However, such blessings have their curses. For one, the target on Romney's chest is getting bigger and bigger, and lots of folks are already taking aim at it. I refer to these as "The MittFits"
"The Mormon Issue"--the vague approach.
One tactic here is to poll people about what they think about Mormonism or about having a Mormon president. Building an idea of opposition to the PERCEIVED un-electability of a Mormon candidate is much easier than building opposition to such a stellar individual as Mitt Romney. That was the tactic used in the LA Times/Bloomberg poll a couple of months ago where 37% didn't want a Mormon POTUS. A more recent Gallup poll said that 66% of those polled thougth that our country "was not ready" for a Mormon President.
Obviously, Mormonism is a largely misunderstood religion and many people see it as a "fringe theology" or even a "cult." Liberals know that Mormons are strong social conservatives and that obviously influences many of these polls. The person, not the religious affiliation, is what will end up trumping all. Witness how many Democrats polled would be excited about voting for a Southern Baptist . . . now what if you further detail that the Souther Baptist is Bill Clinton --- you'd get a completely different result.
Also, bear in mind, that most people who might have misgivings about Mormonism and oppose Romney on those grounds WILL NOT OWN UP TO IT. Rather, they will find other objections to hide behind (some of which may tie in to Fit #2)
Fit #2: The Frontal Attack (conservative angle)
How many 2008 presidential hopefuls that you know are met with protesters/outspoken detractors when they visit to speak at GOP conventions? Organized efforts have met Romney at the Idaho, the Michigan, and the New Hampshire GOP conventions where he was the keynote speaker.
In Idaho, Brian Fischer (head of the Idaho Values Alliance and retired pastor), sent a letter to the state GOP chairman protesting Romney as the keynote speaker at the convention. He played this up to the local media quite heavily.
Michigan's GOP convention a few weeks back livened up by the following letter which was sent to all Michigan GOP politicians/activists warning them of Romney's abortion history. This was done by Jerry Zandstra.
(for the full ties in this anti-Romney network see this previous blog entry.)
Lastly, the New Hampshire GOP convention last weekend was greeted by folks from Mass Resistance handing out the this flyer.
All these frontal attacks will continue to twist the facts and make wild claims such as "Romney is the father of gay marriage". Other favorite attack points from fellow conservatives will be abortion, gay boy scouts, and gun control . . . get used to hearing these . . . I'm already sick of it. Believe me, Romney is no "Gay loving baby killer" as many of these folks would have you belive.
Liberal Attacks Ramp Up:
Romney's still being accused of being "racist" for using the term "tar baby." Just this week, an AP article "Old racial comments hurt candidates" where Romney gets lumped in with those that do/did use truly racial remarks.
The following was released from the Denocratic National Committee (DNC) a few days ago. WOW! Attacks from the DNC already:
Romney Used "Tar Baby" Racial Epithet at Fundraiser.
Responding to Romney's use of the word "tar baby" to describe the Big Dig on July 29, 2006, Leonard Atkins, president of the Boston NAACP, commented, "(Romney) obviously has lived a sheltered life. He's completely disconnected with reality in terms of racial sensitivity. He just does not get it." (Associated Press, 7/31/06)
-- Romney Suggested Wire-Tapping Mosques at 2005 Heritage Foundation Event.
On Sept. 15, 2005 the Boston Globe reported that, "Romney raised the prospect of wiretapping mosques and conducting surveillance of foreign students in Massachusetts, as he issued a broad call yesterday for the federal government to devote far more money and attention to domestic intelligence gathering." The Globe quoted Romney, speaking at a forum hosted by the Heritage Foundation on September 14, stating, "How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions (foreign students in higher education) who have come from terrorist- sponsored states? Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them? How about people who are in settings -- mosques, for instance -- that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror. Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what's going on?" (Boston Globe, 9/15/06)
-- Romney's Wiretapping Mosques Comments Drew Ire from Civil Liberty & Muslim Groups.
On Sept. 16, 2005, the Washington Post quoted, Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, stating, "It's irresponsible for the top elected official in any state to suggest blanket wiretapping of houses of worship." The Post also quoted, Ali Noorani, the executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, stating, "There's a need for the U.S. government and the intelligence system to better understand the Muslim community. The way not to do it is to wiretap and surreptitiously surveil an entire community." (Washington Post, 9/16/06)
Fit #4: His Foreign Policy qualifications "Stop at the water's edge"
I think Romney will work through this better than some realize. He's showed he can be strong with the Khatami affair last month (denying state protection or VIP teatment.) More importantly, he has considerable experience "beyond the water's edge" prior to becoming governor. He lived outside of the USA for 2.5 straight years. He was CEO of a multi-billion dollar INTERNATIONAL company. Also, his experience running the Salt Lake Olympics in the post- 9/11 world was truly an international acheivment. Also, his Homeland Security profile is unparalleled.
Fits #5 and up:
Some other complaints you'll hear about Romney are:
He's too good looking/smooth.
**I've seen some comment that they feel like they can't trust him because of these attributes . . . like they feel like they're being sold something they don't want to buy. That sounds like a personal problem to me.
The "Stepford Wives" complaint . . . that Romney has "too perfect" of a personal life and family life . . . married high-school sweetheart, five good-looking scandal-free sons and 9 grandkids.
**There is an inherent skepticism by espeically the Mainstream Media and the liberal left of "the perfect life"
"He's bought his support and big-business is his big-buddy."
**Romney is very well-off and is an INCREDIBLE fundraiser. He's also been creative in organizing pre-campaign teams and dispersing PAC money. However, he has gained his support the good old-fashioned way . . . he's earned it! Also, people want to sign on to the winning team (remember Karl Malone and the LA Lakers?) . . . the Money will follow Romney as his standing increases.
I'd love for others to chime in with comments and suggestions for what they see will be attacks on Romney.