“I think the early exposure worked,” Stearns said, but then the issue was lost in the rest of the 2012 noise.

“The president somehow was able to sidestep [Solyndra], and Romney did not make it an issue,” Stearns said. “Just like Benghazi. Benghazi was a great issue for Romney, but he did not use it as well as I thought he could.”

Stearns wondered yesterday if perhaps Solyndra had a short shelf life as a political issue, that it was stale by Election Day.