Why Romney is losing
Posted in the Olney Forum
#1 Sep 25, 2012
Why Romney is losing
It's easy to dismiss him as a lousy candidate, but the explanation runs deeper
By Robert Reich, ROBERTREICH.org
Ive spent the past few days debating right-wingers among them, Grover Norquist and Ann Coulter. This isnt my idea of fun. I do it because apparently many Americans find these people persuasive, and it seems important to try to show why theyre profoundly wrong.
There are two major theories about why Romney is dropping in the polls. One is Romney is a lousy candidate, unable to connect with people or make his case.
The second is that Americans are finally beginning to see how radical the GOP has become, and are repudiating it.
Many Republicans including some of the right-wingers Ive been debating hold to the first view, for obvious reasons. If Romney fails to make a comeback this week, I expect even more complaints from this crowd about Romneys personal failings, as well as the inadequacies of his campaign staff.
But the second explanation strikes me as more compelling. The Republican primaries, and then the Republican convention, have shown America a party far removed from the compassionate conservatism the GOP tried to sell in 2000. Instead, we have a party thats been taken over by Tea Partiers, nativists, social Darwinists, homophobes, right-wing evangelicals, and a few rich people whose only interest is to become even wealthier.
These regressives were there in 2000, to be sure. They lurked in the GOP in the 1990s, when Newt Gingrich took over the House. They were there in the 1980s, too, although Ronald Reagans sunny disposition gave them cover. In truth, theyve been part of the GOP for more than half a century but never before have they held so much sway in the party, never before have they called the shots.
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