An old client of mine, a former United States Senator, had a sign in his office, "the ten stages of political denial." I don’t remember all of them — one was blame the media, another was blame the consultants — but I do remember the final stage of political denial: Blame the voters. That's where some Republicans seem to be heading today. Voter stupidity is the only way for them to explain why Romney isn't winning and handily. The obvious point about denial, of course, political and otherwise, is that it allows the denier to avoid introspection. But what would happen if Republicans turned their analysis inward? What might they see?
In no particular order, a party that appears virulently anti-immigrant; a party which proposes making abortion illegal and cutting funding for women's health; a party whose budget will gut funding for scientific research and hurt American competitiveness; a party that has pledged never to raise taxes, despite calling the national debt the country's major problem; a party that denies the reality of global warming; a party whose answer to economic growth hasn't changed despite being discredited; a party whose nominee seems a poster man for many of the financial excesses and inequities of the last decade. These are among the problems plaguing the party and holding it back. Maybe instead of blaming the voters, Republicans should listen to them.