The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.For all the hair-on-fire coming from the Republican establishment this week on their concerns about the Romney campaign, this strikes me as a fairly accurate and honest read of the situation. Poll after poll has shown that when voters are asked about their motivation, Democrats are voting FOR President Obama and Republicans are voting against him. That is essentially what Romney's message has come down to.
Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons ... some people that are going to vote for him. But that’s not what this election is about. This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies.
So that's when I start imagining what the Republican convention will look like. Think about those video bios that are the staple of any convention...where they tell a moving story about their nominee. You have to wonder whether the Republicans will even bother.
Sure, they can talk about Romney's family. But beyond that, do you think they can try to sell his experience as a vulture capitalist with Bain? Or how about his record as Governor of Massachusetts? They certainly can't talk about his religious faith.
The truth is, the more Romney talks and the more people talk about him, the less people like him. You have to wonder how much his name will actually come up.
I'm sure there will be a lot of Obama-bashing at the convention. Attendees and viewers will be fed a steady diet of red meat. But the question is whether or not that will surface as the theme. It is, after all, what Boehner is saying this election is all about.
One of the things liberals are always lamenting in their efforts to stay defeatist is the idea that Republicans are so good at messaging and the Democrats are so bad at it. Is anyone noticing how that one is working out these days?