Of course the Dems cheated. But they’re pretty crafty and they cheated by only the margin they needed to win - which wasn’t very much.
The next time around, we have to turn out our vote more effectively (as I said, I watched union-driven busloads of grannies from rural black churches pulling up outside of early voting here in Florida) and we also simply have to convince more people to vote for us.
We had a limp-noodle candidate with no principles, and while he had one flash of intelligence and agressiveness during the first debate, he could never sustain it because it wasn’t really him. And when he picked Ryan and got a bump (including from me), then he promptly gagged Ryan and did not let him get his message out because it might have sounded too conservative. Ryan wanted to go and preach his message of economic empowerment even to the black neighborhoods, and Romney wouldn’t let him do it.
Romney killed his primary competitors with vicious personal campaigns, but he was meek as a lamb against Obama.
So yes, cheating was a factor...but if we had had a candidate good enough to vote for, the Dems couldn’t have cheated so easily.
In the first debate, the Puppet-In-Chief insisted on doing things his way. He believed his own press - that he is "brilliant" and would stomp Romney into the ground. Well, he's not - he has only one gift.
Obama is somewhat like Dustin Hoffman in Rainman - he can read teleprompters, he can rehearse his answers and regurgitate them, or someone can direct him with an earpiece.
Crowley most likely practiced with him, or at least fed him the questions before the second debate, and assisted Obama with crucial facemasking and tripping at opportune times.
Obama didn't do the whole debate thing in college, and Romney did. That's he got beat so bad in the first debate. He had to be helped in the last two debates, and not just minor help.
Romney got out the vote - I didn't believe it myself till I looked at the Wisconsin numbers. His turnout was better than McCain-Palin - MUCH better.