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Is Mitt Romney destroying the chances of a Republican winning the White House?

February 10, 2012

   Question: What do Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and now Rick Santorum have in common?

 Answer: At various times during the campaign they have each posed a serious threat to Mitt Romney’s inevitability and because of this Mitt Romney has launched vigorous, brutal, and nasty attacks on these candidates in an attempt to destroy them in order to assure his assumption to the nomination which he feels he is entitled to.

  I read this opinion piece on American Thinker the other day and, well, it got me thinking. The article was about Mitt Romney’s “scorched earth” politics and how it is suppressing voter turnout as people become disenfranchised with the Republican party as a result. Here is some of that article:

The  real story of the three results from Tuesday night is not that Rick Santorum  picked up some wins — though that is big.  No, the real story is that  three states held votes and nobody came.  Almost nobody, that is.   Consider that the total turnout for Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota combined  was barely over half of the turnout of South  Carolina alone and — worse yet — barely over half the turnout for the  same three states in 2008.

What  gives?

The  answer is fairly clear.  The candidates have forgotten about Obama.   What has turned folks off is Mitt Romney’s scorched-earth campaign, which has  managed to unfortunately suck all the rest of the candidates into a circular  firing squad of a childish food-fight that is of zero interest to the Republican  base voter.

   After giving this article some thought I have come to the realization that this is a legitimate concern moving forward. Mitt Romney will stop at nothing to win the nomination and if that means destroying to political careers and personal reputations of all of those who stand in his way, so be it. Rick Santorum said it best when he said, and I am paraphrasing here, that Mitt Romney doesn’t want to stand on his record as governor of Massachusetts so he has focused on destroying his opponents instead. 

    In 2010 the Republican base was energized and wanted to send Barack Obama a message and they did so with huge gains in the House and modest gains in the Senate, but now at a time when the Republican base should be energized against a weak incumbent they are simply not showing up at the polls to select a person to defeat the failed president.

  What possible explanation can there be for this lack of enthusiasm other than the fact that voters are tiring of the negative attack ads being run by Mitt Romney, as well as the other candidates who feel the need to counter-attack? Mitt Romney has successfully corrupted the opinions of a majority of the voters in regard to the other candidates, and because they simply do not trust Mitt Romney they see no need to go to the polls either in support of him or any of the candidates he has laid waste to. 

  Mitt Romney is destroying the chances of defeating Barack Obama in November and he is doing it because he has convinced himself that he deserves to be president and he is willing to ruthlessly attack anyone who challenges him.

  In the end he will most likely be successful; he will win the nomination, but it will be at the cost of creating the circumstances and conditions which make it impossible for him to beat Barack Obama in November. If he is the nominee there is the real possibility that he will have so alienated the supporters of the other candidates with his dirty politics that they will not be able to support him because they will harbor a deep resentment at the way he won the nomination. If he were to win the nomination on the issues alone without destroying the other candidates this might not be an issue, but the depths to which he is willing to sink in order to win the nomination will leave voters with a bad taste in their mouths, and the low voter turnout in the recent Republican contests could provide truth to this.

  On the off chance that a Republican candidate will rise up and defeat Mitt Romney in the primary Mitt Romney will have left him so damaged that he will not be able to defeat Barack Obama.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2012 10:53 pm

    I personally don’t agree with the piece. I am a Republican and I am not frustrated at all. I have all ready know who I am voting for.

    And I am happy to say that I never once looked at Mitt Romney. The guy turned my stomach from the first time I laid eyes on him. And so did Obama from day one. I am usually a very good judge of character.

    if you have a minute please go to my site and read my blog: Mitt Romney isn’t as Squeaky Clean as he would like us to believe…. It gives the reasons I didn’t like each one of them from day one. The reasons are so familiar ……..Mitt Romney in nothing more that a “WHITE” Obama. If you get to the site…..please leave a comment…I am curious of what YOU think of it.


    • February 10, 2012 11:04 pm

      It sounds like we agree on Romney, and we only disagree on the results his dirty campaign will have on the voters. Will you support Romney if he wins the nomination, I don’t think I will.


      • February 10, 2012 11:37 pm

        No, I will not. I have made it clear that I will write Santorum in on My Ballot if I have to.


      • February 11, 2012 9:23 am

        That is the point I was trying to make. You and I do not plan on supporting Romney if he wins the nomination and I wonder how many others there are out there who feel the same way? He is generating allot of negative feelings out there with the voters and I think it is going to hurt him in the general election.


  2. February 11, 2012 4:14 am

    Well, it could conceivably work out. Romney’s tactics destroy Gingrich, makes him look bad in the process, and that would leave Santorum as the possible nominee if he can maintain momentum. Could happen.


    • February 11, 2012 9:24 am

      It could happen, but Mitt is going to try to destroy him as well. At least Santorum doesn’t have the type od baggage Newt and Cain had, so maybe it won’t stick.


    • February 11, 2012 9:59 am

      rrrdq, Mitt can get very nasty and has said alot about the other canidates that is for sure. But, I turned away from Newt because of Newt’s actions. I don’t like the “HOLY THAN NOW AUTITUDE” that Newt himself portraited.

      On the CNN Debate a few weeks ago Newt was all over Romney for owning Stock in Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae……and when Mitt replied you have money in them too……Newt said yes. I don’t like one accusing one of doing something ……….when they are doing the same thing.


      • February 11, 2012 8:23 pm

        Agreed Liz! Newt was taken aback by Romney when he countered Newt’s attack on Freddy and Fannie and it really hurt him because it made him look like the hypocrite that he is.
        Newt is the smartest man on the stage and he has no problem with trying to prove it every time he speaks but I am growing tired of it because it makes him look self-centered, egotistical, and arrogant and quite frankly this reminds me an aweful lot of Barack Obama.


  3. February 11, 2012 11:58 am

    Steve, I just noticed it says you are from New Hampshire. Do you mind if I ask where in New Hampshire. I am originally from New Hampshire myself…the Lebanon Area. I left New Hampshire years ago …Minneapolis now.


    • February 11, 2012 8:28 pm

      I live in Kingston which is in southern New Hampshire, two towns up from the Massachusetts border. An interesting little factoid (which you can read more about in my “Kingston’s Claim to Fame” page in my header) is that this is the home of Josiah Bartlett, who cast the first vote for independence and was the second signer of the Declaration of Independence. He is buried right down the road from me, about one minute from my house.


  4. Brandy Clinton permalink
    February 11, 2012 1:06 pm

    Somehow Mr.Mitt Romney has made up his mine on pursuing his goals and objective. And seems like he won’t stop at anything to get his goal.


    • February 11, 2012 8:29 pm

      He feels he is entitled to the nomination and he will not let anything of anybody get in the way of what he feels is rightfully his.


  5. February 12, 2012 8:50 pm

    Romney is a slightly more animated version of Al Gore. If he wins the nomination, we can lookfoward to four more years of Obama, He will not create the enthusiasim necessary to get out the Republican voters.


    • February 12, 2012 9:43 pm

      I agree with you whole heartedly and I also believe he will have so upset the supporters of the other Republican candidates that they wil not be willing to forgive and forget when it comes time to vote in the general.


  6. Johnathan permalink
    January 20, 2013 7:43 pm

    Really liked what you had to say in your post, Is Mitt Romney destroying the chances of a Republican winning the White House? America's Watchtower, thanks for the good read!
    — Johnathan


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