Romney's rise challenges tea party's clout in GOP

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Oct. 16, 2011 7:10 a.m.

    The challenges with Romney are two-fold: One, right-wing evangelicals will not support him, so that conservative GOP base will not rally behind him.

    Two, Obamacare and Romneycare are very similar, and Obama will leverge the fact that his healthcare program is based on the healthcare initiatives and successes Romney achieved in Massachusetts. The narrative will build on this to show Romney has many similar views as Obama on taxes, stiumulus, bailouts, etc., and Obama surrogates will dig for video footage and quotes showing their similarities. This will further alienate TEA partiers and GOP base.

    In short, much of the GOP base will not vote.

    Independents, though frustrated with Obama, ultimately like his pulling out of the Mideast wars, getting Osama, pragmatism with Israel, instituting consumer protections, initiatives to put Americans back to work, initiatives for schools, etc... More importantly, Independents will see that Obama has strived to be bipartisan while the GOP congress refuses to compromise on anything.

    Obama wins a second term.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 15, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    When I hear "everyone knows" something, that's usually evidence that the person saying so WISHES it were true. Bentley thinks it's all over but the counting a full year before the election. But as things are NOW, Obama still beats all GOP contenders in one-on-one polling. I wonder if Mitt still wants to double the size of GITMO?

  • David King Layton, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    sorry, does* he even believe it?

  • David King Layton, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    "[Will the Tea Party] merge with mainstream Republican elements in a nod to pragmatism, something it's hardly known for?"-From the article

    Mainstream Republicans are pragmatic? They are the people who have allowed our nation to have trillion dollar deficits, got us involved in every corner of the globe, have doubled the size of departments and colluded with some Democrats to give us this big government that we can't afford.

    Here's something I will never understand. People say Obama is terrible, and we have to replace him, so we want to replace him with the Republican most like him in the entire world?!
    Remember this paragraph from the article?

    'Romney defends the government's 2008 bank bailouts, plus the mandated health insurance he initiated as Massachusetts governor. He says he can work with "good Democrats." Although he later changed, Romney once supported abortion rights, gun control and gay rights.'

    Romney has believed almost exactly all the same things as Barack Obama politically, just at different times. The man knows what it takes to get elected, but should we believe anything he says anymore? Do he even believe it?

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    Who cares what the Tea Party nutjobs think, being too far to the left or right is just bad. I think Romney will win the common sense vote and maybe, just maybe he can rally congresman in both parties so we won't have the war in Washington we have now.

  • lsteinbentley South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    Romney is the only one who can win. He is also the best choice the Republican party has to offer. Why are we still divided then? Lets get behind Romney and Win 2012 and change America for the better. Everyone knows that Obama is taking this country down the drain with him. Even most of the Democrats can now see that. I have spoke with quite a few people who voted last time for Obama, are kicking themselves, and are now ready for Romney to come in and clean up this mess.