Romney never articulated a reason for the independent middle to support him. Obama, who had no message at all, won that segment with Sandra Fluke and free birth control pills.
“Romney never articulated a reason for the independent middle to support him.”
—so that meant obama should win, then.
There was no "independent middle". This election was about getting your base out to vote. Romney was chasing rabbits down holes with "reaching the undecideds", while Hussein Obama was revving up his "free phones and kerosene-soaked flags" coalition to get out the vote. In 2008, we had a moderate-leftist foisted upon us by the GOP-e and the Mainsteam media, and had a 'conservative' VP thrown to us as a bone. In 2012, the same thing happened....with the exact same results. If anything less than a full-throated, dedicated Conservative Republican is nominated as President, I'm staying home and praying that the rapture will soon come...Romney didn't give a $hit about this year's election, why should I give one about any future elections? We were told that "this is the most important election of our lifetimes" by "Conservative" commentators and Republican operatives, yet by November 7 it was just another day at work for them. No, this election just about destroyed my chances of ever making decent money again. I'm an Engineering graduate, worked for 24 years, fired from my job in 2009, and with no construction work going on there'll be no more openings for someone like me. I guess I should be happy with my assistant teacher job and the 75% income loss that I got under Hussein Obama, just like Sean Hannity is okay with his "good friends Juan WIlliams and Bob Beckel, and the Architect Karl Rove". However, just screw Hannity, Limbaugh, and their "good friends from across the aisle".
The “independent middle” did support Romney. He lost because white conservatives didn't show up.