Yet Again, Mitt Romney Proves To Be A Weak Candidate
Over the past month, Mitt Romney once again tried to use his seemingly unlimited campaign funds to launch vicious attack ads on his opponents in Michigan and Arizona. And once again, we're seeing the same lack of confidence in Romney's ability; Voters in his home state of Michigan categorically denied him last night and handed Mitt a draw instead of the blowout victory he expected.
Although Romney grew up in Michigan and was the son of a popular governor of that state, the contest was essentially tied with Rick Santorum in what was considered to be an easy state for Romney due to his roots. Romney and Santorum each picked up thirteen delegates, indicating that Republicans still aren't satisfied with Mitt as their nominee.
Romney's attempts to court the right wingers in his base have alienated independents and working families who know that his policies would stunt Michigan's growth. The numbers have proven it again and again in each primary, and it was no different last night: almost 40% of Republican voters were not sure they would vote for the GOP candidate in November, 40% said that they have strong reservations about their candidate, and, perhaps most telling, not even half of Republicans strongly favored the candidate they voted for.
Romney can't court voters in states like Michigan for a reason; his irresponsible policies would cut taxes for billionares, millionares and corporations by five million while making deep cuts to social programs that ensure security for the middle class. If Mitt had his way, Michigan's main lifeline, it's auto industry, would have gone under three years ago, and he said as much in a 2008 op-ed in the New York Times; under President Obama's leadership, it has become an American comeback story, with Michigan's unemployment rate cut almost in half and auto and home sales in the state increasing at a steady rate for the first time since the financial crisis began.
If Mitt Romney had his way, none of these changes would have taken place. The same tired policies that favor millionaires and corporations over honest people who are working to keep their homes and send their kids to college would be continued, and Detroit would have been left for dead. Unfortunately for him, Michigan voters showed him that they don't forget.