Romney: "It's Very Easy To Excite the Base with Incendiary Comments"
12:19 PM, Feb 28, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Mitt Romney was asked at a press conference in Michigan this morning about his inability to excite "the base" of the Republican party, and he replied:
Romney's remark that "it's very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments" seems to reveal that he doesn't have a very high opinion of "the base" of the Republican party. Does he really think the majority of Republican voters are motivated by angry rhetoric? Even if that were true, that's not a smart thing for a Republican presidential candidate to say.
But is it true? The presidential candidates known (to varying degrees) for their incendiary rhetoric--Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry--have all fallen by the wayside. Now Romney is left facing Rick Santorum, who did indeed recently call Obama "a snob" and has a history of making some imprudent or impolitic comments that he's now being forced to explain. But Santorum hasn't risen because he's made incendiary comments--and he's hardly a rhetorical bombthrower compared to Gingrich. Romney's problems with Republican voters go beyond mere rhetoric, and his remarks today aren't going to help him overcome those problems.