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GOP Frets Over Romney’s Conservative Tack

From The Hill:

GOP frets Romney’s conservative tack could hurt in November general election

By Cameron Joseph – 02/28/12

Republicans are worried that Mitt Romney’s increasingly conservative rhetoric on a number of hot-button issues could hurt him in the general election.

Their fear is that while Romney’s position on matters like immigration, collective bargaining and social issues could boost him among conservative primary voters, thereby getting him the nomination, it could come back to haunt him with swing-state voters during the general election.

“He has to think about his words [coming] back at him in the general election,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “Job No. 1 is to win nomination, but the question is, at what cost?”

(Ford O’Connell is a man even the Politico says they have never head of, and whom they mock for his shameless self-promotion.)

The former Massachusetts governor has fully embraced Arizona’s controversial immigration law — a move that will likely help him in that state in Tuesday’s primary but could alienate Hispanic voters — and vocally opposed the DREAM Act, which would allow some undocumented immigrants brought here as children to receive in-state college tuition.

And this is unpopular with whom? Undocumented Democrats?

He’s also ratcheted up his rhetoric against unions heading into Michigan’s primary, and voiced support for controversial anti-collective bargaining measures in both Ohio and Wisconsin, two other swing states. That move could help him in those states’ primaries but hurt him there in the general election, as well as in other blue-collar swing states like Pennsylvania and Iowa.

We don’t think so. But notice that so far all we are hearing is conjecture from The Hill.

Romney also has said he would support a “personhood amendment” barring abortion at the federal level, which could hurt him in states ranging from Virginia to Ohio to Colorado where similar legislation may be on the ballot or moving through the statehouses.

Because federally funded abortions are wildly popular with the American public. As poll after poll, and election after election, has shown.

Losses in a couple of those states could cost Republicans the White House.

The chief worry among Republicans is Romney’s stance on immigration.

“My biggest concern is looking at how immigration is going to play,” said O’Connell. “Along with independents, I think Hispanics are going to pretty much decide this election. In places like Virginia, Florida and Western states like Nevada, his immigration rhetoric could very well be the difference in a close election.”

Again, Mr. O’Connell’s claim to fame is having won some local award for the use of Twitter.

Romney’s hard-line immigration rhetoric could hurt him the worst in Southwestern swing states with large Hispanic populations: Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and even Arizona and Texas. But it could also hurt him in other swing states with large and rapidly growing Hispanic populations, like Florida and even Virginia…

Did John McCain win all of those states? If not, then why bother?

Stanford Professor Gary Segura, a top pollster of Hispanic opinion for Latino Decisions, was more blunt on Romney’s position on immigration.

“It’s beyond insane — it’s crazy at a level I can’t even begin to understand,” he said. “It’s almost as if Romney has made the conscious decision to write off Latinos. I have no idea what he’s thinking. It’s some form of electoral death wish.”

Oh, activists for amnesty are opposed to Romney’s position on illegal immigration. Well, then, that is news.

Another bubbling problem for Romney: Social issues, specifically contraception. Romney said in the fall that he would “absolutely” support a federal “personhood amendment” that would define life as beginning at fertilization and would ban abortion — and possibly some forms of contraception…

And by "bubbling" The Hill means they hope that they can stretch this nonsense into a problem.

Romney’s union rhetoric also could hurt him. He has been unabashedly flaying Democrats as “union stooges” and attacking the United Auto Workers during the Michigan primary, a major tone shift from earlier in the campaign…

Because if it weren’t for Romney saying these things, the union stooges would be supporting Romney and the rest of the Republicans, just like they always do.

Romney also has voiced support for anti-collective bargaining measures pushed by Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin…

The Hill is repeating itself.

O’Connell said unions were going to work hard to beat Republicans anyway, but that Romney’s rhetoric was further antagonizing them — as well as blue-collar Midwestern voters who weren’t in unions.

“The union rhetoric could be a deciding difference in Ohio, and that’s what Romney really has to watch,” he said. “It could really come back to hurt him.”

Man, this O’Connell knows everything.

Ed Sarpolus, a nonpartisan pollster based in Michigan, said Romney’s recent union rhetoric could hurt him in the Rust Belt states, especially in crucial Ohio but also in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Iowa.

“He’s thinking about what he needs to win the nomination, and he’s less concerned about the general election,” Sarpolus said. “We already know it’s going to hurt somewhat … There’s going to be some bad blood on this.”

Mr. Sarpolus is the Director of Governmental Affairs (aka the top lobbyist) for the Michigan Education Association, which is a public sector teachers union. He is anything but "non-partisan."

Democrats have seized on Romney’s moves. Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) told The Hill that Romney is “coming across as an extremist."

This is what passes for professional journalism at The Hill.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “GOP Frets Over Romney’s Conservative Tack”

  1. artboyusa says:

    Romney’s “conservative tack” huh? Can’t say I’d noticed any such thing, so far. Big day today for Willard, in his “home” state. He’s spent a fortune (again) buying up votes but I’m betting he barely breaks even. The Beatles said it all a long time ago:

    I don’t care too much for money
    Cause money can’t buy me love
    Can’t buy me love, no
    Can’t buy me love, no
    No no no nooooooo..

  2. GetBackJack says:

    We need a thorough Evolution In Action house-cleaning right damn soon.

  3. Mithrandir says:


    ~It’s the same old tired tactic. Get the GOP so riled up about possibly offending people, that they STAND FOR NOTHING, thereby alienating people who would consider voting for them.

    when will people learn….

  4. JohnMG says:

    Well, let’s see. If we found a Republican candidate who met with the acceptable criteria, the objections of Romney’s deficiencies which are duly noted in the above article notwithstanding, said candidate would look something like………………….
    Barack Obama.

    I guess we should just quit looking since we already have the ideal president, huh?

    And artboy; What you’re saying is Romney is ‘Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places’ eh?

    • artboyusa says:

      John, I’m saying he’ll be singing “Help!” (except Willard probably wasn’t allowed to listen to such devil’s music when he was growing up…)

      And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
      My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
      But every now and then I feel so insecure,
      I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before.

      Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
      And I do appreciate you being round.
      Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
      Won’t you please, please help me…

  5. Petronius says:

    “I think Hispanics are going to pretty much decide this election.”

    So now it’s official. The foreign vote has at last become decisive.

    “Romney’s hard-line immigration rhetoric could hurt him….”

    Indeed. Because in America and other Western countries the racial interests of uninvited foreign migrants must always be given precedence over the rights of the citizens.

    “It’s some form of electoral death wish.”

    As opposed to the triumph of the Liberal Death Wish.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    I wonder if Ford O’Connell likes to post under an online handle called ezra.

  7. intaxicated says:

    Indeed, Ed Sarpolus is a decidedly partisan Democrat.

    Pandering on immigration shows just how little political power is in the hands of citizens at the bottom of the economy.

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