Mitt Romney tells us how he really feels about the Republican base
As is evidenced by the rise of Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum at various points in the campaign it is clear that Mitt Romney has a problem with the more conservative wing of the Republican party. Conservatives do not trust Mitt Romney and they have been trying to find a conservative alternative to him since the very beginning of the primary season.
And there is good reason for conservatives to be concerned about a Mitt Romney presidency; he holds no true core beliefs other than his belief that he deserves to be president and he will do or say whatever it takes for him to reach his goal, and once reached he will do or say whatever it takes for him to remain in power. This is the main reason why Mitt Romney is having so much trouble gaining momentum in this race and claiming the mantle that everyone said was his before a single vote was cast. This is why he hasn’t yet sealed the deal.
Mitt Romney is no conservative and with the words he uttered earlier today conservatives should once again call into question how Mitt Romney actually feels about them. Simply put, Mitt Romney doesn’t care for the Republican base and in fact may harbor a little animosity toward the base.
Here is some of what he had to say:
“It’s very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments,” Romney told reporters.
“We’ve seen throughout the campaign that if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative and attacking of President Obama, that you’re going to jump up in the polls
So according to Mitt Romney, the base is easy to excite because all the conservatives are interested in is attacking the president. It can easily be assumed that Mitt Romney feels as if the base can be neglected because they simply are only interested in attacking the president and must have no other interests in mind. This shows the same type of disdain for the voters that Barack Obama once displayed when he said bitter Americans were clinging to their bibles and to their guns and this should do nothing to endear the Republican base to the presumptive nominee. It is insulting actually.
But as if this weren’t troublesome enough, Mitt Romney went on to confirm another worry that conservatives have about him–that he isn’t tough enough to go after Barack Obama once he wins the nomination:
You know, I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am
One of the reasons John McCain failed in his bid to become president is the fact that he didn’t go after Barack Obama during the campaign, he was too afraid to do so and now it appears as if Mitt Romney is prepared to make the same mistake.
I find it interesting that Mitt Romney seems as if he will not be willing to come out against Barack Obama with guns blazing–claiming that isn’t who he is–when he found it so easy to hammer Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum with negative attack ads throughout this campaign. (And who leaked that fake email to CNN about Newt Gingrich trying to persuade his ex-wife to get an abortion shortly before the South Carolina primary?) I also find it interesting that Mitt Romney has no problem impugning the integrity of fellow Republican candidates and then blasting these same candidates for using the same tactics against Barack Obama.
Why is it that Mitt Romney seems to hold the Republican base in such contempt, and why is he more willing to attack the Republican candidates than it seems he will be to attack Barack Obama?
Could it be that his political ideology aligns more closely with Barack Obama than with the Republican base?