Wednesday, January 4, 2012

75% of Iowa Caucus Voters Reject Mitt Romney; Massachusetts Governor Shows Himself To Be One Of The Least Electable Republicans In The Field

I write this past midnight with 98% of the precincts reporting in Iowa.  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, with 25% of the vote, has a 5 vote lead over former Massachusetts Governor and Establishment Favorite Mitt Romney.  Romney may well still pull off a win in Iowa, a win he would no doubt trumpet as proof of his ace in the hole, that he is the most electable candidate in a weak Republican field.

Balderdash.

The first thing a candidate for President is supposed to do is consolidate his base.  Romney has been campaigning for president non-stop for at least six years.  Even if he pulls off a win, his performance in 2012 both percentage-wise and raw vote wise, is still no better than it was in the Iowa Caucus four years ago, against a substantially stronger field.

Mitt Romney
The headlines out of Iowa should be that fully 3/4 of the GOP electorate rejected Romney in the Iowa caucus, a figure which is consistent with nationwide polls,  Yet the establishment wing of the GOP, those folks who mock libertarian and tea party Republicans for actually believing candidates' positions on issues matter, insist Romney, a liberal Republican turned moderate, is the best hope to beat Obama.

Balderdash.

Economic populism is being coming an increasingly dominant force in the electorate.  People are sick of government using its power to bailout big corporations while leaving ordinary folks high and dry.  Populism presents a unique opportunity for Republicans to reach out to working men and women.

In the classic Wall Street v. Main Street match, there are a lot more voters living on Main Street. Yet who does the Establishment want to nominate? Mr. Wall Street, Mitt Romney.  As a card-carrying member of the 1%, Romney does not begin to understand the concerns of every day Americans who have suffered through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  Nominating Romney is to completely concede the populist card to President Obama.

During this election cycle Republican voters have considered some very flawed candidates. Through it all 3/4 of them have consistently chosen the flawed candidates over Mitt Romney.  It is preposterous for the establishment types to continue to assume that the 75% who have consistently rejected Romney will eventually bite their tongue and vote for him as the nominee in the general election.  No, what they will do is stay home or vote for Barack Obama.

The lesson from the Iowa Caucus is that Mitt Romney is not the most electable.  Rather he is just about the least electable Republican in the field.

6 comments:

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

Sitting around the hotel tonight with a few dozen of the grassroots supporters for Ron Paul in Iowa still up talking and showed them your this headline.

They loved it.

Thanks.

marksmall2001 said...

Good analysis, but why do you blog at such ridiculous times of the day?

Downtown Indy said...

Romney does not, and never has, appealed to me because everything about him signals me he's *acting* presidential and not *being* presidential.

It's very much like he has a teleprompter inside his head.

Southsider said...

Already tired of the political non-stop news. Romney lost me with the attacking and bad mouthing of the others..... President Clinton was tabbed as being slick. Think about this.... Obama could have an ace in hand; Biden steps aside, Obama picks Hilary as the running mate. After all she gets a lot of face time on tv... now that would be slick and interesting.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Mark,

What kind of sick person writes a response to a blog at 4:59 am? I would have thought with all those brain cells you killed in your college years engaging in certain illicit, albeit not uncommon (for the hippie era)activites, you would not be able to write coherently at any time of day, much less one minute before the ungodly hour of 5 am.

Gary R. Welsh said...

The race was over before it even started, Paul. Romney was anointed by the New World Order to be the GOP nominee and deliberately throw another election to The One. The notion that the people decide who our president is in this country any more is ancient history.