If Obama wins tonight, as now seem likely if current trends continue,
Romney and Republicans face three heart-wrenching "what if"s:
1) What if Romney had communicated his "compassionate conservative" message of the first debate right after he clinched the nomination — or even at the national convention? And if he had, would the GOP’s extreme "Tea Party" base have done in Romney, as they caused the loss of the Senate in 2010 — the suicide squad of the Republican Party?
2) What if Romney had talked about his record in Massachusetts with pride — working with Democrats and proving he could find bipartisan compromises, including healthcare?
Did he pander and flip-flop his way to do what he had to do to win the GOP nomination? Of course.
But why did he not pivot back to the center-right after he clinched the nomination — much less at the national convention — instead of waiting till October in the first debate?
I have no idea.