October 1st, 2012
08:55 AM ET

Romney’s problem? The new Republican Party

By Fareed Zakaria

President Obama has surged in the polls in recent weeks, and Republicans have been quick to identify the problem: Mitt Romney. The columnist Peggy Noonan eloquently voiced what many conservatives believe when she said that Romney’s campaign had been a rolling calamity.

And yet shouldn’t it puzzle us that Romney’s campaign is so “incompetent,” as Noonan calls it, given his deserved reputation for, well, competence? After all, he founded one of this country’s leading financial firms, turned around the failing Salt Lake City Olympics, and was a very successful governor. How did he get so clumsy so fast?

In fact, the problem is not Romney, but the new Republican Party.

Watch the video for Fareed's full take on the problems facing Mitt Romney. Fareed Zakaria GPS airs on Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

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  1. nick

    In all reality, Romney would govern more center left than he shows now. HIs problem has been the Republican Party and their take over by the extreme elements of the far Right.
    He should have stayed true to his colors during the Primaries and let the chips fall where they may. Even if the Party would have nominated any of those others, they would have gone down in a landslide. The general public would not have elected anyone with the extreme views of Santorum,Gingrich,Perry .

    October 2, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply
  2. Mike in SA

    And Fareed's problem is living in existential reality. Come on Fareed, time to step out of your fantastical world filled with unicorns, marshmallow clouds and glitter rainbows and join the rest of us in the real world.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
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