If anyone other than Romney (Huntsman doesn’t count) gets the Republican nomination, Barack Obama wins easily. Therefore, Romney gets it. No ifs, ands, or buts. The primaries will teabaggers and other assorted wingnuts a chance to blow off steam until it’s time to pull the lever for Mitt, but the outcome is predetermined.
Republicans want to make the election a referendum on Obama, which is why they’re trying to sabotage the economy. Democrats, of course, want to make it a choice between two candidates. I think Democrats have the upper hand here.
Obama versus Romney reminds me a lot of Bush versus Kerry. By 2004, it had become clear that George W. Bush had created a mess in Iraq. By rights, he should have been sent back to Crawford in disgrace, yet voters gave him a second term. It drove Democrats crazy, but people just didn’t trust John Kerry to manage the “war on terror”. I think they’ll feel the same about Romney and the economy. (Note: I am in no way equating Bush and Obama in substantive terms.)
As a flip-flopper, Romney makes John Kerry look like William Tecumseh Sherman. Voters have yet to be presented with the mind-boggling scope of Mitt’s flip-flopping. When they are, I think they’ll be amazed — and not in a good way.
If you think Mitt Romney can run as a job creator, think again. Two words: Bain Capital. This stuff is going to be lethal.