Friday question answered

I asked readers what they thought was the most significant news of last week. A few commenters chose the unemployment figure. Eddiehaskell wrote, in part: “Obviously the 9% unemployment is the most important issue by far in determining the 2012 presidential race. . . . If unemployment is over 9% next November, Obama will surely lose because that number does not fit the left wing narrative that things are getting better.”

A few also chose the Herman Cain sexual harassment controversy. ChrisFord1 argues: “Mainly his reaction to it showing media and observers this guy doesn’t have Presidential skills. Add the loopy things he said about China’s trying to get nuclear capability.”

However, a number of readers think that Cain was already out of the running. Tlclouse6 writes: “Herman Cain’s problems hurt his chances of becoming president to the same extent that they hurt my chances of growing green, gauzy, wings and flying to the moon under my own power.”

Given that many readers have already written off not-Romney candidates, they argued that Mitt Romney’s rollout of his fiscal plan was the most significant event. Rodomontade writes: “Since neither Cain nor [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry can be taken seriously at this point, the Romney plan is the only thing that could possibly matter. It looks good on paper, but how much will he follow through on? Well, let’s hope for the best since it looks much more likely than not that he’ll be the nominee.”

Happy Reader argues: “I suspect that Romney’s rollout of a detailed free market fiscal plan is a very important event for the overall campaign and the most important event of the week. Romney has had trouble expanding his support above the 25% range because many are skeptical of his core beliefs. Friday’s speech (combined with the Citadel address on defense) should make people like me more comfortable with the depth of his convictions. I still have reservations about Romney (as I do about all of the candidates), but I am pleased that he is willing and able to put forth meaningful convictions that I share. That is how he can get beyond 25%, win the nomination, unify the party, beat Obama, and have a mandate to lead in a new direction. How refreshing to hear meaningful proposals, rather than pablum about ‘hope and change.’ ”

Romney certainly hopes many Republicans agree.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.

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