As the Republican Primaries begin to wind to a close the political wranglers are beginning to position their candidates for the general election. While it may be too soon to tell for some as to who the Republican nominee may be, I think it is it is pretty safe to say that Mitt Romney is (and as most have figured) the presumptive nominee. Sure Rick Santorum has given an admirable fight, and has made the entire nomination process more exciting than what was expected – especially considering the fact that it is he who is in second place; but it is nonetheless Mitt Romney who is, has, and more than likely will be the nominee who the Republican Party ends up nominating for their candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. This is where the Mitt Romney’s handlers have decided on how to approach the general election when he will of course be facing our current President Barak Obama.
It isn’t exactly a stretch for anyone to notice the fact that Mitt Romney isn’t exactly the poster child for appearing relaxed with regards to the American people. I mean after all, he is a multi-millionaire several times over (somewhere to the tune of $400 million in net worth) and let’s be honest the average American citizen has no concept, or point of reference as to what it must be like to live with that kind of money. Then there is the fact that Mr. Romney paid somewhere in the neighborhood of a 15% income tax last year (in fact I think it might be less than that) last year. Again, this is something that most Americans today simply don’t understand, and quite honestly find a little repulsive. Now, if everyone would read my earlier post about the truth behind America’s tax code they would understand why being repulsed over the fact that a multi-millionaire isn’t exactly paying their fair share will understand that it isn’t Mitt that they should be upset with, and then maybe they could let the whole tax thing slide. Okay, so Mitt Romney is rich, paid less in taxes than what his worth may have dictated, and he is more than a little stiff when it comes to his public behavior.
This is where the wranglers come in, and as mentioned before Mitt Romney is pretty much a lock for the Republican nomination, so it would seem that they have their work cut out for them when it comes to how they want to position Mitt in the general election. You see while President Obama is himself a multi-millionaire, he does not have the same elitist image issues that Mitt Romney has, and since Mitt isn’t exactly able to portray a relationship to the “common man” President Obama has been able to, if nothing else, convey a more personable image with the public. This is why Mitt’s wranglers have decided that it isn’t in his best interest to try and “connect” with the public, but rather to emphasize Mitt’s strengths; and that is the fact that he is a great manager; a CEO if you will – which he was in the private sector. Of course time will only tell if this new sculpting of his image works come the general election, but to be perfectly honest it might be a tough sell to the public – what with the current anti-corporate sentiment out there right now. But what do I care; I really don’t like either President Obama, or Mitt Romney.