A Simple Counter to the Argument that Romney wasn’t “Conservative Enough”
There has been, and will continue to be, much said regarding the notion that if only Romney were a “true conservative” that he would have won.
May I note that the point at which Romney seemed to start making a race out of the contest was after the first debate, during which time he seemed to make a bit of move to the center.
Let’s suppose that Romney had come to the Denver debate and doubled-down on his “severe” conservatism. What if he had gone Akin or Mourdok on the rape issue. Would that have helped?
What if he had been even harsher or immigration. Would that have helped?
Clearly, no, it would not have. Indeed, he projected a somewhat more moderate tone in the debates, and and that helped close the gap with Obama a bit.
This does not comport with the hypothesis that a more conservative candidate would have done better.