Getting to Know Them
That catchy little tune from "The King and I" that trumpets the virtues of "getting to know you, getting to know all about you" hasn't seemed to work out too well for the
From a starting gate of nine competitors, five have been driven from the race --
For Romney, it's his seeming inauthenticity. Try as he might, he can't shake his noblesse oblige persona that keeps him from connecting with
For Santorum, it's his holier-and-truer-conservative-than-thou attitude, accompanied lately by an unattractive sneer, that narrows his appeal and even scares the hell out of many voters who don't share his absolutist views.
For Gingrich, it's his endless know-it-all posturing, sense of self-importance and grandiosity that, as Rick might say, makes you want to throw up. As for Paul, his isolationism to the extreme and his stylistic wackiness limit his electability despite his appeal to the young and idealistic.
So what the
This platform for assuring Obama's one-term presidency seemed a solid winning strategy until the economy started to wake up from the deep recession. With high unemployment finally showing slight signs of easing, and the stock market bouncing back, this Republican formula for getting rid of him doesn't look quite as dependable now.
As the principal candidate running as Mr. Fix-it on the economy, Romney's repetitive recitation of his business credentials has become boring, even counterproductive. The details of his methods, labeled "vulture capitalism" by Perry, have been aired in the serial debates, reinforcing his ties to
As the early frontrunner, Romney's wealth and how he got it became the obvious target of the other candidates, eventually diverting their fire from Obama and toward Romney. With his huge money advantage over the pack, he fired back, and the result has been the intramural mudslinging that has tarnished the lot of them.
Romney's greater financial resources, both in direct campaign fundraising and from the "independent" Super PAC run by former aides, should provide him an edge in the 10 primaries next Tuesday and other state contests to follow. But if his three remaining challengers can scrape up enough money to stay in the race, Romney's slog to the nomination may come at a debilitating price.
As the campaign pivots from momentum-building primary and caucus victories to actual accumulation of delegates, the assumption now is that Romney will reach the 1,144 majority sooner or later, ruling out notions of a brokered convention. The idea is that once Santorum, Gingrich and Paul face the inevitable, they will release the delegates they've won.
But what if Romney falls short, the others stay in the race and all hold onto their delegates? After all the bitterness and sniping of a further drawn-out Republican fight in the weeks ahead, what's to prevent another "smoke-filled room" like the one in 1920 that led to
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