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Seven Reasons Why Mitt Romney Is The Favorite In November
Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2012 | John Hawkins

Posted on 06/05/2012 1:28:14 PM PDT by Kaslin

As someone who mocked Romney mercilessly during the primaries and co-founded NotMittRomney.com, I can’t be accused of being a water carrier for Mitt. Moreover, I wouldn't walk back a single word I said about him, including the fact that he's the least electable GOP candidate since Goldwater. Yet and still, despite what you're hearing from the mainstream media, today Mitt Romney should be considered the favorite to win in November. There are no guarantees, of course, because it's tough to knock off a sitting President under the best of circumstances -- but if you were a betting man, there are a lot of reasons why Mitt would be the one to put your money on.

1) Weak Obama numbers: The early numbers we're seeing aren't good for Obama. At this stage of the race, a candidate who's almost universally known would like to be pushing, or ideally over, the 50% mark. The farther a candidate gets from that magic number, the more trouble he's in because it means the voters know his record and are looking for an excuse to vote for someone else. That's why, in races like this, undecided voters tend to break heavily towards the challenger.

According to RealClearPolitics’ poll tracking, Obama has lost every national poll of likely voters for the last month and more importantly, he hasn't cracked 45% support in any of those polls. Polling data at the state level is shoddy this early in the cycle, but Mitt Romney looks like he'll have an opportunity to compete with Obama not just in traditional must-win red states like Ohio and Florida, but in key states that normally go blue like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. If Obama is going to win, he must turn around a lot of voters who are familiar with his record and don’t seem to want him back as President.

2) Negative campaigning: People often say that "Negative campaigning works" -- and it does. That's why candidates keep using it. However, when you throw mud, you inevitably get some of it on you in the process. In other words, the more negative a candidate goes, the less people like him. That's doubly so for Barack Obama whose appeal in 2008 was built around being a post-partisan, post racial, hopeful “Mr. Nice Guy.” Unfortunately for "Mr. Nice Guy," his agenda has been extremely unpopular and so he's been forced to trade in his unicorn for a hellhound. Obama's campaign so far has been relentlessly nasty, negative, and hyper-partisan. That cuts into his biggest strength, likability. The voters may think Obama is a bumbling incompetent who's completely in over his head, but they like him personally and want him to do well. The nastier and more negative he gets, the less people like him -- and that's a big deal because he certainly isn't going to win because he's the best qualified man for the job.

3) Obama's record of failure: Barack Obama has actually accomplished quite a bit during his first term. Unfortunately, his agenda has been extremely unpopular and ineffective. Obama's nearly trillion dollar stimulus was a complete failure and we've already run up more debt so far than Bush did in eight years. America lost its AAA credit rating, we no longer have a manned space program, and we lost more than 14 billion dollars bailing out Obama's cronies at GM. We've had the longest streak of over 8% unemployment since the Depression. Obamacare is unpopular, unworkable, and promises made about the program are already being proven to be untrue before it even goes into effect. Just about the only thing Obama did right during his entire first term was giving the SEALS permission to kill Osama Bin Laden, but he's overplayed his hand so much there that even that has produced some blowback for the campaign. With Obama's dismal record, it's impossible to make the case that he deserves another term based on his accomplishments.

4) Turn out the base plus populism: Obama pretty clearly seems to be pursuing a turn-out-the-base strategy while making a half-hearted attempt to appeal to the center with raw populism. The problem for Obama is that those have proven to be poor strategies for Democrats at the Presidential level. For example, Bob Shrum is famous for running Democratic presidential campaigns that rely heavily on populism. He's also famous for working on eight different presidential campaigns, all of which ultimately ended in defeat at the ballot box. Obama seems particularly ill suited to run this kind of campaign since he's extremely wealthy, regularly goes on ritzy vacations, and has taken more money from Wall Street than any presidential candidate in history. As to turning out the base, the Democrats have never had the numbers to win a turn-out-the-base election at the presidential level and given that all indications seem to show a lack of enthusiasm from black Americans, liberals, and young voters, this seems unlikely to be the first one.

