Is Romney Really the Front Runner?
If my memory serves me correctly, there were two major issues that helped launch the birth and crystallization of the Tea Party: Tarp (Bank Bailouts) and Health Care reform (individual mandate). The Tea Party helped played a major role in the 2010 mid-terms that almost took the senate, and led to crushing victories in the House of Representatives. Today, we are seeing the Republican establishment push two candidates that support both.
Matt Bai from the New York Times points this out “Given such fast-deteriorating conditions, many Republican veterans have come around to the view that they aren’t really going to need the perfect presidential candidate, and perhaps not even a notably good one.”
If it is true that Mitt Romney is going to win the nomination, then the above statement is the truth.
The problem is Romney only leads in the polls because there are so many people who are against him. If Romney sees some of the populace consolidates around another candidate, then his chance of winning start to look much weaker.
There are still three months before the first voting will start, so there is time for the conservative wing of the Republican Party to pick a candidate and hand the establishment an embarrassing loss. The media has spent the last couple weeks declaring Mitt Romney the inevitable nominee. I think this is flawed thinking, because Romney has not really been challenged, and the debate on Bloomberg did not foster much in the way of getting people to challenge him.
Here is a list of Romney’s problems if he is hit right on them: abortion, he has changed views from pro-choice to pro-life; immigration, he has once said he is pro amnesty, then changed his mind; planned parenthood, he has supported planned parenthood with money; finally TARP, he has stated that he supports tarp. Romney is a known serial flip flopper, something the Obama campaign has stated they will love to beat him over the head with.Continued on the next page