Is Nancy Pelosi trying to use reverse psychology on Republican voters?
Suspend disbelief for a moment, and pretend that Pelosi knows how to use reverse psychology.
If that is difficult for you to do, then pretend that Pelosi read about reverse psychology in Psychology Today while waiting for a botox treatment.
Now keep that thought in mind as you read the following excerpt from Politico:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday launched political grenades at Mitt Romney, arguing that Republicans haven’t coalesced behind the GOP frontrunner because they don’t believe he can beat President Barack Obama in November.
The House’s top Democrat repeatedly jabbed at the former Massachusetts governor during an hour-long interview hosted by POLITICO and taunted the GOP for a slate of presidential contenders that she said was “not exactly what you would call the first string of the Republican Party.”
“If the far right thought that Romney could win, they might be more enthusiastic about him,” Pelosi told POLITICO’s Mike Allen during Tuesday’s Playbook Breakfast. “But they question what he stands for and they don’t think he’s going to win. So what’s the sell? I’m not sure he knows what he stands for, and that makes it harder too.”
Now, if you were a Democrat, and if you wanted Romney to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, then would you be throwing political grenades at him during the primary process?
It seems to me that you would throw grenades at Romney’s Republican rivals, instead, in order to make Romney look better in the eyes of Republican voters.
The Democratic Party wants the weakest GOP hopeful to gain the GOP nomination. Thus, it would be helpful to the Democratic Party if the strongest GOP candidate were to be attacked during the GOP nomination process.
It appears to me that Pelosi is trying to spook GOP voters into believing that Romney is unelectable, with the hope that the voters will not vote for him in the primaries, because none of the other GOP hopefuls have a real chance of defeating Obama in November, as indicated by polling data provided by Real Clear Politics.
The RCP polls currently give Obama a +0.7 spread in a match between him and Romney. In a match between Obama and Gingrich, Obama has a +11.0 spread. In a match between Obama and Santorum, Obama has a +8.5 spread. In a match between Obama and Paul, Obama has a +4.6 spread.
So, Romney is a much stronger contender than Pelosi claims him to be. According to the RCP polls, in a match between Obama and ABO, ABO has a +1.0 spread. If Romney becomes ABO, then Obama will have a real challenge. Pelosi has to know what the polls are saying.
Indeed, Pelosi gives away her game in her comment about the far right. In order to defeat Obama in November, the GOP nominee has to be appealing to moderate and independent voters, and any nominee who appeals to them will not be as appealing to the far right. When Pelosi says that Romney doesn’t appeal to the far right, she is admitting that Romney is more appealing to moderates and independents than the far-right favorite.
Romney’s broad appeal among voters has to worry Pelosi, and she would be crazy to believe that far-right voters wouldn’t cast votes for the GOP nominee if that person were Romney. The far-right’s dislike of Obama is much stronger than the far-right’s dislike of Romney.
Considering everything that has happened to the USA since January 2009, American voters are willing to give someone else a turn in the Oval Office, even if that person is Romney. So, when Pelosi claims that Romney is unelectable, then either she is out of touch with political reality, or she is deliberately making a false claim.
As it is with many politicians, you can tell when Pelosi is lying. Her lips are moving. Perhaps that is why Pelosi favors botox.