Friday, November 24, 2006

Romney Positioning Himself for the Right Wing

A recent article by Bill Sammon of The Examiner discusses Mitt Romney’s positioning with John McCain and Rudy Giuliani. Mitt is quoted as saying “I’m a conservative Republican, there’s no question about that. I’m at a different place than the other two.”

It is clear that Romney’s strategy is to play to the right wing conservative base of the Republican Party and run to the right of both McCain and Giuliani. That’s not necessarily bad as we have seen that both parties tend to nominate candidates that position themselves towards the left or right of their party. The question is: will the recent election results change that history? I think it is clear the electorate is fed up with extremists on both sides. They are yearning for a more moderate candidate that understands their issues and concerns and can work to bring both sides together to solve problems. So a strategy to pander to the right wing of the party might not be a sure thing after what we saw in the mid-term elections.

So if this is Romney’s strategy, why is he having trouble being accepted as that conservative as I mentioned in my post of November 21? Maybe voters are basing opinions on principles and not campaign rhetoric?