So it’s official now. Mitt Romney is running for President. Surprised? I didn’t think so. But, while he is considered the frontrunner today, that lead may soon vanish as some other notable names enter the race. Namely, Hockey Mom, Sarah Palin. Yes, she will.
As an LDS member, I really want to like this guy. He is all American to the core. Son of one of my most favorite Republicans of all time, George Romney; a good, strong member of the Church, so I think I have a good handle on his values; and a very successful businessman who had a real life before politics.
As the Governor of liberal Massachusetts, he was a pro-abortion rights moderate who enacted a statewide universal healthcare program strangely similar to the plan pushed and passed by new arch-enemy, President Barack Obama.
But, he has needed to reinvent himself. He is now far right wing, pro-life, universal healthcare-hating, and Tea Party-loving conservative in order to appeal to the base of the Republican party, many of which do not like him simply because he’s a Mormon. But, his Mormonism, well defined as opposed to Jon Huntsman, is probably the least of his problems.
I wrote a post several weeks again entitled: “Why the Republicans Will Lose Next November.” Unfortunately for Mitt, he is living proof why this continues to be so, maybe not for all the reasons I stated, but some of those and others.
For any candidate to win in November 2012, they need two major constituencies: folks whose political views fall in the middle and independents. This includes President Obama. Obama captured many of those folks last time as well as the lower middle class and poor, and the African American and most minority group votes.
At this point in the game, Romney is delivering his message to the base, right wing Republicans and Tea Party members. In his speech announcing his candidacy, he said things like:
“When he took office, the economy was in recession. He made it worse. And he made it last longer,” Romney said, pointing at stubbornly high unemployment, record foreclosures and falling home values. “Families are buried under higher prices for food and higher prices for gasoline… It breaks my heart to see what’s happening in this country.”
“The president seems to take his inspiration not from the small towns and villages of New Hampshire, but from the capitals of Europe,” he said. “With the economy in crisis, his answer was to borrow more money and to throw it at Washington bureaucrats and politicians, just like Europe.” (Yahoo News)
This is not a winning strategy. Whether those statements are true or not, it is important to offer solutions. He did not. And he has not. He has had to defend his revolutionary healthcare bill because the base does not like it. Just like they do not like the national healthcare bill. He’s taken a beating on this from the every people he is courting.
It will be interesting to see what happens during the first Republican debate scheduled for June 13th in New Hampshire. These preliminary debates are where the candidates will not only tell you how bad a job Obama is doing, but how bad a job the other candidates would do. Mitt Romney will be target number one. And no one will even mention that he is a Mormon.