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Mitt Romney's Non-Scandal Scandal


...or "Why Mitt Romney is the best candidate for the GOP nomination for President".

So, Herman Cain's (alleged) sexual harassment scandal isn't enough... STOP THE PRESSES: Mitt Romney won't talk to people on his plane?!?!
According to Ms. McClanahan, about an hour into the flight — which Mr. Romney mostly spent reading USA Today and using an iPad while wearing headphones — she told him her idea for improving the American health care system: slashing overhead costs by switching to an electronic billing system.

“He looked at me blankly and said, ‘I understand,’ then put his iPad headphones in and kept reading,” she said.
I think that Mediaite's Tommy Christopher best sums-up the whole situation:
Based on this experience, McClanahan... told The Times, ““I feel he’s out of touch or doesn’t want to be in touch or that he’s afraid to be in touch. He’s just like people describe him: just very wooden.”

As Romney himself has said, there are many reasons not to vote for him, but his politely wanting to be left the eff alone on an airline flight should not be one of them. This story just underscores the self-fulfilling nature of the political media’s “who do you want to have a beer with” narrative on picking presidents. I think most people, upon encountering their president at the local watering hole, would ask, “Why are you having a beer with me? Don’t you have shit to do?”

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Romney, on the other hand, is clearly the most qualified candidate in the field, but no matter what he does, the Republican townspeople always seem to want a different sheriff. The whole thing is beginning to remind me of the story of poor Frank Grimes, from what was probably The Simpsons‘ most darkly comic episode ever.
And why is that?

For my money, Romney is by far the most electable candidate in the GOP field. Oh sure, he's got his foibles: the whole flip-flop meme is/will be tough to shake. But, when you stack him up to ANY of the other Republicans who are vying for the Top Spot, Romney wins the Common Sense Logic test every time.

Observe.

Romney versus Bachmann: Bachmann is far too polarizing to win a general election. All of the "crazy eyes" stuff doesn't help either.

Romney versus Cain: Cain is too unpredictable. In addition to the alleged scandal that continues to percolate, keep in mind Cain's strange political ads. Cain's 9-9-9 Plan was widely panned by conservatives. Oh, and there's this too.

Romney versus Gingrich: Really? Do I have to say it?

Romney versus Huntsman: Who? Oh, right. He's the guy with hot politically active daughters.

Romney versus Paul: Ron Paul, along with Rick Perry, are the only other somewhat viable candidates, as far as I'm concerned. BUT, with all of Paul's talk about "ending the Fed" and completely cutting numerous programs from the Federal Budget, I think that Independents will still shy away from him. Personally, I'd love to see him win the GOP nomination. What would the reaction be from mainstream Republicans?

Romney versus Perry: As I mentioned above, I think Rick Perry is also a contender, but only insofar as the GOP will let him be. His stances on issues like immigration, and the whole Gardasil thing, make him nearly unelectable within conservative circles. AND, when it comes to courting the independent vote in a general election, Rick Perry sounds too much like George W. Bush. I know that sounds a bit callow, but I think that there are still a great many Americans who blame Bush for a host of the problems facing our country (and you KNOW that President Obama would use that to his advantage).

Romney versus Santorum: Santorum is a one-trick pony. When everyone else is focused on the economy and job-creation, Santorum continues to go back to the Social Issues Well. I'm not saying that "life" isn't an important issue -- it's just not that important in this election. Again, if Santorum were to win the GOP nomination (HA!), Independents would likely run from him. Quickly.

So, when you take all of these factors into consideration, there really is only one candidate that has a real shot.

It's time to face the facts GOP: Mitt Romney is your best shot to beat President Obama. Do I think that Romney can pull off a win? Mmmmmaybe. But, if the economy turns around in the next six-to-10 months, all bets are off. Any way that you shake it, it's going to be a tough fight in 2012. But, I think that Mitt Romney is the candidate that has the best chance at not only being competitive against Incumbent Obama, but actually winning a year from now.

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