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Mitt Romney: Can't wait for the 2012 presidential result? Read it here now

Mitt Romney

Spoiler alert! I'm about to reveal who will square off in the 2012 presidential campaign -- and who will win. 

So if you don't want to know, stop reading now. Go read my post about classic cars versus modern cars; it's frothy fun fare fit for a Friday (yes, I know this is Thursday, but I like that alliteration!)

Ahem. Back to the political arena.

On the Democratic side, the candidate will be: President Obama. 

On the Republican side, the candidate will be: Mitt Romney.

And the winner will be: Obama.

Allow me to elaborate (otherwise, this would be a ridiculously short post that would simply anger those who clicked on it thinking they were going to get meaty analysis.)

Do I really have to explain why Obama will be the Democratic candidate? Didn't think so. 

But why Romney? And why won't he win?

First, as one of my colleagues says, Romney is the most sane of the present crop of Republican contenders. 

I mean, seriously, Newt Gingrich?  This is the presidency we're talking about, not "The Merry Wives of Windsor."

Romney's got experience, he's good-looking, he's not a bad speaker, and he comes across as serious and intelligent. He doesn't have the personal baggage of Gingrich. He isn't a demagogue like Donald Trump. And, unlike Sarah Palin, he actually finished the job when he was governor of Massachusetts.

So why won't he be president? Two words: healthcare reform.

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed a reform law that in many ways became the basis for Obama and the Democrats' federal healthcare legislation.

And "Obamacare" is now a four-letter word among Republicans.

In a rational world, Romney could take credit for a great achievement -– providing healthcare to many more people in his state -- and steal Obama's thunder in the process, by having done it years earlier.

But many in the Republican Party of today live far, far away from a rational world. 

So to win the nomination Romney will have to disavow, or at least back away from, his signature accomplishment.

Will this satisfy his critics? Check out Thursday's story in The Times: "In healthcare speech, Romney seeks a fresh start":

In a blistering editorial, the conservative Wall Street Journal suggested that Joe Biden step down in the 2012 campaign so Romney can run as Obama's running mate.

"The debate over Obamacare and the larger entitlement state may be the central question of the 2012 election. On that question, Mr. Romney is compromised and not credible," the paper said.

(My guess is, Romney also refused to pay for an online subscription the Journal.)

As for the Democrats; well, no surprise there, the fangs are already out: 

The new chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee told ABC on Thursday that Romney is trying to "repeal and erase" his own record.

"Voters want a person of conviction," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

Despite the Republican criticism, I think Romney -- much like John McCain in 2008 -- will emerge as the GOP candidate. But the party's support will be lukewarm. And the machinations he will have to undertake to win the nomination will doom him among independent voters, let alone Democrats.

So I'm heading to Vegas. Gonna put $100 down on Obama.

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-- Paul Whitefield

Photo: Why won't Mitt Romney be president? Two words: healthcare reform. Credit: Alex Brandon / Associated Press

 

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Eric Douglas

"But many in the Republican Party of today live far, far away from a rational world." Really? Then what world do liberals live in when it comes to debt and spending? SPEND MORE MONEY WE DON'T HAVE! And yet republican's live in a far away world that lacks rationale? Hypocrite.

SomeDude

@Eric:
We "spend money we don't have" because Republicans would rather "give away the money we would have," otherwise known cutting taxes. Especially for the most wealthy.

Stephen J. Smith

Wow. What a shocker ! A leftist picks Obama to win.

Nobody knows for certain.

Carpathia

You were voting Obama no matter who the candidate turns out to be. In the end, Romney will fold like a cheap suit. I predict Herman Cain will eventually be the candidate, in which case, Obama can take his golf clubs and his socialist wife back to Chicago.

Dan

Watch the speech and see Mitt's PowerPoint at http://mittromneycentral.com/2011/05/12/in-case-you-missed-it-slides-from-romneys-speech-on-health-care-video-to-follow-soon/ I'm wondering if some of these opinions I'm reading are from people who actually saw the speech...

Montana

When I was a kid I lived in Utah, and the Boy Scouts was taken over by Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church).

This, so called religion, practices underage polygamy, they send the boy s off on missions to divide the underage sisters umong the dirty old men of the clan.

Now when these underage girls get pregnant, these same dirty old men, send them to the state to get their welfare checks .

You should see some of the palace homes that are paid with welfare checks. By the way this is the newest religion that was created right here in United States of America.

When someone hides behind religion to do or say something that is wrong we should stand up and point it out (right the wrong).

Was it Mitt Romney's grand father who moved to Mexico to practice Mormon Fundamentalism? Look in to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iisl-xH3Xs

Kevin

Mitt needs to grow a spine and be less of a jelly fish!

hank scott

wow paul.... you're really stepping out on a limb here. putting that $100 down may win you upwards of $110 (in 18 months)

Turnaround

But isn't Mitt a Muslon or a Mormlim or one of those other weird religions?

I ain't votin' for nobody who ain't a Talibangelical!

Blowback4Journalist

You are SO WRONG! Once Obama gets some Honest Vetting, he won't be found eligable to Run! Hope you don't lose too much of your worthless FRN's on this bet!
Romney is a HAS-Been and will NOT make the GOP nomination! Ron Paul is the ONLY Qualified First Tier GOP Candidate and will give Obama a Shellacking like he's Never dared to Imagine! Herman Cain is a Former Kansas City FEDERAL RESERVE Chairman, a point he forgot to mention in the first Debate in South Carolina! Not a very good start, by ommitting such important information, just another LIAR!

George Washington

If I may please;

Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who would cut enough spending to avert a debt crisis. Only he will restore constitutionally sound money. And, only he will strengthen our national defense by bringing our troops home and putting an end to the nation-building that is draining our country.
Watch Dr Paul question Ben Bernanke if you doubt Paul understands even subtle aspects of the economy. Imagine Palin or Romney doing that?
Other candidates speak flowery words and tell nothing of how anything will get done. Mr. Paul is very different.
Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself.
Please help give America back Her Constitution.
Ron Paul for President in 2012.
Thank You


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