At the conclusion of last week’s GOP debate, the big question is, does Mitt Romney have a chance to become president? Before Rick Perry’s entrance into the campaign, Michele Bachmann was the one who seem to be the front runner; now enter Rick Perry. The GOP debate turned out to be a duel between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.
If this writer had his druthers, I would definitely support Mitt Romney over Rick Perry. While very much an Obama supporter, the current field of Republicans don’t seem to offer much. Rick Perry is certifiably crazy and just as dangerous as Michele Bachmann. It’s interesting that the moderator did not ask Rick Perry about his stance on Texas seceding from the union. One would think, given that position, would you really want a secessionist in the White House?
You have to give Mitt Romney is due, he is civil, he has a track record as a successful businessman and governor of the state of Massachusetts. He looks very presidential, always well attired, perfect hair, hell he looks like a department store mannequin or a Ken doll. It appeared that Mr. Romney actually dumbed down as to not make his opponents feel uncomfortable. Now that was nice of him wasn’t it?
There is one major flaw with Mitt Romney and his presidential campaign. there appears to be no way that Mr. Romney can defend his Massachusetts health plan. His argument that it’s okay for the states to do it but not the federal government, won’t hold water. The whole healthcare issue is Mitt Romney’s Achilles heel. it appears that every time the issue of comprehensive health care has raised, his opponents have been backed into a corner. That dog just won’t hunt.
The other issue that dogs met Romney, is his religion. There are many pundits on the right, who state that evangelicals will never vote for a Mormon. Apparently, in recent polls that appears to be true. While this author believes that we should never mix religion and politics, it will continue to be an issue for Mr. Romney.
Once you look into the Mormon religion, its origins, its ethos and their take on Christianity, it is hard to buy into the Mormon doctrine. This will only continue to be more so the case, as the presidential campaign moves forward. Mr. Romney is an intelligent man, civil and looks the part of president. The question is, will enough American voters turned out and help him win the Republican nomination, much less the presidency?