Mitt Romney is Mitt Romney’s problem

“By no stretch of the imagination has Romney said anything significant about what his plans are for America or how he would be a better alternative to President Barack Obama” – Juanita Bratcher

By Juanita Bratcher

It’s 36 days before the November 6, 2012 election and it appears that Republican Candidate Mitt Romney is having a hard-sell trying to convince voters that he would be a better alternative to President Barack Obama, even with a sluggish economy and an 8.2 % unemployment rate. By now, Romney should have made the sell but he is still trailing behind Obama in most polls.

Most of the polls on the National level and in swing states show Obama with a lead over Romney – anywhere from 2 to 10 percentage points. And all polls show Obama ahead in the Electoral College estimate. But certainly these numbers are not etched in stone. A lot can happen between now and the November 6 election.

Nonetheless, Mitt Romney tends to place his political woes on others. But Romney should only take a real hard look in the mirror, and he will ably see where his nagging political problem lies – it lies with Mitt Romney himself.

Romney continues to dance and skip around the issues making it confusing for voters to figure out where he stands on issues. His campaign has been a continuous display of back pedaling, evasiveness, and void of any real answers pertaining to his agenda for America. Is he banking on winning the White House with Super Pac money and his evasive menu?

For a long time now, Romney has straddled both sides of the fence, making gaffe after gaffe. He has back-pedaled on key issues like health care reform, Immigration, the auto industry bailout among others.

When the auto industry was in a slump, Romney, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, said let Detroit go bankrupt. But after the bailout and the industry made a successful turnaround, Romney tried to take credit for it. After the turnaround, in an interview with a television station inside an auto parts maker in Cleveland, Ohio, he stated  that he deserved a “lot of credit” for it.

“I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet,” said Romney. “So, I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back.”

Just recently, Romney said he was willing to keep parts of Obama healthcare law, which he had previously vowed to repeal if elected President.

By no stretch of the imagination has Romney said anything significant on what his plans are for America. He continues to dance and skip around the issues. Obviously he is banking on winning the White House on a very evasive menu rather than giving some real answers to questions about his agenda for America.

Yet, Romney points the finger at others for his barely getting off the ground campaign problems. In an article by Holly Bailey, a senior political reporter for Yahoo! News, she reported that Romney in separate interviews with both the USA Today and Politico accused President Obama and his allies of “personal vilification and demonization” attacks against him, admitting that their attacks have been effective.

Bailey quoted Romney as saying in the USA Today article: “There are plenty of weaknesses that I have, and I acknowledge that. But the attacks that have come have been so misguided, have been so far off target, have been so dishonest, that they surprised me. I thought they might go after me on things that were accurate that I’ve done wrong, instead of absurd things.”

In a Newsweek magazine article (7/29/12), entitled, “Mitt Romney’s Wimp Factor”, by Michael Tomasky, he stated: “Dodging reporters, fearing his base, hiding his taxes—is Mitt Romney just too insecure to be president?…” He noted that on Romney’s trip to England, the mother country on the eve of the Olympics, “…Mitt Romney managed to alienate just about every living Briton. He didn’t merely criticize the organizers or bureaucrats—he questioned the people of Britain themselves: “Do [the people] come together and celebrate the Olympic moment?” He wasn’t sure. The Sun even went so far as to dub him “Mitt the Twit.”

Recently, a secretly taped video surfaced in which Romney, at a $50,000 per person fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida with a group of millionaire donors, trashed and wrote-off 47% of Americans, calling them freeloaders and supporters of President Obama.

Said Romney in the secretly taped video: “… There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That…that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” The comments were met with dire negative converse.

Romney’s remarks in the tape were a total lack of regard and respect for the 47% he commented about. How can one be president of a country when they’ve already written off 47% of Americans, many of whom are hard working people making low wages, retirees, college students and seniors living on fixed and limited incomes?

Romney accused Obama of trying to divide the country, which is far from truth – maybe he was having another inaccurate moment – but his statement in the tape is absolutely divisive from a man who wants to be president of these United States of America. And it is a total lack of respect and a divisive tactic beyond reason.

First and foremost, Romney has a problem connecting with people, even some in his own Republican Party. And many of the lagging tag-a-longs who now support him in his 2012 presidential bid are those who hate the sitting president so much that their sole purpose of backing Romney is to try and get Barack Obama out of the White House.

Romney’s gaffes and off  key remarks, evasiveness, fumbling over issues, unclear messages with little or no details about how he would lead this country, if elected, are all glaring ingredients that make up an unfavorable equation about him.

Romney has not been upfront or definitive about what a Romney presidency will be like in regards to issues or anything in the way of an agenda. There’ve been more flip-flopping and etch-a-sketch moments than anything else. Maybe he’ll shed more light on his agenda during the first Presidential Debate, scheduled for Wednesday, October 3.

The Republican Presidential Candidate hasn’t talked about any real issues in regards to where he wants to take this country. And though he is seeking public office, his agenda is as slow coming as his income tax returns.

Americans want to know where both Romney and Obama stand on issues. Certainly, if Romney wins the presidency, they don’t want a January surprise – announcing policies that he has heretofore kept to himself, along with legislation he has already announced that he will kill-off, if elected,  which includes among other things, Planned Parenthood, the Dream Act and “Obamacare”. There’s also a lack of clarity on his plans for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The American people need and want some issues dialogue from Romney so they can make an educated choice and sensible decision about who they think can better lead this country for the next four years.

And while many of his Republican colleagues in Washington continue to espouse gloom and doom about the economy, the unemployment rate and other complaints against the Obama Administration, the economy could have been in much better shape now if not for their “aha” music saying ‘No’ to everything President Obama has proposed in the way of creating jobs and getting this country moving.

And although his Vice Presidential running mate Congressman Paul Ryan has said he has a plan to save America, by far it is a frightening plan when it comes to his proposed budget.

So rather than point the fingers at someone else, Romney should take a look in mirror at self. He should be more open about his agenda to the American people, specifically voters. He should clearly state his agenda for America and how he would be a better alternative to President Barack Obama.

Juanita Bratcher is an award-winning journalist and the Publisher of She is the author of several books, songwriter and poet. Bratcher has been a Journalist for more than 35 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.