From the RNC convention in Tampa to the horrific events of the past week, it's pretty evident that conservatives have a very large enthusiasm gap where it concerns their candidate Mitt Romney.
They're just not that into him.
At the convention in Tampa, the keynote speaker, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, took a very long and telling 17 minutes to even mention Romney's name. Astonishing. And what should have been a rousing, rolicking lead-in to Romney's acceptance speech turned into a bizarre, disjointed talk by a clearly confused and dithering Clint Eastwood, who proceeded to argue with an empty chair. It's been a jerky and painful downhill ride since then for candidate Romney, with a couple of stops along the way at harsh reality. The polls following the end of the RNC convention verified how awful it was. Romney got no bounce. Nada. Niente. Goose egg. And President Obama has widened his leads in several key states.
Then came the tragic events of the past week where Mittens could have shown his creds as a statesman and leader. Instead, he ran with a slanderous statement that accused the president of the United States of siding with the murderers of the US consulate victims [an accusation of treason against the US president], an unprecedented low in slimey mudslinging during a national crisis by the nominal leader of the opposition party. Even his own colleagues in the GOP had nothing kind to say about his incredibly misguided and amateurish reaction to a very volatile and dangerous situation. The ususal empty-headed loud mouths (Limbaugh and Palin) were the only ones, except for one or two other banana heads, who thought Romney's actions in this terrible drama were "presidential." The rest of the civilized world jeered at that preposterous assessment.
After all of Romney's unforced errors, I wondered about the people who support him, especially those supporters who blog. I did a bit of research to discover how many blog posts his supporters on the conservative side of the aisle have written about the man they so desperately want to capture the White House and send the hated Commie Marxist Usurper Hawaiian Devil Baby back to Kenya.
I looked at four conservative blogs--two run by males and two run by females and was surprised to find that all four of them, like the rest of conservadom, are just not that into Mr. Romney. Their raison d'etre is, of course, bashing President Obama, and they've posted far, far more on him than the guy they hope will rescue us from Obamacare and replace it with the parts of Romneycare that Romney so loves.
Here's what I found:
At the blog Western Hero: Two blogposts on Romney since June 1.
At the blog Jo Joe Politico*: Two blogposts on Mr. Romney since June 1, one of which was about a Romney gaffe, and the other was about the Romney/Ryan ticket.
*NOTE: The above-mentioned conservative blogger always appends to President Obama's name the designation, "The Child President" every time he refers to Mr. Obama. Apparently, the guy who runs this blog hasn't the stones to actually call the president "boy," since that is exactly what he implies with this back-door racial slur.
At the blog My Daily Trek: One post on Mr. Romney since June 1
At the blog Always on Watch: One post on Mr. Romney since June 1, and one post on a Romney rally in Virginia which mainly criticized the rally's production values, nothing about Romney himself, except this: "Romney made several excellent statements, many of which all of us have heard before. However no 'magic in the air.'"
So the count is really six posts talking about Mitt Romney on these four conservative blogs since June 1 of this campaign season.
(I did a count of my own blog since June 1 and came up with 11 blog posts on my candidate, President Obama, and that's just ONE blog.)
This is a small snapshot of the conservatives' enthusiasm gap beleaguering Mr. Romney's campaign. It's not meant to be scientific, just a little insight into why he's not doing as well as people on the right hoped he would.
They're just not that into him.
Adding to this losing scenario is this piece in Politico by Jonathan Riehl:
"This week we witnessed further evidence of the complete breakdown of the modern conservative movement, and it is Republicans who are speaking out on this even more than Democrats. Attempts by Romney party-liners to blame this criticism on the left are just plain phony. Laura Ingraham, whose pedigree includes a Supreme Court clerkship under Justice Clarence Thomas, put it most succinctly: If the best we can do is Mitt Romney and his bumbling, intellectually bereft campaign, it may be time to shut the Party down.
Here at POLITICO, Joe Scarborough, a more centrist GOP voice, blasted away at Romney's utter vapidness and expressed the frustration of many GOPers who just seem to be going along. Old school Reaganites from Peggy Noonan to Dan Coats also got into the act. Even the neoconservative intellectual leader Bill Kristol, who did much to justify the Iraq war boondoggle, tells us that Mitt Romney is failing, proving no more true to Kristol's New American Century ideology than he is to anyone other; say what you may about him, Kristol, like his father, is consistent.
The overall implication from these voices on the right is clear: Romney is an an empty suit, as frightening to real ideologues on the right like Kristol and Ingraham as he is to progressives on the left. Because no one, left or right, knows what he really believes."
Parsley's Pics has a post up on this subject and why Romney's fellow candidates in 2008 couldn't stand him either:
"But Romney's efforts to get right with the right landed him in trouble. For most of his life, he had been a middle-of-the-road, pro-business, pragmatist, unequivocally pro-choice, moderate on tax cuts and immigration. Running against Ted Kennedy for the Senate in 1994, he pledged that he'd do more for gay rights than his opponent, and declared, "I don't line up with the NRA" on gun control. By 2008, Romney had reversed himself on all of this, which quickly gave rise to charges of hypocrisy and opportunism. Even before he announced his candidacy, a YouTube video [see below] began making the rounds that captured him firmly stating his liberalish social views, comically juxtaposing them with his newly adopted arch-conservative stances. From then on, the flip-flopper label was firmly affixed to Mitt's forehead.
Unlike Giuliani, Romney had no reticence about slashing at his rivals. But the perception of him as a man without convictions made him a less-than-effective delivery system for policy contrasts. The combination of the vitriol of his attacks and his corelessness explained the antipathy the other candidates had toward him. McCain routinely called Romney an "asshole" and a "fucking phony." Giuliani opined, "That guy will say anything." Huckabee complained, "I don't think Romney has a soul." (L. Parsley's emphasis)