When does the electability kick in? Could America really want four more years of Obama?
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• 63 percent oppose public benefits for non-citizens (8/20).
• 64 percent think too many Americans are dependent on government financial aid (9/20).
All of these outcomes are favorable to the Romney/Republican side. On policy, Romney and the Republicans have it. And it’s not close. So why isn’t Mr. Electability 2.0 at least a dozen points ahead of our first anti-American president? (Jimmy Carter only became transparently anti-American after he left office.) I’ll give a straightforward answer to that one. I have no idea.
It’s no good just to say that the media is in the tank for the leftist candidate. That’s been the case for decades, and Americans have often finally relied more on their lying eyes than on what the left-stream media tries to sell them. And perhaps the polls would be more favorable to Romney absent any pro-Democrat bias in sample selection. But not enough more favorable to reflect the policy differential Romney should be benefiting from.
All of this is puzzling, but not yet reason for conservatives to despair. There are more than five weeks left before Election Day (though less than where early voting is already underway or about to start). Mitt Romney is a thoroughly decent, competent man who has been a success in business, in his personal life, and in such leadership roles as he has found himself in. And he’s a handsome dog who surely looks like a president.
Romney is hardly a movement conservative, but his understanding of America is the traditional one, as opposed to Obama’s post-everything, revisionist, let’s cut America down to size one. Perhaps Romney will finally make his case to American voters and pull it out. But right now, Mr. Electability 2.0 is punching well below what should be his weight.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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