Once upon a time, the 2012 presidential election was the GOP’s to lose. Could the GOP lose it?
As of 19 January 2012, the RCP poll average shows that in a match between ABO and Obama, ABO has a +1.2 spread, which is an improvement of +0.2 since the poll average of two days earlier.
However, ABO’s improvement is no cause for the GOP to celebrate, because the poll spread has worsened for each GOP contender.
Obama has gained +1.2 over Romney, gained +0.5 over Paul and gained +1.0 over Santorum. Only the match between Obama and Gingrich remains the same, with Obama having a +11.0 spread.
What happened? Why is the polling data getting worse for the GOP contenders?
The GOP contenders have excelled at tearing each other down, but they aren’t doing a good job of building themselves up.
It appears to me that they are demonstrating the truth of a statement made by the late Booker T. Washington: “One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.”
What can the GOP candidates do to sell themselves better?
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