Skip to comments.Insiders: Romney Is Top GOP 2012 Contender, Daniels Second (Beltway love these guys, should you?)
Posted on 01/06/2011 12:48:14 PM PST by Bigtigermike
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to hold the pole position for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll. But the surprise runner-up to Romney was the two-term Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who moved up from fifth place when the last ranking of the potential GOP White House contenders was conducted a year ago.
Romney's assets and liabilities are well known and haven't changed much since last January. He has a national network of political and financial supporters left over from his unsuccessful run for the 2008 Republican nomination, a command of economic issues derived from his days in the private sector as a corporate turnaround artist, and the hard-won experience from have run for the presidency before.
But Romney must also figure out a way to convince Republican activists that the health care reform measure that he signed as governor of Massachusetts is different from the national health care reform passed by Pres. Obama and congressional Democrats that is anathema to the GOP rank-and-file. He also has a perceived authenticity deficit. Romney "probably knows more about macroeconomics than most but will need to learn to speak or appear more genuine," cautioned one Republican Insider.
SLIDESHOW: More on the Insiders' picks.
Daniels has taken few obvious steps to lay the foundation for a prospective 2012 candidacy in the last year, but Republican Insiders nonetheless have gravitated to him as the lead alternative to Romney. Daniels is seen as having a solid conservative record as governor, particularly in controlling state spending. Yet there's still doubt about how effective a candidate he'd be. Daniels "has the credentials; needs to work on his charisma," said one Republican Insider.
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Ain’t voting for the RINO, EVAH!
No one but the Rinos want them; so quit lying and pushing them on us.
We don’t want them.
Registered Republican all of my life.
Will NEVER cast a vote for Mitt Romney.
I am not alone.
The MSM and liberals keep pushing these RINOs at us like they are the only choice. They can put a D next to their names and keep them.
Again with shoving the Loser Romney down our throats?
Anything can happen in the time left before the primaries and such.
But this makes me think that a lot of Republicans are doing the equivalent of trying to get to first base by a walk...or a balk.
Time to swing for the fences.
I wonder how long I could keep up this metaphor if I tried?
| "But the details of the event are more than unseemly - they may, in fact, be illegal. Massachusetts's animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal "in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon. "An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a description of the situation saying "it's definitely something I'd want to check out." The officer, Nadia Branca, declined to give a definitive opinion on whether Romney broke the law but did note that it's against state law to have a dog in an open bed of a pick-up truck, and "if the dog was being carried in a way that endangers it, that would be illegal."
"Dog on Roof? What Was It Like for Romney's Pooch? - Scientists Say Dog Likely Experienced Wind-Whipped, Uncomfortable Trip - "Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. e'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog,".. Jordan Kaplan, the owner of Petaholics, a dog walking service in New York City,
"Romney's dog - This is a distinction Mitt Romney probably could do without, but he is surely the first presidential candidate to be attacked for putting a dog with diarrhea in a carrier and tying it to the top of a station wagon. Romney's defense: Seamus liked it. [like the citizens under Romney's RomneyCARE, etc.?] "
"As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ''Dad!'' he yelled. ''Gross!'' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours. As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway."
Romney's bad behavior Exposed by Seamus
"Romney Loses Nomination Over Dog Abuse? - Romney was traveling that summer with his wife, five sons, and Seamus to his parent's cottage on Lake Huron. But hours into the ride, Seamus apparently suffered diarrhea, which ran down the back window of the car. .David Kravitz wrote on BlueMassGroup, a liberal blog. "It also strikes me as classic Romney: it solves a problem efficiently, in a business-like manner, and with no regard whatsoever for the suffering that the solution may cause."
Daniels has NO name recognition
Harry Reed sure has been a great example of Mormon reliability and honesty.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
I can tell them right now, if they end up with Romney as the nominee they'll be doing without my money and my vote.
