Seven reasons Mitt Romney will lose to President Obama
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WASHINGTON, May 4, 2012 — It should be easy to snatch the White House away from President Obama. This should be the year of the Elephant.
The economy is stalled and always in danger of slipping into another abyss. The President’s approval rating puts him at about even, 47.9 % of the public approves and 47.6 % disapprove of his presidency, according to Real Clear Politics, which averages all the polls out there from Fox and Rasmussen to Gallup and CBS News.
Only Presidents Bush 41 and Carter had lower approvals at this point in their re-election bids. Not great numbers for an incumbent. Add to the negative mix the jobless rate, which still hovers at a disappointing 8.1 %, making the election year slogan, “It’s the jobs, Stupid” still viable.
So why isn’t Mitt Romney doing better? Why isn’t he the Golden Boy this year? Why is he apt to lose?
1. Romney is a radical capitalist, not just a capitalist or a venture capitalist, but a radical capitalist.
His victory speech after his latest wins in April was most revealing. He proclaimed a free America where people can pursue happiness “in their own unique ways, create enterprises that employ more and more Americans.” Translation: no pesky regulations. You know the ones: the government says you can’t sell tainted food, it requires safety on the work site, or it tell banks they can’t bamboozle their customers.
Romney’s America is where a company like Bain Capital, which Romney headed up for 15 years, can cause 22 % of the businesses he took over to end in bankruptcy, while putting thousands of workers out of jobs or shipping those jobs overseas. He became rich doing so, very rich, as others ended up on unemployment lines.
Then he has the moxie to say in the same victory speech, “… education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded. And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.”
In other words, those of you on unemployment actually just want a government handout. And if you fell on hard times, that’s because you didn’t live within your means and work hard enough. This he tells the American people even as their incomes stagnate and jobs head overseas, thanks to companies like Bain.
2. Not only is Romney out of touch, he lacks the common touch.
Not unlike President George H. W. Bush who didn’t know what a price scanner was when he bought some socks, Mitt doesn’t get what it means to be laid off. Earlier in the campaign, he told some unemployed Americans that he was out of work too. However, you can bet the people sitting around that table didn’t have a nearly $250 billion portfolio in blind trust to cushion their lives. Yet this was said by a man, who even then, was putting the finishing touches on his MacMansion in California by installing an elevator in his garage for his four cars. Think about the people who need an elevator to go upstairs, but instead make do, sleeping downstairs in the dining room.
Then there is a the lack of graciousness as exhibited in Pittsburg where he insulted the city’s famous Bethel Bakery by taking a bite of the cookie offered him and dismissing it by saying, “I am not sure about these cookies. They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or whatever.”
The fact that these cookies are “sacred totems” in Pittsburgh is beside the point (although there is little doubt now that he won’t carry Pittsburgh). What he should have done was take a bite, say, “Yummy.” And then “Thank you.” That simple. That gracious.
But that does not come naturally to Mitt Romney. Can you imagine Obama dissing the cookies, no matter who baked them?
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