Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush don’t seem that attractive to the voters.
One of my favorite funny moments from the campaign season leading up to the 2008 presidential elections was this one:
Back in 2007, Giuliani was pushed forward as a serious contender, “a proven leader.” And yet what happened? He completely failed to gain significant voters. He never had a chance.
That’s how much our elites know about what really matters to Republican voters.
Their poll numbers start declining.
Thus, the headline from Politico: “Poll: Voters not jumping on the Bush, Romney trains.”
Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush might be trying to break from the GOP pack by flaunting possible 2016 bids, but it hasn’t done much to enthuse voters, according to a new poll.
Both men have seen a dip in support in the weeks since Bush announced in December he was exploring a bid and since Romney told a gathering of donors that he was seriously considering another White House run.
Romney’s approval rating dropped from 31 percent in September to 27 percent, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday. Forty percent of Americans view Romney negatively, a slight increase from 39 percent in September.
Still, more than half of Republicans gave Romney favorable ratings, giving him a slight edge over Bush within the party. Only 37 percent of Republicans gave Bush positive marks — slipping from 44 percent in November.
Support among Americans for Bush also has dropped from a 26 percent approval rating in November to 19 percent in the latest poll.
Natually, Karl Rove was questioned about these polls and he dismissed them. It is too early to really make any conclusions from such polls. Maybe he is right, but I think if the polls were trending in the opposite direction for one or both of them, Rove would find some value in them despite how early it is in the campaign season.
If you, like me, have been discouraged by this mainstream establishment push to determine the Republican presidency, remember there is still hope. Those who get in the race early might be defeated early.
That’s something we can pray for.