Skip to comments.Ross Douthat: Everything’s Coming Up Romney [Massachusetts Dreamin']
Posted on 03/08/2011 12:02:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Last August, I wrote the following about Mitt Romneys odds of winning the Republican nomination:
In a sense, the stronger President Obama looks next year, the better Romneys chances of being nominated. He needs the prospect of an uphill general-election battle to keep his potential rivals for establishment support safely on the sidelines. And then he needs that same establishment to rally around him once the primary voting starts not out of love or admiration, but out of fear of the populist alternative.
Six months later, this is almost exactly how things are playing out. In many ways, Romney still looks like an extraordinarily weak frontrunner, if hes the frontrunner at all defined by his flip-flops, dogged by the resemblance between his Massachusetts health care bill and Obamacare, and unable to break 20 percent in the polls. But the establishments preferred candidates Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels, possibly in that order, and then perhaps Haley Barbour as well are all sitting on the sidelines (another possible establishment pick, Jon Thune, has already taken himself out of the running), and if the economy keeps growing and the presidents approval numbers stay close to 50 percent, they may decide to stay there for the duration. Meanwhile, the strongest populist candidate, Mike Huckabee, might not run either which could leave a Republican field of Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, possibly Jon Huntsman, possibly Sarah Palin (though Im betting against it), and then some folks like Rick Santorum and John Bolton filling out the debate stage. Thats a very weak field, and a race that Romney, for all his own weaknesses, stands a very good chance of winning....
(Excerpt) Read more at douthat.blogs.nytimes.com ...
0bamaCare = RomneyCare.
0bama says so.
I believe him.
I will not be shackled by Romney any more than I will by 0bama.
I will never vote for Romney under any circumstances. He is more dangerous a Socialist than 0bama, because he pretends to come from our side of the aisle.
I am NOT voting for Romney. If, in the unlikely event he wins the nomination I am still NOT voting for him.
If you want to know who they truly fear, look at who they are savaging now.
To stay home and give obama a second term is inexcusable.
Which tells us two things; A) Obama's campaign organizer is an idiot, and B) They may not be watching Palin, Bachmann, or any of the other true conservatives very closely. Which may work towards our advantage.
Voting for Romney in the primary *IS* giving Obama a second term.
And if RomneyCare Mitt wins the general election, what’s the difference?
I doubt it. Obama is certainly worse.
Romney is the 2012 McCain ver 2.0
Scalia is old. Kennedy and Thomas aren't spring chickens either. The thought of Hussein selecting their replacement is nauseating.
Are we going to let the powers that be choose for us like they have been?
I’m not a romney fan, but to compare him to Obama is ridiculous.
I’m not going to hold my nose and vote for Obama-lite.
If the GOP won’t put up a conservative then they have no right to my vote.
And RomneyCare, Big-Dig Mitt is not a conservative.
“Im not a romney fan, but to compare him to Obama is ridiculous.”
John McCain liked Obama.
John McCain likes Romney.
Exactly - I am not Mitt Fan at all, but if he wins the primary - anyone on this site staying home is as bad as the worst communist marxist voting for obama. I will not vote for him in the primary, but if he wins, i will try to help him win the general.
There is way too much at stake to allow a 2nd obama term.
Yes - Kagan - Sotomayor - Holdren, Sunstein, etc.
Wrong. If Romney is the candidate, NO ONE WILL VOTE FOR HIM.
We will work against him. Got that? You betcha.
I think the article is way off when it suggests everything’s going according to plan for Romney. If anything, the discontent about Romneycare has made it even less likely Romney will get the nomination. I don’t know who will win, but I don’t think it will end up being Romney.
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