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Super Tuesday has come and gone, and iReporters of every political stripe had similar reactions: Yawn. With Mitt Romney still unable to unify a fragmented conservative base, and none of his rivals able to break away as a clear challenger to Romney's frontrunner status, the race looks set to drag on for weeks to come.
Katy Brown is a senior at Ohio's Kent State University, and was one of iReport’s regular conservative commentators during the 2008 election campaign. This year, she decided not to vote in her state's primary because none of the candidates appealed to her.
"Romney is so disconnected from the reality of the life of an average American," she said. "Ron Paul is too out there, I guess that's the best way to put it. Gingrich, I feel, disappeared. And Santorum is too religion- and Tea Party-based for me."
Conservative iReporter William Bernstein from Virginia Beach, Virginia, also didn't vote in his state's Super Tuesday primary. "I am just not sure about either of the presidential candidates in the running right now, but hopefully that will be cleared up by the general election this fall," he said, referring to GOP hopefuls Romney and Rick Santorum. "On the ballot here in Virginia is only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, so even then, not much of a choice."
Matt Zieminski of Redding, California, was less kind, dubbing the four remaining GOP contenders "The Four Stooges" for their performances. "As long as Romney cannot get Republican voters to rally around him and his ideas, and as long as the three remaining candidates stay in the race, the delegate count will continue to be spread thin," he said.
And Longtime iReport commentator Adriana Maxwell of Atlanta, Georgia thinks that despite Romney's inability to quickly wrap up the nomination, he's almost certainly going to be his party's nominee. "It's the Republican Party's turn not to field a strong team," she said, likening Romney's situation to the GOP's nomination of Senator Bob Dole in the 1996 presidential election.
All of this raises an even bigger question: Why isn’t Romney resonating with some Republican voters? It's a topic that's going to be on everyone's mind in the coming weeks, and we want to hear your personal views.
The evident lack of self-preservation in the GOP's actions is a conundrum: Ron Paul at the helm is bound to take out Obama in a re-election, but rouble is, he's also bound to cut most of their jobs, too. For any Ron Paul advocates out there, there's this little website called ronpaulitic.com with a geo-tagging RP map that loads in quicktime, and allows you to zoom in on the different support regions, determine where the tallies are coming from. Kinda fun.
And Romney isn't resonating with some Republicans BECAUSE HE IS A MORMON, plain and simple. To the gist of the public, Mormonism will always be viewed as a cult, and avid Mormons as cultists - believe me, I was born and raised as one.
The GOP is going to lose the presidential race, irrespective of who survives the primary. Here are some reasons: Evangelical Christians won't vote for Romney; No thinking woman will vote for Santorum; no married woman will vote for Gingrich. The Koch brothers are going to run Scott Walker as a third party candidate, causing a dilution in turn-out for the GOP candidate.
But, the larger story is that the GOP is going to have to remake its constituency. Its management has allowed the party to drift into a position where it is dominated by wingnuts like the Tea Party and the ATR. As an aside, I voted solidly for Republican presidential candidates, from Eisenhowere to McCain. You could not waterboard me into voting for any of the current primary group.
I am a former CFO, serving several companies over a 25 year period, and here is something I know about negotiations: people with radical views make lousy negotiators, because negotiation requires that each participant gives up something. You never get everything you want out of a negotiation. One of my hobbies is early American history, and I have read the US Constitution at least ten times. The Constitution is designed so that laws must be made through negotiation among the two Legislative chambers and the Executive branch.
roberta McCain said it first; What have they done to my Republican Party? The GOP today is not what it was when Dwight Eisenhower was president, nor even when Reagan was president. The answer to Roberta is that the RNC got lazy and let the party slide under the control of the extremists. If the GOP doesn't realign its constituency after the loss in November, to one where right/conservative leaning centrists form the bulk of its membership, it will be a rump party by 2013.
I would like the VA model for all of us. Of course congress would have to fund it properly. The Republicans keep underfunding this and Medicare and then say. "See, it doesn't work! You should get rid of it."
something to consider, before the age of 65 the average person has about 20% of their medical expenses. After 65 they have about 80% of them. Private health insurance companies charge from 8%-10% of a person's income to fund 20% of their health needs while Medicare charges about 3% to fund 80% of their needs. What's wrong with this picture?