Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
Both men were compromise candidates. Not anywhere near the right wing of the party. People who can't recognize that are usually just pseudo-independents. They like to think of themselves as flexible but at the end of the day they're just following labels.
You are also failing to realize that it was the influence from the ultra-right that blew it for him. His primary positions were extremist - and he had to to get out of there - and his VP choice was FAR right. Just because he backed away from them towards the end doesnt mean he is a moderate.
The other thing that blew it for him was the voter suppression really angered the D base and they turned out almost as good as 08. Massive backfire.