Rom­ney not the prob­lem with GOP

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

Each day that I read my morn­ing news­pa­pers and turn on CNN, I am sub­jected to state­ments telling the elec­torate that Mitt Rom­ney has “a prob­lem with” evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians, so­cial con­ser­va­tives, blue-col­lar vot­ers, the South, etc. The lib­eral me­dia and pun­dits would have us be­lieve Mr. Rom­ney is a weak and prob­lem­atic can­di­date who can­not “close the deal” or con­nect with vot­ers.

The op­po­si­tion, so­cially con­ser­va­tive talk-show hosts and Fox News tell us Mr. Rom­ney can­not win over cer­tain GOP vot­ers. Well, it seems to me that Mr. Rom­ney is not the one with the prob­lem. More than 3.18 mil­lion vot­ers to date have had no prob­lem vot­ing for Mr. Rom­ney. He con­tin­ues to win pri­maries and cau­cuses and has ac­cu­mu­lated 430 del­e­gates with no prob­lem. He has an or­ga­nized ground game, strong war chest and a wealth of pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers.

Mr. Rom­ney has gained the en­dorse­ment of a for­mer pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent, gov­er­nors and mem­bers of Congress, all be­cause they think he is the strong­est can­di­date to go against Pres­i­dent Obama in Novem­ber.

The prob­lem here is with the GOP, in my opin­ion. Where would the Re­pub­li­can Party be with­out the strength of Mr. Rom­ney or the sup­port of his loyal, pas­sion­ate vot­ers? It seems to me that the GOP lead­er­ship should en­cour­age the base to unite be­hind Mr. Rom­ney lest they chance los­ing their strong­est can­di­date and the mil­lions of loyal sup­port­ers who stand solidly be­hind him.

Now that would be a prob­lem. CATHER­INE VOLPE Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Calif.

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