He has three weeks left and if he can’t — forget about it.
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Romney has not shown himself to be a man of passion. He will have to change that perception if he is to win the nomination and the election. The time to do that is in the next three weeks before Super Tuesday.
Anger and passion are legitimate emotions. To connect with voters and prove that you share theirs does not require overheated rhetoric or tears. But it does require commitment absent from his CPAC speech. If we don’t embrace Romney, he can start gaining ground with conservatives by embracing us and the people we trust.
Presidential candidates always try to have people running on the ticket appear at stump speeches in the general election campaign. Romney needs to start doing that now, not later. Even if the candidates don’t want to endorse him yet, why not endorse them in every stop? Romney could do that in the three primary states before Super Tuesday (Arizona, Michigan, and Washington) and the ten which will be held on that day, March 6. By doing that he can embrace real conservatives even if they don’t yet embrace him. Conservatism by association isn’t really conservatism, but it may be the best Romney can do before the biggest day in the primary season.
That, too, won’t be enough to energize conservatives in Romney’s favor. But it is a way to begin demonstrating passion for more than his own ambition, and to start uniting the party he hopes to lead out of the Tampa convention.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?