Skip to comments.Many major former Romney supporters not backing him this year?
Posted on 01/28/2011 10:06:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Most them arent definite nos, but even if theyre holding out for the time being merely to see who else jumps in, thats not encouraging. Some, like Judd Gregg, may end up endorsing him anyway but might want to see if Daniels (or Huntsman?) declares first. Others, like DeMint, who have embraced the tea party full-fold almost certainly arent going to endorse him unless the entire true conservative bench decides not to run. Either way not encouraging.
My favorite part? Hot on the heels of a rumor that Mitt might skip Iowa, theres now a rumor circulating that hell skip South Carolina too. That makes superficial sense since both are social-conservative strongholds, but have we learned nothing from the Giuliani catastrophe, my friends?
As much as anything else, it calls into question just how far ahead of the pack he is as the 2012 contenders emerge. Even as Romney tries to project inevitability by signing up top GOP money men in Washington and New York, the defections suggest hes seen as far from a sure thing even among insiders. After all, if top Republicans were willing to commit to Romney four years ago when he was a lesser known commodity, why wont they get on board now when hes a household name in the political circles and clearly among the most formidable candidates for his partys nomination?
Romneys top strategists in [South Carolina] who also are DeMint advisers indicated that they hadnt heard from their 2008 candidate and were unlikely to get behind him this time
Peter Brown, a top GOP donor in Columbia who also served on Romneys state finance committee in 2008, explained why he was not committed again.
The word on the street is that Romney will skip South Carolina, Brown said. Most conservatives believe we need a Jim DeMint-type, assuming Jim will not run for president, someone who really wants to push for a limited federal government not a government that will grow more slowly.
Another possibility: His former South Carolina team might be convinced that Romney not only cant win the state, he cant win in the south more broadly. Whether thats because hes suspect on abortion or because hes from Massachusetts or because of his faith, I dont know, but PPPs polling of some southern states suggests hes having difficulties throughout the region. And by difficulties, I dont mean hes in second behind Huckabee. I mean hes in fourth, way, way out of the lead, with a favorable rating among Republicans between 50 and 60 percent. If this is all about RomneyCare, Im not sure why the objections would be so much sharper regionally. Any theories, southern readers?
The jerk o*f sends me crap in the mail.
The jerk o*f sends me crap in the mail.
Well, if it worked for Rudy.
Wow, Allahpundit jut can’t bring himself to even mention Sarah Palin’s name. Like a blind man unable to find an elephant in the living room.
What to do What to do...
The word on the street is that Romney will skip South Carolina,
I was in South Carolina for their primary in 2008...
I was there working for Duncan Hunter...
John McCain had the most trivial lack of campaign you ever saw...
But he still won SC...
I think we’re gonna need someone who knows more about war than business. I don’t think Romney knows much about either but he certainly knows jack shiite about military operations. If you can look at what’s happening in this world and not see a big one on the horizon, you are blind.
Palin/Bolton should do the trick.
Do I dare mention that “The Donald” Trump may decide to jump into the fray!..
I really wanted to vote for him, but he dropped out before the NY primary.
Might as well just call it Obama/Biden.
I don't see how he's going to be able to defeat Obama, assuming he wins the nomination.
Both of ‘em are liberal scumbags too. Great graphic aside from that glaring omission. :)
Please explain your comment.
I think you know exactly what I’m saying.
Haven’t run into many LDS in the south. They are there, but nothing like from KC on west. They are pretty much a lock for Romney if he runs.
He doesn’t look or talk southern, isn’t seen wearing anything but fancy clothes. That doesn’t play well with the working class.
If you want to win the conservative south, you have to relate.
Someone who can talk while frying chicken and making kids do homework.
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