At the Daily Caller on Wednesday, Ann Coulter had a new op-ed entitled:
Romney was not the problem
The idea that Romney failed to present a clear contrast with Obama or was too “nice” is also nonsense. If Republicans continue to tell themselves comforting myths about our candidate being the problem, they better get used to losing a lot more elections.And study it she does. She goes on for the next page and a half to describe why Reagan provided less contrast with Carter than Romney did to Obama.
The only Republican to defeat a sitting president in the last century was Ronald Reagan in 1980, when he beat Jimmy Carter, the second-worst president in U.S. history (pending the final results of Obama’s second term). Because of that, and also because he is in the top two best American presidents, Reagan’s example is worth studying.
Romney was the most libertarian candidate Republicans have run since Calvin Coolidge. And he got more votes from the dwindling white majority than Reagan did.
Ouch. Before you say she's not being fair to Reagan or being too fair to Romney...
Some conservatives didn’t trust Romney because, as governor of a state between blue and North Korea, he had instituted a health insurance mandate, one feature of the hated Obamacare.
As governor of a purple state, Reagan had signed the most liberal abortion law in the country and imposed the three largest state tax hikes in the nation’s history. Nevada Sen. Paul Laxalt’s nominating speech hailed Reagan’s governorship of California for producing “a veritable Great Society of aid for schools, minorities and the handicapped,” as the Times put it. Reagan had also been an actual member of the godless, treason party.
This is not to diminish Reagan. It is to say that Romney wasn’t the problem.
So what was the problem?
Romney lost because he was running against an incumbent, was beaten up during a long and vicious primary fight, and ran in a year with a very different electorate from 1980. At least one of those won’t be true next time. But we’re not going to win any elections by telling ourselves fairy tales about a candidate who lost because he wasn’t conservative enough, articulate enough or mean enough. - Ann Coulter
The piece is worth reading in its entirety. Ann Coulter won a lot of respect from me when she admitted she was wrong about Romney and got full-sails behind him. She has even more of my respect now that many are piling on our candidate after a disappointing loss and she is not among them.