The headline on this column says the GOP blew a "sure victory." And yet, only one candidate beat an elected incumbent in the last 100 years (and we know who that was). Given that historical context, how could the election ever have been a "sure victory" for the challenger? Also, this idea that a more full-throated conservatism might have win the day begs the question: Which people who voted for Obama would have voted for Romney if only he'd been more conservative? That's illogical.