A less-touted piece of the Romney video shows his donors questioning his likability. “I am very concerned about the average American who doesn’t know you,” they say. “Women do not want to vote for you. Hispanics, the majority of them, do not want to vote for you. College students don’t,” they explain concernedly.
“Frankly what I need you to do is to raise millions of dollars…that’s by far the most important thing you can do…You don’t have the capacity to talk to hundreds of thousands of people. I will be in the debates with 250 million people watching. If I do well, it’ll help. If I don’t, it won’t help.”
Talking Points Memo reports:
“Somebody said over there people think of you as a rich guy … we know that you value a dollar and hard work,” the donor said. “But Ann really connects with people and she can tell a story well. She’s the perfect person to go and sit with Matt Lauer and go on ‘Good Morning America’ and go on ‘The View’ and hold her own with all these people and really get you, I think, the women connecting with you.”
Romney told the donor that the campaign was being very careful not to deploy Ann too often before Election Day so that her appearances would be even more powerful in the home stretch of September and Octiober. [sic] And, true to his word, Romney’s campaign put Ann front and center at the Republican National Convention, assigning her the job of bolstering Romney’s support with women and Hispanic voters.
Donors are not political strategists, but some pay the hefty price to get close to a candidate so they can pretend they are. Any fundraising event undoubtedly features unsolicited advice about what ad to run or what rhetoric to use. But the donors at the Romney event were tapping into something other Republicans who are political strategists have also noted. Behind another set of closed doors in July, House Speaker John Boehner said Romney’s failure to connect with the public on a personal level was going to be a part of the campaign until November.
Of course, the video also revealed that Romney simply lied to his donors; he has no interest in acquiring those votes. He has no interest in 47% of the country! Also, Ann Romney’s attempts to get the Hispanic vote were quite off-base, as I reported in late August; she accused them of bias (because voting with regard to your best interests is bias…I thought we usually called that the democratic process).
The fact remains that Mitt Romney is a singularly unlikable candidate for the presidency. He simply can’t connect with the average American.