On Friday, CBS released a transcript of part of an interview Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave to 60 Minutes’ Mike Wallace. Romney finally used some strong language when discussing President Bush and the war in Iraq. “I think the administration made a number of errors. I don’t think we were adequately prepared for what occurred. I don’t think we did enough planning. I don’t think we considered the various downsides and risks,” Romney said.

He also thinks that President Bush isn’t the only one to blame for the situation in Iraq. “He’s the person where the buck stops, but it goes through the secretary of defense and the planning agencies, the Department of State — it’s the whole administration,” Romney says. “They made mistakes … and we’re paying for those mistakes.” Romney also said that the Bush troop surge plan might never work, but it should be given time. . “We’re going to know in a matter of months if it’s working or not working,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

Romney also talked about how voters might have a problem with the Mormon Church’s long outlawed practice of polygamy. “That’s part of the history of the church’s past that I understand is troubling to people, I have a great-great grandfather. They were trying to build a generation out there in the desert and so he took additional wives as he was told to do. And I must admit, I can’t image anything more awful than polygamy,” he said. I think Romney has a combination of problems beyond his religion that are holding his campaign down. Mitt suffers from the same thing that ails John Edwards. Both of them are rich, handsome, and perceived by some as long on style, but short on substance.

In the end though, Romney’s biggest problem may turn out to be that he isn’t offering what Republican voters want next year. The flip-flopper charge and positional inconsistencies have hurt his campaign from the beginning. Many GOP voters are registering disappointment with their top tier candidate choices so far, because all three are moderates. It seems like there are elements in the party that are yearning for a strong conservative nominee. No matter how conservative Romney tries to appear now, those moderate stances that he took as governor are coming back to haunt him. Mitt Romney like most of the GOP field isn’t a bad candidate, but he also isn’t a very good one either. He is just sort of OK, and I don’t think OK will be good enough to win in 2008. His religion hurts him and his moderate political past isn’t helping either.

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Jason Easley is the editor of the politics zone at 411mania.com.  His news column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.411mania.com/politics

Jason can also be heard every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm (ET) as the host of The Political Universe Radio Show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepoliticaluniverse
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