Thursday 18 January 2018

Tim Stanley: Mitt Romney gets his nose in front after Barack Obama's gay marriage endorsement backfires

Mitt Romney, US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor, speaks at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo: Reuters
Mitt Romney, US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor, speaks at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo: Reuters

UNTIIL last week, things weren’t looking good for Romney. Poll averages put him trailing Obama, despite the poor economic news. His reputation was still battered by the primaries, which exposed him as detached, wealthy, pandering and creepy. If dogs could vote (and I’m sure that in Chicago, they do) Mitt would have been fifty points behind. Obama’s re-election looked likely, if not guaranteed. An historic first term would become an historic second term, and Obama’s face would be carved into Mount Rushmore – somewhere to the left of Abraham Lincoln.



However, for the last eight days Romney has enjoyed a slight lead in the polls. Rasmussen reports that he hit a high of 7 percent on Friday (while Obama’s net approval rating sunk to minus 19 percent), levelling out over the weekend to 4 points. It’s hardly a landslide, but the consistency suggests that Mitt finally has momentum. How come?



For a start, Obama’s culture war is backfiring. He seems convinced that it's a vote winner – hence his recent appearance at an elite women's college where he urged the graduates to join his fight for free contraception and abortion. Not "Work hard" or "Build a family" but "Fight for the right to have hot super sex at a low, low cost to your insurance provider." Change you can believe in.

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