Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Romney: Does He Need to Center Himself for November
It seems in vogue to attack the recent process of the Republican primary as damaging to Romney, and aligning his views with the right wing of his party. Yet, is this truly the case? Undoubtedly Romney has espoused views that are more conservative than Republican candidates in recent elections. This year the GOP has put forth a candidate who is pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-states’ rights and pro-business. Even so the question that resonates, is this a problem for him come November? The truth of the matter is, we don’t know if it will truly harm him. As one can see fro the primary fight, Romney’s challengers in his primaries were to the right- not the left of his positions. The true risk to Romney lied in the Republicans who doubted his credentials- who would choose to abstain from voting come November. This NECESSITATED a move to the right- not only to capture the wing of his own party but also to differentiate himself from Obama. With negative views of Obama holding strong for the Republican party, and Independents swinging toward Romney the political pendulum’s center may be further to the right than the drive-by polemicist may seek to admit.
Posted by Matthew Burns at 12:26 AM