Mitt(wit) Romney Is The Great Pretender

Today is a big day for New Hampshire Republicans as they cast the very first votes in the nation in the Republican primary election. The heavy favorite to win is former Massachusetts Governor. But do Granite Staters enthusiastically support Romney?

The answer is “not so much” in Dixville Notch. The tiny hamlet has already closed its polls after all 7 votes were cast. The result? Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. and former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman tied for the lead with two votes each. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas had one vote apiece. President Barack Obama received all three votes in the Democratic primary. That’s right, Barack Obama received more votes than all the Republican candidates.

The Dixville Notch tally is not likely to be indicative of the statewide vote. Most pundits agree that Romney (who owns a massive home in New Hampshire) should win the primary by a solid margin. But will such a victory coalesce nationwide support for Romney? Probably not. CNN reports that its recent New Hampshire Insiders Survey reveals that top Republican New Hampshirites believe that Romney has some very large obstacle to becoming the eventual Republican nominee for President.

The survey reveals that Romney biggest negatives are problematic perceptions:

- that he has changed views on issues for political gain (i.e. the flip-flop factor) – 52%;

- that he is not a true conservative (i.e. the secret liberal factor) – 40%;

- that his vision is not bold enough (i.e. the milquetoast factor) – 6% and

- None of the above – 2%.

CNN reports “The branding of Romney as a flip-flopper is his greatest liability nationally,” said one New Hampshire GOP Insider. “Why it didn’t hurt him here is because it was never pushed hard in this campaign by other candidates or the editorial pages [of local newspapers].” Another GOP Insider noted that the perception that Romney’s not a true conservative was “because he’s changed his views on key issues for political gain.” And a third said simply that Romney has “a trust deficit.” In short, nobody really likes the Mitt(wit).

If, as expected, Romney leaves New Hampshire as the victor, that does not necessarily bode well for him. He will have won both the Iowa Caucuses and the first primary election but history tells us that such an early sweep does not predict future success. consider the fact that the last Republican to win both of those contests was Gerald Ford in 1976. Ford of course, was the incumbent President who went on to get trounced by Democrat Jimmy Carter in the general election. It is also interesting to note that the Republican Party has not nominated a candidate from the Northeast since Thomas E. Dewey in 1948 and that did not go very well either.

Here’s hoping the same thing happens to Mitt Romney.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more singing along with today’s topical, song parody. Please enjoy!

The Great Pretender song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1oJuwkXr0E

MITT IS THE GREAT PRETENDER

(sung to The Platters song “The Great Pretender”)

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Pretending that he is so swell
His needs are such; he pretends too much
The truth he simply cannot tell

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Romney’s true beliefs are unknown
Mitt plays the game; flip-flops without shame
With no firm beliefs of his own

He was pro-choice he had us all believe
But when he faced strife, he switched up to pro-life

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
His opinion changes by town
Mitt claims to be what he’s not; you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown

In Mass., health reform was what he achieved
He now says he feels health reform needs repeal

Yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Just switching positions around
Ol’ Mitt Romney is not what you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown