Republicans Questions on Mitt Romney

Posted: Sep 16, 2012 9:59 AM
Republicans Questioning Mitt Romney The media has been pushing a narrative that conservatives and Republicans are wavering on their support of Mitt Romney based on the fact that he has had difficulty catching and passing Barack Obama in the polls.

The Hill had a report out yesterday quoting numerous "anonymous Republicans" questioning Romney's campaign strategy.

Some GOP senators are worried that Romney has yet to give voters a clear vision of what to expect if he is to become president.

Another GOP lawmaker said the aura Romney’s advisers are trying to create around the candidate has muddled the most compelling rationale for his candidacy: he is a no-nonsense problem-solver who can turn the economy around.

Lawmakers spoke to The Hill about Romney’s campaign on background to avoid publicly criticizing their party’s nominee.

It might be the case that this is basically a non-story and that The Hill couldn't get people on the record because, for the most part, Republicans are satisfied with the Romney campaign. On the other hand, this comes on the heels of Laura Ingraham's fiery comments that Republicans might be blowing it on a very weak incumbent president.

Speaking to the GOP, Ingraham said, "If you can't beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut down the party. Shut it down. Start new, with new people."

"Election after election, we hire people who have lost previous campaigns; who've run campaigns that have failed; who have message campaigns where the message fell flat, and they keep getting re-hired," Ingraham said. "I don't understand that. I don't know why those are the people you hire."

Are Republicans doing enough to support Mitt Romney against Barack Obama? Time may only tell - with the conventions over, so-called "swing voters" and independents really start paying attention to the campaign cycle. Grassroots conservatives who have thus far been a little bearish on Romney may be shored up as a strong base of support now that the choices have been solidified. The poll numbers have been close, though President Obama has a slim lead in some of the key swing states. The election is basically a six-week sprint at this point, and Romney will need all the help he can get if he's to make up the ground that he needs to.