The fault for the outrageous cost of a presidential campaign is certainly not with Obama. It just points up the bitter reality that politics is a hard, dirty, cash-soaked game, and those with the most cash will always have the edge.
The very fact that he was once able to win the hearts of the redder-than-red folks in Utah yet later serve President Obama in an important post is evidence that he might be that magic politician serious Republicans have been looking for.
Demonstrating that he actually cared about people has made Romney a sort of pariah in the Republican Party and ensured that he stands about the same chance I do of ever getting the GOP's presidential nomination.
Republicans are squandering their supposed 2010 mandate by following an ideological agenda instead of focusing first on creating jobs, particularly when it comes to their attacks on basic women's health care.
If the economy rebounds and Obama wins, the flaws of the Republican nominee will be blamed for the party's defeat; if stagnation continues and Obama loses, they will construct elaborate narratives about how they overcame those flaws.