Thank you Prof. Sowell! As usual, your reading of the situation is the most accurate! While most republican pundits (on TV, Radio & columnists) except a handful, are trying to put the blame on everyone else, you rightfully identified that the weak moderate candidate Romney is the reaon we lost! Romney got less votes than McCain - clear indication that many people did not think his stance is significantly different from Obama (his actual positions before he changed them!). As long as the blue states have the primaries first & establishment is controlled by RINOs, conservative candidates will be outside looking in! Need to purge the RINOs from power to get the country back in the right track.