Roll Call has a surprising story featuring John Boehner’s frank response to a voter who asked him “Can you make me love Mitt Romney?” Boehner responded negatively:
“No. Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons … some people that are going to vote for him. But that’s not what this election is about. This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies.
Mitt Romney believes, just like we do, that if we’re going to get the economy back, if we’re going to put the American people back to work, we need to fix the tax code, we need to stop the regulatory juggernaut that’s going on in Washington and we need to fix our economy. Solid guy, he’s going to do a great job, even if you don’t fall in love with him.”
This is a startlingly blunt acknowledgment by the most powerful elected Republican in the country that Mitt Romney is a less than ideal candidate for the GOP. At least, if you’re not “a friend, relative, or fellow Mormon.”