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The Problem With Romney – But…

There is nothing about this election and the frustration on the Right that would not be solved if Ronald Reagan were here to run again, or if Marco Rubio were only about four years further into his Washington career.  There is no Establishment RINO conspiracy led by Mike Murphy to deny the rightful nomination to a True Conservative.  There is, rather, the usual selection of flawed human beings and imperfect politicians.  Bill Clinton wasn’t any Democrat’s first choice in 1992 either.

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  1. Freeven
    Duane Oyen

    So, what’s the problem?  It is the way that the Presidency has evolved and what it has become.  To conquer the tasks, you need to be an extrovert with a thick hide.  Mr. Romney is absolutely not an extrovert, nor is his hide thick enough or his antenna well enough developed at this point….

    But someone needs to go persuade Mitt that he needs to a) act as though he likes this process, and b) learn to actually like it more, even when Bret Baier asks about immigration, OWS whines about the rich, or Jay Carney talks about taxing the rich.

    Sorry, I just don’t buy it. Romney’s problem isn’t that he’s an introvert. It isn’t that he is thin-skinned. It isn’t that he’s not a good enough actor. And it isn’t that he doesn’t love campaigning as much as Bill Clinton. His problem is that people don’t trust him. They don’t think he’s reliably conservative. They think he will say anything to win. To put that down to poor presentation is to deny a major credibility problem.

  2. Sisyphus

    We are overdue for a successful third party bid anyway. With the Parties of Washington offering a (typical) non-choice between ObomneyCare or ObomneyCare, there will never be a better cycle for it.

  3. John Marzan

    bill o’reilly predicts both santorum and gingrich will gang up on romney in the next debate.

  4. The Other Diane

    Main feed! Woohoo! As an avid Duane-o-phile from the early days of Ricochet I can’t wait to watch this discussion. Time to grab a Dr. Pepper, limber up those typing fingers and bring it on, Duane!

  5. RobininIthaca

    This is probably the best argument I’ve read for supporting Romney.To be honest, I am itching, ITCHING, to vote against Obama in November, and at this point, I almost don’t care who the GOP nominee is. Every candidate is flawed, and while I don’t relish another 4-8 years of defending a president who isn’t carrying the water on the front lines again (Bush 43), I am so eager to vote Obama out of office that I’ll take Romney even with his flaws as a marketing president. It wasn’t the choice I wanted, but honestly, who wants that job anymore? It’s thankless. Everyone ends up hating you from all sides no matter what you do. It takes years for people to recognize that what you set in motion works or doesn’t. Looking at it at way, I suppose that Romney is a good choice – he is not the advocate for conservatism I hoped for, but he is patient and willing to set things in motion that take years to play out.

  6. DocJay

    As much as I love to argue with you Duane, I think you are correct.

  7. Frozen Chosen

    Very good post, Duane, which points up many of the challenges/problems with running for POTUS these days.  Is it any wonder that so many potential candidates decided to sit it out?

    As you state, Romney is clearly not a natural politican and he needs to get better.  The extent to which he improves will largely determine whether or not he gets the job.  I take hope in the fact that GW Bush wasn’t really a natural politican either but still managed to get elected twice!

  8. James Gawron

    Here I go again,

    MARCO RUBIO IS NOT TOO YOUNG.

    Then someday they may recall we were not too young at all.

    Regards,

    Jim

  9. Xennady

    Yeah. Maybe he can buy the whole country pizza after he fails to repeal Obamacare and gives us a VAT.

    Sure. The problem is that Romney is a fabulous businessman but a horrific, terrible, awe-inspiringly bad politician.

    That matters. I take his inability to convince the republican electorate to vote for him- despite the glaring impossible flaws of the other candidates- as evidence that Romney is also an impossible candidate.

    Face it: The United States is falling into a political, economic, and cultural abyss that the Republic may not survive.

    Nothing I’ve seen from Romney makes think he even notices that, let alone has any idea what to do about it.

  10. Christopher Esget

    You assert that “the other candidates are impossible.” But I don’t see any evidence of that in your article.

