In a piece for the Post's Opinions section, Mitt Romney's top campaign strategist defends the candidate and the Republican Party against the "political intelligentsia."

"Losing is just losing," Stuart Stevens writes. "It’s not a mandate to throw out every idea that the candidate championed, and I would hope it’s not seen as an excuse to show disrespect for a good man who fought hard for values we admire." 

Stevens goes on to note that Romney won white voters and voters making over $50,000 a year. The Fix explained Tuesday why, based on those numbers, Republicans should have won the election but didn't -- the electorate has changed.  Stevens suggests it was a onetime thing: 

There was a time not so long ago when the problems of the Democratic Party revolved around being too liberal and too dependent on minorities. Obama turned those problems into advantages and rode that strategy to victory. But he was a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and a media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical. How easy is that to replicate?