Like many of us, I have been throwing the question around in my head, “Why is Mitt so far behind in the polls?” Professor Heldman sent out an article called “Why Is Romney Such a Loser? Seven Theories.”
I want to point out a very important theory (to me):
“3. It’s all the G.O.P.’s fault. A month ago, on the eve of the Republican convention, I wrote a post saying that Romney’s main handicap wasn’t his campaign manager or his tendency to trip himself up but the fact that he was running as the representative of such an extremist and unpopular party. “It’s a protest movement rather than a party of government,” I wrote. “Even in the most favorable circumstances, it’s barely electable at the national level.” That still seems right. Even after his problems, Romney’s approval ratings (low forties) are running about ten points ahead of the G.O.P.’s ratings (low thirties).”
Now, this is radical. Is the Republican Party too conservative for Americans? Party unity is not 100% behind Romney, and that is a huge problem. But the larger problem is that the G.O.P.’s ratings are in the low thirities.
Okay, so there are the facts. But why? Why is the Republican Party so undesirable in the eyes of the American People? It is nearly impossible for a party to win a majority of electoral college votes when their ratings are so low. The Tea Party has changed it. The Tea Party brought conservatism back.
Although, the harsh conservatives have created this movement (the Tea Party) to swing back America to a politically conservative stand point, it has severely damaged the Republican to unify under a more moderate ticket. Historically, Mitt Romney is much more of a moderate. It is obvious how much he has changed his views to relate to his conservative base. This DOESN’T work because most Americans aren’t that conservative.
An interesting fact must be quoted in order to further this argument: “Political ideology in the U.S. held steady in 2011, with 40% of Americans continuing to describe their views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This marks the third straight year that conservatives have outnumbered moderates, after more than a decade in which moderates mainly tied or outnumbered conservatives.”
Yes, conservatives are the largest group in America. But moderates and liberals added together equal 56% compared to 40% conservative. This is the downfall of Romney. Poor guy, he is stuck in a trap of idealogical personal identification.
Tyler William Dewey