  11. Dave Carter
    C

    Well stated, Duane, and you make a compelling case.  Which is the problem!  It is becoming tiresome beyond words to have a candidate whose supporters make a more compelling case than the candidate himself seems capable of making.  I hear what you’re saying, though I’m not positive that all of the others are impossible.  But just once, can’t we get someone that doesn’t put us into cardiac arrest every time he speaks?  I grow weary of dreading press conferences.  

  12. K T Cat

    We just watched Moneyball again last night and then I wake up and read this post.  Mitt is like some can’t-miss prospect who is clearly floundering in the big leagues to the point where half the coaches have given up on him and the other half are still lobbying to give him more time.

    The guy is just a loser. I don’t know what anyone sees in him as a politician. He’s had every advantage in the world and he can’t win.

    Romney is the Adam Dunn of politics.

  13. Ed G.
    Scott Reusser: Ten cheers for you, Duane. Really well said.

    And this past weekend, I’m afraid, shows you were right (and I was wrong) about Santorum. His campaign in the general would be 75% explaining himself or clarifying out-of-context statements. How quickly we managed to flip the narrative of that HHS goof from “we love freedom” to “we hate prenatal testing”. Painful. 

    Romney 2012: It Happens. · 10 hours ago

    I hear what you’re saying, Scott, but what’s the alternative? The opposition (and ideologically pure independents) would paint the same picture no matter what. It seems that the thought process in some circles on our side  is that this type of thing should be avoided altogether so that we don’t even run the risk of getting painted into the theocracy corner. But then how do we engage on the issue and advance our cause?

  14. John Marzan
    Christopher Esget: You assert that “the other candidates are impossible.” But I don’t see any evidence of that in your article. · 1 minute ago

    Romney’s the only one with a chance to get the independent vote.

  15. John Marzan

    Romney was already on his way to winning the hearts and minds of conservatives and tea party voters after the big Florida win… only to throw it all away with 2 careless comments.

  16. Leporello

    Duane:  Thanks for making the case for Romney.  After reading your post, I decided to offer the case against Romney in a separate post.  In my view, Romney does not deserve our support in the general election, much less in the primaries. 

  17. Ed G.
    K T Cat: We just watched Moneyball again last night and then I wake up and read this post.  Mitt is like some can’t-miss prospect who is clearly floundering in the big leagues to the point where half the coaches have given up on him and the other half are still lobbying to give him more time.

    The guy is just a loser. I don’t know what anyone sees in him as a politician. He’s had every advantage in the world and he can’t win.

    Romney is the Adam Dunn of politics. · 50 minutes ago

    That’s a little unfair….. to Adam Dunn. Yes, he has a poor batting average and way too many strikeouts, but at least he also has a strong record of hitting homers and driving in runs. What does Romney have?

  18. Duane Oyen
    John Marzan: Romney was already on his way to winning the hearts and minds of conservatives and tea party voters after the big Florida win… only to throw it all away with 2 careless comments. · 2 minutes ago

    I actually don’t think that was it, John.  The comments were the excuse for the activist base still looking for Reagan to resurrect himself and repeal the 22nd Amendment.  Minnesota and Colorado were pure evangelical triumphs, the fruit of the Family Research Council/Focus on the Family endorsement that got Newt so riled up.  Once that happened, it was Santorum’s turn as ABR; he is now taking his hits as the world looks closely at him the way they did with the others.

    And, Christopher, if the Newt, Perry, Cain, and Bachmann collapses don’t hit home, nothing anyone says will convince you until they have all dropped out.  

    Santorum disqualified himself through multiple video interviews over the last 6 years, as we all saw again over the weekend.   Only he can rescue Obama completely from the bad economy and $4 gasoline prices.  I’m fine with most of his social views; even I know when not to overstress them.

  19. Mothership_Greg

    Who or what will be to blame if Romney is the nominee and loses to Obama? I need to find out now so I can start practicing my sneers.

  20. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    Duane,

    You have done model work in how to defend Romney — realistic and reasonable.

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