All this is well and good, but having talked with several libs I know who voted Obama, issues did not mean much to them. Ask about the fiscal cliff, they never heard of it. Nor the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and the others at Benghazi. Nor the coming tax jolt. Nothing. Essentially, they voted for a mirage; issues did not really matter and to the extent the economy mattered, it was still Bush's fault (though none could say what Bush had done in his term to create what we've experienced in the last 4 years.
I am an independent conservative who voted for Romney in the general election because he is who the GOP ringmasters gave us, and defeating Obama was the main thing. That said, this election was a victory for charisma over substance.