Star Parker

And at a time when voters put a premium on authenticity, a candidate like Romney, who comes off as the political equivalent to the 1997 Aqua song “I’m a Barbie Girl, in the Barbie World, Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic,” doesn’t sell well.

The attempt to offset all this with the claim that, as a successful businessman he knows how to fix the economy and restore prosperity, also stands on feet of clay.

President Reagan stands as the icon for leadership for turning the nation around from recession and inflation to prosperity. He had no background as a businessman. His strong suit was his understanding of, and absolute commitment to, conservative principles.

President Carter, whom Reagan defeated in 1980, who led the nation to the brink, had a background as a successful businessman prior to being governor of Georgia.

As Karl Rove convincingly argues in the Wall Street Journal this week, Barack Obama is a weakened candidate.

Voters disillusioned with the Republican Party, and looking for the kind of authenticity I’ve mentioned here, voted for Obama in 2008. Now it’s clear they got a boilerplate liberal who, like Carter, has also brought our nation to the brink.

Republicans have a real opportunity to restore credibility as a party and deliver the kind of candidate that the nation needs.

It’s why the conservative opposition to Mitt Romney, despite being massively outspent, remains strong and credible.

Far from being over, this Republican race is just getting started.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.