You forgot the most important reason we lost. We lost because today's America isn't looking for a candidate who encourages actually changing the entitlement systems. Mitt was right. 47% of the population on welfare, food stamps, social security, medicaid, medicare and all the other entitlements -- those guys and gals aren't looking to have any changes made to their 'entitlements'. Voting for him might have helped make changes. But we would have needed the Senate also. Personally, I am on social security and am paying for medicare and was hoping that we would be able to make serious changes in the entire system because I can see far enough down the road to see a massive problem. But, far too many people are short-sighted.