He actually says a lot of smart stuff here, although it does raise a question…
“I think of all the Republican candidates who are prominent, I think Romney would be the one I would rather see have a slight possibility to be president,” on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co” in an interview that aired Wednesday.
When pressed on whether he would be “comfortable” with a Romney presidency, Carter responded, “I would rather have a Democrat, but I would be comfortable.”
“I think Romney has shown in his past, in his previous years as a moderate, a progressive that he was fairly competent as a governor and also running the Olympics. As you know, he has a good solid family,” Carter said.
I’ve said in the past that I find Romney fairly unoffensive, if almost… robotically awkward in most social situations. However, while some might see this as a problem for Obama, in that having a famed bleeding-heart liberal say that the opponent is okay might cause people who are wavering to lean toward Romney. Reader Rechan on the other hand, brings up a good counter-argument. Many, many of the hard-right conservatives (the Teabag types, not the sane ones) almost seem to revel in pissing liberals off. Having a candidate they already dislike get an OK from Jimmy Fother-mucking Carter could turn them off from voting for him at all, or go third party.
Think of it like the 2004 Rove trick of having fake gay-rights activists parading around in blue-dog areas chanting that a vote for John Kerry means a vote for gay marriage (which he was against), or in the South Park episode where Ned and Jimbo dress up as the KKK to get them to support an issue knowing that people will automatically be against anything the KKK supports.
Or maybe Jimmy Carter is old and no one cares.