by Ross Sharp

The morning after, time for breakfast and enter Governor Romney, expansive in defeat, and gently swiping, swiping

Standing in front of the small crowd in a hotel conference room, he was unexpectedly expansive and reflective, as if trying to make sense of a defeat that seemed to genuinely startle him, according to people who attended.

He marveled at the president’s ability to turn out voters, at times by using strategies that had maligned him. He faulted the Obama campaign for characterizing him as an enemy of women, singling out advertisements that claimed he opposed abortion in all cases and opposed contraception. That, Mr. Romney said, was simply untrue, according to attendees.

He took a gentle swipe at the news media. He mocked stories that claimed his son Tagg had staged an intervention to fix a faltering campaign and was playing a heavy hand in shaping political strategy. The news media, he said, kept searching for conflict inside a campaign that Mr. Romney told the crowd had been remarkably harmonious.

To which Anthony N of NY responds

Gov. Romney may have felt maligned, but that feeling is somewhat subjective. No one claimed he was foreign born and ineligible to be president, no one accused him of being a secret Muslim, no one called him a Marxist-Socialist, no one called him un-American, no one attacked him for things his minister said in church in his presence, and I seriously doubt anyone refused to vote for him becase of his race. – Nov. 9, 2012 at 6:09 a.m.