Skip to comments.Could Perry take the fight to suburbia?
Posted on 09/19/2011 2:13:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
.....The issues, in short, are who can get to 270 electoral votes and whether Perry is too bluntly conservative to be viable in large swaths of purple America.
Choice A: The Hippocratic oath strategy first do no harm. Under this approach, the party would nominate the safe-but-not-sexy Mitt Romney to keep the election focused as much as possible on Obama and to have a better chance to appeal to swing voters and independents.
Choice B: Go big. Given the nations economic troubles and the vast majority who believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, pastels just wont cut it. Bold, bursting differences between Obama and the GOP standard-bearer are a must. By this scenario, Perry, the tough-talking, job-creating machine, would be Ronald Reagan to Obamas Jimmy Carter.
But a New York Times poll out Friday should give Romneys camp pause. Republican primary voters were equally divided 48 percent versus 48 percent when asked what would be more important: a nominee who is right on the issues or a nominee with the best chance of beating Obama.
The results indicate that for all the anxiety among party elites over nominating somebody who can defeat the president, many in the base dont think they have to settle to win.
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It does not matter who the Republicans run ~ on the other hand it does matter that the Republicans run as big a campaign as possible for as long as possible ~ and that means LOTS AND LOTS of debates.
Make the Republican Debate a weekly TV show taking place all across the country at all sorts of venues, with every broadcaster involved.
If they seriously think that Romney is “safely electable,” they’re out of their minds. I wouldn’t vote for him and I am sure there are many others in the GOP who wouldn’t; and as for “independents,” he is offering absolutely nothing that would attract them. He is as big-government and socialistic as Obama, just a different color, so they don’t even get the feel-good of voting for extra melanin.
If the GOP installs Romney as the candidate, the independents won’t even bother to get out of bed on election day. And neither will a lot of the GOP. I’ve worked for GOP candidates every time, even if I didn’t like them a lot, but I wouldn’t make a single phone call on behalf of Romney, and I don’t know anyone else who would, either. But then, maybe that’s why the Dems want him to be our candidate.
I think they’re hoping to throw away the presidential slot on Romney and hope that by getting a good VP candidate, they’ll attract voters. They tried that the last election, however, and it didn’t work. More people voted for McCain than would have voted for him without Palin, but the “VP vote” certainly would never be enough. Everybody knows you’re voting for the President and the VP is just going to sit back and keep his or her mouth shut for the next 4 years. Having a bad VP can hurt (because people are afraid of the possibilities), but having a good VP really doesn’t help that much.
I agree completely. For Romney I sit home. No more RINOs!
"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the Diva leak was Nicolle Wallaces husband."
I will never vote for Romney for any reason. My default party is the Constitution Party.
That’s why I think the Dems secret strategy is to go heavy for Mitty in open primary states. A reverse Op Chaos.
The Dems are in a terrible spot, but if they can force a 3-way election, Baraq’s 40% support might well give him a Clintonian plurality win.
Romney supports abortion, gay marriage, gun control, government health care, higher taxes, and submission to liberalism.
He is identical to Kerry his Massachusetts buddy; he is in an Obama look-alike contest...a democrat.
It’s a fact.
I’ll not be a part of it, just so the republican country clubbers can hang a victory banner on their website.
Suburbanites by their nature tend to be easily scared...but I think Perry’s success in the ‘burbs would come from simply making them scared of Obama, by telling the truth, and contrasting it with Obama’s attempts to making them scared of Perry by lying about him.
IOW, obama lite. Why vote for him when you can have the real thing, obama.
It's early, but I'm seeing conservatives eat their own for the sake of ideological purity. Perry is the best conservative candidate we have. He has executive experience in the 2nd most populous state and has been solid on social issues. Executive experience will be the most important quality in a candidate that can win. We are suffering through the worst presidency with the most inexperienced lefty in our history. The country will want someone who can actually do something.
However, in order to bring down Perry our candidates are caught up in discussions about vaccines, immigration and denial that SS is a Ponzi scheme. We also have the Palinistas that believe if they tear down all the other candidates she will walk in and save the day. I hate to tell all my conservative FRiends this, but she will never draw the "moderates" to her and is unelectable.
I know it's heresy to say this, but if we are objective the evidence is there. Look at NV. Reid was a dead man walking and he won.
I'm hoping that Perry is able to weather the storm and responds with some good plans which assure the middle. If not it will probably be Romney and we lose no matter who wins the election.
I agree. Angles lost and shouldn't have. We can cry about who should have supported her and didn't, but that's the point.
My sense is that with a little more sensitivity to the hispanic vote that Angles would have won. Instead she came up with that dumb line about building a fence being all about keeping terrorists out and then in the same breath saying that the 9/11 terrorists entered through Canada.
She shot herself in the foot with the scientology stuff, too.
Conservatives could have found a better candidate.