Skip to comments.Why Mitt Romney Will Lose To Obama
Posted on 03/17/2012 9:27:07 AM PDT by brityank
Why Mitt Romney Will Lose To Obamaby Chris Freind
16 March, 2012
Being in the media, I have no friends, as it should be. If I did, however, 3 of 10 Republicans would surely take offense to this column, since it points out what is increasingly obvious to everyone but Mitt Romneys 30 percent base of support: Mitt wont beat Barack Obama.
Should Romney become the GOP nominee --- likely, but not certain --- he will have a difficult time unseating the President. Can he win? Given the stagnant economy, high unemployment, and skyrocketing gas prices, yes. But will he? No.
Since many Republicans are calling this election the most important in history, its worth a look at why Romney will fall short:
1) He cannot relate. Nominating Romney would be par for the course for a GOP that likes to elevate stiff, out-of-touch pols who cant relate to most Americans. John McCain, Bob Dole, and George Bush I (after he acted like he had better things to do than campaign for reelection) are prime examples.
Of course, it is rare for an incumbent president to lose, which occurred only four times in the 20th century. But in those instances, sitting presidents lost to charismatic leaders articulating bold visions. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton achieved success over Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, because, more than anything, they were extremely effective communicators, speaking from the heart rather than a script. There was a widespread perception among Americans that these candidates were talking directly to them --- that they were leaders who innately understood what the problems were, and how to solve them.
On a scale of one to ten, Romneys ability in this regard is zero. Not only is he unable to relate, but when he tries, things gets worse. He either becomes a laughingstock (an aloof Northeastern moderate patronizing unamused Southern conservatives by saying yall and grits as many times as possible) or a human gaffe machine ($10,000 bet, Im not concerned about the very poor, telling unemployed people that he too is unemployed, he knows what its like to worry about getting a pink slip, and I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners, among countless other beauties).
Romney doesnt understand that trying to be someone you arent is death to a candidate. Nowhere was that more apparent that in 1988, when another Governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis, was photographed riding in an army tank. Given his liberal positions on national defense, Dukakis was ridiculed to such an extent that his candidacy never recovered, with that iconic photo symbolizing his ill-fated campaign.
Apparently not a student of history, Romney is doing his best to upstage his Massachusetts colleague.
2) Romney is regressing. After spending hundreds of millions over the last six years, Romney is still routinely losing 7 of 10 Republicans. And that is with a weak field. Ron Paul is running to keep the others honest, Newt Gingrich has won just two states, and Rick Santorum, who two months ago was polling at two percent, is surging only because he is the last anti-Romney candidate standing.
Comparing apples to apples, Romney is faring considerably worse than in 2008. That negative trend is bad enough, but even more startling is that four years ago, Romney faced a number of credible candidates, including John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson. In other words, he is doing worse now despite competing against a rag-tag cadre of opponents who have virtually no money or organizations and who mathematically cant win the nomination.
The proof is in the pudding: of Romneys 15 wins (out of 27 contests), he has barely broken fifty percent in just four --- heavily Mormon Nevada and Idaho, his home state (Massachusetts) and Virginia, where Gingrich and Santorum werent even on the ballot. In fact, Romney couldnt even attain 60 percent against quirky Ron Paul --- known for his non-interventionist foreign policy and reduced military spending platform --- in Virginia, despite it being one of the biggest military and defense industry states in the country.
Four years ago in Minnesota, Romney garnered 41 percent, yet this time (as the frontrunner) he won less than 17 percent of the vote---yes, 17! In his true home state of Michigan, where he grew up while his father was governor, he hung on just enough to defeat Santorum --- and that was after a dismal debate performance by Rick. In Ohio, despite vastly outspending his opponents, he eked out a one point win. And most recently, not only didnt he win Alabama or Mississippi, but came in third in both states.
A successful candidate needs to win states in every region, an achievement that has thus far eluded Romney. A number of Mitts wins have been in states that will go Democratic in the general election (Vermont, Massachusetts, Washington and Hawaii), and he is struggling mightily in must-win battleground states (Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan). Not exactly a roadmap to success.
3) Flip-Flops. Conventional wisdom keeps predicting that the Republican base, weary of the drawn-out primary season, desperately wants to coronate Romney so the focus can be on Obama. Yet every time another primary rolls around, Convention Wisdom is turned upside down. Why cant Mitt seal the deal? Because to many, he simply isnt trustworthy.
