Make no mistake about it, Mitt Romney is a lousy politician.
Whatever it is that makes Mitt who he is, it has left him unable to connect to regular people. He can claim he shops at Costco all he wants but no one’s buying it. If you can’t afford a million dollar show horse, Romney can’t relate to you. End of story.
Also, Romney refuses to stand up for the few convictions he does have. The illustration above about his ever changing views on health care is a classic example. I suspect that Romney would love to have a national health care plan similar to the one he had in Massachusetts. The man might be soulless but I don’t think he wishes to keep people away from affordable health care. Yet, he is unwilling (or unable) to fight the powers within his party that have taken conservatives to the fringe of the ideological right. It is this that makes the following statement by Laura Ingraham so laughable.
If you can’t beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut down the party. Shut it down. Start new, with new people.
Election after election, we hire people who have lost previous campaigns; who’ve run campaigns that have failed; who have message campaigns where the message fell flat, and they keep getting re-hired. I don’t understand that. I don’t know why those are the people you hire
Ingraham fails to understand that as bad as Romney might be, he’s not the problem. The Republican Party and wingers like her are the problem! Republicans lack intellectual leadership and have abdicated control to teabaggers, evangelicals and the rest of the crazies who now dictate party policy. People might not like Mitt but they dislike the Republican brand even more.
Republicans have been overdosing on the crazy pill for a while now and here they are, on the verge of losing another election, and they still don’t get it. The problem is not Mitt. The problem is a party so disconnected from reality that it mocks and ostracizes the few rational conservatives left within its ranks…which makes Ingraham right about one thing; shut down the party and start all over again.
(The Mitt Romney source photographs are Creative Commons licensed images from photographer Gage Skidmore. )