Temperament vs. Beliefs
Carol Platt Liebau
1/9/2012 11:46:08 AM - Carol Platt Liebau
One of the conservative criticisms that have been made of Mitt Romney has to do with his seeming lack of "urgency": His failure to "show [a] sense of the urgency of the tasks before him" or his inability to "convey the urgency of the present hour."
It's perfectly fair to look at Romney (or any candidate) and decide that their policies (or shifts) make them the wrong person for the times. But it strikes me that political judgments made on the basis of demeanor can be perceptions that are often incorrect, as they were with Obama. What's more, although conservatives would no doubt like a campaign infused with more of a sense of "urgency," I'm not sure that regular voters -- struggling in their lives and afraid for the future -- need more drama. Maybe for those who are not as ideologically committed (but who still turn out to vote) someone with a less dramatic approach (or "urgency") is more attractive?