Skip to comments.Would Romney Be Doing Better?
Posted on 10/10/2008 10:57:34 PM PDT by Gator_that_eats_Dems
The economy is collapsing and the GOP is stuck with a candidate who doesn't know jack about economics. But what if Mitt Romney had won that hard-fought Florida primary and grabbed the nomination? Romney's whole business career was about turning around distressed companies. Plus, he's far less identified with George W. Bush than is McCain. And unlike McCain he might not have had to give up on Michigan, where his father was governor. (What state pray tell is McCain holding that Mitt couldn't?)
I know there are plenty of strikes against the guy. But it's an interesting counterfactual to consider--one that makes a lot more sense now that foreign policy has all but disappeared from the conversation.
P.S. Good point from commenter timteeter:
Or for that matter if McCain had sucked it up and made Romney his VP.
You might've had far less base enthusiasm at convention time, but delivering a strong economic message right now could've been far easier.
Will we ever be free of Willard propagandists?
If Romney was the candidate, HBO would play “Big Love” reruns 24/7. It would be the Big Love network.
The real question is: Where is Mitt Romney NOW? He could help McCain/Palin in Colorado and Nevada.
He would have been attacked for being a Banksta.
Btw, Romney was for the bailout as well.
RINO economics is what got us here. Reagan gets us out. Listen to the House Republicans.
He got the message that he wasn't welcome in the GOP.
No..”who let the dogs out who who”
Smart man...awful at speeches..good debater...awful at talking to everyday people....
also shuffles his feet when he talks its annoying!
Against Obama, Romney would be in worse shape than McCain. Giuliani would have done better at fighting back and making his case against Obama, but sadly, most conservatives would have tuned out by now if Giuliani were the GPO nominee.
A dead squirrel would be doing better
Such a pity that message couldn't have also been delivered to McQueeg last year.
If only his ‘supporters’ would get the same message. We’d all be better off...
Agreed. McCain was tougher than Romney and a better CiC. McCain should try now to recruit Romney to be his man to work on curing the economy like he cured the Olympics etc..
Yes, but Romney would be doing worse. At least the dead squirrel didn’t impose socialized medicine and call it conservatism.
DEAD SQUIRREL/PALIN 2008!!
Change is coming!
Of the persons that McCain defeated in the primaries, the only other one that I think would be doing as well (or better) is Rudy Guliani. Imagine: a former federal prosecutor going up against Obama and his many questionable associations (ACORN, Ayers, Rezko, et. cet.). It would have been great fun.
I voted for Rudy in the primary!
Christians would stay home. Virginia and North Carolina would be blue. Georgia would be a swing state.
Pro-life and pro-family/pro-marriage organizations would be protesting.
2nd Amendment conservatives would be upset.
And Obama would be singing loud and long about republicans having a member of the white and delightsome Mormons on their ticket.
I guess to some people, the grass always looks greener on the other side, even if the other side is a desert.
No, to all of the above!
Thought the same things myself.
McCain demonstrated his tin ear with the economy when he “suspended” his campaign to go to Washington, did nothing, and then unsuspended it 24 hours later.
It was awful, and I like McCain.
I just envision Romney would have had something intelligent to say, some good ideas, and Romney would not have been afraid to get in obama’s face.
This must be the STUPIDEST question of the year.
The Republican nominee IS John McCain/Sarah Palin.
The Democrat nominee is Barack Hussein Obama/Joe Biden.
It is pathetic that with so much at stake, some people engage in hypothetical stupid questions, which can only harm our chances against Obama, because they are raising doubt about McCain, trying to get conservatives to not support McCain, thereby ensuring an Obama presidency.
Romney endorsed McCain way back when and campaigned with and for him. It’s time that his supporters follow his example.
Yes, we would be better off, I believe, but all I heard during the primaries were that he is impure in his conservatism because he used to be more liberal and is a flip flopper. He’d be able to talk about these economic issues better than McCain.
Yep, without the stigma of being tied to the economy (Congress) or the Bush administration (other than Giuliani’s support during post 9/11, which most Americans hold in high regard).
I would have voted for Rudy as well had he still been in the race. He was my first choice, although I also liked Fred Thompson. These two and McCain (as my third choice) were the only candidates that I could have voted for in the primaries.
Mitt Romney, didn’t he host Love Connections?
I’ve said McCain was my last choice, let me correct myself Slick Mittney was my last choice in the primaries. If he was the VP choice, I would have been the most unenthusiastic voter in the history of voting booths.
McCain should get Steve Forbes on his campaign. He’s a good conservative that knows all about the economy.
Unfortunately, Rudy could never compete in the GOP primary. But he would make an excellent attorney general in a McCain Administration.
