“Anybody but Obama” is a current saying among conservatives. I would like to do an “Anybody but Obama” reality check.
The thought is that Obama and his policies have been so bad for the nation, that “anybody but Obama” would be better. One point that cannot be overlooked is that the “anybody but Obama” candidate has to win.
Right now there is a push to make the “anybody but Obama” candidate Mitt Romney. Now, Mitt Romney may appeal to investors, businessmen, some Governors, some Congressmen, some in the media and others…but the question is…will Mitt Romney appeal to swing Obama voters?
This is not going to be a landslide election against Obama. Far from it. It will be dangerously close and extremely possible that Obama will be elected a second time, particularly since some votes will be counted in Spain through SCYTL.
Getting away from the issue of likely election and voter fraud, and getting back to the voters themselves, how do swing Obama voters perceive Romney?
I was talking to one of them. Interestingly, this person does not like what Obama has done and would consider not voting for Obama if the right candidate appears. HOWEVER, with the media pushing Mitt Romney, the perception with Mitt Romney is that he will use the Office of President to line his pockets and not care about the poor. That was the big theme…how will Mitt Romney help the poor in a bad economy, and not help himself instead? It is perceived that he is out of touch and interested only in making money for himself. Plus, with Jeb Bush as Vice President, the Obama follower is tired of the Bushes and further sees that as another way to line personal pockets.
So, despite not liking what Obama is doing, this follower may vote for Obama and “give him more time”.
This is the “reality check” of the type of people Mitt Romney has to reach. It would be better to have a Republican that does not alienate possible swing Obama voters. That would be Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul. If truly, “anybody but Obama” would be better than Obama, then perhaps the Republicans should view the candidates through the lenses of what Obama swing voters want, rather than through the lenses of what investors/businessmen want.
If they push Romney as part of a “good ‘ole boys’ club”, rather than being sensitive to the needs and interests of Obama swing voters, they may find that they will not have the support necessary to defeat Obama.
“Anybody but Obama” should be the person besides Obama who can attract Obama swing voters. Is that Mitt Romney? Probably not.