I might as well go ahead and own up before going any further here: I was wrong. In convincing myself that Romney and other classical liberals/real conservatives would win in a walk, I grossly overestimated the intelligence of the American electorate. For that howling miscalculation, I must humbly apologize to you folks.
Heh. See what I did there? At any rate, I solemnly promise that it will never, ever happen again.
Update! Steyn, ever one to bravely look reality in its ugly face, has a few words worth pondering.