It is not unknown that presidential nominee Mitt Romney has recently and from the start received criticism from within his own party. The Republican Party seems to be criticizing Romney not only for his views and stances on issues but also on the way, he is running his campaign. In an article written in early August, E.J. Dionne Jr. of the Oregonian states, that Romney only won the nomination of the Republican Party because he was the only viable candidate that the party could see as winning the presidential election. In the minds of many Republicans, he is too moderate for them (Dionne). In another article written more recently and published on CNN, Romney is criticized for the way his campaign is portraying him and being run. This articles states that those who are particularly unhappy are large donors.
With a party so discontented with their nominee, how do they expect to win the election? It seems that the discontent with Obama and his administration is leading this people to “support” and “back” Romney rather than their enthusiasm for the candidate. I wonder how this is going to play out on Election Day. This situation reminds me of the 2004 election when John Kerry ran against Bush. I was still quite young in 2004 and not really in tune with politics but it seems to me that the Democratic Party was not particularly energized by nominee Kerry. The support for the Democrats seemed to stem far more greatly from the discontent and in some cases anger about the Bush administration. In Kerry’s case, the anger towards the Bush administration was not enough to be elected. I wonder how it will play out for Romney.
To me it seems imperative to have the backing and support of your entire party (at least outward support) in order to win the presidential election. Candidates really need to mobilize and energize their base, the votes they should count on in any election. With doubts and questions about Romney still floating around, it does not seem promising that his own party members are coming out against him and attacking him. Another instance of this occurred recently when Romney made the comment that 47 percent of Americans do not pay income tax, a percentage that supports Obama, feels victimized and entitled. Many Republican officials came out, including senatorial candidate Scott Brown, disagreeing with Romney’s statement. What Romney needs most know is the full and unwavering support of his party. I believe that only through that can Romney have a solid chance at winning the election.
My advice for Romney is to vocalize concrete economic plans that will fire up with base, get them excited and hopeful. Romney however still needs independent votes in order to win. Only through a strong base and strong backing from his party members, will independents see his validity as a candidate and throw their support behind him. Romney has a tough road ahead of him and should now focus on his base and try to reduce the criticism he is receiving from his own party. He cannot continue to be criticized and have the American public question who is he and what he stands for. Romney cannot win the election if his base is voting against someone else and not wholeheartedly for him. If so, he will lose much needed independent votes.