5) Obama's awful campaign: Simply put, Obama is running a terrible campaign so far. Literally every Catholic bishop in the United States has come out in opposition to Obama’s decision to force Catholic hospitals to provide birth control and abortion-producing drugs. Who in his right mind would go out of his way to alienate 60 million Catholics in an election year? Additionally, although gay marriage is getting close to rough parity amongst adults, likely voters still seem to oppose it by somewhere between 15-20 points. So, Obama's decision to flip-flop on gay marriage may excite his base, but it's a political loser and it, along with his persecution of the Catholic Church, will cause social conservatives to flock to Romney's banner in 2012.

Getting beyond that, Obama's attacks on Romney so far have been completely ineffective, his side issues like "the war on women" aren't working, and he’s lost his "speechifying" mojo. There doesn't seem to be any centralized theme, effective defense of Obama's first term, or compelling promises for the future that Obama's offering. His whole campaign so far seems to be Mitt bad, Obama good. The messaging so far is at the caveman level of sophistication and it must be ramped way up if Obama is going to beat Mitt Romney.

6) Obama's flagging fund raising: In 2008, McCain foolishly took the high road and went with public financing of his campaign. That allowed Obama, who raised more than 750 million dollars, to outspend McCain roughly 3-to-1. This time around, many people thought Barack Obama would be able to run the first billion dollar campaign. Despite the fact that Obama has "attended more fundraisers than his four predecessors combined," he seems likely to fall way short of expectations and it's entirely possible that Romney, with the help of conservative super PACs like American Crossroads, may actually outspend Obama this time around.

7)Bad economy: Everyone knows the economy was in the dumps when Barack Obama took office, but it's still terrible three and a half years into his presidency. Moreover, it's not as if Obama didn't have an opportunity to make an impact. He's passed a nearly trillion dollar stimulus. He slammed through a massive government takeover of health care. He bailed out his cronies on Wall Street and dumped billions into "green job" disasters like Solyndra. In 2009, Obama could get away with passing the buck to Bush on the economy. That was harder to do in 2010 and in 2011, it was getting increasingly implausible. At this point, the economy belongs to Barack Obama and as the Wall Street Journal notes, it's running like a Chevy Volt.

On Thursday the government reported that growth in the first quarter was 1.9%, even weaker than the 2.2% initial estimate. Then Friday delivered the third slower jobs report in a row, which qualifies as a depressing trend. Employers created only 69,000 net new jobs in May, and April's total was revised down to 77,000 jobs. Stocks were crushed in the backwash.

...The jobless rate of 8.2% marks more than three years of unemployment at or above 8%, despite an economy that ostensibly emerged from recession in July 2009. Few industries outside of manufacturing (up 12,000 in May and up by a robust one-half million since January 2010), transportation and health care saw job growth.

...Even worse is the news that hours worked declined slightly, hourly earnings were up only 0.1%, and hourly earnings on a year to year basis are up a meager 1.7%. All of this means that income growth after inflation is stagnant.

On Friday the White House blamed the third slowdown of its four-year term on Republicans for blocking the President's policies, but what policies are they talking about? In his first two years in office, Democrats gave Mr. Obama everything he wanted, save for cap and trade and union card-check, which would have done even more harm to job creation. They passed stimulus, ObamaCare, multiple housing bailouts, Dodd-Frank and more.

If the economy were humming right now, everyone knows that Barack Obama would be taking all the credit for it. So, it's only fair that he deserves the blame for a bad economy, too.


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1 posted on 06/05/2012 1:28:20 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

1. Because Palin did not run.
2. Because Cain had women issues.
3. Because Perry said “heartless”
4. Because Newt said “inhumane” and sat on a sofa.
5. Because Santorum endorsed Specter
6. Because conservatives could not unite (again)
7. Because Obama-nomics is worse than Carter


2 posted on 06/05/2012 1:39:13 PM PDT by icwhatudo (This is not a choice between Romney&Reagan-Its between Romney & most radical leftist Pres in history)
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To: Kaslin
I'm certainly not voting for a pro-abortion, anti-gun, big government liberal.

