Aw, this conservative seems a bit concerned about Willard’s prospects of beating PBO…..
Quin Hillyer (The American Spectator): …. all sorts of people are suddenly realizing that Mitt Romney is hardly the candidate with the best chance to beat Barack Obama …. former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis: “…. Democrats have not had to strain to plan the race they would run against Romney. For four days in the week, they will paint him as a flip-flopper who has occupied both sides of a lot of ground; for three days, as an entitled tool of corporate interests who made millions doling out pink slips on behalf of a shadowy management firm.”
…. I see, first, a candidate who “fails to inspire”. This is hugely important. It’s the old Dole/McCain/Bush 41 thing again: Without energizing one’s base, it doesn’t matter if you can get a few extra percentage points from “swing” voters…
…. there’s the attacks on his tenure at Bain Capital … coming from the left in a general election campaign, they will work ….Romney’s main selling point has been that he is a good businessman who proved himself in the private sector; if that gets taken away, he’s toast, because his record as governor was nothing to write home about…
Romney is the perfect foil for the Obama campaign, first because he is the very epitome of a Republican born rich who got richer by moving money around – a millionaire plutocrat who just can’t relate to “ordinary” Americans, and second because he is yet another Republican political/dynastic legatee….
Combine that with what appears to be a plastic insincerity …. with a “how dare you question me” attitude that increasingly has shown itself in debates, and with an utter failure to “connect” emotionally with what once were known as “Reagan Democrats” and you have a recipe for an extraordinarily weak general election candidate.
…. All of which is to say that Willard Mitt Romney has very low growth potential in a general election campaign against Obama …. this can be an easy recipe for what I call a “respectable loss”. But a loss is a loss is a loss. Romney is a weak general-election candidate who isn’t likely to get any better.
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