Romney was, in the end, a nice guy. In personal terms, he actually seemed like a great guy. Rather the ideal conservative by many metrics - an upstanding family guy. He started a business, he made jobs. Yes, his social politics were rather liberal - he was a Mass. guy. He was a very positive fellow, moderate and upbeat in tone. I like him, now.
But he lost. And from here, it seems that part of the reason he lost is because he never really went negative. Really, there's more to it than that - there's also the shifting demographics of the country, etc. But in a terrible economy, on the heels of a foreign policy disaster, by a president who's been exposed as not having much to him, he couldn't manage a win - after being savaged as a tremendous extremist and a horrible human being, for months on end, by his opposition. And so he concedes the race, urging the country to get over its partisan divisions and work together.
That's naive of him. It was the weak spot of his campaign to try and be the guy who rose about the negative politics, and I wonder if the GOP will eventually learn that lesson. In the meantime, America continues its march towards the European model which should have been exposed as an unsustainable goal and a bad idea the moment troubles started in Greece, to say nothing of elsewhere on the continent. In the end, I doubt - unless he was (in Vox Day's words) performing the Mormon equivalent of taqiya - Romney would have stopped this. I suspect he could have slowed it, and maybe Ryan would have offered a chance at stopping it in the future.
If there's any silver lining to this, it's a pretty tarnished silver. The idea that many of the people who are so in favor of these economic and social policies may still be alive when the full cost of them comes to be experienced. See, I strive to uphold Christian ideals, which means - trash talk aside - I can't actually wish ill on people. But I have to admit, there's a part of me that imagines the day coming when the disastrous effects of these policies whip around to inflict serious harm on the lives of the very people now advocating for these policies. You know, that irony when the guy who angsted about universal health care goes to use it, and is denied it because he's judged as not being important enough, or the money simply isn't there, and there's not a charity to turn to. It's a bad thought, it's an unChristian thought, but it's there, and damned if it doesn't sound like a grimly amusing scenario.