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  •  to play devil's advocate... (0+ / 0-)
    if Mitt Romney can't even get his base to like him, how in the world is he going to win over enough swing voters to win the election?
    I think you could make a decent case nowadays for the opposite argument - how would any candidate who gets the modern Republican party base to like him be able to win over enough swing voters to win the election?

    On the not unreasonable assumption that the Republican base has moved more and more to the extremes in the past decade or so, it might be precisely those candidates who only get lukewarm support from the base who are in fact still electable.

    Far more worrying than the weak numbers among Republicans therefore are the poor favorables he's seeing among independents. But, as his campaign team let slip a few weeks ago, he's hoping that the "etch-a-sketch" strategy will fix that.


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