Loss caused by both the Republican Party and Mitt Romney himself
The Kansas City Star
With so many political gaffes littered in his run to the White House, Mitt Romney has shown himself as a person who, as President Obama said, tends to shoot first and aim later. Considering this aspect of his character, I would not expect him to reflect deeply upon his lost election bid.
Mitt Romney is a highly competent and successful man, but he was not consistent and was unfortunately caught in a hopeless dilemma from the beginning of his campaign.
Romney has run for public office many times but he was successful only when he ran as a moderate Republican for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, supporting abortion, not being too extreme on gay rights and being pro-green.
He should have looked back upon his past achievements and have remembered this when he ran for president ten years later.
Yet, if he remained moderate he would not have been able to win the primary, as in the case of his loss to Santorum in Iowa. In order to win support from the Republican base, he shifted to the extreme right on their socially conservative issues. You can say his party pushed him to the extreme right.
After winning his party’s nomination, he shifted to the middle a little bit. But the damage was already done. And his shifting back and forth didn’t give people a trustworthy impression.
It is no exaggeration to say that he was defeated by both his own party, which has become less and less relevant, and the unsteadiness in his character.
It is interesting to see Mitt Romney evolving, shifting and changing. I look forward to reading many books on the 2012 election.