Mitt Romney may have tough time raising money for November election
Mitt Romney may have a tough time raising enough money to be competitive in the general 2012 election. (Nov. 20, 2012 update: Romney wasn't able to raise enough money after the primaries to fight Obama's successful character assasination ads. He raised billions later in the campaign, but spent the money on lousy ads and a dumb campaign strategy. And he turned out to be a weak campaign strategiest and candidate. As predicted below, he turned off young women. And he turned off young men. The social issues libertarians and the Moocher Nation won.)
His potential contributors are
likely to decide that the GOP's 2012 presidential nomination is worthless. If they decide that Obama will be re-elected, they won't waste money on a Romney campaign.
The GOP nommination is almost worthless because Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have branded Republicans as social issues radicals and extremists, and Romney is almost as radical and extreme on those issues as Santorum and Gingrich.
Romney's big mistake, I think, has been his decision to defend the Catholic church leaders and the old white men who control other fundamentalists Christian denominations such as the Baptists and Evangelicals against President Obama's use of ObamaCare to dictate that all employers, including Catholic hospitals and universities, pay insurers to covere the cost of employes' contraceptives.
Instead of blasting Obama for mandating health benefits including contraceptives and sterilization for any employer or insurer, Romney, Santorum and Gingrich pandered to the church leaders. They all want the church leaders to support their campaigns. So they took the sides of the church leaders instead of defending all American workers against the use of ObamaCare to increase health premiums by mandating any benefits.
What Romney, Santorum and Gingrich showed is that they think federal and state mandated health benefits are just fine so long as they don't offend religious leaders. What workers want is not important to the candidates. They're not only Big Intrusive Government Republicans on social issues, they're also Big Intrusive Government Republicans on health insurance and health care issues.
The GOP's candidates have turned off conservatives who oppose mandated health benefits and individual mandates that everyone buy health insurance, but even more important, they've turned off Small Government Republicans, independents and women. The huge gender gap in the Michigan primary that favored Romney over Santorum shows how senstive women are to candidates who don't respect them or their rights.
Look for Obama to win a big majority of women over Romney, assuming that he will be the GOP's candidate, as I do.