"Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama? You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him." — Mitt Romney
I can't speak for everyone who voted for Barack Obama in 2008. But when I did so, it wasn't to satisfy some leadership-transference fetish (which, really, a vote for John McCain would have also sated). I wanted change in the White House because of the dangerous and foolish direction in which George W. Bush and his lapdogs had taken us, not because Obama's PR team made "CHANGE" their buzzword. Now that things have changed, and mostly for the better, I have no reason to change again for its own sake. Especially since Romney's "change" would bring us right back to the failure that necessitated said change in the first place.
The GOP seems to have assumed three things since 2008:
1) Change appeals to people because it's a shiny, magic word;
2) Hillary Clinton voters will totally go for Sarah Palin because hey, she's a woman too;
3) Americans can't resist blackness at the polls.
You know what, Mitt? You can have every voter who went blue in 2008 because of dazzling words, biology and/or skin color. And here's a bouquet of flowers to hold in your other hand.
Most of us realized in 2008 that Obama wasn't going to fix everything overnight, or even in his first term. We knew he wouldn't be, as I so often put it, Dennis Kucinich in a vacuum. Obama electrified us, but it wasn't shock and awe that ruled our intellect in the end. Beneath the oratory and hope and change was an intelligent and pragmatic man, and ultimately that's what we voted for. And got.
By and large, we still like him a lot. At worst, we like him better than we like the GOP slate. Obama gives us someone to vote for, not something. And, Mitt, that's the point you and your party miss entirely.