by SIMON TISDALL
The Tea Party zealots, homophobes and misogynists hijacked Romney's campaign – and threaten the Republican party's future...
Democrats of all stripes and colours rallied behind Barack Obama. Hardline Republicans betrayed Mitt Romney. And so he lost.
Despite the disappointments of the past four years, Democrat and independent voters from all backgrounds renewed their faith in a man who promised: "The best is yet to come." Despite Romney's emergence as an able candidate of personal integrity, his appeal was fatally undercut by political fundamentalists who said, in effect: "We must go backwards to go forwards."
Obama aimed unerringly for the centre ground of American life and politics. Republican party leaders and pressure groups showed they don't know where that heartland lies any more.
By campaign end, Romney – moderating his tone and positions – was finally connecting with 2012 America.... [MORE]
Via Michael Charney