Romney will essentially need to “thread the needle” in the upcoming election to appeal to independents while keeping the Republican conservative base enthusiastic. Is this possible? Are independents angry enough with Obama to consider Romney their option? A piece in the Poughkeepsie Journal takes a look at this prospect for probable candidate Romney:
The likely Republican presidential nominee has embarked on an aggressive campaign against President Barack Obama that straddles two sometimes-conflicting political ideologies.
On some days, the former Massachusetts governor is a social conservative and social moderate, a right-wing conspiracy theorist and promoter of political compromise. With the primaries over, it’s an evolving balancing act that, so far, is leaning decidedly right…
At the same time, the Romney campaign is paying lots of attention to the conservative media.
He and his wife met this past week with right-leaning bloggers, reporters and columnists for an off-the-record discussion on Capitol Hill. He has granted interviews recently to conservative publications such as The Weekly Standard, the blog “Hot Air,” National Review and Human Events magazine.
Romney last month told the website Breitbart TV that the media was involved in a “vast left-wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and to attack me.”
Romney will deliver a commencement address next week at Liberty University, the evangelical institution founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Va. He will be the first Mormon to speak at a Liberty graduation.
All that attention could alienate independents and more moderate voters often credited with deciding close elections.
As an independent voter, does Mitt Romney present a viable option for you in the coming election?