Donald Trump condescendingly dismissed Mitt Romney’s abilities as a businessman and his net worth in a CNN interview this past weekend. However, a new Washington Post/ABC News this morning shows it is The Donald who comes up short, when looking at support among GOP voters.
Romney trounces Trump by a manly 2-1 margin, 16% to 8%. In fact Romney, showing some surprising strength, was the only GOP candidate to break double digits and runs closest to President Obama.
In a departure from most polls which provide a list of candidates for respondents to select, the WaPo/ABC poll required responders to provide a name. Romney’s strong showing against the field would indicate a very strong level of support not previously estimated. Rounding out the field behind Romney and Trump, were Mike Huckabee with 6% in third and Sarah Palin in fourth, with just 5%. The remainder of the GOP field - Gingrich, Daniels, Pawlenty, et al; scored 2% or below.
Romney was also supported by the Boston Herald against Trump’s absurd outburst on Sunday, in a article reflecting the view of experts about Romney’s business prowess. As The Herald writes:
“Former venture capital maven Mitt Romney soundly trumps The Donald as a businessman in the opinion of many experts — who laud the former Bay State governor for his analytical chops while slamming the New York real estate tycoon as a high-rolling gambler.”
Romney has been receiving a lot of hometown love from the
papers lately. In addition to today’s Herald article, yesterday, the Boston Globe posted an editorial supporting Romney’s role in Health Care Reform. Boston
Trump on the other hand, may find he may face a tougher time with GOP primary voters than with the daily comb-over, once his support of Canadian style Universal Health Care becomes common knowledge. The self- proclaimed “I’m a Liberal on Health Care” with the Eddie McCracken hair, will surely face scrutiny over his past remarks. Trump’s volitile business record will also be subject to serious review, should the NYC real estate tycoon and ego-manic decide to seriously enter the GOP race.
Despite a high level of uncertainty voters are showing with regards to the 2012 field, don’t look for Romney to begin emulating Trump any time soon. Romney has declined to enter into Trump’s Birther nonsense and continues his low-key, disciplined strategy. The media may be fixated on the personality aspects of the race, but with the economic news turning bleaker each day, voters will continue to focus on results-oriented, experienced and serious candidates. As of today, even if by default, Romney seems to be filling that role.
Of course politics takes many turns and plans change. One tell-tale sign could be this….