Good and Bad News for Romney

A Washington Post/ABC poll found Romney defeating President Obama in a hypothetical head to head match-up, 49 percent to 46 percent. Obviously, this is way too early to give any poll much credence, but these numbers will be received very favorably by the Romney camp and will surely give his campaign favorable press and momentum. At this point in time, Romney does have the name identification, organization, and resources to be the best positioned to survive a potentially long primary fight and should be rightfully labeled as the frontrunner.

A second poll found Romney leading in the important primary state of South Carolina. Though they are a left leaning organization, Public Policy Polling polled South Carolina voters and found Romney on top at 27 percent. Sarah Palin came in second at 18 percent. Despite all of the hits that Palin has taken, she still had the highest favorability ratings among all the candidates in the poll at 60 percent. Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich tied for third in the poll at nine percent.

It wasn’t a perfect day for Romney, as the fiscally conservative Club For Growth issued a critical assessment of Romney and his record:

Because of his long tenure in public life, especially his presidential run in 2008, Mitt Romney is considered a well-vetted candidate by now.  Perhaps to his consternation, he has developed an unshakeable reputation as a flip-flopper. He has changed his position on several economic issues, including taxes, education, political free speech, and climate change.  And yet the one issue that he doesn’t flip on – RomneyCare – is the one that is causing him the most problems with conservative voters.  Nevertheless, he labels himself as a pro-growth fiscal conservative, and we have no doubt that Romney would move the country in a pro-growth direction.  He would promote the unwinding of Obama’s bad economic policies, but we also think that Romney is somewhat of a technocrat. After a career in business, quickly finding a “solution” seems to be his goal, even if it means more government intrusion as a means to an end. To this day, Romney supports big government solutions to health care and opposes pro-growth tax code reform – positions that are simply opposite to those supported by true economic conservatives.  How much Romney’s philosophy of governance will affect his policy goals if elected, we leave for the voters to decide.