The solution to the puzzle may be to admit that the GOP has forfeited 2012 before the general election even starts.
WINNER(S) MUST ATTEND THE PRIZE CEREMONY IN NEW YORK ON JUNE 20, 2012 OR ALL PRIZES WILL BE forfeited.
He forfeited any real chance of winning American Jewish voters when he chose Ryan, says Peter Beinart.
In the court of public opinion, at least, Weiner has forfeited the presumption of innocence.
Recently I found myself wondering how much money I forfeited by working for less than male peers during my years at the Times.
The men and women of her circle derisively, unanimously, disbelieved in an innocence that forfeited reputation.
It is said that a steam-engine has been forfeited in this way.
He is under a bond to my master, never to say a prayer, or else his soul and his body are forfeited at once.
I am glad of that; since his life is forfeited; if he escapes my friend Raynal, he shall not escape me.
The warlike zeal of the English barons was stimulated by liberal grants of the forfeited estates of Bruce and his partisans.
c.1300, "misdeed," from Old French forfait "crime, punishable offense" (12c.), originally past participle of forfaire "transgress," from for- "outside, beyond" (from Latin foris; see foreign) + faire "to do" (from Latin facere; see factitious). Translating Medieval Latin foris factum. Sense shifted mid-15c. from the crime to the penalty: "something to which the right is lost through a misdeed." As an adjective from late 14c., from Old French forfait.
c.1300, "to lose by misconduct;" see forfeit (n.). Related: Forfeited; forfeiting.