15. Why was the campaign already spinning reasons for loss in last week (like Sandy)?
Romney would have had to have been willfully ignorant not to know that he could lose, even if he believed that he would win. He (and his campaign) had confronted a whole month (September) in which he was painted as a loser. His surrogates were being pounded on TV. Looking at RV/LV numbers, they should have known that Obama had a better potential to win if he could move voters. And Romney himself had known what it meant to lose elections, running for office in the past and facing difficulties over his public persona.
Perhaps more damning: the campaign was already looking for reasons to explain the loss. They focused on Sandy in the last week, the President's image responding to the catastrophe, and Cristie's betrayal.
I think that this is a new version of a popular Republican game: blame the messenger, not the message. Admitting there is a republican bubble, they claim that the campaign knew only the bubble. The campaign was in the bubble; the donors were in the bubble; how could we see what was happening if everyone was in the bubble.
I'm waiting for some GOPer to tell the truth: they went too extreme and couldn't bring the popular with them.