Mitt Romney – The Presumptuous Presumptive Nominee

Mitt Romney – The Presumptuous Presumptive Nominee
Mitt Romney – The Presumptuous Presumptive Nominee

Romney Has Declared Victory

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won the Iowa Caucus by a commanding 8 votes and the New Hampshire primary by some 15 percent of the vote. In response, Mitt Romney has taken on an interesting campaign tactic in this primary election to decide which Republican will challenge President Barack Obama for the Presidency: Romney has decided to completely disregard the existence of any of his rival Republican hopefuls and has already declared himself the challenger to President Obama. This is either presumptuous or the mark of a man who truly believes his candidacy is inevitable. Either way, it may be a mistake.

Romney Should Be Careful Not to Claim Victory Too Soon.
Romney Should Be Careful Not to Claim Victory Too Soon.

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History Should Be Romney's Guide.

This is not a new strategy to act like you have won something before actually winning something. Many political candidates have done it in the past. The most famous example of this presumptuous attitude is Thomas E. Dewey, the Republican candidate for President in 1948. Dewey was running for President against incumbent President Harry S. Truman. Truman was not very popular among many in Washington and among many in the Country according to the polls. The Democratic Party was in disarray as much of the party from the South had broken off from to form he Dixiecrat party in opposition to Truman's modest Civil Rights agenda. Every poll had Dewey well ahead in the weeks leading up the election. Dewey decided to play it safe, speak in platitudes and appear to be above it all. This, of course, backfired and Truman ended up winning the election.

Romney Must Remember He Is Not Alone On That Stage Yet
Romney Must Remember He Is Not Alone On That Stage Yet
These Men Will Not Be Ignored So Easily
These Men Will Not Be Ignored So Easily

The Other Candidates are Taking Notice

Mitt Romney appears ready to appoint himself the Republican Nominee for President after only 1 primary that everyone expected him to win because of his close connection with the State of New Hampshire. Yet, like Mr. Dewey, and frankly Mr. Dean of the Democratic Primaries of just a few years ago, nothing is locked up until the votes are cast. Romney's attitude, and arrogance, is starting to irk the other candidates in the race. Questions are starting to rise about Romney's past financial affairs, including questions about Bain Capital. Mitt Romney is not alone in this primary race, and the other candidates, namely former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, will not go down without a fight. They specifically will not let someone declare themselves the winner and be dismissed so easily. Just ask Ron Paul who has declared himself "dangerous" to the Romney campaign. Only time will tell.

There is a fine line between Swagger and Arrogance
There is a fine line between Swagger and Arrogance
There is a fine line between Swagger and Arrogance
There is a fine line between Swagger and Arrogance

There is a Fine Line Between Arrogance and Swagger

Republicans like swagger. Republicans generally like candidates that sweat confidence and apologize for nothing. This is why Mitt Romney entitled his book, "No Apology." Yet, even Republicans start to snub their noses at arrogance. They love to point at arrogance and scream that the arrogance they are seeing is baseless and without justification. Look at how Republicans talk about President Obama's swagger. They still claim that he is not qualified to be President even though he is the President and claim his arrogance will be his downfall.

Yet, Mitt Romney can apparently claim that he has already won the Republican primaries after only 1 election and 1 caucus. 48 states have yet to say anything but Romney can dismiss the other candidates and start his general campaign? At some point, if Romney is not careful, this swagger will be looked at as arrogance. The only question is which Republican non Romney candidate will be standing when this happens.

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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Swagger is the outward behavioral manifestation of arrogance. Where there's swagger on the outside there is sure to be arrogance on the inside.

Obama doesn't swagger.

I don't think he is arrogant.

I think most of the GOP field are guilty of this twin sin, however!

Good hub.

After teasing the people all this time with the flavor of the month, I honestly can't believe the GOP is going to fold and hand it over to Mitt in SC. How anticlimactic!


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

If you are not a Republican then why do you care about Mitt Romney or any Republican Candidate


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

He will win! After the country voted in Obama they should love another liberal in office!


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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

Romney doesn't really answer any questions. His statements and answers have no substance.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

MM, I actually disagree with you. I think Obama has swagger but is not arrogant. I think Bush had swagger at first, then got arrogant (See Jumping out of plane and declaring missions accomplished). Thanks for stopping by


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

IB,

Because I try to be an informed citizen. So yes, I pay attention to the Republicans. One day they might even run somebody I could vote for. Although, the Democrats barely have somebody I would vote for.

Thanks for reading.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

American ROmance,

I don't think Romney is a liberal. At least not today, who knows about tomorrow. Of course, Obama is not a liberal either.

Thanks for reading.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Shea,

I totally agree. Thanks for reading.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

"I don't think Romney is a liberal. At least not today, who knows about tomorrow."

...exactly.He's a political opportunist. And I wish he would SHOW his core! People loved his father....there must be some of that in Mitt. You always get the sense that he's pretending.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Just came across this.....it can be verified.

"Mitt Romney’s support from the Crown family, which is closely tied to the state of Israel and its military intelligence agencies, is most likely based on his decades of working with the management consulting firm Bain & Company, which is headed by Orit Gadiesh, an Israeli military intelligence agent. Orit Gadiesh served on Romney’s transition team when he became governor of Massachusetts. Romney’s close relationship with Orit Gadiesh and Israeli military intelligence is the real reason he is the chosen candidate of the Zionist establishment."


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

BP

I can't argue with that.


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JoshuaDR 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

I live in South Carolina and Romney isn't very well liked here. Maybe it's because he is so rich. =) I think I read somewhere he is the 3rd richest presidential candidate of all time trailing only Perot and Forbes. He comes accross as a true politician. He may win here but it will be close. Frankly, I'm already tired of the political ads.

And speaking of Truman, I think Obama is going to use the same strategy Truman used to defeat Dewey. Blame everything on Congress.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Love my Chris,

Totally agree with what you said. Only time and a vigourous debate will tell. Thanks for reading.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Fair enough IB


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Joshua,

I can't imagine what the political ads are like in South Carolina right now. Here in California, not very many even in November. I agree Obama is going to try to blame Congress, Bush, whatever. I am a democrat, but even I say he has to start being a leader. Needs to show some backbone. Frankly, Obama needs to make some people mad instead of trying to make everyone happy. The right is going to hate him no matter what, so do what you think is right. If you are going to go down, go down as a fighter, not as a moderate whimp.

Ok, off my soapbox. Thanks for reading Joshua.

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