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Mitt Romney’s tough challenge

September 16, 2012

As the weeks dwindle down toward the general election showdown, Mitt Romney seems to be running on empty. Romney’s dilemma is that he can’t seem to boast about his business or political career without chewing on his toes. The latest in a long string of incautious statements is that the middle class in the U.S. comprises those earning between $200,000 and $250,000 annually. This comes in the wake of the Olympics insult to the British and the swing and miss comments about the latest Middle East diplomatic mess.

So let’s get this straight. Romney can’t talk about his religion because Mormonism isn’t shared by many voters. He can’t talk about his business success because Democrats have successfully painted him as the outsourcer and lay-off man in chief. (Romney should have seen this one coming – in his 1994 U.S. Senate race against Ted Kennedy, Kennedy consultants Bob Shrum and Tad Devine hammered away at Romney’s Bain Capital record).

He can’t speak about his mostly successful tenure as Massachusetts governor, because his biggest achievement – nearly universal health care, with an individual mandate – is anathema to the right wing of his party and the Tea Party crazies.

Romney can’t talk much about foreign policy because he has no foreign policy or military experience. (Every time he wanders into this area he seems to be  munching on his sore toes). He can’t talk about immigration because the positions of he and his party are so at odds of the demographic reality of the 21st Century and the growth of the Latino vote. He can’t point to women’s issues because Republicans have become so ensnared with the Christian evangelical and Roman Catholic Bishops’ views on abortion, contraception and family values. Health care, too, is out because Romney drips with hypocrisy every time he tries to skewer Obamacare, which of course, is very similar to the Massachusetts plan he crafted as governor with help from, yes, you guessed it, a certain Edward M. Kennedy.

What is he left with? Well there is the foundering economy, which should be of help to him. Now if only he could come up with a credible plan to get people back to work…

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  1. Mister Guy permalink
    September 16, 2012 7:58 pm

    Willard Romney would have been a perfect GOP candidate for President…had he been able to run about a decade or so ago. In this day & age, where one can’t really lie one’s pants off over & over again without being called on it in the extremely fast (maybe too fast) news cycles that are common now, where the narrative of the 1% vs. the 99% is more common, and where the GOP has basically become a fringe Party in their “mainstream” views…Romney is out of touch. It is true that if Hollywood central casting was calling for a Presidential look-alike that Romney would be near the top of the list, but his blatantly out of touch, lie your pants off, spend tons of money trying to smear others & confuse people style just isn’t selling well with the American people at large.

    I used to think that this election would be significantly closer than the 2008 election…with the winner having somewhere between 270 & 300 electoral votes. I’m not so sure right now…Obama could end up blowing this one wide open with 300+ electoral votes. There’s still the debates to come (of which the VP debate will be much more interesting to me personally, since President Obama should clean Romney’s clock pretty easily), a few more unemployment numbers, the who knows what could happen on the international stage between now & the election, and the impact of overly strict voting laws in states like OH, PA & VA, but this election is now Obama’s too lose IMHO.

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