Romney: conservative of convenience?
By: Jacqueline Scott | June 5, 2012 | 2012 Elections, Opinion, Politics

Can Mitt Romney ever escape the notion that he isn't a real conservative?  I pondered this as I was having a political discussion with my father the other day.  He is die-hard anti-Obama and was stating that he felt that McCain was fighting a losing battle because Obama didn't have a large political record to pick at, which made it difficult for McCain to criticize him.  Now, after his first term, Obama has a political track record for Romney to pick at and that should make things easier for Romeny. The problem is that Romney also has an extensive political track record, and not the kind that a Republican presidential candidate would want.

It is an uphill battle for Mitt Romney to obtain political "street cred" with conservative Republicans because he has none.  He don't have anything to show other than his word saying that he's a conservative.  His past is going to haunt him for this entire election and it seems to me that fed-up Republicans may not vote if he can't win their trust.  There is no base anymore for the Republican party to say, "this is who we are and this is what we stand for."  You may find financially conservative people who are socially liberal or socially conservative people who are more financially liberal.  I also think that this election is going to be an uphill battle for Romney because the Tea Party, although not the majority of the party, are still a voting bloc and a force to reckon with. I don't know if these people would vote for Romney just because, he isn't Obama.  It is sad to say, but this election seems to be Obama versus Not Obama.

Jacqueline is the Founder of The Sexy Politico. She's a world traveler - fueled by her love for learning. She has lived in the United States and Eastern Europe, but as of now calls Wuxi, China her home. She's proudly travelled throughout the lower 48 states in America as an army brat, navigated her way from West to East in Europe, and has seen the most urban and rural areas of Southeast Asia. Through all her journeys she managed to double major in Political Science and History w/ a minor in Southeast Asian studies at Northern Illinois University, join the Peace Corps, and teach English to children on three different continents. She has learned a few things along the way she'd like to share as advice to a future world traveller: 1) Always accept a Grandmother's home-cooked meal and 2) Never lose your wits because you never know when or where you'll need them.

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