If you've been following the GOP presidential race, you know that Mittens Romney has been the uncontested frontrunner as everyone's second choice.
If you’ve been following the GOP presidential race, you know that Mittens Romney has been the uncontested frontrunner as everyone’s second choice.
When polling began a year ago, Romney was polling in the low 20s and was in second place. Since then, so much has changed.
Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, led in July, Texas Gov. Rick Perry led in August and in early October Romney was tied with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who’s not even running.
Right now, Romney is second to reanimated Ronald Reagan. But as frontrunners have come and gone, Romney remains.
“About a year later, Romney sits at about 23 percent support. Mitt Romney is Mr. 23 Percent,” Rachel Maddow reported.
Mr. 23 Percent — still a better nickname than Mitt. When it comes to his polling numbers, Romney has been nothing if not consistent, which is interesting given that in every other regard he’s been shockingly inconsistent.
How does he manage to neither gain nor lose support — to remain inert? If he were a color, he’d be beige. If he were an ice cream flavor, he’d be beige.
Here’s how he does it. In June Romney posts on Facebook that he was supportive of Issue 2, a ballot initiative to continue restricting the collective bargaining rights of teachers, police officers and firefighters.
It was a bold stand that could gain him maybe 3-5 percent amongst a Republican base hungry to restrain the unions. It could also lose him support in the general election from people who aren’t convinced that public service unions are socialism.
How do you solve that problem? Last week, Romney spoke to the media after visiting the Republican call center in Ohio that’s working to pass Issue 2.
“The particular ballot issues … are up to the people of Ohio. … I’m not terribly familiar with the two ballot initiatives,” Romney said.
You thumbs-upped them on Facebook! You just visited with Republicans working to pass them. What did you say to them during the visit?
I want everyone in here to know I stand, uh, near you. So keep up the, uh, work.
Any bump that Romney would get by supporting the initiative from the base is now gone. But he could gain more support from centrist moderates or independents. How can he screw that up? Cut to the next day.
“I’m sorry if I created any confusion in that regard. I fully support Governor Kasich’s [initiative] in Ohio,” said Romney.
Fully support?! What the hell was that talk the day before?
“There are other ballot questions in Ohio. … I don’t want to tell them what to do. One relates to health care mandates; I’ve said that should be up to individual states. I, of course, took my state in one direction; they may want to go in a different direction,” Romney said.
You try to distract the Republican base from your wishy-washy union stance by bringing up RomneyCare. They hate that. It’s like going, “Hey, why is everybody looking at the pimple on my nose? I just crapped my pants.”