For Team Romney to win the nomination, the candidate and his campaign need to quickly improve in two areas. First, Republican primary voters are a lot like most NASCAR fans; they like fireworks and want to see a fighter who instills enthusiasm. Drafting your way to victory lane by just being better than Obama on paper may seem like a smart political strategy given the new primary rules, but it is not enough to satisfy the base. They long for a candidate who will take the fight directly to the president and keep the pressure on him at all times.
Second, GOP voters want to know that they can trust their nominee to do the right thing when the going gets tough. Flip-flopping is only part of the issue for Romney; candidates often change their positions and the base understands this. It's the rationale behind "why" a candidate changes his or her positions that matters to Republican voters. For America to achieve greatness again, the eventual Republican nominee must prove himself or herself to be someone who will focus on the economy and government reform, no matter what the political costs entail.
Romney must counter the feeling among some that he makes decision based on political opportunity, rather than courageous core beliefs.
Right now, Mitt Romney may be the single candidate with the best odds to win, but if asked, betting on the field would be the wiser bet. If he is unable to overcome these hurdles, Romney could find himself on the losing end of the 2012 Republican presidential nomination -- his final chance to win the same office which eluded his father.
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