You know that “charisma” stuff I go on about all the time on here? The quality that is more important than any other to winning elections?
Romney doesn’t have it.
I know, that’s not news. But it never ceases to amaze me how singularly lacking he is in this quality.
I was listening to a snippet of some speech of his on the radio. It bored me. That’s a bad sign for him; if he were a half-way charismatic fellow, he’d have had me outraged. All the charismatic people on the Republican side can make do that. But Romney is just dull.
You don’t even have to consider the content of their speeches–and Heaven knows, too many voters probably don’t–to see the difference. Obama sounds passionate and fired up when he speaks, whereas Romney’s voice sort of cracks whenever he tries to raise his voice to a powerful crescendo.
Sure, tons of people will vote for Romney because they hate Obama. People are either going to vote for Obama or against him, but nobody is going to vote for Mitt Romney. He is just hoping that enough people will hate the incumbent to vote him in. That was the strategy for the last uncharismatic guy from Massachusetts, too.
And now there are rumors that his campaign plans to “avoid John McCain’s mistake”–to wit, make a dull pick, without any charisma, the opposite of Sarah Palin. This is also a terrible idea, though speaking as one who hopes Romney does not get elected, it pleases me greatly.
I suspect that, in the end, Palin helped McCain’s 2008 campaign. Yes, you read that right. It is true that she made a fool of herself in her interviews, but what of that? The Republican base does not believe anything in the mainstream press, and consequently explained that away as “media bias”.
You say: “but she alienated the moderates”. No, she didn’t. The moderates were already alienated, because they were going to vote for Obama no matter what. No one except a die-hard Republican was going to vote for John McCain, and even they didn’t like him much. Palin served to energize the only group which would even consider voting for John McCain. From a purely strategic point of view, she was a good pick. A rotten candidate, but a good pick. Curious how that can happen.
Anyway, if the Romney people do decide to double down on dullness, I think it will signify that the people running his campaign are basically counting on a massive economic disaster to make Obama unpopular. And I suppose that could happen. Kind of sad, though, if your entire campaign depends on something like that.