I’m once again experiencing “Rear Deja Vue” where you have the feeling you’ve lived something before and you know exactly when and where. In this case it was with Bob Dole and John McCain. All of sudden we’re being told how someone many of us would NEVER, EVER make our first choice is the leader in all sorts of polls.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
I can tell them right now, if they end up with Romney as the nominee they’ll be doing without my money and my vote.
I would not be for either.
This poll just shows how deep and pervasive a problem we have with our Washington GOP insiders.
Have we heard anything from Romney on the DADT repeal? That would be entertaining.
FUMR!! NO RINOS!!
The Rockafeller wing of the Republican Party is in for a rude shock when they see we ain’t voting for their choices.
The jig is up people no longer hang on their musings and follow their lead. They are the establishment. They are what’s wrong with the stupid Party.
Romney's candidacy should be DOA because of RomneyCare aloine. But Daniels is perhaps the GOP candidate best equipped to get the national fiscal house in order. And he's the "anti-Obama" in terms of style, etc.
If Rommney is a top contender it should be in the Democrat Parrty. He is going NOWHERE in the Republican Party in 2012
The voters don’t like the Democrats so let’s choose Republicans who are the most like Democrats. Sounds like a plan.
Seriously, this is no suprise. Every time Rasmussen polls insiders (political class as he calls it), he finds that GOp insiders are far more liberal than the base.
I can't think of a worse Republican candidate...
Should you listen to them? If you are a slow learner.
Conservatives know their own and Mitt can peddle his wares and snares elsewhere. He’s a conman like the one in power now.
MSM - It’s the R’s turn to show how easily some sheep can be conned like it was for the liberals in ‘08.
I will keep hoping we get a Republican Senate and House and let the Muslim stay in while neutered.
I am not voting for Romney.Might as well keep Obamacare as Romneycare.
The man has no discernible facial features!
He is unrecognizable in any way. No one will vote for him.
If it’s Romney I stay on the couch on election day. I would NEVER vote for him.
Romney — charming snake oil salesman. No way will I ever vote for him. I will stay home first. His mandated healthcare in MA is what got us into the mess we have today.
If the republicans want to lose the next election this a sure fire way to do it.
I am with you, I’ll vote 3rd party before I vote Romney..He makes my skin crawl..
These people need their own party. I’m tired of pretending we’re in the same party.
Ditto- no way no how!
Let me say this again. I will not, under any circumstance, vote for Romney or any other RINOS. I learned my lesson with Bush, who couldn’t have set the stage for Obama any better than he did.
A great reason to listen to the Outsiders, not the Insiders,IMHO...
That being said, I still ain't drinking from a punchbowl with a small turd in it.
DON’T LET THEM TELL US WHOM TO VOTE FOR!!
I’m glad you clarified the term “Rear Deja Vue” with a definition. I was assuming that it meant “you have the feeling you’ve seen this ass (Mitt) before”.
Either one works for me. Go away Mitt the Twit.
Great, a rino and a social liberal. What could go wrong?
Romney won the governor's race with 49% of the vote--he squeaked in, and only did so by pouring huge amounts of money into the campaign at the last minute to "put him over the top" at the last minute with 49% of the vote.
After 4 years in office, he had a 30% approval rating (that's why he didn't run for reelection, he would have gotten creamed).
In the 2008 GOP primaries he only got 22% of the vote despite spending record amounts of money.
The conclusion is pretty clear: Romney is a terrible politician. Whether you are talking liberal Mass. or conservative GOP states, Romney has shown no ability to garner votes--despite having poured vast amounts of money into every race he has been in.
I'm not even talking about his political positions yet, just his ability as a politician, which is 2nd rate at best.
I looked closely at Romney last time and concluded that even McCain was better. Why would I go for him this time. Obama has proven incompetent, thank God, so why should I want his Republican clone. Never
Any RINO would be simply a McCain II against Barry. No wonder the MSM/rats are humping the leg of Romney. However, WE don’t want him. Copish? And we WE are legion.