...an interesting article on the Republican Party in -- of all places -- the National Review Online. It's an honest and introspective piece on the current state of the GOP (my emphasis):
The first thing conservatives should
understand about the electoral catastrophe that just befell us — and it
was a catastrophe — is that any explanation of it that centers on Mitt
Romney is mistaken.
Romney was not a drag on the Republican party. The Republican party was a drag on him. Aaron Blake pointed out in the Washington Post
that Romney ran ahead of most of the Republican Senate candidates: He
did better than Connie Mack in Florida, George Allen in Virginia, Tommy
Thompson in Wisconsin, Denny Rehberg in Montana, Jeff Flake in Arizona,
Pete Hoekstra in Michigan, Deb Fischer in Nebraska, Rick Berg in North
Dakota, Josh Mandel in Ohio, and of course Todd Akin in Missouri and
Richard Mourdock in Indiana. In some cases Romney did a lot better. (He
also did slightly better than Ted Cruz in Texas, a race Blake for some
It's worth a read.