Very few Republicans really like Mitt Romney. Yet, he’s the favorite of the Republican Establishment.
The Establishment feels no passion for Mitt, but it is consumed by negative passion for his opponents.
Republican columnists, pundits, and politicians have whipped themselves into a frenzy by what they see as the dire necessity to destroy any candidate who would challenge Mitt.
It’s not because they like Romney. Most of them don’t. But still, they become consumed with mindless passion when they contemplate any other Republican candidate.
It’s a grim spectacle, indeed.
For some time now I have been saying that this is not a good thing. It is making Republicans look bad. It is making Barack Obama look good.
Many commentators have suggested that the shrill tone of the debates, the wall-to-wall nastiness will serve a higher purpose. They believe that it will make their candidate stronger.
They are wrong. The tone of the debates and the brutality of the attacks on everyone but Romney are making the Republicans look like they are emotionally incontinent.
If you want to govern the nation you have to look like you can govern your own party. As of now, Republicans don't look like they can.
One might even ask whether something about the putative front runner, Mitt Romney, provokes internecine party warfare?
Today, blogger John Hawkins debunks the myth of Mitt Romney’s electability.
To my knowledge no one else has addressed the question as seriously. After reading Hawkins one wonders whether Republican party elders have simply been duped into accepting, uncritically, the PR-generated notion that Mitt Romney is the most electable candidate.
Hawkins offers an excellent refutation of the notion of Mitt Romney’s electability. His column is well worth a read.