Skip to comments.Five Reasons Why Romney is the Favorite
Posted on 06/16/2012 4:23:11 AM PDT by safetysign
Why is Barack Obamas road to re-election so steep and uncertain at this stage?
There are five important reasons.
1. An indefensible record. Every election which features an incumbent is, at least in good measure, a referendum on the record of the incumbent. The problem facing Obama is that he cant offer a convincing case that his policies have succeeded. Recall that at the outset of his presidency, Obama told NBCs Matt Lauer, I will be held accountable. Ive got four years If I dont have this done in three years, then theres going to be a one-term proposition. Yet last October, Obama had to concede to ABCs George Stephanopoulos that I dont think [people are] better off than they were four years ago.
In addition, the main achievements of the Obama presidency including the Affordable Care Act and the stimulus package are deeply unpopular. By virtually any measure, then, the president has presided over a failed first term. He cannot reinvent, and therefore he cannot successfully defend, his record.
2. A weakening economy. The Obama campaign rested its hopes on the American economy getting stronger rather than weaker. This would have allowed the president to argue that while things havent improved as quickly as Americans had hoped, the trajectory was encouraging, that progress was being made, that the building blocks to prosperity were in place. From there, Obama would say he needed a second term to complete what he (belatedly) started in his first. But the data this year including dismal economic growth, job creation, and factory orders have left the Obama narrative in ruins. In the fourth year of his presidency, Obama is presiding over a weak economy that is becoming weaker still. The issue the public cares most about (the economy) is the issue the president is most vulnerable on.
3. Intellectual exhaustion. The Obama campaign is out of ideas. On the economy, Obama has used virtually everything in his progressive toolkit. Nothing has worked. And so the president, unable to defend his record in the first term, is left with no compelling vision to offer in a second term. Witness his speech in Ohio yesterday. It was billed as a major address on the economy. But it was widely panned even on the left for being empty and uninteresting. The president himself cannot articulate why his agenda in a second term would be more effective than what hes done in his first term. Hes running on empty.
4. A formidable opponent. The Obama campaigns attempt to disqualify Mitt Romney on grounds that hes too extreme to be president has fizzled. Whatever complaints one may have about Romney, being an extremist is not a plausible one. As Bill Clinton admitted, Romney has been a governor, had a sterling business career, and crosses the qualification threshold. Since securing the GOP nomination, Romney has made few unforced errors. Hes begun to repair the damage he had sustained. Hes shown impressive discipline and focus as a candidate. Hes outraising the president. And Governor Romneys campaign is, at least as of now, clearly superior to the presidents.
5. The late break. In most presidential elections, undecided voters break in large numbers for the challenger. If someone is undecided about an incumbent they know well, they will usually cast their ballot for the challenger. Thats particularly true when the country is suffering from economic difficulties and the political fundamentals are bad for the person occupying the Oval Office, which is certainly the case today.
Craig Shirleys book Rendezvous With Destiny reminds us that 10 days before the 1980 election, Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan by one point in a CBS News/New York Times poll; and the morning of the presidential debate (October 29), a Gallup Poll reported that Carter had a three-point lead over Reagan. Yet Reagan outdueled Carter in the debate and ended up winning 44 states and defeating Carter by almost 10 points.
I have long believed, and continue to believe, that the durable dynamic in this race will be that a majority of the public, and a large majority of independent voters, (a) consider Barack Obamas tenure to be a failure and (b) are inclined to vote against him. They are bone weary of his presidency, and they want it over.
The challenge for Mitt Romney is to sufficiently reassure these voters that hes up to the task of being president and that he would be an improvement over Obama. There have been higher bars to clear in the history of American politics, and at this stage in the race with less than 150 days to go the former Massachusetts governor is on course to do just that. Which is why he should be considered the favorite in the race.
Romney is a liberal. I won’t vote for him.
Broken record. Obama is thrilled.
Yep, you can count on it.
I used to think the same...Romney’s too liberal...but at this point I’d vote for Daffy Duck over the current POTUS.
Yesterday our commender in chief once again trashed the Constitution with his announcement about illegal aliens.
This guy is dangerous...Romney is only annoying.
He’s a bottom feeder.
What’s irrational about looking at the man’s record and throwing your hands up in the air?
Do you like Massachusetts Mitt’s activist judge picks?
Do you like his global warming?
Do you like his gun grabbing?
Do you like his increases in taxes *COUGH* I mean fees?
How about his sanctuary cities?
The entirety of his record as governor is liberal.
Just because I can’t stand Obama’s record, doesn’t mean I’m going to be blind to Romney’s. And Romneys is indeed _that bad_, that he can’t be supported.
Romney’s presidency is the easiest/biggest clusterf____ to see coming. Nothing about his candidacy is real. He is Obama white.
Mr. RomneyCARE has ALREADY supported Obama on
RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE, TARP, and now Amnesty.
Weak Mr. RomneyCARE is NOTHING but a democrat
Obama probably is thrilled. Romney isn’t going to keep any of his promises, what part of the Rockefeller wing of the republican party have you missed over the last 4-9 decades?
Everybody that Romney keeps surrounding himself with puts the lie to all of his promises. You know full well that if you were the one running for president against Obamacare, you wouldn’t hire not one person who favored Obamacare.
Romney has hired every single one of them.
Obama is a marxist. I won’t vote for him.
In fact, I’m even going to vote for the other guy in order to help keep the marxist out. The other guy is no conservative - but he’s no marxist either - and he likes America... the marxist?... not so much.
I don’t want to have to explain how my choice to fail to support the other guy led to the further destruction of America by aiding the marxist’s reelection. Not many FReepers do.... unless they just sign up before elections to disrupt.
————————This guy is dangerous...Romney is only annoying.-——————
This is naive.
Both men are progressives. That makes them both dangerous.
-——————In fact, Im even going to vote for the other guy in order to help keep the marxist out.-———————
Do you believe that “progressive” is code word for communist like Allen West does?
Mitt Romney in 2002 “My views are progressive”
If you answer the question with a yes, then you are prepared to vote for one communist over another.
The late break. In most presidential elections, undecided voters break in large numbers for the challenger. If someone is undecided about an incumbent they know well, they will usually cast their ballot for the challenger
In Ohio independents out number the two parties. So Zero is dead.
I'm with you - ANYTHING to get rid of Obama. On his worst day, Romney is better than Obama on his "best" day.
Here’s what I want to explain to my kids:
I learned my lesson.
I won’t pick and choose between progressives and say that one progressive is better than another progressive.
The way post 11 is structured, it sounds oh-so-reasonable.
But if you just change the words “the other guy” to be “progressive” (which Romney is, he admits it and his record bears the words out to be the full honest truth) that’s when the reasonability of post 11 falls apart.
If anybody believes as Allen West does, that “progressive” is code word for “communist”, then they have no business voting for Romney.
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