Romney outflanks himself yet again!–poll indicates Romney’s pull to the right alienates independents, centrists, and moderates

The estimable Aron Goldman of race42008.com comments on the Newsweek GOP National Primary poll numbers:

Interestingly, among Independents who lean Republican, Fred Thompson led with 25%, Rudy Giuliani, statistically tied Thompson at 24%, John McCain garnered a surprisingly low 12%, and Mitt Romney came in with a barely registerable 2 percent. This should give serious pause to social conservatives who subscribe to the belief (wishful thinking) that Rudy can’t adequately appeal to the Party base, and to Romney supporters who think their RINO-turned-conservative candidate of choice can still sufficiently appeal to centrists and moderates; enough to win a general election against Hillary Clinton. This also suggests that being Arthur Branch has helped Fred get painted in a more positive light among those in the political middle than perhaps has been duly credited thus far.Combining registered GOPers and independents leaning Republican, the results were as follows:Giulani 30%, Thompson 22%, McCain 13%, Romney 10%. Newt Gingrich was not included in this survey … more [emphasis ours]

We heartily concur. In fact, we elaborated on Romney’s outflanking of himself long ago. See:

analysis: Romney outflanks Romney

yours etc.
dr. g.d.

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