Posted by: mulrickillion | February 7, 2012

For Mitt Romney, ‘a nod rather than an embrace’

By M. Ulric Killion


Source: Photo; “Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Sunday disavowed a flyer that claimed he supported ‘equal rights’ for gay citizens and has long been reported to have been distributed by the Massachusetts Republican during his 2002 campaign for governor,” Sam Stein, Mitt Romney Campaign Disavows Pro-Gay Rights Flyer From 2002, Huffington Post, January 9, 2012; See also M. Ulric Killion, Understanding Republican (GOP) Elitism, January 21, 2o12.

In the aftermath of the Republican primary in Florida, and in Nevada, Mitt Romney undoubtedly is still reveling in his victory. It is also difficult to forget his performance after he thought he was the victor in Iowa. As for his victory, the donations to political Super PACs notwithstanding, it appears that the perceptions of what transpired in Florida, and now in Nevada, are neither uniform (i.e., demonstrating a unity among Republican voters) nor clear to understand.

Perhaps E.J. Dionne Jr., said it best, when he writes,

Mitt Romney can argue that winning ugly is still winning, especially in a contest he could not afford to lose. But Romney’s decisive victory in Florida came at a price. He aggravated Newt Gingrich’s hostility to him, with all the trouble that could entail, and left behind a dispirited Republican electorate in a state the GOP needs to win this fall.

At least until now, this primary process has weakened, rather than strengthened, Romney. It has sowed doubts that he has any understanding of how average people live and opened up a slew of questions about his personal wealth and the taxes he pays. . . .

Yet Romney won votes, not affection, a nod rather than an embrace (E.J. Dionne, Jr., Mitt Romney won in Florida but lost overall, The Washington Post, February 1, 2012).

Additionally, as the GOP race continues, for many it is still difficult to relate to Romney (i.e., the likeability factor).

In this respect, Frank Brunei’s observations about Romney deserve consideration because they may be on point.

According to Brunei, when referring to what he characterizes as Mormonism’s blithe reluctance, it “may be a big reason he can’t connect with voters in a visceral, intimate way. He’s editing out the core of his identity. He’s muffling his soul,” (Frank Brunei,  Mitt’s Muffled Soul, New York Times, February 4, 2012).

All of this, in the end, when considering that Romney with donations to political Super PACs is so intent on ousting President Obama from the White House, actually presents a scary proposition for many Americans.

Copyright © Protected – All Rights Reserved M. Ulric Killion, 2012.


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