Originally Posted by Donger
That seems to be a rather difficult pill for many in the GOP to swallow (or they choose to ignore it): if the nominee can't win against the DNC nominee, it's all rather moot.
In Romney, they picked a guy who was well equipped to win the general election. And they forced him to be a lot of things the general public hated.
Romney was forced to take a stance on birth control, abortion, and gay rights, three issues he seemed like he wanted to stay out of. It was the GOP that decided to tone down Ann Romney, who could have really helped the female vote. It was the GOP that stupidly opened their mouth about the issue of rape and abortion. On the female vote alone, Romney could have gone from wildly unpopular to just unpopular which would have been a pretty big swing. Same with the gay vote.
The GOP has a brand problem. And until they fix it, nobody's going to win. A GOP candidate can shout all day along about a moderate position on women's rights, then have that all disappear by one idiot at the GOP convention who says something stupid.