“Romney is not a conservative. He’s not, folks. You can argue with me all day long on that, but he isn’t… This isn’t personal, not with what country faces and so forth. I like him very much. I’ve spent some social time with him. He’s a fine guy. He’s very nice gentleman. He is a gentleman. But he’s not a conservative.”
According to the NBC/WSJ poll, this is pretty fascinating: Cain over-performs vs. Romney in the GOP horse race among high-interest Republican voters, men, those 55-plus, Republicans who have college educations, Tea Party supporters, and those who identify themselves as “very conservative.” Where Romney over-performs: less-interested voters, women, non-Tea Party Republicans, and moderate/liberal Republicans. In fact, re-read the responses from the RE-interviews: These are folks who ARE watching the debates and who are paying attention to the day-to-day campaign. These numbers are yellow flags that border on red for Romney. Why? He’s being propped up by folks who simply are familiar with him, not those who are actively following the campaign. Ouch.
Rush Limbaugh, the conservative movement’s Thought Leader over the last 20 years, declares that Mitt Romney is not a conservative. Then, polling bears out that the main segments of the Republican electorate among which Romney leads include less-interested voters, non-Tea Party Republicans, and moderate/liberal Republicans.
Romney is simply riding name recognition. The more engaged – and the more conservative – a Republican voter is, the more likely he or she will NOT vote for Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney isn’t a conservative, so says Mr. Conservative; and conservatives don’t vote Romney.