I agree. The Republicans lose elections for a variety of reasons. Occasionally it is through backing of seemingly conservative but woefully unqualified candidates. Or backing someone who is simply stupid, like Akin. I think Republicans suffer a condition that has yet to be mentioned anywhere. That condition is "if my guy/gal does not get the nomination, I am staying home on election day." Democrats do not suffer this. They get behind the nominee apparently understanding that, for them, a republican re-election is not better than going with their second, third or even last choice. How many Ron Paul backers stayed home on the 6th?