The Problem With Mitt Romney Is Mitt Romney…And His Message
So, it’s not as funny as the Hunger Games Bad Lip Reading, but it’s exactly the sort of thing I need this election season. Fight nonsense with nonsense.
The singing part gets me every time….
In all seriousness, I am looking forward to the debates. They should be good indicators of which way the election is going. I strongly suspect Obama has this one in the bag, but we shall see.
I don’t think Romney is anything close to a strong candidate. Partly this is his message, and partly this is Romney himself.
David Frum argues that it’s mostly the message, one that’s been dictated by the hard-right of the Republican Party. This is true to some degree.
But Romney, even as a pragmatic moderate, is a very difficult person to like. At best I can see him managing to be not-unlikable; more often than not he comes across as aloof and two-dimensional. He lacks warmth, passion, and any semblance of True Belief, making his hard-right turn all the more puzzling and, like so much else about the candidate, insincere.
“Over course of campaign, Romney has changed from a pragmatic, capable manager into a dog-whistling culture warrior,” Frum said on Twitter. But this is only half the story.
Dog-whistling culture warriors can be quite likable after all. Lots of people describe Santorum as a nice guy, in spite of the fact that he’s a dog-whistling culture warrior. Plenty of people found George W. Bush to be personable, an affable enough guy who they could picture themselves having a beer with.
Romney as a pragmatic, capable manager would still be a lackluster candidate. He’d appeal to more in the middle, true, but he’d lose whatever shaky ground he’s managed to cover with the base. With such a tenuous grip over that segment of the voting GOP, Romney is stuck in-between a rock and a frying pan. Perhaps if he were more charismatic, more human, this would be a position he could extricate himself from. But he’s not.
So the problem, really, isn’t the message nearly so much as it is Mitt himself. And no matter how many times he changes his beliefs on big important issues, he can’t change who he is.