The Weeping, Wailing, Rending Of Garments, and Gnashing Of Teeth.Rick Santorum is gone. Gingrich is selling photos of himself. The GOP’s right-wing has faded like an April snow.
They had such high hopes this year; they trotted out a bevy of candidates, one more goofy than the next. Each tried to be more nasty than the next, more punitive, less compassionate, each further to the edge of the political spectrum. They as a group painted the once Grand Old Party as an angry, white, misogynistic tight-assed party. Now Romney has the daunting task of undoing all of the damage that the right-wing has done in 6 months.
Of course, to stay vital in the right-of-center GOP, Romney was forced to take right-wing positions- positions now stored on DVD’s in the Obama Campaign Headquarters. His many gaffs too.
Will the base, the banal base of the current GOP cotton up to Romney? Any pig in a poke? At least he ain’t Obama, eh? How about them evangelical, born-again whites living and breeding in the South? It may be a difficult decision because of Romney’s Mormonism. Sure they ain’t vot’n for no niggra, but they may jest stay to home on vot’n day.
Of course the independents- the one who actually do decided the presidential winners- are a mixed bag. One group, the fiscally conservative, socially moderate voter competes with the second group- the socially conservative, fiscally moderate voter. Head-spins! According to Campaigns and Elections, there are two types of the latter voter: the Northern white working class and the Southern populists. The working-class whites are located in the Northeast and Midwest, and are heavily Catholic.
The Southern populists won’t matter because they are buried in deep red country. Now that the Catholic Santorum is gone, the religion card is trumped [unless Romney chooses a strong Catholic running mate.] So right now, the socially conservative/fiscally moderates are left dangling.
So then, how do Romney and Obama appeal to this group? Romney has, during the long primary, damaged his image by taking positions that were severely socially conservative; but then, how does Obama attract this group? How does he appeal to this group of ‘swing voters?’ Although he is not left-wing, he clearly is left-center where these social conservatives do not hang. It will be interesting.
I suspect, though, Obama’s appeal to women may be key. Romney has poisoned that well in his appeal to the right-wing. That may have done him in with the women voters in general and the socially conservative ones in particular.
One thing is for sure: the angry, white male right-winger has been tossed aside like Sunday’s ham bone. The GOP primary voters apparently are not that far-right. There may be hope for the once-Grand Old Party after all.
Wow. I just finished this post when I surfed over to CNN:
(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign marked the conclusion of the Republican primary – and the beginning of the general election campaign – with a nearly two-minute Web video splicing together clips of Mitt Romney’s most conservative statements from the trail. The video.