Well, okay, he is probably the worst candidate ever, but that's not the reason he's losing the election. Romney insiders are bemoaning the fact that because of his strange inability to relate to the average American, the voters can't see the Romney they know; decisive, strong, values oriented and even humorous, in short, a real leader. They maintain that if he could only find a way to show his true self to America, he would be among the best presidents we've ever had.
Although it's a nice theory that's probably going to be trotted out repeatedly to save face once the election is over, it nonetheless is complete balderdash. There are two reasons and two reasons only that Mitt Romney is losing this election and the top reason is that he has no true self. If ever there was a man who had absolutely no core belief, no center lode stone, or moral compass that guides him it is Mitt Romney. He will literally say whatever he feels he needs to say to any person or group he's appearing before if he thinks it will get him their vote.
He is not the least bothered by the fact that he may have taken the opposite position, not just at another time in his life, but perhaps that very morning or even two sentences ago. For a man who has made hundreds of millions of dollars putting together investment deals and company takeovers, he seems blissfully unaware that the video camera was ever invented and he is actually on record spouting his diverse and often conflicting views. Even worse, when he's asked to explain the constant contradictions, he stutters and stammers and complains that his words are being deliberately misrepresented by Obama, the lame-stream media and liberal leaning pollsters, which apparently now includes FOX News.
The second reason Romney has run afoul of the electorate is that when he does actually take a position, it is often to appease the far right base of his party who are under the misguided impression that the country is hungry for their anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-medicare, anti-middle class, anti-regulation, pro tax cuts approach to running this nation.
As a result, he continually finds himself spouting rhetoric and making campaign promises that the tea party wing-nuts and Rush Limbaugh may eat up with a spoon, but that the saner, rest of the country totally rejects.
Mitt Romney is losing the election not because he's run a lousy campaign, although God knows that he has. He is losing the election because he is straw man with no convictions to stand on, no plan to offer to the country to make our lives better, or at least no plan that differs from George W. Bush's plan that got us into this mess to begin with, and no rationale for running for office other than he'd like to hear them play Hail To The Chief every time he enters a room.
You can have the best campaign model in the world, but in this media saturated age, even a good-looking, financially successful candidate with a picture-perfect family has to demonstrate that he exists an inch below the surface as a human being. When it comes to Mitt Romney, I think the great writer Gertrude Stein said it best . . . there's no there there.