“Mitt Romney told CNN yesterday that unlike Rick Perry, he doesn’t think it’s wise to decribe Barack Obama as a socialist.
“Well, you know, words have a lot of unintended meanings, and calling people socialists probably goes on the fact that it is true that President Obama’s team and the president himself seem to believe that government has a better approach to our economy than does the private sector, and I disagree with that approach,” Romney said.
Said Romney: “I don’t use the word socialist or I haven’t so far, but I do agree that the president’s approach is government heavy, government intensive, and it’s not working.”
That answer is consistent with Romney’s general approach to speaking about the president, describing Obama as a good and well intentioned person who’s not up to the job of turning the country around.”
And that's why Romney is winning the nomination race, and also why he will be crushed by Obama.
Not enough Republicans believe the truth about Obama. Too many give him credit for trying to do what he is supposed to do, and, seeing that he is doing something else, give him more credit by assuming the reason why things turn out the way they do is incompetence.
This goes deeper than Obama, though. The REASON enough Republicans believe this to allow Romney to be nominated is that a (slight) plurality of Republicans believe, or want to believe, that "the system" can go on as before, if only it is better managed.
Idiots. Useful idiots.