This whole election was about perceptions and subterfuge.
The real issues are the economy and two wars without clear exit strategies.
Obie offered class warfare and sound bites while Willard talked over the head of the typical "Joe Sixpack" with talk of stimulating small business. The press collaborated with the
to bury/avoid substantive discussion of Libya and selectively cover Obie's Katrina to only present him in a positive light. Willard's unvetted comment about Jeep moving to China made him look stupid.
Gay marriage, the imaginary "war on women", abortion, etc... are all juicy distractions both parties use to deflect voter attention.