Why the nation lost on Tuesday, from John Hinderack, Powerline:

Turnout this year was 14 million voters fewer than 2008. Obama’s total was down around 9 million votes, and Romney got about 5 million votes fewer than John McCain. I can understand why Obama’s vote total was down sharply, but how in the world did Romney, with a well-run, well-financed campaign and an energized Republican base, get 5 million fewer votes than McCain? These numbers astonished me when I heard them this morning, but I think I may be able to explain them.

If you don’t play, you can not win. Republicans lost because they stay home.   John McCain run a pitiful campaign four years ago   but somehow got five million more votes than Mitt Romney.