I really want to believe we're just sitting in the locker room after the Super Bowl licking our wounds. I want to believe we just don't like turning out incumbent presidents. Deep down, I'm concerned America has passed the point of no return. I'm not a pessimist, but I am a realist.
The values of hard work, earned success, and personal responsibility have been mocked for 50 years. They've been replaced (in many--most?--Americans) with reliance on and belief in government. Our media and universities are owned outright by the Left and their influence is enormous.
I see no way to package the conservative message in a way that will appeal to a nation that is fat, dumb, and reasonably content with free stuff.