Opinion: Whoa! Romney isn’t meant to do this badly

I am getting worried.

A few weeks ago I was sure that Mitt Romney would win the US Republican Presidential nomination. He’d be nicely battered and bruised and the Democrats would have a fat file of YouTube and news clips to use against him (“I like firing people“/”I am not concerned about the very poor“/”Let Detroit go bankrupt” etc). But he would win.

However, it is now becoming possible that he might not win the nomination. Oh dear. Rick Santorum has been ahead in a string of national polls and is fourish points ahead in Michigan. Yes, Michigan, where Romney’s father was Governor and which Romney (sort of) claims as a “sort of” home state.

Veteran commentator Walter Shapiro has put it all very pithily:

THE MITT ROMNEY CRISIS transcends the seven straight national polls showing Rick Santorum in the lead. It goes beyond the embarrassing reality that the son of an auto executive and two-term governor has been behind in every Michigan poll conducted since Groundhog’s Day. Even more devastating for Romney is that elite Republicans have begun to conclude that he cannot, if nominated, beat Barack Obama. About the only argument that still works for Romney among GOP insiders is that he would be less of a drag on the ticket than the strident Santorum or the mercurial Newt Gingrich.

With the exception of Mike Dukakis (what is it about governors of Massachusetts?), it is impossible to recall a top-tier presidential contender who aroused such little passion among the voters.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist in Newbury and West Berkshire. As part of the Liberal Democrat Voice team he helps with photos and moderation on the site, as well as occsionally contributing articles. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in LDVUSA.
Advert

9 Comments

  • Andrew Tennant 20th Feb '12 - 7:46pm

    In any country but America Santorum, a religious extremist with immensely conservative views, would be completely unelectable. I hope he’s unelectable in the US too, but I’m beginning to worry. Mostly about the intelligence of American voters…

  • The longer they are fighting amongst themselves the better. Once they are done doing that they can stop being ridiculously right wing and start appealing to Americans that aren’t in the Tea Party – they won’t win either way, but if they fight amogst themselves long enough they will end up bringing down the whole Republican Parties reputation and hopefully damage their senators and representatives.

  • Keith Browning 21st Feb '12 - 9:44am

    Even Fox News doesn’t know what is going on, or who to support. They normally try to manage these things but their various commentators are now giving very diverse opinions about how it will end. There seems to be plenty of kite-flying, hoping a new and electable candidate appears from somewhere. Is there a George Bush III waiting in the wings?

  • Santorum has got to be easier for Obama to beat. I’d be more concerned about someone electable emerging from the woodwork; Jeb Bush?

  • Joseph Donnelly 21st Feb '12 - 4:00pm

    Theres a debate on CNN at 1am our time that you should be able to get online if anyone is interested. The first debate in 3 weeks and the last for a while and its just before Michigan and Super Tuesday so should be good. Interesting to see if Gingrich can replicate his pre South Carolina performances.

  • Chris Nelson 22nd Feb '12 - 12:21am

    There has been some talk in the US press from an “unnamed” US Senator that suggests that if Romney loses Michigan and Arizona by big margins, there will be a call for someone else to join the race – with that Senator mentioning Jeb Bush. On the back of that, Jeb Bush has apparently been placed as the third favourite by the bookies,

    At the moment it seems to me to be little more than talk or grumblings – but if such an outcome were to happen, it would make for interesting times. Jeb Bush is, allegedly, more electable than either Santorum or Gingrich – but with a name like Bush, his candidacy would probably be a golden ticket for Obama to link him to the same economic legacy of his brother that worked so well for Obama in 2008.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarNom de Plume 26th Jun - 3:33am
    Although I have argued for Remain, I have my own set of things I dislike about how the EU works. Including the breadth of the...
  • User AvatarChris 26th Jun - 3:23am
    This is great news, great leadership. Thanks Tim
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 26th Jun - 2:38am
    This is good. About article 50: the EU are trying to kick us out on their terms and we either need to make sure they...
  • User AvatarJamesg 26th Jun - 2:35am
    "The Germans made clear that freedom of movement was non-negotiable. A red line. I am not a legal expert, but would suggest that it is...
  • User AvatarJamesg 26th Jun - 2:02am
    David-1 Trump was actually speaking from Turnberry, home of many Opens for 100+ years. It was upgraded to the tune of 200 million much to...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 26th Jun - 2:00am
    Exactly the right tone. 70% of Liberal Democrats voted Remain; Farron is representing the bulk of the party, remains consistent with the party's traditional values,...