Skip to comments.Romney's Strategy Isn't Working (It's the Conservatism, Stupid!)
Posted on 08/10/2012 2:39:59 PM PDT by mojito
....The polls suggesting hes seven or nine points behind are surely wrong, but given that there is only one national poll that shows him ahead, we have to presume Romney is behind. He should presume hes behind. And given that theres no good reason whatever for Obama to be leading, one can only presume that Romneys strategy in July and now in August is not working.
Which is why the we only talk about the economy line, while superficially clever, was and is so foolishstupid, even. Of course Romney wants to focus on that one issue. Its the one that hurts Obama the most, and the one on which he seems to score the best. He and his team have an idea about the campaign. They need to win independents to win. Independents are less ideological. So dont press the ideological buttons. Keep it simple....
Romney and his people prefer this strategy because its what is most comfortable to them. He is not, at root, an ideological person. Neither, at root, are they. And the data suggest this is not a time for a sharply ideological campaign. The data suggest Romney needs to run as Mr. Fix-It. That is how Romney prefers to view himself. So the two match perfectly.
Alas for him, thats not how it works. If conservative ideology is a problem with some independents, it also has the virtue of providing those who use it to discuss the nations problems with a pulse. Romney has just learned over the past few weeks that he cannot limit the discussion to the topics he wishes to talk about, especially when his rival is spending $100 million trying to destroy him in the swing states and when the media are largely serving his [0bama's] purposes....
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Mr. Fix-it needs to get some tools for the mind - they're called "ideas," conservative ideas - and use them to explain the mess we're in to the American public.
But alas, I don't think Mittens has ever had an idea, let alone a conservative one, in all his years in politics.
Every single poll, EVERY SINGLE POLL, except Rasmussen, is NOT surly wrong. Even Fox has Romney down 9. Let’s stop fooling ourselves. Look. I know we are upset, but let’s not stand in the rain and tell ourselves it isn’t raining.
But you are absolutely 100% correct. “It’s the conservatism, stupid”. And Romney is not only ill qualified to run on that, he is utterly inept.
The sooner we face the fact that we have been played by the GOP elite, the sooner we can recover. But if we sit here and spend the next few months saying “the polls are wrong”, well . . .2016 is going to be a replay of this nightmare.
"RomneyCare 2.0 With costs rising fast, Massachusetts moves to dictate medical care
Under the plan, all Massachusetts doctors, hospitals and other providers must register
with a new state bureaucracy as a condition of licensurethat is, permission to practice.
They'll be required to track and report their financial performance, price and cost trends,
state-sanctioned quality measures, market share and other metrics."
With so many unemployed and gas and heating oil prices these three alone should result in Obama trailing the GOP Candidate by at least 15% nationwide!
Mitt has a language problem, and this is going to be another “Bush is stupid” to “Romney is boring”. We have got a dunce who has not done his ideological homework again, aside from what he would be distributed in colleges from Marxist teachers. Hence he is going to admire his opponents for their knowledge and completely misunderstand the conservatives. Talk about communication skills.
Professionalism and work in the American workplace is going to be thus going out of the window in favor of KGB liberal tactics who are going to use the workplace as their usual favorite political football field and means to snitch for the government, their homosexual “lovers”’ plight pimping them and lawyers.
Not a single LV poll has Obama at 50% or more. Guess what that means? Hint: he’s not ahead.
with unions, government employees, illegals and welfare ..Democrats out number conservatives ...thats why nothing works. and dont forget all the fraud votes. we are dooomed
He’s just not making any ground against a man who by default should be behind at least 15%. If we didn’t know anything about the data and situation of the country we could easily look at the polls between the two candidates and assume the unemployment rate must be around 4.5%
“But alas, I don’t think Mittens has ever had an idea, let alone a conservative one, in all his years in politics.”
That pretty much says it all. I salute you.
