Thursday, April 21, 2011
Why Mitt Romney Can't Win: He Has No Soul
Today, The Hill posted Poll: Obama at 46 percent to Romney's 45 percent. The poll suggests that President Obama and former Governor Romney might be virtually tied going into the 2012 elections, which implies (1) that there is serious discontent with President Obama (2) that Romney is the best candidate for the Republican Party and that (3) we can take Romney seriously.
Give me a break. My bets are on Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination. Here's why: Mitt Romney has no soul. He has no substance, and no real uniqueness that would endear him to Republican voters. Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm had it right on this Sunday's Meet the Press when she suggested that Romney didn't have a "core" that voters could really identify with. Whatever you think of Donald Trump, he is doing better than most people thought he would because he does have that "core." There is something unique and substantive about him that appeals to voters, while Romney appears hollow -- much like the commentators who are calling him the "front-runner." Incidentally, these are basically the same people who called Hillary Clinton the "front-runner" in 2008. Oops.
If your main characteristic is looking like a local news anchor, you have some political problems. I am still betting on Mike Huckabee to make this an interesting race.
So, this is a Senate/Capitol Hill blog, so let me just toss in some thoughts about what this article says about political reporting in Washington and around the nation. It sucks. This is an article based on one poll, which The Hill uses to comment on the entire race. It's understandable -- no news is coming out of Congress right now, so like me, political reporters must report on what people and polls say. Unfortunately, it means political reporters aren't doing their job. We need more substantive reporting on the Hill, reporting that doesn't let airheads drive the political narrative.
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