Treu. But he did even worse. He pretended that socializing the banking sector in the name of a bailout was wise and necessary.
Considering the terrible choices we had, and looking at where we are right now, that would have been a terrific ticket. The Huck would have torn Hussein up during the debates with his humor alone, and he's also very quick on his feet. He also would have been far more experienced and would have connected better with the voters. Rudy would have been the perfect VP candidate.
I got the feeling that Romney thought he was pretty close to being picked as VP, and walked away angry after Palin was chosen. I could be wrong, of course, but he's made himself pretty scarce since Palin was chosen.
I did not support Mitt Romney during the primaries, but given the current financial mess and his expertise in running a business, he looks a lot better now than he did a year ago.
“The real question is: Where is Mitt Romney NOW? He could help McCain/Palin in Colorado and Nevada.”
Mittens is getting ready for 2012 in the unlikely event of a McCain loss.
It’s worse than that...he didn’t pretend. He actually THOUGHT that...
Scary times we live in. We have to vote for a quasi-socialist/blithering idiot, so we can keep the communist coup from happening. Makes me sick to my stomach.
Well, then, we’ll just have to defeat him again then.
One would HOPE that the RINO brand would be tarnished for quite some time if their poster-child were to lose the election.
In a year of wall street collapses, Mitt’s wall street background would have hurt him if he was the nominee.
I think Giuliani is the best in attack tactics, he is brilliant at pulling someone down with humour.
But Giuliani would have driven away social conservatives, maybe a Giuliani/Romney ticket could have performed.
“I got the feeling that Romney thought he was pretty close to being picked as VP, and walked away angry after Palin was chosen. I could be wrong, of course, but he’s made himself pretty scarce since Palin was chosen.”
Remember Romney switched to Republican in 1993 only for political reasons to run for the Senate, he campaigned on the fact that he had gone Independent during the Reagan years.
In the years before that all of his campaign donations had gone to Democrats. He has never really been a part of anything in politics, that might explain his lack of focus right now.
Giuliani is great theater and we respect him as a man, but he is not of our tribe, he is out on the fringes in New York, but he is against almost everything that conservatives are for.
Romney is helping Republicans, including McCain in Nevada (see October 2 below).
Romney Campaigning for Walberg in MichiganOctober 9, 2008
Romney Talks Finances in West MichiganOctober 9, 2008
Romney to Raise Money at $1,000-per-Plate DuPage DinnerOctober 7, 2008
Boulder City Speech: Romney Stumps onOctober 3, 2008
Mitt Romney Visits Idaho Falls, Campaigns for U.S. Senate Candidate Jim RischOctober 2, 2008
Romney in Nevada for McCain Campaign TonightOctober 2, 2008
I can't help but think that with the economic turmoil, Romney as Veep would be very helpful as a media campaign spokesman. Palin is great at base rallying, but as for media appearances is treated by the McCain campaign as more a liability than an asset. Romney might have been able to make the Fannie Mae mess stick to Obama, and describe a McCain plan for the economy that would offer more security than Obama's socialism.
Well at this point, a pair of Governors against a pair of Senators would be worth about 10% points regardless of who they were or what their philosphy. Having a Senator at the top of the ticket hampers going after Dodd and Franks and even Senator Obama.
McCain has to fight off the “you were in the Senate” charge.
No we wouldn't. A few, maybe, but it would hurt him max 1%.
Romney looks like he would be Biden’s boss down at the used car dealership.
At this point NOBODY knows Jack about economics.
I disagree, the images, and the videos, the planned parenthood fund raisers and donations, his wife's pro abort position, Romney's throwing his mother under the bus as a campaigning pro-abort in her Senate race before Roe vs Wade, his trying to rewrite Reagan as “adamantly pro-choice”
This is what beat him in the primary, it would have been devastating in the election at this point.
I don’t know where in the South you live, Cook County GA instead of Cook County Ill. perhaps? Where I live there are many Christians who don’t like the governor who ushered gay marriage into this country, said he would do more for gays than Ted Kennedy, regularly says Ronald Reagan was pro abortion (never was the case), and was himself a long time a staunch supporter of a woman’s so-called “right” to choose to kill their child.
Some people don’t know what went on in Taxachusetts, but many Christians down here tried very hard to prevent what Romney did in his state. They just could not believe the one doing it had an R next to his name and they have not forgotten.
I believe the saying goes “if if and buts were candy and nuts we would all have a Merry Christmas.” Best not to think about what could have been and if it would be better or worse. Just think about how you can make the best of the situation at hand.
Major barf-o-rama, dude.
What does it matter? Romney’s not the nominee.
Thanks a lot, Mitt. /sarcasm