Mitt Romney: The Keep Under Protective Glass At All Times Candidate
An argument pro-Romney people use to knock Newt Gingrich is that Newt’s favorable/unfavorable numbers are a disaster. Well, they are. Here’s the problem, Mitt’s are pretty much the same now. Romney is 31/49 favorable-unfavorable while Gingrich is 29/51.
It’s fair to note, as I’m sure Romney supporters will, that this is one poll and Romney’s drop is very recent (it’s also very steep, but that’s another story). Yes, we’ll have to wait to see more polling but simply saying Newt was dislike more 10 years ago doesn’t really matter going forward.
The problem for Romney is this is really the first time people have looked at him seriously as the front runner and they aren’t liking what they are seeing. Remember, this is a guy who lost to John McCain, not exactly the most beloved figure in the GOP. When Romney has done well this year it’s in a very limited set of circumstances…he has to have the most money, the field has to be divided and he has to be in an area where he has run and done well before (IA and NH). Once the money starts to equal out (in SC), the field shrinks and he’s out of his comfort zone, things start to go badly. Romney’s favorables stayed high as long as he was floating above things and 6 or 7 other people were fighting each other to be the not Romnney but not that there’s an actual campaign underway and he’s getting hit, the SS Romney is taking on water badly.
It’s going to be funny to see Romney supporters claim that it’s unfair that Newt and Santorum have damaged “the only electable” candidate out there. It’s as if they live in a world where Axelrod and Obama would play by the rules they tried to strangle the GOP with to save Mitt. It’s a delusion to think that Romney can survive the coming general election onslaught, he’s just not a very good politician except under very limited and controlled circumstances.
Romney is like a new car…it looks good in the showroom but it loses a lot of its value the second it leaves the lot.
If the GOP wants to have a shot at beating Obama, they need to nominate a candidate who can mix it up in the rough and tumble of rush hour traffic.