Romney Shifts to the Right

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It's official: Mitt Romney has decided this election is about the base, and not the center. From BuzzFeed:

Three Romney advisers told BuzzFeed the campaign's top priority now is to rally conservative Republicans, in hopes that they'll show up on Election Day, and drag their less politically-engaged friends with them. The earliest, ambiguous signal of this turn toward the party's right was the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Romney's running mate, a top Romney aide said.

"This is going to be a base election, and we need them to come out to vote," the aide said, explaining the pick.

Another adviser, who also discussed strategy on the condition of anonymity, described the campaign's key targets as Republican activists: "The people who are going to talk to their neighbors, drive them to the polls on Election Day, and hold their hands on the way in to vote."

As Sen. Lindsey Graham observed, there aren't enough angry white people to keep the GOP in business for much longer, so this seems like a pretty foolhardy strategy. George W. Bush won the 2004 election by driving out the base, but he had some charisma and actually resonated with his core constituency. Romney however doesn't resonate at all with the base so it seems like a pretty silly strategy to build an entire campaign around getting them out to vote. Maybe if he had focused on the center by appearing rational, he would be in this election with a fighting chance. But he didn't and he isn't, much to the relief of anyone with a semblance of common sense.

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