Are you at all surprised by the results in the 2012 elections? No? Good, you should not be. And if you are surprised, you have not been paying attention.
To begin with, the majority of Americans – or, at least, the majority of Americans who vote – have abandoned the individualistic, do-it-ourselves, pioneering spirit that made America great, and now they just want to know how much "free" stuff they can get from their government. Obama promised them more "free stuff"; Romney promised them less. Of course, "free" is a misappropriation of the English language; someone is going to have to pay for all of that, and that "someone" just turns out to be anyone who dares produce something of value in the country.
Moving on, did you honestly believe a big-government-supporting, "gun control"-supporting (up to and including another "assault weapon" ban), socialized-medicine-supporting, Social-Security-supporting, flip-flopping not-really-"conservative" would do well against a raging Marxist with functionally all of the same credentials? If you did, you deserve the election outcome you got. As Weer’d says, we are a nation of extremists, not moderates, and attempting to cater to the barely-there moderates gets you loss after loss after loss.
Finally, if the Republicans could ever bother to get off their "ZOMGABORTION", "ZOMGDRUGS", and "ZOMGGAYS" kicks, they would probably sweep the polls wherever they competed… Just like the Democrats would probably sweep the polls if they ever got off their "ZOMGGUNSAREEVIL" kick. Bear that in mind.
Or, hey, you could just keep putting up your Romneys and your McCains and your Doles and your other idiots and see how well that works out for you. I have stopped caring about/for the Republicans, so do whatever you please.
Oh, and before some benighted imbecile comes crawling out of the woodwork to blame Romney’s failure on third party voters like myself, I would like to quietly point out that not even in Florida did any one third party candidate receive enough votes to change the outcome of that state’s election, much less the nation’s as a whole, and that assumes all third party voters go to one candidate or the other. In other words, Republicans have no one but themselves to blame; own it.
So, with all that said, let us resume our normally scheduled programming and continue planning and preparing for the societal and economic collapse we all know to be coming and we all now know to be functionally unavoidable. Oh, I am being overly melodramatic, am I? You might have a point… except other countries have been in nearly the same position we find ourselves in now.
The only bright spark in all of this is that it is finally over.