Romney keeps winning all the straw polls for 2012 GOP presidential nominee. But as I noted in April, Mitt Romney would have great difficulty in the general election in 2012, because he has flipflopped on so many major issues that you’d need a website to track them all. The attack ads would practically write themselves.
So let’s file this quote away for 2012:
"Remember, it was the base that rejected Mitt because of his switch on pro-life, from pro-choice to pro-life. It was the base that rejected Mitt because it had issues with Mormonism. It was the base that rejected Mitt because they thought he was back and forth and waffling on those very economic issues you're talking about. So, I mean, I hear what you're saying, but before we even got to a primary vote, the base had made very clear they had issues with Mitt because if they didn't, he would have defeated John McCain in those primaries in which he lost.”
The source: RNC chairman Michael Steele.
That would be a great quote to whip out in January 2012 if Romney is running (likely) and if Steele is still the RNC chair (less likely).