Most Electable: Romney
February 1st, 2012 - T. Carter
Although most of his Republican counterparts have acted like Democrats in their attacks against his successful history as a businessman, Mitt Romney is the most electable amongst all of them. In a recent USA Today/Gallup poll from the most competitive swing states, Mitt Romney ties Barack Obama, 48% to the President's 47%. Newt Gingrich doesn't compare, with only 40% against Obama's 51%.
Romney's history at Bain Capital was legitimate business. In the business world there are winners, losers, and those who break even. Attacking Romney on simple, common business practices is not only anti-Republican it's anti-free enterprise. This kind of Republican in-fighting is what will drive support for the President and his failed policies upward following his persuasive, deceptive, and misleading State Of The Union. As a Republican candidate, Newt Gingrich has proven his unelectability time and time again by attacking Romney on basic Republican principles. To make his repulsively distasteful nature even more distinctive, Gingrich has gone as far as calling Romney a liberal. This is a forward attempt to appeal to the angry, disenfranchised conservative base of the Republican party - a strategy that will ultimately fail.
The truth that Gingrich is attempting to overshadow with his hyper conservative slander is that Mitt Romney is one of the most squeeky clean candidates in recent history. Any true dirt won't come out until Obama's team begins to dig into Romney's history, if they haven't begun already. Whatever they end up finding will probably be held until October.
Compared to other Republican candidates, Romney's foolishness index is almost non-existent. Compared to Rick Santorum, who supported numerous earmarks while in Congress, Mitt Romney is a well spoken, calculated political strategist. Despite his common fumbles and stutters in interviews and debates, Romney has few stories of disgrace to share with Santorum. In 2002, it wasn't Mitt Romney who wrote a controversial article in a Catholic magazine that blamed liberalism for the sexual abuses within the Catholic Church, it was Rick Santorum. In 2011, it wasn't Romney who vowed to fight the libertarian wing of the Republican party or who suggested that legalizing gay marriage would somehow lead to the legalization of polygamy - that was Rick Santorum.
In 1995, it wasn't Mitt Romney who failed to compromise with Bill Clinton and Democrats to prevent a government shutdown. That was Newton Gingrich. We don't need to go deeper into Gingrich's already well-known history to make Mitt Romney look like a saint. One of the reasons we are seeing Gingrich attack Romney on his basic and common business practices at Bain Capital is because there is nothing else to attack Romney on. If Romney were that type of guy, he could have loads of fun bringing Gingrich's history into every single debate until June.
We could go on and analyze Ron Paul's controversial newsletters, but there is no point in beating a dead horse.
It may or may not be easy to defeat Barack Obama in November. That will depend on how much the economic conditions in this country improve. Currently, Obama's approval rating remains below 50%, leaving the door wide open for a Republican to exploit the President's economic failures. If things change and improve for Obama, candidates like Gingrich and Santorum will see historic failures as the official Republican nominees. Polls show that Romney would still stand a fair chance, even in the event that our economy improves in leaps and bounds between now and November.
Gingrich's ability to polarize groups of people would extend beyond the walls of the conservative fortress and into the American mainstream if he were to win the nomination. Not only would this be destructive to the Republican party, it would be destructive for the nation. At a time when people have grown wary of politics and the deadlock in Washington, the American situation has become too fragile for a Gingrich/Obama war. Judging by Gingrich's fearce attacks against his own teammates, we could only imagine the vitriol and passionate conservative rhetoric he would use to slander Obama - all while Obama kept his characteristically cool composure. We would not only end up seeing a second Obama term, we would see the long anticipated Gingrich implosion - the moment when Mr. Hyde comes out to play, sabotaging the image of conservatism in America forever. Mr. Hyde would undermine the logical and sometimes enlightening rhetoric of Mr. Jekyl by suggesting moon bases at a time of historic debt and claiming grandiose achievements that cannot be verified.
A Santorum/Obama war would not fair any better at a time when even Republicans are beginning to accept less social conservatism and more liberty for everyone, including homosexuals. Rick Santorum's poor perfomance everywhere except Iowa is evidence that Republican's are beginning to shed that socially repressive skin that was thickened during the Bush era.
As for Ron Paul, his stance on foreign policy has been unanimously rejected not only by Republicans but by Democrats alike. Paul's unrefined and sometimes bumbling oratory would also be no match against Obama.
When Obama's defeat is the most dominant objective amongst most Republicans, it appears that only Mitt Romney can offer the artillery needed to achieve their goal. Florida, being one of the most diverse states in America, is an accurate portrayal of what to expect across the rest of America for the remainder of the Republican primaries. Santorum can win a state with a strong white, anglo-saxon population, while Gingrich can win a state with a strong, ultra conservative history - but only Romney has proven that he can reach out to all walks of life.
Super Tuesday is on March 6th this year.