Conventional wisdom tells us that the 2010 elections were a strong repudiation of Obama's agenda and 2012 was going to be a continuation of that theme. We kept hearing the similarities to Carter but Carter did not posess the cultic persona of Obama. Much like Clinton, who posessed some of that charisma was impervious to criticism much like Obama. With the MSM on his side and a intensely negative campaign strategy, poor Romney whose favorability ratings were never above 50% was helplessly vulnerable in spite of a stagnant economy. Unfortunately in our American Idol culture sound policy takes a back seat to a candidate's favorability.