Skip to comments.Is Romney’s nomination ‘inevitable’?
Posted on 10/12/2011 4:26:14 PM PDT by delacoert
If you Google Romney inevitable you get 1,980,000 results. The Romney campaign is hoping that the more his inevitability is discussed, the truer it will become. There is something to that. Political players want to be on the winning team. Donors dont want to waste their money.
Its heady stuff, I imagine, for the Romney team to read pieces like this by Jonathan Martin: Hours after Chris Christie signaled he believes Mitt Romney is the Republican partys inevitable nominee, Romney and the rest of the GOP field went about proving him right. Romney again outclassed the opposition in Tuesdays Bloomberg/Washington Post debate. Again, none of the other GOP contenders laid a glove on him.
But the notion that any candidates win is inevitable months before votes are cast is silly. Romney is without a doubt the front-runner with considerable momentum and weak opposition. But lots can happen, and there are dangers from attaining not only front-runner but media-denominated inevitable status.
First and foremost, the expectation is growing that he will or should win Iowa. Sure, hes not spent much time there, but what if he loses to a revived Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)? That would sap some momentum and wipe out the inevitability chatter quickly.
Second, Romney can overplay the establishment consensus angle. Does getting the backing of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert really make sense? (His defenders will argue that sometimes smaller fish induce bigger catches.) He should stop before he gets to former Florida governor Charlie Crist and Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), both of whom are reviled by conservatives.
Third, he could take a beating in South Carolina, as John McCain did in 2000, and head downward after that. Its easier to lose when you arent expected to win; its another thing to get beaten in
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Bachmann is not going to be president. Newt has too much baggage. Paul is a lunatic. Perry is a dunce. So why not look at Santorum?
Oh yeah, because he doesn't have a sonorous voice like Cain. And the cult-of-personality types, including Palin's fan base, have already fallen in puppy love with Cain. Must be the booming voice. Can't be his idiotic tax plan.
I fear that a Republican loss is inevitable, if he is nominated.
If Mittens is the nominee, Obama wins by default.
Anyone but Rombamaney!!
And having watched the debate I would not say that Romney outclassed the others.
He did fine and he comes across well in such a setting...but Cain did well, Perry was not bad, Newt was very sharp, etc., etc.
I felt Huntsman was handed his own by Romney...and I felt Romney handled Perry's question of him regarding the MA Health Care bill well...though I do not agree with Romney's health care. He just parried Perry pretty well on the question.
But Romney is certainly not inevitable. I am for Cain right now, and he is surging.
We'll see what Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina bring before making hard predictions.
Oh wait..he lost.
Lots of people have their “push button” issues. A federal sales tax is obviously yours.
I am not going to argue that Cain’s 999 plan either way because I don’t know enough about it. I do know, however, that the tax system as it currently exists is a gawdawful chalie-fox that is in drastic need of an overhaul.
Based on that, I have no problem with using the 999 plan as a starting point for discussions aimed at cutting the Gordion knot and replacing the current nonsense with something that works.
I'm getting real sour about our choices.
I met Mitt Romney when he was 15. No way NEVER! Staying home. No vote!
Really? You would rather have Mittens than a dyed in the wool, solid Conservative with little baggage like Rick? Mittens can and will be beaten. We just need to coalesce around the best, most viable Conservative. Easier said than done, but doable.
Im guessing that when the lower tier candidates bow out, their support will likely transfer to Cain, not Romney.
I was talking with another Catholics lady yesterday and we both voiced the opinion that we have NOT seen the Republican candidate yet.
If you love obamacare you're going to love Romney
I know. You're right.
I'm getting real sour about our choices.
It's rough. I know. They are ALL bad choices. No sense deluding ourselves about it.
ok, so what about my vote for romney?
ok, so what about my vote for romney?
Cain now strong in several polls, the freshness of the outsider.
Santorum radio ad in Iowa very likable.
Romney and smarmy go together like molasses and January which is where he'll be then.
Cain the outsider will pair with the right experienced conservative.
Santorum. Gingrich. Bachmann.
“Romney is the “electable” candidate. That’s his whole campaign. On the same level, John Kerry was the “electable” candidate in 2004 who could beat George W Bush.
Oh wait..he lost. “
Very good point, and remember the Dems fell for that same nonsense in 2004 with a flip-flopper from Mass, whom the Bush campaign was able to run tv ads with his own words contradicting himself. The one I remember best was “I actually voted for the $87 billion, BEFORE I voted against it.”
Romney’s flip-flops make Kerry look like a down to earth straight arrow by comparison. The Dems and the MSM will have a field day ripping him to shreds. They will successfully dispirit the GOP base and turn off independents who want a candidate that stands for SOMETHING.
“Well Phil it’s just one of those things I say when speaking out both sides of the ol flapper. Means as much to me as the word Lie”. “Just a word”.
“A better question would be what do you think I should say and I’ll say exactly that to suit todays audience”
“Say Anything Romney”.
I fear you're right. Why else is the MSM picking him as our nominee. Right out of the gate Zer0's campaign will let it be known that they had Mitten's advisers up to the White Hut to plan how MA RommneyCare could be implemented on a Federal level.
