Mitt Romney - Another Second Rate Candidate?
Both Democrats and Republicans agree, the 2012 Presidential election is probably the most important election of our lifetime. Far beyond a choice between two men, or between leadership styles, we’re looking at a choice of direction for our country.
A vote for the incumbent means further transformation towards a European style of government we’ll call “quasi-socialism.” And, a vote for the challenger means a return to the Capitalist model which has served this country well up until now.
A vote for the incumbent means increasing debt that our country can no longer absorb. And, a vote for the challenger means a return to fiscal responsibility.
A vote for the incumbent means further entrenchment of “Universal Health Care” into our society. And, a vote for the challenger almost certainly means the repeal of an unpopular bill, or at least many portions of it.
Now, with all that’s at stake, the Republican Party has again put forth a second-rate candidate in Mitt Romney, at best the second or third choice of most conservatives during the primary season.
Gingrich challenged, and fell. But, his votes did not go to Romney. Perry challenged, and fell. But, his votes did not go to Romney. The same result occurred with Herman Cain.
It wasn’t until Santorum fell did the votes finally begun to swing Romney’s way. By then, no one better was available.
In short, approximately 2/3’s of Republican primary voters preferred another over Romney throughout the primary season, yet now he expects their support, primarily because he’s not Obama.
Like McCain before him, Romney lacks the charisma to stand toe to toe with President Obama in this new age of elections where substance (or truth) is almost always secondary to style.
Like McCain before him, Romney has chosen to take the high ground while absorbing the punches of President Obama’s and the Democratic Party’s negative attacks.
And, like McCain before him, Romney reached for a running mate in an attempt to put fire into a campaign that is seen as lacking.
“But, it’s the economy stupid.”
If it were, Romney would be up 10 points in the polls by now. No, as Romney mistakenly relies on a tanking economy as the key to victory, President Obama and the Democrats are re-writing the rules of the engagement.
The economy was Bush’s fault…everyone knows that. And, the obscene increase in debt was necessary to avert disaster. The government saved the auto industry and the banks. And, let’s not forget President Obama killed Bin-Laden, a feat President Bush could not accomplish.
These statements are true because President Obama say’s so. And, he says it in a manner that others believe him.
President Obama gave us Universal Health Care, and for now that’s all that matters because he was allowed to do it in a way that the provisions of the bill that are offensive are put off until after the election cycle.
And in Romney, we have a candidate that will have a hard time arguing the cons of the Health Care Legislation because he instituted a similar program while Governor of Massachusetts.
A second rate candidate like McCain before him who also did not enjoy the support of a majority of conservatives.
And, like McCain before him, Mitt Romney can’t win because he’s not playing the same game as the democrats, at least not now.
Let’s be clear, the “War on Women” does matter because the other side is talking about it. And, the people are listening.
Same sex marriage does matter because the other side is talking about it. And, the people are listening.
Distractions yes, but unless Romney starts addressing some of these issues, he stands no chance in the election.
Do you want to win Mitt? Better stated, do you like chicken?
I’ll give you a hint, most do. And, that answer could pull a swing state or two. Forget about the LGBT vote, the democrats locked that up long ago when they hosted the first ever Gay Pride reception in the white house.
Are you out to deny women contraception? Or are you simply against funding Suzie Q’s extracurricular activities. Again, the answer could pull you a swing state or two.
There’s a rebuttal to every distraction the Democrats conjure up, and Romney needs to address them. He need not worry that his stance is contrary to his opponents, only that others become aware of his stance.
To pull this off, Romney needs every conservative (and Libertarian) to show up at the polls, hold their noses and chose Romney.
Romney needs to stop mimicking John McCain’s 2008 campaign, take the bait on some of these distractions, and let the people know where he stands, regardless of position.
As stated in a previous article, the choice of Paul Ryan for VP is not enough, just as Palin was not enough for McCain.
Romney needs to show a bit of the same fire that helped him fight off the challenges by Gingrich, Perry, Cain and Santorum. And, that means going negative, just like his opponent.
There’s a reason Barack Obama’s approval rating is well below 50% and it’s not all the economy. The democrats brought up these issues as a distraction, so why not discuss them. I think Mitt Romney will find his stance is more in line with the majority than not.
Considering this is likely his last shot, why not put it all out on the table and let the chips lie. Leave nothing to regret, so to speak.
There’s still time to turn this around, but Romney, not Ryan, has to come out swinging.
Just as with Herman Cain, we need to know if President Obama has had an affair with a long time staffer, and/or if there is evidence of inappropriate conduct in the past.
A fair question considering the fact Mitt Romney has been dubbed a felon, or worse yet responsible for the death of an employee’s wife.
Is it the book alone that is responsible for the Obama’s wealth? Maybe there’s an anonymous source that has information otherwise?
I’m sure Harry Reid would have no objection to such an assertion.
How did Michelle get that job at the hospital?
Again, fair game in light of the attacks against Ann Romney.
As stated previously, there’s still time to turn things around. But, Romney need to be playing the same game as his opponent. Let’s hope he’s up for the task.
There is, of course, one additional thing Romney could do. And, that is request assistance from another within the conservative community. One who was arguably responsible for the 2010 GOP resurgence and is four for four in endorsements this year.
But pride has already dictated his choice there.
And, she’s young enough to wait until 2016 when the opponent may be Joe Biden.