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Romney's Big Problem

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Romney's Big Problem


WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has lost his central asset. It is no longer obvious that he is the Republican with the best chance of defeating President Obama.

Romney was never fully trusted or liked by the staunchest conservatives, a rather large Republican constituency. But until now, enough of them have been willing to swallow their doubts at critical moments because they believed the former Massachusetts governor was the one potential nominee who could win the election.

E. J. Dionne

Besides contributing to The National Memo, E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and a university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.

His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2013).

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  1. Ronk25 February 16, 2012

    E.J.Dionne, quite frankly you have this article so wrong that it’s rediculous. You’ve heard thet term “not in the Ballpark”. Well your not even in the same state on this issue. Romney is losing it because as time went on it became totally clearer that Romeny was not only a part of the 1% but was the 1%’s main man. Check it out: when did Romney start to his decline? As soon as two things happened in parallel:
    1) He released his income tax statements & people saw the size of his investment income.
    2) The 1% & representatives (Koolie Boyz) of the 1% became exceptionally vocal about supporting him.

    Hence his downfall. That’s it. It’s no more complicated than that. And, that’s why he won’t recover because he can’t change the 1% thing. It’s over for Romney. His cover has been blown. Romney & Gingrich beat the crap out of each other – knocked each other out & Santorum (last practical man standing)walks through the open door.

  2. pepineagles February 16, 2012

    Mitt Romney’s big problem can be summed up in two words, “Mitt Romney.” He is is own worst enemy with almost total transparency. Everyone can see it except Mitt Romney.

  3. Hankk February 16, 2012

    Mitt Romney must think everyone in Michigan is dumb, blind and hard of hearing, have you listened to his first political commercial? The A_ _ hole thinks that we don’t know what happened to the hundreds of 1000’s of manufacturing jobs that aren’t here any more. Well Mitt my boy, we know that the welfare that you and corporations have gotten since 1983 are responsible for them going to other countries. We know that since the first GM shop closed in 1983 dam near everyone in Michigan followed suit until Michigan was a shell of it’s self. We know that from the 1950’s thru to the late 1970’s Michigans tax base paid the way for most of the USA. We also know who is responsible for the mess that our economy is in, and no matter how many more lies you tell, you can not blame it on President Obama. MIchigan will not let you, because we also know that you Mitt, wanted to let the American Auto Manufacturing Companies go out of business. Trusting you or any other republican is like living with the Satan himself. hankk, MI

  4. Kingofnotsomuch February 16, 2012

    Willard, is nothing but a joke,been running for president for the last 4 years.He is trying to make people like him,but he is finding out that it is not happening.Even animal lovers don’t like him.Everybody knows that when he opens his mouth ,he puts his foot in it.Willard claims that the rich and corps. creat job by giving them tax breaks ,he calls it the trickle down effect,but it doesn’t work.If the trickle down effect works,then where are the jobs?Maybe the jobs are created in China,Pakistan,Korea or some other country.IT sure is not America.

  5. JTSJR22 February 16, 2012

    I agree…his cover has been blown, and the Emperoror of the Republican presidential primary process has no clothes
    “He does not make sense, that Mitt Romney. He can’t even get his jargon right…”Severely conservative?”
    What does that say about how , in his heart of hearts, he actually views Conservatism! ” read more at http://www.pdq22.blogspot.com

  6. Howz 1 February 16, 2012

    A quandry is a good word to describe Mitt’s current status as a canidate. If he tries to go to the right of Santorum, he creates a wider gap between himself and the independent vote he needs to win. This is apparant in his drop in polls with this group. If he tries to moderate his approach he draws fire from the base that can say see we told you, you can’t trust him. This problem for Romney shows how out of touch the party leaders are. They saw Romney as just moderate enough to capture the independent vote, and still conservative enough to not alienate the base. The problem is the base. Very angry and very conservative. The Tea party stirred this pot to the boiling point. They don’t just want to eek out a victory against Obama, they want his blood to spill, and want a canidate to go toe to toe with him like the Thrilla in Manilla, and Romney is not that guy. Too reserved, no fire. The Base also wants a purist not a pretender, and his statements during the run for senate against Ted Kennedy(I’m really a moderate to progressive) is haunting him now. He and his Wall st backers never in their wildest dreams thought that a fellow Republican would bring up the wealth issue in the primary, but Newt’s ego is greater than party loyality. The Republican party has lurched to the right, and now all Mitt’s plans are in disaray. He made enough statements about being so conservative that the middle won’t believe him either if he should win the primary and has to go back there in the general. Talk about loose loose.

