What if Romney had won?
Why did Romney win?
Well, of course, he didn’t. But it was close. And if he had won, how would the experts be explaining it?
Maybe like this:
1. First Debate. Romney’s surprising and convincing win over a lackluster Obama turned the campaign around. It destroyed the old maxim that “debates don’t change election results.” It may not have been a knockout blow, but like Muhammad Ali’s win over Sonny Liston in 1964, it gave the Romney aura of a fighting “champ.”
2. The “Etch A Sketch” maneuver. Romney executed a transformation from a hardline conservative primary contestant to a moderate general election candidate that old-line Republican voters could support. And he did it deftly, at the last minute, before Democrats could do anything other than complain, and after Republican conservatives ...