Just browsing the FOX News page a bit. Sentiment seems to be that Romney drifted too far center & alienated the base.
Where do you think the GOP goes from here?
That makes no sense to me. It was actually the opposite, it was his going to bed with the extreme right earlier on that alienated a lot of voters. And if you ask many in the Republican Party, they'll see it that way...
That Fox News is saying that, it further illustrates to me that there'll be a big divide on that party.
Let's call a spade a spade, it was his religious stances on "woman's rights" and "gay rights" that did him in.
I put those in quotations because viewing people in groups is wrong to me.
I think this was part of it. But I think ultimately, no one really knew where he stood. Which is death for a candidate facing an incumbent.
He was wishy washy about everything. He pandered to the Republican base in the primaries, and then tried to backtrack in the general election. Then, when he asked for the trust of the American people on his less than transparent fiscal plans, I don't think anyone was willing to buy it.
I just think that when it comes to unseating an incumbent, you need to have a very strong candidate, who the public can trust that they know what they are going to do. Even if a President has not been great in their first term, they still will garner more trust among the voting public than the other candidate, unless the other candidate really earns it. Kind of a devil you know is better than the devil you don't mentality.
In 2016 it might not be as big of an issue, because both sides will be bringing forward new candidates without a track record as President. But I do think someone like Christie, who for all his faults, comes across about as sincere as any politician I have ever seen, would be a strong candidate. Although his health is certainly an issue.