the party breakdown of the electorate. Where was a vigorous defense of Bain Capital; of real capitalism, not the romantic entrepeneur in a garage, but of investment bankers who fund them? Where was the easy debunking of the $5T "cost" of the Romney tax cut plan?