Indeed, for all his faults and distrust, Gingrich knew how to talk the talk and think the think of the conservatives. The RINOs must be thoroughly screwed up to have tried to put forth “their One” instead.
i forgot to ad the race card to my list of obama voters. I sure hope Republicans are registering voters in battleground states
Look at the internals of the polls.
Romney is as dull a candidate as John McCain was, only worse. And he probably doesn’t have the courage to pick a VP candidate who isn’t just as dull and uninspiring as he is himself, so there is not going to be a “Palin bounce” with this guy. I’m not surprised the polls show him getting his butt kicked. Republicans deserve exactly what is happening to them.
Romney is a lousy candidate. Most of us knew this before the primaries. And southern conservatives may just stay home. But it’s who the RINOs wanted and they apparently control the party.
Me too. It should be happening during and between campaigns no matter who is running.
That said, a good candidate can win in a landslide without the going out and rushing to get people registered. A good Conservative who knows how to speak (as Ronald Reagan did) could explain our philosophy to every group from gays to blacks and even those on welfare and win them over.
The truth is most people no matter what group they come from would prefer to make it in life, reach their dreams, succeed and perhaps become rich and be able to call it their own - something they did all by themselves.
There will always be the lazy crowd of course but that group is much smaller than you think if we can separate those who lost faith in the system from those who are just lazy.
With the right candidate who is conservative that is articulate, we can win almost by default.
If you don't like having to choose between the two liberals running in the major parties, consider Tom.
P.S. The major parties won't be the major parties for too much longer.
Um we dont have that candidate.
>> The sooner we face the fact that we have been played by the GOP elite, the sooner we can recover.
What solution do you suggest, then?
I’ll wait until September after the conventions are done before I take the polls real seriously. Carter actually led Reagan by almost double digits in June of 1980 and ended up getting crushed. Some pollsters even had it close right up to the election.
And I think a lot of people are turned off by a mormon.
No, under Bush the unemployment rate averaged 4.7% which was desbribed by the democrats (as part of their daily mantra for 6 years) as "the worst economy since Hoover". 4.7%!
Well, their mantra worked and in 2006 Pelosi and Reid took over Congress. It was then that the economy took its dump and it never came back since then.
No, Obama! We have not tried our way since before 2006
Romney has a strategy?
>> If you don’t like having to choose between the two liberals running in the major parties, consider Tom.
Great! He can split the three percent protest vote with Virgil Goode and Ron Paul.
Now *there’s* a sound strategy for taking back America.
Of course, if Romney was up by 5 you would still be saying Romney was doing something wrong.
No, he is not perfect, as a candidate.
I must say, however, that the anti-Romney crowd sure will not go down as “perfect” conservatives.
Ronald Reagan supported Gerald Ford, after the primary.
That is the way the game is played.
Some of you WANT Obama to win.
“Republicans deserve exactly what is happening to them.”
Except it isn’t ‘just’ the republicans. It’s the entire country...and maybe even the world. Four more years of obama means a probable islamic caliphate and the death of America.
Mitt Romney is no Ronald Reagan. Because of that fact you had better draw that measuring line of yours quite a ways back closer to today. He's going to need a running start just to get close to where Reagan was in September. Romney is no Reagan.
It's not that Romney doesn't have ideas. I think it's because Romney's faith is preventing him from running the kind of campaign that is needed against Obama. Where McCain was soft because he was afraid, Romney is soft because it's his upbringing.
Romney is running a "Donny and Marie" campaign, while Obama is running a "Gangsta Rap" campaign.
You don’t like Romney and won’t vote for him so you should all be happy then.
Romney can’t campaign as a conservative because he is not one.
Every now and then he uses a conservative word but doubt he even knows what the words mean.
He has a record and it is not conservative.
>> And I think a lot of people are turned off by a mormon.
A little maybe, but not nearly the way I’m turned off by a half-muslim, half-black-liberation-theology racist marxist.
We're in uncharted territory these days. This is just not one of those typical republican vs democrat elections where if we lose "oh well, maybe next time".
