There's been a lot of talk about Romney's work at Bain Capital destroying jobs, but I've been noticing another disturbing thing about Bain. They've been forming relationships with large media organizations one after another since the last Presidential campaign. I knew Bain took over Clear Channel, with its large network of radio and TV stations in 2007. And then I had heard that NBC Universal and Bain had gone in together to buy the Weather Channel in 2008. And recently I'm hearing Bain is making a bid for Yahoo! and that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong gave the max to Romney this cycle. I'm sure his campaign will say that Romney isn't involved at Bain anymore just like his attack PAC is just run by old staffers and friends but he has no influence over them. We all believe that right?
Meanwhile, I'm sure I'm not the only one who's noticed a definite bias in favor of Mitt Romney throughout this primary campaign. It seems like every time one of the other candidates overtakes him in the polls, the media is ready to attack with a number of hit pieces. I know part of this is the normal media cycle, but it seems like Romney himself has gone untouched and the media's rush to declare him the nominee after just 1 contest raises eyebrows. I'm not complaining for now since that might make him more vulnerable to damage when the general election starts, but if the media continues to display bias in his favor, this is something that needs to be brought up further.
The exit polls showed that many Republican voters in Iowa chose Romney because they believed he might have the best chance of beating Obama even if they may not have been fully enthusiastic about him as a candidate. This is not surprising since the Romney campaign have made this their main selling point, but these voters are making a huge mistake for their party if they suceed.
Their only evidence for Romney being more electable are some polls showing Romney faring slighting better at this point than his competitors against Obama (though not significantly so in most cases) and the supposedly "moderate" image that Romney has in the minds of the mainstream media as a result of his previous life as a moderate Republican in Massachusetts. But electability now is different from electability a year from now. The problem for them is that Romney has not been fully exposed for his current life as someone Ann Coulter praised as the "most conservative" candidate in the field. While he will continue to be attacked for his obvious flip-flopping by his Republican competitors, they have understandably not attacked him for the conservative positions he's currently taken. This is a guy who is already starting the familiar fear-mongering and drumbeat for war with Iran with a plan to increase our number of troops by 100,000. This is a guy who is so out of touch with the 99% of us that he plans to give tax cuts primarily to large corporations instead of the struggling middle class (maybe they're not people to him), all while cutting government spending, privatizing Medicare, and cutting Social Security benefits. This is a guy who now minimizes Obama's call to go into Pakistan to get Bin Laden, saying any President would do that, despite previously having criticized Obama during the 2008 campaign for saying he would do that. I could go on and on, but needless to say, Romney is very vulnerable on multiple fronts. I understand that his Republican competitors have numerous flaws of their own, but most of those have been exposed recently as the media shines a spotlight on them, which accounts for their inferior polling against Obama.
Meanwhile, the Republicans are in danger of nominating someone who they are not enthusiastic about. And why should they be when they can't trust that he's really with them even if he is speaking like a Tea Party disciple now? I continue to see many parallels here to the 2004 election where Democrats in my opinion settled on John Kerry as a "safe" choice and ended up losing to a vulnerable incumbent. Obviously Romney of 2012 and Kerry of 2004 share many similarities personally as well. While my main hope for the Republican primary is that it is prolonged and brutal, I'm also starting to relish the idea of going up against Mitt Romney.