The more they stay the same. So, with Jon Stewart describing the GOP hopeful field as a reverse version of American Idol, Romney’s back on top. Following Perry’s recent disastrous debate performances, his hitherto commanding lead has evaporated, and has done so almost overnight. I thought something along these lines would happen, but not with the breathtaking speed with which it’s unfolded.
The field of Republican contenders has had a flavor of the week nature to it, with Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney all alternating in terms of who’s taking the lion’s share of the media attention in any given 24 hour news cycle. It’s still a far way off from Iowa, but Romney’s slow and steady approach, not to mention the fact that he’s already ran for President, is already bearing dividends. He’s the most polished, he’s the most reasonable, he’s the most consistent (at least in this cycle) and he’s enjoyed the backing of the higher-ups in the establishment of the Republican party. Those attributes have given him a leg up in the process, and that the polling has readjusted speaks to this.
I think that what we’ve seen thus far, the veritable merry-go-round of GOP hopefuls, speaks to the fact that news in America has increasingly become more much of a form of entertainment than actual news. The term for this is ‘info-tainment.’ The reduction of the presidential election to what almost seems like a reality show is probably detrimental to the process, and the nation as a whole, but that’s just the way it is.
Though I wouldn’t classify myself as a Romney supporter by any stretch of the imagination, I think that his reemergence as the leader of the pack is good for the GOP. He is, despite the protestations of the tea party, the most electable, and he poses the biggest threat to the President. But, as with this story, and with all other polls, the proof will only be in Tuesday, November 6th, 2012.