The same can be said about the attacks on BHO's character, as "I don't consider defaming Romney's character, misportraying him as anything but a good principled man to be "fair and square"." Both sides were wrong. "we need to focus on what it takes to enforce laws and lead by principle and example" is exactly right. "How do we expect to stop this trend if we keep rewarding votes to the worst negative campaigning" reflects both sides negatively campaigned. "that doesn't mean we should compromise principles in order to get candidates who can "play the game" mischaracterizes that Romney could not play the game of misrepresentation. He could and certainly did. I agree with "we all lost out" and would have the same problem with Romney "in office where half the nation is not represented or included in the policies he has pushed." Both sides have to work together, and the minority (whether Dem or Pub) cannot believe as if they equal weight in decision making.