Gov. Romney lost because of people like Mr. Ranson, who has the courage of his convictions, but not the judgment to know when he and his friends are scaring away independents. Staunch conservatives lost this election for Romney. And, they can keep their opinions if they like. But, they ruin it for themselves and for independents when they make arguments about birth certificates or bash gays. Sure, the liberals are just as bad, but Obama was the incumbent, and he had Calif. and NY in his pocket. Romney had to take it and he couldn't win against those in his own parties kicking the ball into their own goal.