I knew Obama would win based on the polls and all the info coming out. If Romney had followed up the first debate shellacking with a second debate shellacking of Obama we might have a different story. He just didn't have enough momentum to keep it going.
I am surprised that people could continue to vote for him though. High unemployment, very slow recovery, dismal housing market, continuing wars, and little traction on policies (even when he had his majority). Outside of Obamacare he didn't seem to do anything. Besides blatantly buying votes with his amnesty a few weeks ago.
Repubs blew their chance by being too ideological and inflexible. First rule of a negotiation is that you determine what your sticking points are and then give up the less important issues to gain what you REALLY want. Let's be honest, an election is just a very large negotiation. They showed little resolve to give up even the minutest of details.
I know this thread wasn't directed at me as I'm not a Republican (or Democrat) but I do live in Texas so I see the conservative, insular mindset all the time. For the record, I also don't watch Fox News.