  7. rustacus21 February 16, 2012

    … Romney is doing what he’s good at: flailing! Coming to MI, he criticizes auto makers & their workers, who have, as he often advocates – succeeded in a time of crisis! His repudiation of the auto bailout package – a LOAN, by the way, that has been completely repaid (resulting in no loss for American taxpayers whatever!!!), is cynical pandering to low-life tea-baggers, who despise this president purely on racial grounds. Romney, however, is short on criticism of wall st. banks & investment houses, who STILL owe the American taxpayers $9-20 billion (or more), for the bailout of THEIR industry, but who, even now, are in collusion & desperately scheming on how to “defraud” customers & current homeowners, by way of higher fees, restrictive rules & vague, deceptive operations. It must have alot to do w/the fact that these same wall st. officials are bankrolling the Romney campaign, w/the “bet” that he can take the White House. W/details of the mortgage crisis just coming to lite, we see how pervasive the corrupt practices were, which exploited unsuspecting prospective homeowners, changing the terms of their mortgages, soon after signing, to explode their monthly payments to astronomically unaffordable levels, after being packaged & resold to customers in the investment industry & overseas investors (such as Greece, France, to a lesser degree, etc.). So b4 anyone gets carried away, understand that the superpac influence only means the same thing it did when they were outlawed 100 years ago – a corrupting influence over government!!! For Romney purposes, channeling the Reagan/Bush performance is just fine w/him! Even if it, AGAIN, will mean hell for the average, Middle Class American citizen!

  8. Maricia12 February 16, 2012

    No one wants to talk about it because it is politically incorrect but let’s face it, Romney’s religion is a factor for many people. Morman’s have some strange beliefs and other religions do also. This one is even more strange believing in magic underwear, baptizing people of other religions, after they are dead who of course, have no say in the matter. Then there are the secret temple ceremonies only certain members can take part in. They do not allow non members to see certain areas of the temple, only some members who have met certain qualifications. For instance, non members or members, who have not reached the level of qualifications could not attend the temple wedding of a friend or relative. I think any religious organization who has something to hide, and apparently they do or they would be open to all people, is certainly suspicious and some people would not want a President who is a member of that church. Like it or not, one’s religion does influence one’s decisions.

  9. Ohio4Mitt February 16, 2012

    Most of the negative comments about Mitt are coming from Democrats disguised as Republicans. The democrats have already determined who the President’s opponent will be and are going after him with both barrels. Sure the other Republican candidates are throwing some mud but all you have to do is watch MSNBC to see where the real effort is coming from. Go Mitt!!!
    Just once I would like to hear one of the candidates, republican or democrat, explain how they are going to stop the national debt counter and actually make it run in reverse.

  10. scareygary February 16, 2012

    I’ll answer your question about reversing the debt problem. It’s very clear that TAX CUTS alone won’t fix the problem. Since Ronald Reagan, we’ve seen the top tax rates slashed from 74% to 39% to 35% with the promise that more money at the TOP would ‘trickle down’ to the rest of us. Surely has NOT happened. And corporations that used to pay $1.50 for every individual taxpayer dollar has dropped to $.25 ! (Thank their lobbyists and tax attorneys) We’ve had debt every year and under every president since Reagan, and where are the JOBS? (ask the Chinese). Some of the debt answer is to increase the INCOME for government by asking those who can do more to PAY more (like the used to back when this country was flourishing from top to bottom), and quit believing in a failed ‘theory’ that tax cuts will lead to prosperity (except for the very, very few at the top of the food chain who’ve been asked to sacrifice exactly nothing….). If you want jobs, you must stop slashing the very real JOBS of teachers, cops, firefighters and other government workers, not to mention contractors who WORK on government infrastructure projects who then create the DEMAND for goods and services that motivate the creation of MORE private sector jobs. I say, “Trickle UP”, not ‘trickle down”….. Quit the attacks on worker’s rights, unionization, etc. Going back to what WORKED in the 50s, 60s and 70s would be a great start in reversing the debt problem. We PAID OFF huge WWII debt then, but we asked the wealthiest group to help do it! There….answer your question? I think maybe your ‘reality check has bounced’.

  11. phaney February 16, 2012

    This is the best article I have seen about the downfall of Mitt Romney. Thank God we have had Obama. Otherwise, people would have been leaping out of windows. I am holding my breath that we get him back again.

  12. phaney February 16, 2012

    He has done a great job with what he had to work with,and where did it come from? A Republican who spent a billion dollars a day in Iraq because Sadaaam embarrassed his Dad in the Gulf War. And the depression. ANOTHER REPUBLICAN, and we cannot let them get us again.


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