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Romney’s road ahead

Posted: April 12, 2012 11:02 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2012 5:00 a.m.

There’s a long history in this country of major-party presidential candidates bending to the left (if they’re Democrats) or to the right (Republicans) to win their parties’ nominations, and then swinging back toward the center during the general election that determines who will occupy the White House for the next four years. That’s probably what we’re going to see now that Rick Santorum has given up his campaign, opening the door for Mitt Romney to become the Republican nominee.

Romney has never been embraced by the right-wing of the GOP. If you pay attention to the national media, you would wonder how he ever got as far as he has, for their version of the party includes nothing but far-right people who are holed up at home with their guns -- or, as President Obama likes to put it, “the radical right.” This is the same president who pictures himself as a centrist, and we will leave it to you to determine how much accuracy there is in that.

To solve his gender gap -- women far prefer Obama -- Romney is indeed going to have to show females in America that he’s a reasonable guy. In fact, the label given him by some -- “Massachusetts Moderate” -- might become an advantage as he starts butting heads with Obama heading toward November.

The bad news is that we are now going to be subjected to seven months of partisan bickering, negative ads, half-truths, no-truths and slimy accusations as the two candidates move forward. We hate to admit we’re discouraged already, but we’re thinking it’s going to seem like a long, long time until this election is over.

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