/johnny

3 posted on 06/05/2012 1:41:49 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: icwhatudo

1. Because Palin did not run.

Make that:
1. Because Palin sorta kinda hinted she was going to run, loyal Palinistas decided to bash all the other conservatives in the hope that it would pave the way for her victory.


4 posted on 06/05/2012 1:46:28 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Kaslin

The only reason that a lefty GOP elitist like Romney will win in November is that he isn’t Obama.


5 posted on 06/05/2012 2:05:39 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Kaslin

Inflation is not stagnant. Energy prices at the pump are up; the price of milk is up; tomatoes, beef, chicken, and even candy bars cost 1/3 o 1/2 more than when Obama decided to destroy COAL, SHALE OIL, and off shore drilling.....


6 posted on 06/05/2012 2:09:03 PM PDT by Jumper
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To: Kaslin
1. Romney installed ROMNEYCARE and will continue it.

2. Romney created gay marriage and will support both sides.

3. Romney imposes taxes, but calls them FEES.

4. Romney supports IAG, TARP, and SHARIA.

5. Romney supports the DNC, MSM, and Soros.

6. Romney is for the global warming hoax.

7. Romney was a failure a governor.


7 posted on 06/05/2012 2:14:20 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

From your computer’s keyboard to God’s eyes...


8 posted on 06/05/2012 2:18:09 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: Kaslin

“Favorite” - both correct and inappropriate word, methinks...


9 posted on 06/05/2012 2:18:45 PM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: Kaslin

So basically, it’s because he’s not Obama..

Neither is my Cat.


10 posted on 06/05/2012 2:22:49 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Kaslin

The first item in the list should be : "because Obama is and will continue to push for a massive shift leftward up until the very day of the election." Obama's sole purpose from this point forward is to move as far left as he can in order to make Romney "look conservative" by comparison.

By November pundits will be publicly scratching their heads and "trying" to figure out if Obama is "crazy like a fox" or "just plain crazy". They will bloviate about how out-of-touch Obama is with the electorate and how damaging this policy shift is to his re-election campaign. They will show strength for Romney by pointing out the difference in their poll numbers favoring him.

By the time mom-n-pop-America figure out that Obama is throwing the election to his liberal republican counterpart, it may be too late to do much about it. Only by being voted out of office (rather than perp walked out of office) will the ink on the socialist advances he's made begin to dry. Then, in will come Romney to "cut out the bad parts, but work within the existing legislation" to get the job done. And any chance we have to toss out ObamaCare and the Supreme Court appointments Obama has made go right out the Window.

I hope, as Obama becomes more obvious in throwing the election, our side will wake up. But, many people (FReepers included) will be blinded by the joy of seeing Obama's popularity fail. There is a bigger picture at stake, FRiends. Romney is a pawn, a stealth democrat, and a part of the problem -- not the solution.


11 posted on 06/05/2012 2:27:48 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: so_real

I agree with every point you make, but it is exactly because of those points and for those purposes that Willard will win. It is in the script.

If Obama had thrown the switch to light up the police state which every POTUS since Bush 1 has helped to build, there would have been massive resistance. When Willard throws the switch many who deem themselves conservative will shrug, or a most grumble, and say that ‘at least the un-Constitutional powers are in *responsible* hands’.

America has been played by both of these sham, sock puppet parties which are mere distraction from the real embezzlement of American liberty, sovereignty and prosperity. BOTH parties are accomplices in American decline. The ‘Black Liberation Theology’ POTUS versus the ‘White and Delightsome’ POTUS. This is a NWO cartoon show more than an election.


12 posted on 06/05/2012 2:42:09 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: ari-freedom

The inference (which cannot be avoided) is that we, who are not democrats, are every bit as stupid as they and cannot make choices, independent of someone else’s urging!


13 posted on 06/05/2012 4:11:43 PM PDT by old school
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To: All

Reason number 8
Obama promoting homo-marriage and alienating everyone who goes to a real church, synagogue or mosque in the USA.


