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Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Politics | 5 comments

Matter Over Mind

Mitt Romney should have wrapped up the Republican nomination a long time ago. He has an enormous organizational advantage, the endorsement of a great majority of the Republican party establishment, and a huge money advantage in money raised by his campaign and his superPAC; yet, Romney is fighting for his political life in his birth state against Rick Santorum who was barely a second tier candidate back in the fall of last year.

A couple of things to be noted before I continue: 1) I am supporting Rick Santorum’s candidacy; 2) I am not paid for my opinion or for my stream of consciousness writing (who would want to pay for this anyway); and 3) I am a student of politics, and while I do not pretend to know everything about it, I do have a take or two to occasionally share through my posts.

There has been a lot of pundits who have written about and reported on the lack of connection between Romney and blue collar voters especially in the mid-west. While those views have some truth, the real problem which is the foundation of the Romney’s disconnect is not malice on the part of Romney, but rather that Romney is over-thinking it and not feeling it.

Politics has always been about the heart and passion of the candidate seen through the actions (or proposed actions) of the policies that are promised to be enacted. Romney is trying to provide the meat (of beating Obama) without delivering on the sizzle (of why he should be the one who beats him). In 2008, Hillary Clinton had the same advantages of money and organization against Barack Obama and we saw how that played out; the emotion of Change overwhelmed the precision of Clinton’s organization.

I do not think Mitt Romney will win in Michigan tomorrow or the Republican nomination because he simply does not understand what matters to regular everyday people.

Winning the Presidency is an exercise of Matter over Mind. If you can find out what matters to people, then you can win their minds so that they will vote for you. Voters are people who are exercising their choice on an emotional level. Hope in 1992 and Change in 2008 energized the Democratic base to win national elections. Romney’s inability to connect to what matters to people is his downfall; if Santorum, Gingrich or Paul has any chance of beating Obama in the fall, they better learn from Romney’s mistake.

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  • StockBoyLA

    Yup, Romney is his own worse enemy.

  • zephyr

    Dude, there will be a lot of democrat voters tomorrow pushing the very outcome you are hoping for. 😉

  • rudi

    Mittens once again shows his disconnect with the average voter.

    Mitt Romney went to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race Sunday for what should have been a chance to show he’s one of the guys. Instead, in casual conversation with an Associated Press reporter at the Florida track, he reminded people once again that he is not exactly a regular Joe.

    Asked by the AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

  • ShannonLeee

    I always find it frustrating when I completely agree with this author 🙂

    “but rather that Romney is over-thinking it and not feeling it”

    that is exactly the problem…which is probably based in the fact that Romney has few passionate conservative beliefs and is basically faking it.

  • slamfu

    Why can’t Romney just own up to the fact he is not one of the guys? I mean, some guys can be wealthy elites and pass as the dude you’ll have a beer with, see Dubya on that one. But Romney flat out can’t, why isn’t he playing up his strengths instead? Just be yourself Mitt, unless that would scare off even more voters…

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