Super Tuesday wins fail to erase doubts about Romney’s electability in fall
Despite wins in six Super Tuesday states, including a narrow victory in Ohio, Mitt Romney will continue to face a tough fight for the GOP nomination.
But if he does eventually secure the nomination, an outcome that is far from certain, two drastically different visions for his general election prospects are developing.
In the first scenario, Mitt Romney’s struggle at “sealing the deal” (the official tagline of the 2012 race) presages doom in the general election. If he’s huffing and puffing to beat relatively weak candidates such as Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, how can he beat an incumbent president?
Political watchers in this camp think the chronic enthusiasm deficit is a sign that Romney won’t be able to turn out the voters he needs to beat President Obama. The conservative base won’t be interested in a choice between Obama and “Obama Lite” and won’t find voting for “the lesser of two evils” particularly compelling.