14 posted on 06/05/2012 7:43:34 PM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan
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To: Diogenesis

Romney will do what he’s always done. Blow with the political wind. We need to be that wind.


15 posted on 06/05/2012 10:18:55 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: cableguymn
So basically, it’s because he’s not Obama.. Neither is my Cat.

Where's my "like" button when I need it? ; )

16 posted on 06/05/2012 11:35:38 PM PDT by Tamar1973 ("Never care what the other guy has, it is not yours and someone always has more."--isthisnickcool)
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To: Kaslin

1-7: Obama.


17 posted on 06/06/2012 4:16:56 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: so_real; jmaroneps37
By the time mom-n-pop-America figure out that Obama is throwing the election to his liberal republican counterpart, it may be too late to do much about it. Only by being voted out of office (rather than perp walked out of office) will the ink on the socialist advances he's made begin to dry. Then, in will come Romney to "cut out the bad parts, but work within the existing legislation" to get the job done. And any chance we have to toss out ObamaCare and the Supreme Court appointments Obama has made go right out the Window.

Brilliant, and quite possibly beyond the grasp of the ABO Freeper contingent.

Friend, if you're not posting these thoughts to a blog, you sure ought to be. Posts like the above, deserve to be widely circulated far outside the orbit of this website.

18 posted on 06/10/2012 2:45:39 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: liberty or death
Romney will do what he’s always done. Blow with the political wind. We need to be that wind.

That's a risk you're willing to take by voting for him, and I totally RESPECT that choice. One hundred percent.

Odds are bigger that Romney is a windsock anchored to catch the leftward breeze and to deflate when it's not there. His record indicates it pretty solidly. He may talk like he's blowing to the right ... but "in business, only performance is reality." His movement has been steadily leftward.

I'll leave the decision as to whether our next president will be Romney or Obama up to people willing to vote for those candidates and what they stand for. Either one is trouble for freedom and the enemy of the conservative Republicans I'm voting for down-ticket.

On the issues, they will be opposing either guy, Romney or Obama. I just read a thread where people are so eager to vote "against" Obama because he just annouced Gay Pride Month -- when Romney is absolutely as committed to homosexual "rights," even just a few weeks ago speaking of the "rights" of homosexual couples to adopt children. Which really means, in liberal talk, the right of government to punish adoptions agencies that refuse to turn children entrusted to them over to gay couples as "parents." Romney and Obama are both dangerous.

It's the same when the issue is global warming and the whole "green" charade of regulation to "save the planet," nationalized health care, abortion, and liberal judges. Romney may not be Obama, but he will take the same side Obama would if those issues came up during his presidency.

I'm doing my part to make sure that whether the next president is Romney or Obama, he has as weak a mandate from the voters as possible. If one in four voters vote FOR rejecting statist government "leaders" and force a plurality (voting third party would do it), conservatives will have a leg up because the majority Americans will be on record as rejecting whichever liberal president conservatives have to "work with," Romney or Obama.

19 posted on 06/10/2012 5:12:28 PM PDT by Finny (A deal with the devil is ALWAYS a losing proposition. Voting for Romney to avoid Obama is just that.)
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To: Windflier

Thank you, FRiend. All suggestions on how to get the word out are greatly appreciated! You are correct; FR is a grand start, but an even broader audience is needed.


20 posted on 06/10/2012 8:00:26 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Finny
Respect yours as well. But remember his political winds of the past that blew him were all Rino-Liberal.The MSM controlled the message.

If his wind is “US” (The New Media) then the game has changed and we cannot change that game by letting Obama have a second term.

All of my posting history is about what a “Bill Clinton” Mitt Romney is to the RNC. Remember what a Republican Congress and a vocal populace did to Billy. But it's a new day and with the near death of the MSM? Romney will be putty to the new media. His obsession is his fathers role in history through his son. Newt is helping him to realize where the media now resides. It ain't CNN.

21 posted on 06/12/2012 1:05:28 AM PDT by liberty or death
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