The blatant voter suppression attempts in Ohio and Florida motivated A LOT of democratic voters. Romney didn't articulate any real solutions and chose the worst running mate possible. (i'm sure that he was most comfortable with a fellow scion of wealth and privilege, but it was a horrible choice). Let see what else... oh when sitting down with a table full of GENUINELY unemployed people about to lose their ONE home, making a joke that you're "unemployed too" with a quarter of a billion in wealth is just plain stupid. Every one of his "gaffes" were the brief glimpses of the real Thurston and people realized that.. the theme of the next GOP convention should be "WE LOST THAT!"