"'I support pro-choice,' he says. 'My opponent is multiple choice.' The line drew a burst of applause." --Ted Kennedy
As we have discussed in class before, there are some politicians who see fit to appeal solely to the base of voters who put them into office, willfully casting aside the potential support of constituents outside of their party. With instances of gerrymandering and noncompetitive districts these politicians can afford to do this. However, how does one running for the highest elected office at once please the most impassioned and devoted voters of their party while maintaining a persona that can still appeal to those still on the fence? This is, in my opinion, the insurmountable problem for Mitt Romney in this year's election. Forced to win over the support of voters who wanted a candidate as impassioned and steadfast in their beliefs as they are, Mitt Romney readily changed even some of his most fundamental positions on issues central to who people choose to vote for. Despite obvious struggles to make these changes skillfully Romney has pretty much won the Republican nomination but I believe the price he paid for that victory politically was too great. It will be nearly impossible for Romney to shift his views yet again and appeal to the center, first because it will come of as wholly disingenuous, and second because it will signal to all of us that he is ill prepared for the strong will and self assurance necessary for assuming the position of Commander in Chief.