As presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney commits one faux pas after another, as more and more hard core conservatives complain about having to defend him, we feel it's time to throw this question out there.
Are the Republicans "stuck" with Romney?
When the GOP meets in Tampa later this month to officially crown their nominee, they arrive knowing that nothing is set in stone. The ballots haven't been printed. There must be some way to put someone on the ballot with a chance of beating Barack Obama in November.
Of course, it would mean telling all the nice people who turned out to vote in the primaries and caucuses, "Never mind, we're going the 'smoke filled room' route."
But really, from the Republican point of view... which would be worse?
Going ahead with the nomination of a doomed candidate? Raise your hand if you think that, barring some sort of major Obama meltdown, Romney has a chance of beating him? Good lord, with unemployment over 8%, one would think a not-particularly-bright Republican golden retriever -- Seamus Romney, for instance -- would be up 7 to 8 points over the incumbent. Never mind who is responsible for the mess. Obama hasn't cleaned it up to anyone's satisfaction. A generic Republican would kick Obama's ass.
Unfortunately for them, the GOP has not had a "generic Republican" since Bob Dole in 1996.
Tonight, CNN released a new poll.It all adds up to a seven point advantage for President Barack Obama over the former Massachusetts governor, with 52% of registered voters questioned in the survey saying that they'd vote to re-elect the president and 45% backing Romney.
"Among independent voters, the poll indicates President Obama has a 53%-42% lead," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "The president holds a nine point advantage among women voters and a smaller six point edge among men."
So, is there anything the GOP can do to stave off the coming disaster? I'm looking for a serious discussion here.
Is there anything the Republican Party can do to refrain from wasting a nomination on someone who won't reveal his taxes, who consistently says things that make Obama look better than he is, who defends the central tenets of Obamacare while saying in the next breath that he will dismantle it? Someone who vows to take the very popular Medicare and Social Security systems and ruin them? Someone who says "corporations are people" and then, just today, says he won't reveal his tax returns because "I am not a business"? Someone who lied about when he left Bain Capital, who is seen by the public at large to be as warm and cuddly as Homer Simpson's boss, C. Montgomery Burns? Someone with horrible support among women and Hispanics? Someone that might... might... get 5 percent of the black vote?
Can the Republicans pick someone else before they make this woe begotten nomination final? And if they can, who should they pick?
UPDATE: Shortly after publishing this story, we discovered a little bit more about the identity of the person who told Harry Reid that Mitt paid no taxes for 10 years.
According to Mario Solis-Marich on his MarioWire blog, the source is a Republican.
Yesterday on KTLK AM 1150 in Los Angeles Senate Leader Harry Reid’s Senior Spokesperson Jose Parra told me that the Leader’s source on Mitt Romney’s taxes was a “Bain investor” who is a “Republican” .
Up until now it has been known that the much sought after source had ties to Bain but what they are and/or were was unknown. Not only is the source a Bain “investor” the whisperer is a GOP’er.
While it is not clear if the Bain sources’ dig at Romney was motivated by a personal distaste or a political one this disclosure will raise questions about the depth of animosity that some Republicans have toward their presumptive nominee.
We have two words for you to consider as you ponder this new evidence.
Now, off to the Internet tubes to see if we can find a record of McCain ever investing in a Bain Capital fund.
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