Sure, Romneycare makes him wildly unpopular to many Republicans (whose main objection to Obama is Obamacare). But much more unsettling are his flip-flops, too numerous to list in their entirety, but which include abortion, gay rights, guns, government mandates, indexing the minimum wage, the auto and TARP bailouts, and even whether he is a Ronald Reagan fan.
But Romneys inconsistencies go beyond the policy arena and extend into his personal life, such as the issue of illegal immigrants working at his home. When questioned about that situation, Mitt responded that he fired the landscaping company that employed the immigrants, not because illegals working in the U.S. is wrong, against the law and hurts American citizens, but because, Im running for office, for Petes sake....I cant have illegals. Political expediency at its worst.
Mitt Romney embodies an articulate politician without a soul, one who will say whatever it takes to get elected. So prevalent is his flip-flopping that he couldnt even decide whether to campaign in Iowa.
Hes so out of touch that he doesnt understand the peoples yearning for a leader who stands for something and sticks to his guns. Instead, Romneys be all things to all people approach has him foundering, and should make him easy pickings for Obama in November.
There are those who will say the media is deciding this election, because columns like this are killing Romneys chances to win before the general election campaign even begins.
While it will be a bitter pill to swallow, those on the Right would be wise to realize two things. The Anyone But Obama approach is a losing strategy, since negative premises always produce inferior candidates. And Republicans looking to cast blame for Mitt Romneys troubles should stop looking for a scapegoat and see the real reason he will flop: Mitt Romney himself.
God save these United states!
The only way Romney can defeat Obama is if the gas prices are still very high by elections day.
Besides the fact that Mitt’s actual governance (not rhetoric) is too similar to Obama’s, he is winning predominantly in states Obama will easily carry. There is no reason to assume success by putting up a candidate to challenge them Dems on their home turf while failing to inspire our own base.
It’s getting harder and harder to see us anything but screwed.
I doubt even that will help. Soetoro and his Czars will merely open the money spigot wider for their sycophants, so besides paying for their houses, utilities, cars, and food, will tag on gasoline to their EBTs!
The United States destroyed....
By Nov with the $5 gas and the Catholic church cheesed off my dog Buddy could beat Obama and become president.
Next summer OWS will burn the country to the ground ala the summer of 1968, and Ubama will blame Mr. Wall Street for it.
Meanwhile, state-controlled media will suddenly discover that Romney belongs to a weird religious sect that has all sorts of strange practices and beliefs.
I keep thinking that the evil Obama regime will find a way to lower gas prices before Nov., if only temporarily.
Will they be able to at least create this illusion?
The only difference I see between Soetoro and Romney is that Romney isn’t a closet Islamist!
“sitting presidents lost to charismatic leaders articulating bold visions.”
Newt = $2.50 gas, Newt also = charismatic leader articulating bold visions.
Woe is we.
Lands, what a poor field we have had to choose from to go against obama this election. I see Mittens as phony as a $3 bill. He doesn’t relate, and regardless of the polls - I have my doubts that he can beat obama. Yes, he’d be better than zero - but, not much.
The Republican cognoscenti don't want him.
If Romney persisits in his “politics of personal destruction” against his fellow republican contenders; while doing the soft-shoe around Obama, he has no chance! He’s stiff and like Obama he can’t run on his record. That’s as plain as the nose on my face! He can’t run as Obama-lite. If Obama’s unacceptable, a cheap knock-off certainly won’t do!
"The People" who make up the 60 - 70% of Republicans who don't vote for him likely have studied their American history accounts of Jefferson, Washington, Adams, and Madison. They are looking for a modern inspirational leader like Reagan--a man who had taken the personal time to immerse himself in the ideas essential to liberty, and was willing and able to recognize the enemies of freedom and to engage in a battle of ideas against the counterfeit ideas of socialism.
His casual writing off of the President as "a good man who is in over his head," or that "does not understand how the economy works," is either naive or a dangerous deliberate mischaracterization.
"The told me Dole could win. He didn't.
"They told me McCain could win. He didn't.
"Now they tell me Romney can win. Why should I believe them?"
But there are also people who say:
"They told us not to nominate Dole. He couldn't win. But they never told us who could.
"They told us not to nominate McCain. He couldn't win. But they never told us who could.
"Now they're telling us not to nominate Romney. He can't win. But they don't tell us who could -- or how they could."
After retiring from nearly 40 years in ministry the one concept that was hard to explain was the Biblical concept that the wages of sin is death.
If Romney is the nominee and Obama wins another term. The concept of “the wages of sin is death” will be far easier to explain. Of course I doubt we even have a Republic in five more years, but the wages of...
From your lips to God’s ears!!!!