Peach Pundit Hits Nail On the Head About Mitt Romney and Southerners

I hate watching movies that are taken place in the South, and to have the actor or actress try and muddle through a Southern Accent.  It is usually way over the top. 

I had a similar problem with Mitt Romeny last week as he campaigned in the South.  He was trying to brand himself as a southerner who like catfish, grits and listened to Southern Rock/classic country.  This vain attempt to fit in with the Southern voter didn’t resonate. 

Friend of the Blog Charlie Harper has a column on Peach Pundit that summarizes this and offers this piece of advice to Governor Romney in the wake of his defeat in the Alabama and Mississippi GOP Primaries last night.  I think these closing paragraphs sums it all up very well:

Romney, likewise, is receiving a similar treatment from Southerners.  He would do better to be the guy that “ain’t from around here” but knows how to orchestrate turnarounds, use the capitalist system to create jobs, and get government out of the way of the productive so that the economy can be fixed. 

An affinity for grits is not required to balance the budget, reform the tax code, or create a sensible energy policy.  To gain the trust of Southerners, it is much more important to be credible.  Instead of trying to be “one of us”, Romney needs to spend more time on telling us how we’ll be better off as a country with him as President.

Corbindawg

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2 Responses to “Peach Pundit Hits Nail On the Head About Mitt Romney and Southerners”


  1. 2 Whiskeydawg March 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    “Romney needs to spend more time on telling us how we’ll be better off as a country with him as President.” – That is his main problem, he can’t tell you that. Since the economic picture has been improving, he really has no message at all. He’s a very wealthy guy who has nothing else to do but run for President. God only knows what he would really do once he was in office. Santorum and Newt at least do have real philosophies and conviction behind what they want to do. That’s why voters are drawn to both of them. I think they’re both crazy but at least I get their message. What real philosophy does Mitt have?


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