See, we chose a candidate who was far, far from our party's center of gravity, and look what happened! We need to be truer to our creed!
 Look at how much space there is between Romney and the bulk of the field. Maybe we just need to find someone to fill that space--someone who is moderate but not that moderate.
 The problem isn't where Romney was on Silver's mid-2011 graph. The problem is that, to secure the nomination, he had to migrate toward those other circles and lock himself into positions too conservative for the general election. (As David Frum put it in a tweet today, "The people who tied the cement overshoes to Mitt's feet will now blame him for sinking.") Our party needs a nomination process that doesn't suck candidates so far to the right.
And so on... Feel free to add your own interpretation in the comments section below. And check out Silver's original post to see versions of this graphic that show where people like Chris Christie would have belonged had they thrown their hats into the ring.
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