We've been downgraded for the first time in history under this current pResident. The unemployment rate alone should by default put a typical candidate whether it be Ford, McCain or Sarah Palin ahead at least 15%-20%.
Sorry, Romney's running a terrible campaign. There should be no conflicting polls. Somehow what should be a referendum on Obama appears to be becoming a referendum on Romney. That's quite the accomplishment for Obama Team.
Romneybots should be embarrassed.
This is from 2006 but probably still pretty valid -
Gallup poll: Two thirds of Americans not ready for a Mormon president
A Gallup poll taken last month has found that 66 percent of people questioned feel that the US is not “ready’’ for a Mormon president and 29 percent said the US is ready. Sixty-four percent said the US is not ready for an Asian president. On the other hand, 61 percent said the US is ready for a woman as president.
Romneybots should be embarrassed.
^ THIS ^
He is a LOSING candidate, and that makes him PERFECT for the DNC.
"It's a feel-good story, this Romney thing.
Romney is an ascendant guy."
Sen. John Kerry (D) to Don Imus on RomneyCARE:
"I like this health care bill".
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D) on RomneyCARE:
"To come up with a bipartisan plan in this polarized environment is commendable."
Mitt and his people are tone deaf. Blew an opportunity during the Chick-Fil-A instance to declare conservative values and back people’s rights. A great opportunity to attack the left as intolerant and unconstitutional A-holes.
Should have attacked Rahm et al on the idea they could “deny” a business license due to a personal belief. Isn’t this kind of difference you would DIE to point out?
Another HUGE mistake, in my opinion, was the initial response to the LYING AD with that jerk “husband” who let his wife die.
MASSIVE opportunity to hammer the left. Instead, his stupid spokesperson said, “we’ll, if he lived in MA, she’d have been covered under Romneycare”.
REALLY? Lame, lame and beyond lame.
Hard to tell since I didnt vote for Obama. I held my nose to vote for McCain. I won’t be holding my nost to vote for Romney but will be ringing my hands. Our nation will fail with another Deomcrat President. I am still trying to figure out how Obama makes mandates for everything and no one in congress stops him. seems to me the balance of power is lost.
>> Gallup poll: Two thirds of Americans not ready for a Mormon president
Did Gallup do a poll on how ready America is to be destroyed by a full-blown marxist totalitarian who thinks *he’s* god? If so, how did it come out?
Here is a report on how well the Romney strategy is working.
On Wednesday, I drove from Central Virginia to Western Maryland. On Friday I returned — 250 miles up and 250 miles back.
I drove through three states: Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.
I drove on Interstate highways and I drove on local streets and roads.
During that entire trip, I saw no Romney bumper stickers — not one. I saw only one Romney lawn sign — just one.
Something is terribly wrong with the Romney campaign.
I realize that all too well. However, I'll still wait until September before I start worrying.
I have seen this movie before ... in 1996 with Dole ... in 2008 with McCain.
Gutless politicians are gutless.
Republicans are gutless.
This was from 2006. Obama wasn’t on the radar. I’ll take a mormon over a muslim, but not by much.
It is utterly mind boggling that Mittens is doing so badly against probably the most dangerous, most socialist, most Marxist, most dictator like President in the history of this country and he can't even manage more that a couple or points or so swap back and forth from week to week for the lead with the greatest liar and crook this country has ever known in the WH.
It is so incredible that he isn't running away with the poll numbers instead of just barely keeping his eyebrows even with the water line every so often, or put another way, floundering in shallow water. He is going to fool around and let Obama win. The more folks learns about Mittens the less they like him. When liberals have a choice between a real liberal like Obummer and a liberal RINO like Romney it is no small wonder who they are going to choose. And conservatives don't trust or like him!
There is just too much about Romney that makes our side of the aisle either sick at their stomachs or very ill at ease. He is shaping up to be Obamas near equal in philosophy it would appear. Not much real difference between the two, IMHO.