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.
Amazingly the author left out the Mormon issue. While no one will talk about it for fear of being called a bigot, a sizeable number of evangelicals will look at his campaign as a stepping stone to God-hood and just won’t vote for him. Even if that is 3% of the vote, that is the winning margin.
Don’t be too sure of that. Catholics puzzle me the way they vote.
I completely disagree. I think that conservatives are loudly expressing their preference for a non-Romney. However, they are more strongly non-Obama. The very people that are not supporting Romney will come out to vote against Obama no matter who the Republicans put up.
Thank you, Brit
Mitt is not inevitable ping
Obama is not running against Romney. Obama needs to beat his record on the economy, not Romney. This is why Obama is going to lose. He can’t win against the deepening economic depression. Obama is toast.
You understand. Obama can’t beat the economy. It is that simple.
All of this is not to say I want Romney. I don’t. But since he is being anointed by the GOP country club socialist-light establishment, we are stuck with him. My only hope for this nation is that Romney picks Palin for a running mate, and then president Romney dies a natural premature death, yielding president Palin.
Other than that, we are pretty doomed, but it won’t be from a 2nd Obama administration.
I will admit, most nightmares I have ever had are far less terrifying than a 2nd Obama administration if he were to win. If he is this raw in pushing socialism when he is facing re-election, he is capable of ANYTHING as a lame duck. Very terrifying.
I am convinced that America as we knew it cannot possibly survive a 2nd Obama administration. We barely survived 2 under rapist Clinton. We would not survive a 2nd under Obama, and time may prove we can’t survive Obama’s first.
Certainly we can’t survive Obamacare, which came about on Obama’s first. Even when the GOP retakes the Senate in 2012, it won’t matter unless we have a GOP president to sign a legislative repeal of Obamacare.
It doesn’t have to work well. A massive release will drop the price enough that the population will feel relief far in excess of reality and will credit the kenyan with it. The tiny release last year accomplished that much. It was only temporary but, hey, it only has to last until the day after the election. Last years release was surely a test run.
Destroyed from within, as V.I. Lenin predicted nearly a century ago; the Americna people are ultimately the culprits that we keep trying to excuse.
If Romney's Superpac does to obama what it has done to Gingrich, he will run the table in the Fall. If they falter and go wobbly, we all are done for. And yes, for the record I support Newt but would prefer Romney to obama by a serious margin.
So many defeatists on our side, you can all go and **** yourself...
Look back to last year. He did it and it worked. It lasted a couple of months. That is as long as he needs to get through an election. The price doesn’t have to go down more than 30 cents or so from wherever it is. He can do that. There is a LOT of immediate money in commodities. The short time frame of a Strategic Reserve release would affect that portion of the market and thus the price of oil for that shirt term. Six months is plenty to affect the election. Six months can be done.
30 cents decrease would not do it... not by any way, shape or form. The price of gas has to drop below $ 3.00 for it to have any positive effect on voters and the release of the strategic oil reserves would not do it.
We shall see.Getting below $3 may do it for you. Getting it below $2 won’t do it for me but, judging from the people I meet- and there are a lot of those in this resort town-, 30 cents and dropping a couple more cents in October will do it for most.
Romney is about as electable as Ford, dole, or McCain.
The big GOP wins of recent years — 1980, 1994, and 2010 — were achieved by running as conservatives. That’s what the party needs to do.
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