Christian73 saidThe Republicans bought their own press and thought they had beaten Obama. They seem to have forgotten the minor detail of needing an actual candidate that people would want to vote for. Sure, some portion of Tea Baggers will hold their nose and vote for Romney, but the kind of passion they will need to unseat an incumbent.
It's extremely difficult for an opposing party to deny a sitting president a second term.
The only times that it's happened in recent decades is 1992 and 1980, and the factors that helped the opposing party to win those elections aren't factors in this election.
In 1992 and 1980 voters were angry at the sitting president because of a recession that hit on the sitting president's watch.
The current Bush recession hit more than a year before President Obama was sworn in - NOT on Obama's watch.
Americans remember well that Bush is the one who fucked the economy.
In 1992 and 1980, the opposing parties put forward extremely charismatic and brilliant candidates (Clinton and Reagan) - who offered a very appealing alternative to the sitting president.
The Repubs aren't going to put forward a charismatic or brilliant candidate in this election.
The Repub field is made up of nothing but unlikeable candidates who offer an extremely UNappealing alternative to President Obama.