If Mittens is the nominee, Game Over!
If he gets the nomination, we lose. It's that simple. I'm just raising the alarm while the threat exists. Once he's gone, I'll move on to other things.
Dumb article. I googled “inevitable” and my own, not very common last name and got almost 3 million hits
Why would any patriot believe a thing from the Marxist slime at the WP?
That fat-azz whore Jennifer can kiss my USMC grits.
We can only HOPE that happens.......
Against Harold Dean, Dennis Kucinich, Al Sharpton, and Carol Moseley Braun, Kerry may have been the most electable. Talking a lot about Kerry's "electability" made him "nominateable" even though it turned out to be an illusion.
There's a lot of stuff still online from 2004, about Kerry's "electability" or "unelectability." I don't know what to make of it all or how it relates to Romney, but it's all sort of eerily frozen in time, like a prehistoric insect preserved in amber.
We can hope and pray. I have been.
Really and Santorum was touting what tax plan exactly?
You realize that Santorum has no executive experience what so ever. He has virtually no national name recognition. He is really in this to win a cabinet seat as he brings nothing to the table as far as winning votes in a swing state so he has no shot at a VP spot.
Or did you forget he was beaten as the incumbent Senator in Pennsylvania
Why would you vote for Romney?
I’m for Cain
The only “inevitable” thing about Romney is that is was “inevitable” he would be promoted this way as things shook out after a few debates and a few polls were taken for the MSM and Team Obama to get their bearings on the relative strengths of the GOP candidates. Everyone knows that at this stage, both elected Dems and disillusioned voters are bailing on Obama for a host of reasons: implicit in Chris Christie’s endorsement is his own experience so far in New Jersey: he’s been able to get things going in this blue state like no one else has-—he seems to think Romney would be amenable to those kinds of changes nationwide as the President. I’m not sure about that at all.
If people are assuming that all those now bailing on Obama are going to get onboard with Romney, and that THOSE PEOPLE are going to constitute a needed voting bloc for a Romney win, those same people could get back onboard with Obama as Romney reaches out for them. It seems as though Romney and this new philosophy of winning only moves leftward: never expect former Obama-ites to move rightward. Romney is all about meeting in the middle, and that’s only because he and his team believe that’s the way HE can win. It may be true for him, but it’s not true for all candidates still presenting themselves.
I never thought I’d say this, but after hearing snippets from the most recent debate, Gingrich is saying forceful things in a tone I’d never heard from him before , and “I like it”.
Romney , on the other hand, is still only projecting the kind of “just come to me” overconfidence that we’ve been hearing from Obama for the last 2 1/2 years. Cain may rise in the polls, but the Tea Party needs a real candidate to get behind, and Cain is on the way to being subjected to a piecemeal death-by-a-thousand-cuts by the MSM that will , I think, inevitably do him in.
When Jesus speaks from the mount of olives will th MOREMANS administer the LAW from missouri?
MIT ROMNEY said yes that so...
And you say brother?
Newt is the only one in these debates calling out people and issues. It’s almost like he’s fresh air.
Hard to believe he has said that until recently, he didn’t know about Agenda 21.
Even so, he did a very good thing by helping to expose Cain's idiotic, toxic, fatally flawed plan which will be the death of his candidacy.
Won’t be in Independence. LOL
I am with you on Hermans sales tax but Cain has hit a sweet spot with the 999 thing. A pity the others don’t recognize that there is a large constituency in favor of a simple and efficient tax law that will raise the 18% of GDP in federal tax revenues concurrent with legislation that limits spending to 17.5% of GDP. Then we can all just learn to get along as a fellow once said.
Are Mittens moles are running the RNC ???
The debate last night was a farce and a Romney pr event.
If Mitt gets the GOP nod—I say bolt to a 3rd Party and Make it win! Trump is looking better and better—a Trump/Palin ticket or a Trump/Cain ticket could do the trick. Lets draft Hillary and make this a four way race! Hillary/Kerry for the far left. Mittens/Huntsman for the Rinos, Obama/Biden for the democrats. Trump/Cain for the Capitalist Party.
Over and over this is repeated as indisputable truth while the baggage of Romney stands as no impediment to his nomination. It's irrational.
Once again, Newt owned that debate. Romney spun and preened yet didn't make himself look like a complete idiot. It's all he had to do.
I'd prefer Newt to Romney.
I just have doubts about Newt and his ego. Honestly, I'm worried about his grandiosity and his judgement. I'm just not sure he is fit for the office.
I hear what you are saying about the debates, but read the transcripts. What he is saying isn't all that earth-shattering. I think he puts on airs of intelligence beyond what is actually there.
Meanwhile, not that I'm against reforming our tax code, but I have to question the timing. This upcoming election will be a referendum on Obama. It seems to me that 9-9-9 is an unnecessarily risky gambit at a time when we really need to win.
Why not just run on competence and experience, beat Obama, get the economy going around, THEN make a play for an overhaul of the tax code? It just doesn't make sense to me to throw in a wild card and offer Obama such a lifeline.