I heard that—actually it was “maybe they should fill
in for Todd” (i.e., Todd’s 10-noon show)
Howie’s Wed. Herald column
Ex-gov dropped ball on riding Red Sox coattails
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, October 24, 2007 |
This is the reason Mitt Romney should have run for re-election last year: the Red Sox are in the World Series.
He must be kicking himself as he considers the multiple ways he could be getting himself splashed all over the TV news in New Hampshire, if only he were still governor of Massachusetts.
He could be making goofy bets with the governor of Colorado about the outcome of the Series.
He could be holding a press conference with Mayor Mumbles Menino, issuing stern warnings to the not-so-juvenile delinquents in Kenmore Square about what will happen to any tattooed, nose ring-wearing lout who even thinks about rioting after the games.
He could be inviting the press into the Corner Office this morning to watch him put on a Red Sox cap and then sign an official proclamation declaring this to be Red Sox Day in the commonwealth: WHEREAS, I, Willard Mitt Romney, do hereby declare that this is a fine photo op for WMUR Channel 9 in Manchester . . .
Who knows - if he were still governor, Mitt might even have rated one of those inane in-the-stands celeb interviews tonight. He could have genially wondered what happened to Rudys Yankees or McCains D-backs. He might have mentioned that he was raised in Michigan, another early-primary state, and added, You know, its been a good run for me - last year the Tigers, my childhood team, and now the Sox. . . .
Say what you will about Mitt Romney, the guy liked being governor. Remember last year, when then-Lt. Gov. Kerry Healeys people privately started broaching the subject of him resigning and turning the governorship over to her, the better to keep it in GOP hands.
I paid $6 million to get this job, Mitt supposedly said, and Im keeping it.
Of course, 2006 was a bad year for Republicans. It probably would have cost Mitt at least $10 million to retain the governorship. But guess what - with the Sox in the World Series, it would have been a bargain.
I mean, Mitt has already loaned his presidential campaign $17 million, much of which has gone for TV and radio advertising in the early primary states, the earliest of which is New Hampshire. But a 30-second spot isnt nearly as effective as being part of the actual entertainment, and being governor of Massachusetts this week while running for president in New Hampshire would have been the best product placement ever.
Of course, politicians can blow their chances of jumping on the bandwagon of a streaking pro team. Remember John Kerry during the last Red Sox Series run in 2004 - his references to Manny Ortiz, his girly-man pitching style and his annoying habit of announcing scores at late-night rallies: Tigers 2, Red Sox 3.
Its baseball, Senator, not tennis.
But Mitt isnt reaping any Red Sox-related dividends, because he couldnt be bothered running for a second term. And now sometimes Mitt must look back and wonder about the road not taken. But how could he have known? Until now, the New Hampshire primary was always in February, by which time the World Series is a fading memory.
But this year, who knows when the First-in-the-Nation primary will be first in the nation? Theres been speculation it could take place as early as Dec. 11. There wont be any problems printing ballots - the filing deadline is Nov. 2, and the candidates dont have to worry about getting their signatures certified, because New Hampshire requires no signatures, only a filing fee. If your check doesnt bounce, youre on the ballot.
New Hampshire - Live Free or Die, and Pay to Play.
Oh well, its too late for Mitt to cash in now on Red Sox fever. But Mitt, if anyone does ask you who your favorite player is, forget about Manny Ortiz and stick with Curt Schilling. Hes a Republican.