Uhh - " the worst record in decades" belongs to your beloved George Bush... and it aint even close. In fact, you can say all the milquetoast things you wish about the Romney-Ryan ticket, but the true fact of the matter is that America developed its knee-jerk rejection reaction to "all things GOP" at the Presidential level not because Romney stunk and not even because we are sooooo deeply in love with Obama.
Its because we still hate Bush -- and you still don't realize it. If you did you'd never let Karl Rove on TV again -- and you'd be telling Rush and Ann and Hannity and O'Reilly to start acting less arrogant and snarky than they did back in the Bush dark ages.
Same old party? Same old results. (Gonna be that way for a long time)